UCC win Canon O’Brien Cup

UCC 1-24, Cork 1-23

UCC secured a thrilling victory over Cork in the Canon O’Brien Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday, with Brian Hayes delivering the decisive point in the late stages. This win marked UCC’s third triumph in the tenth edition of the fixture, showcasing their prowess in a well-fought contest.

Photo: Denis O’Flynn

The key to their success lay in strategic scoring bursts, with five and four points respectively in the second half. In the first half,  Hayes found the net for UCC, while Sean Twomey raised Cork’s green flag, adding intensity and excitement to the match.


Photo: Denis O’Flynn

Scorers for UCC: B Hayes 1-3, B Cunningham (0-2f), W Buckley 0-5 each, R Cotter 0-3, C O’Brien, L Elliott, F Coleman 0-2 each, D Stakelum, D Hogan 0-1 each.

Cork: S Kingston 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 65), S Twomey 1-0, C Lehane 0-3, S Quirke, E Carey, C Beausang, D Flynn, 0-2 each, C O’Callaghan, J O’Connor, S Walsh, D Dalton, S Desmond 0-1 each.

UCC: (Cork unless stated): B Saunderson (Midleton); G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), S Kingston (Ballinora), M Carey (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary); L Elliott (Sarsfields), R Downey (Glen Rovers), C O’Brien (Newtownshandrum); S Daly (Randal Óg), W Buckley (St Finbarr’s); B Cunningham (St Finbarr’s), P McGarry (St Mary’s Clonmel, Tipperary), B Hayes (St Finbarr’s), R Cotter (Blackrock), D Hogan (Sarsfields), D Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary). Subs: F Coleman (Blackrock) for McGarry (34, injured), S Barrett (Blarney) for Stakelum (40), C McGoldrick (Éire Óg) for Elliott (47), E O’Leary (Glen Rovers) for Hogan (51), S Moore (Carrickshock, Kilkenny) for Carey (51, injured), Colm McCarthy (Sarsfields) for Downey (52, injured).

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); Cathal McCarthy (Sarsfields), D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), D O’Sullivan (Ballinhassig); C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), T O’Connell (Midleton), D Harrington (Fr O’Neills); S Quirke (Midleton), E Carey (Kilworth); S Kingston (Douglas), C Lehane (Midleton, Capt)), D Flynn (Ballygiblin); J O’Connor (Sarsfields), S Twomey (Courcey Rovers), C Beausang (Midleton). Subs: D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s) for Flynn, S Desmond (Watergrasshill) for Twomey (both half-time), T O’Connell (Ballincollig) for Quirke (44), S Walsh (Carrigtwohill) for Beausang (44).

Referee: C Lyons (Nemo Rangers).