Despite being minus most of their Waterford contingent, UCC carved a hapless Carbery side apart, and if Paddy Crowley and John Grainger can keep the bulk of this team together during the summer break, then there is every reason for College to dream of ultimate honours.
Tougher and more searching assignments lie in wait for the students, but it was their impressive first touch and stick work and lightning quick forward line allied to the mastery of midfielders Kevin Hartnett and Thomas Mullane that really caught the eye on a perfect evening for hurling.
Douglas forward Stephen Moylan was in scintillating form as was the wonderfully skilful John Halbert who between them contributed 1-10. Halbert was even more effective as a playmaker during 43 productive minutes on the park, and Moylan too was instrumental in two of his side’s goals, but from one to XV the students rarely showed any sign of vulnerability.
After a nervy opening four minutes during which they shot four wides and went behind to a Denis Harrington point, UCC took this game by the scruff of the neck and never looked back. Direct and ruthless with their hurling, in three minutes they shot 1-5 without reply, Moylan landing a few sweet points and also setting up James Logue for their opening goal.
Carbery did rally to pull the deficit back to four points by the 16th minute, Harrington adding two, Richard Flynn cutting a brilliant sideline and Kevin Griffin chipping in with a free.
However, from that point until half time, UCC upped the tempo, playing a beautiful brand of hurling and landing a succession of points. The College’s second goal was set up by Moylan and struck home by Kevin Hartnett.
It stood 2-10 to 0-6 at the break and it got worse for the west Cork division in a five minute spell after the interval. First John Halbert struck a fine goal to the top corner before landing a point. Thomas Mullane then pitched in with two while Moylan and Hartnett also found the range with remarkable ease. It was now 3-14 to 0-6 on 40 minutes and there simply was no way back for Carbery.
Denis Harrington did strike home a good ground shot past Anthony Nash in the 44th minute but UCC reacted in ruthless fashion again, Graham Mulcahy, Ger Barry, Moylan and Hartnett all finding the range to bring their total to 3-19.
Carbery never threw in the towel and, despite being outclassed in every sector, made a bid to make the score more respectable. Jason Fleming was prominent and nailed a few points, but there was no disputing the class of the students and the marksmanship of Moylan who finished with the evening final score.
for UCC: S Moylan 0-8; K Hartnett 1-3; J Halbert 1-2; J Logue 1-1; G Mulcahy 0-4; T Mullane and G Barry 0-2 each. Carbery: D Harrington 1-3; J Fleming (0-1 ‘65’, 0-1 free) and K Griffin (frees) 0-2 each; R Flynn (s-line) and K O’Donovan 0-1 each.
A Nash (Cork); D McSweeney (Cork), D Cody (Kilkenny), C O’Driscoll (Cork); J Jordan (Cork), A Quilligan (Clare), D O’Sullivan (Waterford); M Wilkinson (Limerick), K Hartnett (Cork); G Barry (Limerick), T Mullane (Cork), G Mulcahy (Limerick); J Halbert (Cork), S Moylan (Cork), J Logue (Tipperary).
T Cullinane (Cork) for Logue and M Fitzgerald (Limerick) for Cody (both 38); N de Bhaldraithe (Kilkenny) for Halbert (43); Logue for Mullane (50).
R Hayes (Kilbrittain); J P Forristal (Clonakilty), D Desmond (Kilbrittain), D Ryan; T Coffey (Oliver Plunketts), J Fleming (Barryroe), G Coleman (do); V O’Brien (Kilbrittain), K McCarthy (Barryroe); R Flynn (Ballinascarthy), K Griffin (Barryroe), D McCarthy (Kilbree); D Harrington (Barryroe), K O’Donovan, E Kelly (Newcestown).
M Keohane (Oliver Plunketts) for K McCarthy (52); A Fleming (Barryroe for Harrington; A Foley (O’Donovan Rossa) for Hayes (55); S Keohane (O’Donovan Rossa) for D McCarthy (57); A Hayes (Kilbrittain for Kelly (58).
J Kearney (Na Piarsaigh).