Ashbourne Cup: CIT 3-15 to 0-12
On a cold and dreary night at CIT Sports Complex, UCC braved the weather to enjoy an impressive 12 point win over their crosstown rivals.
In the 60 minutes UCC never looked like settling back, but from the opening minute pressed and attacked the UCC defence. Across the park UCC outclassed their rivals through an excellent defensive performance and attack prowess. The back line of Libby Coppinger and Pamela Mackey were instrumental in keeping the CIT attack mute through the second half. In the heart of the midfield Hannah Looney combined with Orla O’Connor and Katrina Mackey to outwit the CIT defence and put some excellent scores passed the goalline.
Orla Cronin impressed throughout the second half where the Cork star bagged herself a goal after being played through by Katrina Mackey.
Despite a late CIT resurgence, UCC ran out the dominant 12 point winners. Attention now turns to DCU for the College in a bid to reach the 2017 semi-finals, and a chance at avenging their 2016 title loss.
K Fox (Tipperary); S McNamara (Limerick), L Coppinger (Cork), R Phelan (Kilkenny); J Hosford (Cork) P Mackey (Cork), Y Murphy (Cork); H Looney (Cork), E Murphy (Cork); A Malone (Clare), O Cronin (Cork) N McCarthy (Cork); A O’Connor (Cork), K McCarthy (Cork), K Mackey (Cork).
M Cahalane for E Murphy (half-time), L O’Dwyer (Tipperary) for J Hosford, M McCarthy for N McCarthy (both 40), H Ryan for K McCarthy (42), I Heffernan (Waterford) for S McNamara (52).
(Cork except where stated): A Lee (Cork); A Walsh (Cork), G Sheehy (Cork), A Crowley (Cork), L Lynch (Cork), E Sharpe (Cork), S Murphy (Cork); J O’Shea (Cork), L Bolger (Wexford); K Hickey (Cork), J Cronin (Cork), R O’Shea (Cork); J Leo (Cork), E Looney (Cork), M Murphy (Cork).
R Hurley (Cork) for J Cronin (43), K Coughlan (Cork) for J Leo, K Lane (Cork) for E Looney (57).