The UL senior camogie team were crowned Ashbourne Cup winners for the third year in a row following a three point win over UCC in Mallow last night.
Having eased past WIT in the semi-final, UL faced a much tougher task in their Munster counterparts, a goal from Katrina Mackey giving UCC a deserved one-point lead at half time.
However the reigning champions found their stride early in the second half with points from Beth Carton, Niamh Hanniffy and Orla O’Dwyer keeping UCC at bay.
With five minutes to go, UCC went on the hunt for a goal but superb goalkeeping skills from Roisin Breen denied their chance and the UL defence, led by captain Eimear Kelly, ensured the UL victory.
In her speech Kelly, who was named player of the game, praised UCC for their tenacious efforts and credited the UL victory to the “professional” set-up within the club.
UL: Roisin Breen; Ciannait Walsh, Mary Ryan, Caoimhe Maher; Eimear Kelly, Clare Hehir, Karen Kennedy; Ereena Fryday (0-1), Ciara Murphy; Roisin Howard (0-1), Beth Carton (0-6, 0-3f), Orla O’Dwyer (0-4); Sarah Fryday (0-1), Niamh Hanniffy (0-1), Caoimhe Lyons.
Subs: Grace O’Brien (0-1) for Lyons (44), Aoife Keane for S Fryday (46), Ailish Considine for Murphy (59).
UCC: Laura Brennan; Leanne O’Sullivan, Meabh Cahalane, Roisin Phelan; Aoife Landers, Pamela Mackey, Libby Coppinger; Maeve McCarthy (0-1), Sinead McNamara; Amy O’Connor, Orla Cronin (0-6, 0-5f), Chloe Sigerson; Katrina Mackey (1-2), Niamh McCarthy, Hannah Looney.
Subs: Lauren Callanan for M McCarthy (46), Hayley Ryan for Landers (50).
Referee: John McDonagh (Galway).