CUFL Premier Division NorthKick Off: Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 15:00
Location: College Park
Referee: To be Confirmed
Teams: Trinity College Dublin 4 vs Dundalk IT 1
Trinity College put themselves in pole position for Quarter-Final qualification with victory over DKIT.
The away side travelled to College Park without the likes of Georgie Poynton and Ciaran O'Connor who are in Dundalk's Europa League squad and were immediately put on the backfoot when they conceded a penalty in the opening minutes that Ronan Hanaphy cooly dispatched.
Trinity's game plan became clear as they adopted a high-pressing game and looked to get the ball up direct to the likes of Hanaphy and Ciaran McGahon on the left wing. The second goal came about from McGahon capitalising on some loose defending and weaving through the Dundalk defence before his shot was saved with Hanaphy on hand to double his side's advantage.
Dundalk dominated possession throughout but struggled to cut through the energetic home side with Carlton Ubaezuonu well-marshalled by right back Glen Cosgrove. Their best attempt of the half came from Anton Reilly's long range effort which was comfortably stopped by Brian Smyth in the Trinity goal.
The second half started in a similar fashion with Trinity finding joy on the counter attack with Hanaphy guilty of missing multiple opportunities to put the game out of sight for the Louth side. A lifeline was offered to DKIT midway through the second period when Reilly drove into the box and was taken down for the second penalty of the game. Up stepped Reilly to take, but he was denied by a brillliant stop by Smyth down to his left.
With time running out for Dundalk, manager Liam Burns sent on Izu Chiemeka up top with Ubaezuonu supporting. The extra presence up top paid dividends as Trinity would be found guilty of overplaying it and Ubaezuonu seized upon this and curled a fine effort into the top left of Smyth's goal.
Dundalk went in search of the equaliser and threw men forward but were caught on the counter twice late on with Eoghan Vaughan reaping the rewards on both occassions to give Trinity all three points.