23 October 2008
Report from Irish Daily Star Target Football Supplement Tuesday October 21 2008 Colleges and Universities League Round Up - from John Hudson
Premier Division holders UCD minus several of their title winning side opened the new season with a far from comfortable 3-1 win over College of Surgeons at Belfield.All the goals came in the second half after the Surgeons had made the home side work really hard up to the interval.
Aiden Gallagher then put the holders ahead early on the resumption only for Surgeons Bayrad to equalise shortly afterwards.A hotly disputed penalty on 75 minutes converted by Eoin Roche edged UCD in front and David McMillen sealed the win with a late strike.
DIT and last seasons beaten finalists Colaiste Ide shared the points in a tightly fought 1-1 draw at Grangegorman.The goals arrivied in the space of two minutes early in the second half.
Ide struck first on 51 minutes when Keith Barry had the easy task of putting them in front after DIT defender Killan Gallagher and goalkeeper Gavin Magee got their wires crossed.
But less than a minute later the home side were level.The goal coming when the alert Oleg Sheckeriev stole in ahead of the Finglas defence to volley home from an Eoin Kavanagh cross.
DIT were hampered by the loss of the experienced Stephen Roche with hamstring trouble but although Colaiste Ide had the better chances the sides had to settle for a point apiece.
Waterford IT the early Premier South pacesetters were disappointed to come away from the University of Limerick with only a point.Leading by a Jamie Owen strike on 85 minutes they failed to hang on for the final five minutes and striker Paul Cummins salvaged a point for UL with a brave header in the dying seconds.
Last season’s beaten semi finalists Colaiste Stiofain Naofa recovered well from their opening day’s defeat at Waterford IT to get back on track with a 3-1 home win over IT Tralee.
Dean Grainger hit two and Craig Duggan got the other while the visitors score came from Christian Jaegar.
The local derby between Cork IT and UCC in another Premier South game was settled by a single goal from UCC’s Shane Hegarty.
Carlow IT have run into form as they head the Premier West following a fine 2-0 home win over NUI Galway.Silvester Eugogea from the penalty spot,after Bowie Dee was pulled down in the box,and Guehhemme Bidonnel netted for Ger Bickerstaff’s boys.
While at Athlone the local IT shared the spoils with North West visitors Sligo IT in a close 1-1 draw.Craig Tone had the home side ahead before the break when he got a second chance to score after seeing his initial effort rebound off the crossbar.
But Stephen Coen’s second half leveller after his surging run from midfield was top class.
Queens University Belfast would deem themselves unlucky not to have picked up at least a point from the trip to Letterkenny IT in their Premier North opener.
Queens lead after 10 minutes through a Colin Wilkinson strike. But Letterkenny’s Bonners struck with a goal apiece to have their side in front by the break.
First Paddy Bonner equalised on 20 minutes with the help of a deflection and then ten minutes later Gareth Harkins set up Fintan Bonner to finish smartly for the lead.
In a hectic second half Queens dominated as Letterkenny were forced to hang on but try as the might the vital equaliser never came.« Go Back