UCC won the prestigious Ashbourne Cup at the weekend when they defeated holders WIT by a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-04 in Ballinlough, Cork. Hosted by CIT for the first time, the semi-finals went ahead on Saturday when UCC overcame UCD 4-08 to 2-01, while WIT accounted for NUIG on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-08.
The Cork College collected their 29th title when they defeated WIT in a tough and close fought match. With several senior intercounty players from Cork and Tipperary, they got off to a fine start with a Rachel Moloney point in the fourth minute. Further points from Emer Mc Donnell and Criona Harte put them ahead 0-05 to 0-03 at the break, the WIT scores coming from Kate Kelly and Shauna Murphy.
Player of the Tournament, Emer Mc Donnell of Tipperary senior fame, knocked over three second half points. A goal in the 48th minute for WIT from Jackie O'Connor left the sides level at 1-04 to 0-07. Cork rallied to the cause after this with fine points immediately from Rachel Moloney, and Criona Harte. And victory was assured for the Leesiders when Siobhan Sexton got her side's only goal in the 53rd minute and thus UCC laid claim to yet another Ashbourne title.
Saturday's Shield semi-finals saw UL overcome CIT 2-07 to 1-06, while Athlone IT beat St Marys, Belfast 3-12 to 1-02. In the final, UL beat Athlone IT by 4-12 to 0-07. The Limerick team, captained by Fiona Ni Chorcorain of Dublin, put in a fine display against an Athlone IT side who were always struggling, despite the best efforts of Therese Maher.
Filed by Tom Grealis