UCC Ladies edge game with mercurial Cotter

UCC 0-19 – UL 2-8

Michael Twomey

A master class of point taking from Orla Cotter, from placed balls, and Shauna Corcoran, in general play, helped UCC Camogie side take the points at the Mardyke. Between them they accounted for 0-10 of their side’s tally and if they can keep up this form the UCC management will feel that they have every chance of success in the coming months. It must be said however that this team is not dependant on two players with Gráinne Kennelly and Patricia Buttimer completing a dominant half-forward line alongside Corcoran while Miriam Crowley and Fionnula Carr were particularly impressive throughout.

UCC did not have it as easy as they would have liked for the hour as UL took control of the game at various stages. Even at one stage the visitors looked like causing an upset when two second half goals, the first in the 31st minute from Fionnala Kealy and the second in the 45th minute when Linda Bulger found the net, gave them a 2-7 to 0-11 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

Prior to this UCC had opened up a 0-9 to 0-5 interval lead. In the opening minutes Cotter, Corcoran and Carr were on target to lead 0-4 to no score by the 5th minute. UL finally opened their account with a well taking Fionnala Kealy point and by the 20th minute trailed 0-6 to 0-4. UCC managed to extend their advantage in the closing stages off the half mainly thanks to their dominance around the half-forward line and midfield.

Lisa Bulger tapped over a close in free for UL before Miriam Crowley had the pick of a number of UCC scores to give them a four point lead at the break. With the brilliant Maria Walsh having a greater influence on the game they a surprise was in store when they raised two green flags to give them a two point advantage. This was as good as it got for them however as they were on a downhill slope from here.

UL managed only one more score in the final stages of the game and this came at a time when the game was well out of their reach. Shortly after conceding a second goal UCC reacted quickly and drew level in a matter of minutes. The half-forward trio all contributed on the scoreboard as they retook the lead, 0-16 to 2-7 by the 55th minute. UCC made a number of changes in the dying embers of the game with Caitriona Mackey and Denise Cronin doing considerably well. Both of them had late points, which were sandwiched in by a Linda Bulger score for UL, to give their side a comfortable lead to run out easy winners by the full time whistle.

Scorers for UCC: O Cotter (frees), S Corcoran 0-5 each, G Kennelly, P Buttimer 0-2 each, F Carr (free), C Mac Sweeney, M Crowley, C Mackey, D Cronin 0-1 each.

UL: F Kealy 1-2, Linda Bulger 1-1, M Walsh 0-3 frees, Lisa Bulger 0-2 frees.

UCC: E White; J Breen, A Coughlan, N Butler; A McNamara, F Carr, S Hayes; O Cotter, M Crowley; S Corcoran, G Kennelly, P Buttimer; A Barry Murphy, N Goulding, C Mac Sweeney

Subs: C Mackey, P Mackey, S Collins, D Cronin

UL: S Vaughan; E Murphy, A Hobbins, E Dunne; C Motherway, A McInerney, E Frisby; J Mulcahy, M Moran; R Byrne, M Walsh, C Hayes; Lisa Bulger, F Kealy, Linda Bulger.

Referee: J Dorgan (Nemo Rangers)

Originally published in the 23/11/2010 edition of the UCC Express

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