UCC saw off Avondhu in spectacular style on Monday night to book their place in round four of the SFC.
The Students were impressive throughout the game and set down a marker that won’t go unnoticed to the other serious competitors in this season’s competition, even if the divisional side were without Colm O'Neill and James Loughrey.
A very proud UCC bainisteoir Dr Con Murphy stood proud on the Mourneabbey turf after the fixture and stated he was as shocked as anyone with the performance from his side.
“We didn’t see that coming at all. It is still very early in the year but the longer we can stay in the competition the better I think we should be getting in it.
“We really are taking it very seriously, I think you could see that tonight and that really is great to see.”
For those concerned about the early withdrawal of Kerry star Brian Begley, Dr Con was confident that all was well.
“Brian’s injury is just a sore ankle, he will be fine.”
When asked what the head tactician thought about his side racking up 3-18, Murphy was again claiming shock.
“We really are surprised with that. We did think that we would be competitive, of course we did but we really didn’t think we would do that well.”
Things seem to be falling into place for the students as their win sees them skip round three.
“That really suits us. The break is something that we need. It will probably be mid-August now at the earliest and as you can appreciate for us the later it goes the better for us.”
While Dr Con was happy with the way his charges performed he was particularly delighted with the levels of fitness and commitment shown on the evening.
“These guys here are mad to play for College. The enjoy it. It was a great performance and a very good game of football overall.
“It is great to be able to get such a group together on a Monday night in June for this game. The lads like meeting up and there really is a great team spirit among all the squad.
"We are all committed and will all give it our all.”
UCC impressed on Monday night against an Avondhu side that have plenty pedigree and while things looked good on the night Dr Murphy is adamant that one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
50 years of dedication to this team means that there is no person, anywhere in the county in a better position to see just what work still has to be done to bring the title back through the famous old college gates.
That said, there would be few that would begrudge this legend of Cork sport one more moment in the sun.