College Football Association of Ireland

Holders UCD through to CUFL Premier Final

03 February 2015

Conor Cannon struck the winner five minutes from time to send the holders UCD into a second successive Colleges and Universities Premier League decider after a thrilling semi final tie with keen Dublin rivals DIT at Home Farm FC.

DIT had the better of the opening half and were good value for their slender interval lead with a goal from Jacob Ferguson on the stroke of half time.
A hectic four minute spell on the resumption saw UCD come from behind twice to draw level, first from a Samir Belhout header and then Joe Keohane's cracking 25 yard drive after Sam Simpson had put DIT in front again. Belhout had a penalty brilliantly saved by DIT 'keeper Gavin Moore on 66 minutes as UCD began to get on top. Both sides went close after that, until Cannon's classic winning goal from the edge of the box following a quickly taken throw in on 85 minutes put the holders in front for the first time and clinched their place in the decider.
UCD: Niall Corbett; Ciaran Quinn, Caolan Cullen, Ryan McLaughlin, Sean Coyne; Samir Belhout, Timmy Molloy, Tom O'Halloran, Joe Keohane; Conor Cannon, Cormac Suan. SUBS: Colm Feeney (for Belhout 73 mins), Greg Sloggett (for Keohane 85 mins), Stephen McAuliffe, Maxim Kouogun, Niall Hanley, Jeff Richardson, Gareth Coughlan.
DIT: Gavin Moore; Conor Dowd, Niall Cooney, Rhys Gorman, Jamie Cross; Jacob Ferguson, John Leddy, Dean Gibbons, Kaleem Simon; Sam Simpson; Sodiq Oguntola. SUBS: Eoin Mooney (for Leddy 85 mins), Jamie Traore (for Dowd 88 mins), Dean Clarke, Graham Fitzpatrick, Gary Cullen, Lindo Majola.
REFEREE: Paul Tuite. ASSISTANTS: Aidan O'Brien, Martin Brown.
Umbro CUFL Premier Division Semi Final
University College Dublin 3 Dublin IT 2
Umbro CUFL Division One Semi Final
NUI Galway 3 (Niall Whelan (pen), Pauric Cunningham, Brian Gaffney) Dundalk IT 0
Umbro CUFL Division Three Semi Final
IT Blanchardstown 'C' 1 (Curtis Durnin) Maynooth University 'C' 3 (Yusaf Shushan, Rory Kirk 2)
Fixtures Wednesday 4th February
Umbro CUFL Premier Division Semi Final
Maynooth University v Waterford IT 7pm Newbridge Town FC
Umbro CUFL Division One Semi Final
Letterkenny IT v Colaiste Stiofain Naofa 12pm Letterkenny IT
Umbro CUFL Division Two Semi Finals
IT Carlow 'C' v DCU 'B' 4pm IT Carlow
IT Blanchardstown 'B' v Maynooth University 'B' (Thursday) 2pm IT Blanchardstown
Umbro CUFL Division Three Semi Final
Moate Business College v Waterford IT 'C' (Thursday) 2pm Moate Business College pitch

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