4-3 Win over Limerick
The UCC first team continued the men’s unbeaten hockey run with a resilient 4-3 win over Limerick on Saturday. In what was the first away match of the league season UCC started strongly with composed passing moving the ball quickly around Limerick’s disciplined press.
Billy Mulcahy maintained his purple patch getting on to the end of a crash ball in the circle to put UCC one up early on. The dream start was then improved on as Eoin Finnegan was on hand to finish from the second shot off a tidy short corner move.
Despite UCC dominating the early territory and possession statistics, Limerick were constantly a threat on the break and clawed back a goal when a drag flick slipped between the goalkeeper and defender on the post. Undeterred, UCC upped the ante once again and went two ahead when Shrew Power slotted home yet another goal to finish the half 3-1.
From a seemingly very comfortable possession UCC let the game slip from them ever so slightly. An unfortunate green card for Adam O’Callaghan from a genuine attempt to win the ball meant UCC were down to 10 when Limerick pounced on the ball to shoot low back post, springing the game back into life.
Limerick’s goal keeper and defenders made a series of fine saves to keep the game alive and against the run of play, notched in an equaliser. The goal was almost a mirror image of the first with the ball bouncing off the post before crossing the line.
UCC however dug deep and showed the same steely nerve that won them the varsities just the previous weekend. Dan Moore proved to make a game winning save late on in the match when he deflected a point blank shot just past the right post. With only three minutes remaining the ball was played into the instrumental Glenn Healy in the Limerick circle, his reverse stick shot cannoned above the Limerick goal keeper and earned a deserved three points for college.
Man of the match: Brian Stockil.