UCC have been crowned Sigerson Cup champions, winning the crown for the first time since 2014, after a hard fought victory over a talented St Mary's side on a score of 0-16 to 1-9. Kerry's Sean O'Shea was without doubt the star of the show, notching an impressive 0-7 in a dominant display.
It is a fantastic achievement for the Cork outfit, and for manager Billy Morgan. Now 74-years old, the legendary coach shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Speaking after the game, the passion he still holds for the skull and crossbones was plain for all to see:
Yeah well, I just love it to be quite honest. They're great kids, fantastic. We have obstacles to overcome, and the fact that we can't train, and I'm not complaining, that's the case with other colleges as well.
But they do what they can all the time, no matter what the obstacles. They work hard, and they're committed, and they're brilliant. Brilliant...
Well it's probably the greatest sporting emblem on any sporting jersey. People talk about the fern on the All Blacks jersey, but the skull and crossbones is an absolute privilege and an honour.
Billy Morgan has coached UCC to the Sigerson at age 74, amazing. The amount of terrible haircuts he has seen in his career is beyond quantification.
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) February 20, 2019
It is Morgan's third Sigerson title as manager, having claimed the crown in 2011 and 2014. He also won two in his own playing days.
This is an immensely talented UCC side, featuring a number of names which will star on the inter-county scene for years to come. This win probably would not have been possible without the guidance of their manager, however, and few would bet against him plotting his way to another title in 2020.