College Football Association of Ireland

CUFL Round Up of Series One - John Hudson

15 October 2008

Report from Irish Daily Star Target Soccer Supplement Tues Oct 14 2008 Colleges and Universities League Round Up - from John Hudson

David Kennedy caused a shock in the Premier South Division hitting a cracking long range drive home on 30 minutes to give Waterford IT all three points against last seasons league semi finalists’ Colaiste Stiofain Naofa at the RSC.

Nicky Denn’s side withstood some fierce second half  pressure from the highly talented Cork college who fielded several Cork City eircom under 20 league players.Centre backs Robbie Quan and Mark McKenna were outstanding at the back for Waterford while Jamie Owens and goalscorer Kennedy shone up front.

The spoils were shared in the Premier West clash at Galway between GMIT and visitors IT Carlow after an exciting 2-2 draw.

     All the goals came in the second half with the home side forced to rely on a late equaliser after hitting the front first.Gary Price set GMIT up nicely shortly after the restart drilling in a low drive for the opening score.

     Carlow then took command and further goals followed from Silvester Eigbouba with a spectacular 30 yard volley and a Richie Newport header which put them in the driving seat.But John Clarke’s men battled back for a late equaliser from Damien Coleman and nearly won the game at the death when  Kevin Crehan  smashed a fierce drive off the post.

     Pick of the results in Division One was the Cork College of Commerce runaway  6-1  victory over Cork IT second string at Farrenlee Road.Commerce the Division One League winners in 2006/2007 suffered a lean spell last year season.But with John Quinlan back at the helm,helped out on the coaching side by current Douglas Hall midfielder Seamus Long who also figured on that league winning team they are ready to make another bid for the title.

     Cork City’s Kevin Holland and Daniel O’Callaghan operating with Castleview hit two apiece for Commerce and Glen O’Connor netted from the penalty spot to get their season off on a bright note.

     While at Grangegorman the up and coming Inchicore College,the Colleges FAI Umbro Plate winners last season surprised the more fancied DIT second team themselves no strangers to success last term either claiming both the Division Two League title and the Colleges FAI B team Cup.

    Leading 2-1 at half time courtesy of two Brian Travers goals the Inchicore men held on and David Murphy sealed the win with a third goal late in the half to gain them all three points.TEK’s Conor Foley was the DIT scorer.

     While in an other Division One game with a local flavour Stephen Murphy’s young Sallynoggin College side easily accounted for Bray Institute on a 5-1 scoreline.The Sallynoggin goals coming from Luke Byrne with two, Chris Mahony and a penalty each from Nicholas Byrne and Mark Hanlon.   

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