24 February 2011
A Luke Burgess strike in the second half of extra time was enough for UCC to win their 11th Irish Universities Collingwood Cup and consign NUI Galway to their third straight Collingwood Cup final defeat at Trinity’s College Park this afternoon.
The game looked destined to go to penalties until the Dingle man popped up to net the winner after 107 minutes. It was hard luck on the Galway side who battled hard in a tight encounter and were unfortunate to lose out for the third time in a row. NUIG probably just shaded the game in the first 45 minutes and had the best chance of the half when Mikey Crean shot over just after the half hour mark.The Cork side tried hard in that period and were led by Burgess and the excellent Josh O’Shea.
After the restart NUIG substitute Alex Lee had a couple of chances including one effort just cleared off the line. As the half wore on however, the Cork students took control of the game. Burgess, O’Shea and Eric Hegarty all had chances before Eoin Kilcommins went close right on the call of full time.
Into extra time and UCC again started the stronger. The Cork side had all the possession and went close on a couple of occasions before Burgess finally broke the deadlock after 107 minutes. Galway tried as hard as they could to find an equaliser but Cork wound down the clock and held on to take the spoils.
Cork captain, Michael McSweeney was presented with the trophy by Trinity College AFC President John Murphy, while Josh O’Shea collected the man of the match award.
1. Kieran McEnery 2. Shane O’Callaghan 3. Andrew Neville 4. Michael McSweeney 5.Ciaran Forde 6. David O’Donovan 7. Robert Waters 8.Luke Burgess 9.Joshua O’Shea 10. Eric Hegerty 11. Rufus Holmes
1. James Keane 2. Evan Preston 3. Shane Browne 4. Martin Connelly 5. Cian Rodelen 6. Cian McBrien 7. Terry 8. Jonathon Keane 9.Mikey Creane 10.Brian Gaffney 11. Enda Dunne
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