UCC 0-19 Limerick 2-9
Beleaguered Limerick manager Justin McCarthy declined to comment on the row that his ripped the county apart after his new look side lost out to UCC in an entertaining McGrath Cup game at Kilmallock.
McCarthy simply said: "I am pleased with how we played. The attitude of the players was excellent and we now await the start of the National League campaign."
Indeed McCarthy might have got off to a winning start had his youthful and inexperienced side not squandered two great goal-scoring opportunities, one in each half and on both occasions Tom O'Brien from Bruree failed to capitalise on the chances created.
UCC settled the better and had had the opening three points before Thomas O'Brien from Patrickswell grabbed Limerick's first score, a well-taken point after eight minutes.
Pat Barry and Shane Burke moved UCC into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead but by the end of the first quarter only three points separted the sides.
UCC led 0-7 to 0-4 when Limerick struck a good patch with a pointed free by Paudie McNamara after 22 minutes and this was followed three minutes later by the only goal of the game when Grame Mulcahy beat Anthony Nash to give Limerick a single point lead.
But the Cork students finished the half the better and led 0-11 to 1-5 at the interval.
Limerick were by no means out of it and another point by O'Brien left only two points between them but that was as good as it got for Limerick as UCC tacked on a string of points with Michael Cahill scoring two in-a-row in the 53rd and 54th minutes to make it 0-17 to 1-8.
Limerick substitute Alan O'Connor scored his side's second goal five minutes from the end to narrow the gap to three points.
Cork player Shane Moylan scored six of UCC's points, with three of those from frees, while Shane Burke was in superb form with five points from play.
Top scorer O'Brien from Patrickswell were in good form for Limerick with Lorcan O'Dwyer also having a fine game in defence.
Scorers - UCC: S Moylan, 0-6 (0-5f), S Burke 0-5, M Cahill 0-4, D Honan 0-2, T Og Murphy, P Barry 0-1 each
Limerick: T O'Brien (Patrickswell) 0-4 (0-2f), G Mulcahy, A O’Connor 1-0 each, P McNamara 0-2 (0-1f), C Mullane 0-2, R McKeogh 0-1
UCC: A Nash; C O'Sullivan, R Foley, C O'Driscoll; S Cotter, K Harnett, A Quilligan; M Cahill, B O'Sullivan; T Og Murphy, R White, P Barry; S Burke, D Honan, S Moylan.
Subs used: S Corry for Murphy.
LIMERICK: B Hennessy; D Lynch, D Kennedy, K O'Rourke; L O'Dwyer, D Madden, A Brennan; D Meade, T Fleming; T O'Brien (Patrickswell), T O'Brien (Bruree), C Mullane; G Mulcahy, P McNamara, R McKeogh.
Subs used: A O'Connor for Madden, P Harty for McKeogh, M Ryan for T O'Brien (Bruree).
Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford).