Moyle Rovers v UCC preview

Updated: November 20, 2011


The Munster GAA football semi-final between Tipperary’s Moyle Rovers and UCC takes place this Sunday at Clonmel Sportsfield at 2pm.

Despite narrowly losing their county final to Thomas McDonaghs, Moyle Rovers still advance to the semi-final, as McDonaghs are ineligible to compete in the Munster club championship.

The south Tipperary side badly missed two-time All-Star Declan Browne in the two point defeat.

It took extra-time for UCC to finally overcome Limerick’s Monaleen on a 1-19 to 2-15 score line in the quarter-final. The Cork outfit trailed by five points after 15 minutes but battled back and reeled in Monaleen, thanks to Gavin O’ Grady’s 1-4 and Paul Geaney notching up 0-9 as the game veered towards extra-time.

The students eventually edged it by a point and now Paul O’Keeffe’s troops are hoping to reach a first final since 1999.

Moyle Rovers last reached the final in 1998, but injuries could scupper any ideas of a first final appearance in 13 years. Paul Shanahan is a major loss while David McGrath is almost certain to miss the clash with UCC.

Wing-forward Shanahan was stretchered off the pitch in the Tipperary County final with a broken arm. McGrath is suffering from a hamstring strain and a late fitness test will determine whether he is fit to play or not.

The students are the form side coming into this game, winning the Sigerson Cup back in March and going undefeated through this year’s Cork championship, scoring an average of 1-12 per game.

Rovers unfamiliarity with this stage of the championship could be their downfall and UCC should advance to the Munster final on December 4th.

Verdict: UCC

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