Coleman’s double save late in the game, which denied the home side a match-winning goal, was breathtaking.
Both these third level institutions are developing a very healthy rivalry and there was a great edge to his game which kept the fair sized crowd well entertained.
CIT deserved their victory as they showed the greater penetration where former county minor Maurice O’Sullivan showed his prowess both from play and frees, accounting for 1-7 of his side’s tally.
Defensively they were equally as good with Martin Coleman, Brian O’Sullivan, Jason Fleming and Michael Prout, when moved back from full-forward, giving nothing away.
UCC welcomed back Richie Flannery and the Tipperary man will be a huge asset for the forthcoming Fitzgibbon Cup campaign. Rory McCarthy, Kevin Hartnett, John Crowley and Waterford senior Paul O’Brien excelled for UCC.
Two evenly matched sides were level four times in the opening half before Maurice O’Sullivan’s long range free in the 28th minute went all the way to the UCC net and helped CIT to an interval lead of 1-8 to 0-7.
The home side upped the tempo on the change of ends and Padraig Nevin added two quick points to reduce the deficit, but the CIT defence, under more pressure than their opponents, were coping well.
However they were powerless to deny UCC their goal in the 45th minute.
Despite an excellent save by Coleman from Paul O’Brien, the impressive John Crowley was on hand to drive home the rebound to give his side a one-point lead, and UCC were playing well enough outfield to suggest they could go and win the game.
The closing quarter was hugely entertaining as both sides chased the victory. Exchanges became extra keen and unfortunately for UCC, they lost the services of Shane O’Sullivan for a second bookable offence
With their numerical advantage, CIT looked the lightly winners but it took that magnificent double save by their ’keeper Martin Coleman and two late points by Maurice O’Brien to give them the spoils.
: CIT: M. O’Brien: 1-7 (1-3 frees, 0-1 65); A. Nash (free), E. Manning, C. O’Leary, M. Prout 0-1 each. UCC: J. Crowley 1-2; P. O’Brien 0-4; P. Nevin 0-2; E. Hanley, B. Carey 0-1 each.
: M. Coleman; B. O’Sullivan, J. Fleming, E. O’Sullivan; P. Buckley, N. Teehan, P. O’Flynn; J. Griffin, B. Smiddy; E. Manning, C. O’Leary, R. Ryan; A. Nash, M. Prout, M. O’Sullivan.
Subs. A. O’Neill for Smiddy; I. Murphy for O’Flynn; J. Moylan for Murphy; M. Heffernan for Manning.
: R. O’Neill; B. Clifford, D. McSweeney, R. McCarthy; P. Gilmartin, R. Flannery, R. Rice; K. Hartnett, E. Hanley; B. Carey, C. Hickey, S. O’Sullivan; P. O’Brien, J. Crowley, P. Nevin.
Subs. S. Cronin for Hickey; M. Liddane for Gilmartin.
: K. Healy (Ballymartle).