26 March 2014
Substitute Jason Lyons grabbed an 82nd minute winner to steal victory for the Colleges FAI in their annual Hooper Trophy clash against the Irish Universities at Coolock.
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Lyons was on hand to finally beat the excellent Niall Corbett in the Universities goal with an assured finish from 10 yards after sloppy defending had allowed centre back Jonathan Savage to burst into the box and set him up.
The Universities had Corbett to thank for keeping them well in the games with a string of top class saves in an opening half that the Colleges totally dominated.
The UCD man denied Kevin O'Connor twice, Conor O'Keeffe and later Dean Broaders while Sean Skelly saw his close range header come off the post. Some strong running from Niall Conran did caused the Colleges problems in a vastly improved the second performance by the Universities.
But the lack of a cutting edge up front meant that both of the 'keepers the Colleges used, Seamus Houghton and Richard Burdsall, were rarely called upon to make any worthwhile saves.
COLLEGES FAI: S Houghton (IT Carlow); C O'Keeffe (IT Carlow), S Last (IT Carlow), J Savage (IT Carlow), R McEnteer (Dundalk IT); E Molloy (IT Carlow), B Nolan (Waterford IT), P Malone (DIT), K O'Connor (Waterford IT); D Broaders (IT Carlow), S Skelly (IT Carlow).
Subs: R Burdsall (Cork College of Commerce) for Houghton h-t, D Gibbons (Waterford IT ) for Nolan 56 mins, J Lyons (Athlone IT) for O'Connor 62 mins, M Kaguako (Drogheda Institute) for Broaders 73 mins, I Sweeney (Athlone IT) for Skelly 83 mins.
IRISH UNIVERSITIES: N Corbett (UCD); E Hyland (NUI Maynooth), D Campbell (NUI Maynooth), T Dent (UCD), S Dunne (NUI Maynooth); R Murray (UCD). J McKeown (NUI Maynooth), C Mahoney (NUI Maynooth); T Bradshaw (NUI Galway); N Lanigan (NUI Maynooth), N Conran (NUI Maynooth).
Subs: C Fadden (NUI Galway) for Dent 23 mins, M Casey (NUI Maynooth) for Murray 63 mins, N Whelan (NUI Galway) for Lanigan 69 mins, S Doherty (NUI Maynooth) for Mahoney 63 mins.
REFEREE: T McGuinness (Dublin).