UCC vs UL in the Mardyke Thursday November 17th at 7:30pm
By CCAO PRO Ann Marie Guinan.
University Limerick and University College Cork will lock horns for this second time this year in the Division One league semi-final this Thursday evening. Playing in UCC’s home ground, UCC will be all guns blazing in a bid to get one over their Munster adversaries.
Rewind nine months ago to Ashbourne final day on a cold afternoon in Gort GAA where a last gasp goal from Sarah Fryday sent the Ashbourne cup to UL for the sixth time since the competition began in 1915.
Looking to their 2016 league campaigns, the 2015 Division One league champions UL have been undefeated in their group games. UCC on the other hand encountered a narrow defeated to WIT in round three of the group stages.
In group A, UCC have defeated newly promoted CIT and fell short to the 2015 Ashbourne champions WIT in the last round of the group. The Ashbourne finalists showed their superiority to their Cork neighbours CIT when they racked up a score line of 5-17. WIT put up a more intense fight when they met in WIT in October forcing UCC into the quarter-final stages against Mary Immaculate. In a very high scoring affair UCC and Mary Immaculate battled for the second semi-final spot with UCC outscoring Mary Immaculate College 1-18 to 4-07.
UL opened their league campaign in a local derby against Mary Immaculate College where they came away easy victors with 11 points to spare. The 2016 Ashbourne champions then hosted NUIG in the second round of the group stages and easily dismissed the Connaught side producing a very large score-line to place them at top of the group.
UCC’s All-Star twins Pamela and Katrina Mackey play a massive role for the Cork side while Amy O’Connor is also on hand to test the defence of UL when they take to the pitch at 7:30 on Thursday evening. UL’s and Waterford Beth Carton will be one to watch while experienced players Ereena Fryday and Patrice Diggins will be leaders for the Limerick University.
UCC will no doubt have plenty of motivation for this game while UL will also be eager to book a Division 1 league final spot against either Dublin based colleges DIT or UCD.