UCC A 6 City Wanderers 1
PABLO MATO scored four as UCC A lifted the City Challenge Cup following their 6-1 victory over City Wanderers at the Cross on Monday night.
Although the score-line was convincing in the end as a result of some brilliant finishing, Wanderers were guilty of some bad misses as they fell victims to their own downfall in many ways.
In fact it was Eric Marah who got the proceedings on their way when his fizzing effort was palmed away by O’Reilly after two minutes.
Then, from Aaron Kearney’s cross, Ian Roche nearly got a touch in the right direction as he stole in between Luke Magee and Stephen O’Reilly, but fortune favoured the students as the danger was cleared.
A chance then fell for Wanderers when Mark Riordan played in Niall Allen, but he fired over with the goal gaping.
But, the students settled and after a rifling effort from Mato was well held by Gibbons, UCC found themselves in front when from Aguin’s cross, Abdullah squeezed home on 34 minutes.
Then before the break, Wanderers lost a chance to level proceedings when Eric Marah’s low effort came back off the upright and into the waiting arms of O’Reilly.
With seven minutes into the second period Conor Murphy fed Mato who took off and produced a neat finish to double the student’s advantage.
Wanderers pressed with Marah heading over before Daniel Murphy missed a sitter near goal.
Wanderers were caught napping minutes later when Mato was allowed space and time to plant his effort into the corner to make it 3-0 on 53.
Wanderers responded and reduced the arrears when Pierce Morris forced home from close range.
But, this man Mato struck again one minute later when he fired home to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-1 on 75.
UCC’s tails were well and truly up now and Mato was to be Wanderers’ tormentor one more time when he took advantage of a loose ball before slamming the net with a super finish.
Then, to finish it all off, we saw another super strike in the game when Dean Buckley unleashed an unstoppable thunderbolt which soared into the top corner — giving Gibbons no chance whatsoever.
It was a wonderful finish at the end of what was really a terrific game of football dished up by two very good sides.
UCC A: Stephen O’Reilly, Matt Ellis, Kevin Russell, Fawwaz Abdullah, Luke Magee, Jorge Ages Aguin, Eoghan Vaughan, Sean Buckley, Pablo Mato, Dean Buckley, Conor Murphy.Subs:
CITY WANDERERS: Jack Gibbons, Daniel Murphy, Joe Coulson, Shane Finn, Aaron Kearney, John McCaverty, Ian Roche, Niall Allen, Mark Riordan, Eric Marah, Kevin Murray.
Subs: Pierce Morris, Fintan O’Leary and Dave Riordan for John McCleverty, Niall Allen and Mark Riordan (68), Colin Hammond and Carlo Bresavic for Daniel Murphy and Joe Coulson (73).
Referee: Vinny Coonan (Assistants: Tom McCarthy and Jim O’Connor)