UL manager Gary Kirby
CHAMPIONS University of Limerick suffered a 0-26 to 0-20 defeat to UCC this Sunday afternoon in round one of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
The Gary Kirby managed Limerick side must now get wins away to NUI Galway and UCD if they are to progress out of the group stages.
UL lined out with five Limerick man - Tom Morrissey, Ronan Lynch, Kevin O'Brien, Barry Murphy and Jamie Power, while Paddy O'Loughlin was playing with UCC.
Both sides were short some regulars - UL minus Kyle Hayes, Brian McGrath, Alan Murphy and others while UCC didn't have Darragh Fitzgibbon.
It was 0-11 to 0-9 to the Cork side at half time.
The sides were level five times in that opening 30-minutes with UL never ahead - Kevin O'Brien, Tom Morrissey and Barry Murphy were among the first half UL scorers.
UL hit the front, 0-13 to 0-12 after five minutes of the second half but it was to be their only time ahead.
Entering the final quarter the teams were level, 0-17 each, for the 10th time.
But it was UCC that finished on top with sub Robbie O'Flynn hitting three points to see them outscore UL 0-9 to 0-3 down the home stretch.
UL are away to NUIG this Thursday in round two.
SCORERS: UL: Barry Murphy (4frees) and Martin Keoghan 0-4 each, Jake Morris 0-3, Kevin O'Brien, Shane Golden and Ronan Lynch (1free 1 '65) 0-2 each, Ian Galvin, Tom Morrissey and Jordan Henley 0-1 each. UCC: Shane Conway 0-9 (4frees), Chris O'Leary 0-6 (5frees, 1 65), Shane Kingston and Robbie O'Flynn 0-3 each, Michael O'Halloran 0-2, Mark Coleman (lineball), David Griffin and Conor Brown 0-1 each.
UL: Jamie Power (Monaleen); Aidan McGuane (Clare), Evan Cody (Kilkenny), Paul Maher (Tipperary); Jordan Henley (Waterford), Conor Cleary (Clare), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); Shane Golden (Clare), Jack Shelly (Tipperary); Ian Galvin (Clare), Kevin O'Brien (Patrickswell), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Jake Morris (Tipperary), Martin Keoghan (Kilkenny), Barry Murphy (Doon). Subs: Tom Hannon (Clare) for Jack Shelly, inj (42mins), Shane Veale (Dublin for Kevin O'Brien (48mins), Brian Coady (Kilkenny) for Jordan Henley (48mins), Cian Darcy (Tipperary) for Barry Murphy (54mins), Michael Carey (Kilkenny) for Paul Maher, inj (58mins).
UCC: Jack Barry (Cork), Niall O'Leary (Cork), Eddie Gunning (Cork), Dara Lynch (Waterford); Chris O'Leary (Cork), Eoghan Murphy (Cork), Paddy O'Loughlin (Kilmallock); Conor Brown (Kilkenny), Mark Coleman (Cork); Ross Donohue (Wexford), Shane Kingston (Cork), Michael O'Halloran (Cork); Mark Keogh (Tipperary), Shane Conway (Kerry), David Griffin (Cork). Subs: Robbie O'Flynn for Ross Donohue (37mins), Killian Dwyer (Tipperary) for Dara Lynch (53mins), Colm Roche (Waterford) for Michael O'Halloran (63mins), Dara Walsh (Clare) for David Griffin (62mins).
REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).