UCC opened their FAI Intermediate Cup campaign this weekend in dramatic style in Fermoy with a five goal comeback to knock out Fermoy FC 5-2 at Carrig Park.
UCC started well and their early possession was rewarded when Darragh Lucy’s pass was found by Timmy Murphy inside the Fermoy penalty area, only for the Glanmire man to be brought down by Josh Hurley and the referee signalled for a penalty. Up stepped Timmy Murphy who drilled the ball low into the left hand side of the post only for Fermoy keeper Gavin Dawson to pull off on excellent save.
Against the run of play, a long ball forward by Kevin Dolan split the UCC defence leaving Gavin Quirke running through 1 on 1 with keeper Cathal O’Hanlon. Fearing the worst, O’Hanlon ran off his line and with a cool head, Quirke lobbed the ball soft and over O’Hanlon in goal giving Fermoy an early lead inside ten minutes. UCC responded well to this early set back, pressing well. Clever link up between Timmy Murphy, Rob Lynch and Josh Henry in midfield gave UCC a spell of possession, but the college could not create a chance. Despite this period of procession, Fermoy doubled their lead with Gavin Quirk bagging his second of the afternoon when the striker found keeper Dawson’s long ball, to outwit Ben McAuliffe and Sean Laughlin in defence and lob keeper O Hanlon.
With the score line at 2-0, UCC headed into the changing rooms fearing the worst. The college began with a second half substitution of Jason Cullinane for Josh Henry on the left flank. From the restart UCC pressed with an early corner being headed in by Daniel Pender, only for Johnathon McCarthy to head the ball off the line. Fermoy defended deep, holding their lines in a tight unit. Timmy Murphy connected well with Shane Daly Butz to set up Rob Lynch but his cross was gathered up by Gavin Dawson.
A foul on Timmy Murphy by Taran Kelly gifted UCC a free kick just outside the penalty spot, which was turned in, and fumbled into the net awkwardly by Waterford man Daniel Pender. With their lead halved, Fermoy gathered their line and licked their wounds as UCC came pressing. Daniel Pender soon found space on the left side but his square ball couldn’t connect with Mark Murphy. Moments later, the equaliser came when Shane Daly Butz set up Pender to slot it low and into the right hand side of the post. Moments later, a tired Fermoy defence was punished, with Mark Murphy running wide to tee off Timmy Murphy for a pass to set Daniel Pender up once again. Despite the one goal advantage, Fermoy held their lines well, with Josh Hurley producing a crucial block to deny David Dalton seconds later.
In the stand out moment of the afternoon, Daniel Pender captured the imagination by back heeling it low and into the bottom right hand side of the goal following a McAuliffe corner. With the score line at 4-2, UCC where very much in control here. Fermoy pressed in the closing moments hoping to claw one back, and with UCC who would finish the strongest when Daniel Pender broke and found himself one on one with Gavin Dawson, with the keeper saving the striker’s effort and Shane Daly Butz hammered in the rebound.
Full time score in Fermoy was 5-2 to the college, a result that manager Noel Healy was delighted with heading into the 2015/16 league season, “I’m happy the way we played at times. We only played for 45 minutes so there was a lot more we can do”
Fermoy: Gavin Dawson, Thomas Clancy, John Hurley, Ian Snee, Johnathon McCarthy, Taran Kelly, Wayne Galvin, Kevin Dolan (John Barry 15’), Gavin Quirke, Matthew Quish, Eric Roche.
UCC: Cathal O’ Hanlon, Brian Barry, Ben McAuliffe, Sean Mcloughlin, Sean O Mahony, Rob Lynch (Mark Murphy 80’), Timmy Murphy, Josh Henry (Josh Cullinane 45), Darragh Lucy, Daniel Pender, Shane Daly Butz.