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Late, late show as 94th-minute winner helps UCC to second Collingwood Cup in 3 years

Daniel Pender – remember the name.

2015 CHAMPIONS UCC today stole the Collingwood Cup from holders UCD in a thrilling game of football.

UCC celebrate winning The Collingwood Cup The victorious UCC side. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Daniel Pender was the Cork university’s hero for the third day running, his header coming in the last minute of injury time to send the title back down south.

He grabbed the winners in both yesterday’s semi-final and Tuesday’s quarter-final.

There wasn’t much excitement in the fixture until the 32nd minute, as UCC were awarded a penalty. It sprung to life as Sean O’Callaghan’s ice-cool finish from the spot sent the Cork side ahead.

Last year’s champions UCD weren’t going to give up their title that easy however, as Georgie Kelly headed home fifteen minutes from the end.

The game looked to be heading for extra-time but Pender broke UCD hearts in the 94th minute, his header finding the back of the net in the dying seconds.

The victory comes as UCC’s 13th Collingwood Cup.

Cobh defender Sean Mc Loughin was awarded the Player of the Tournament accolade for his efforts.

Meanwhile, Queens overcame Dublin University (Trinity College) to win the Farquaher Cup earlier today. An 87th minute Ciaran McGahon free-kick acted just as a consolation for the Dubliners, with two earlier goals from Matthew Hughes sealing the 2-1 win for the Belfast college.

You can catch up on Tuesday and Wednesday’s Collingwood Cup action here.

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