UCC 1-12 Castlehaven 0-10
The students of University College Cork claimed the County Senior Football Title, with a hard earned victory over Castlehaven on Sunday afternoon.
Daithi Casey, from Killarney side, Dr Crokes, kicked the opening point of the day to give his side an early advantage. However, that lead was short lived as Chris Hayes tied the match a minute later. The club side then went a in front thanks to Alan Cahalane, before John Buckley levelled once again. Dingle’s Paul Geaney gave College back the lead and left the scoreline 0-3 to 0-2. Mark Collins hit back for Castlehaven, and it soon became clear that this was going to be a real tight affair. Casey hit his second score to give the students back the lead,and they soon increased that even further with another well taken score. Mark Collins was once again the man to keep Castlehaven in the game and he narrowed the gap.
Niall Daly increased the College lead to 0-6 to 0-4 and the students then took control, kicking the final two points of the half, to leave the halftime score reading 0-8 to 0-4. Daithi Casey made it a five point game just after the restart but Collins replied with two for Castlehaven. Sean Kiely pointed for College to leave three in it once more. To their credit, Castlehaven fought back and led by the excellent Collins, they closed the gap and tied the game at 0-10 apiece. The turning point came on 56 minutes, when the students were awarded a penalty, which Casey fired to the back of the net.
Gavin O’Grady fisted over a late point and College were dominant in the dying minutes, increasing their lead to five points(1-12 to 0-10). On this display they could make it difficult for many of the more established club sides in the Munster Club Championship. Daithi Casey was outstanding and led the way for the winners. It was hard luck on Mark Collins, who gave his all for the losers and was one of the better players on view.