Collingwood Cup 2012
Day Two Tuesday 21st February 2012
Royal College of Surgeons made history at the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup hosted by University of Limerick when they reached the semi final stage of the competition for the first time ever.
The Surgeons followed up on their narrow 1-0 first round win over Dublin University by knocking out the northern king pins University of Ulster Jordanstown 4-3 on penalties after their quarter final tie finished scoreless with 20 minutes of extra time played.The game was quiet an open affair with both sides having chances to break the deadlock.The play flowed from end to end and goalkeepers Matthew Quinn from Jordanstown and Surgeons Jamie Clerkin were kept busy. Quinn did well to keep out a firm header from Cormac McHugh while Clerkin saved well from Mark Kelly and full back James Peden.Clerkin proved to be the Surgeons hero in the penalty shoot with two fine saves to set up Jamie Phillips to hit the match winning penalty.
Surgeons will now meet UCD in to-days semi final after a Mark Langtry late equaliser for the second successive game sent the tie into extra time to keep the Belfield sides' hopes of capturing another Collingwood very much alive. Langtry had rescued the first round tie against DCU with a goal five minutes from normal time and he broke Maynooth's hearts when he ran on to an accurate Ross King pass to beat Maynooth 'keeper Eric Lawless with less than three minutes of the tie remaining. Maynooth then had two players Niall Curran and Harry Silke red carded as a rampant UCD dominated the extra time and goals from Stiofain Sexton and King gave them a semi final place.
Noel O'Connor sprung a surprise on hosts UL when his Mary Immaculate College charges claimed a 2-1 win with two second half goals from John Hutton and Cormac Crowe to cancel out Declan O'Donnell's header just before the break in the all Limerick clash.
Meanwhile in a repeat of last seasons' decider holders UCC scored a comfortable 4-0 win over a disappointing NUI Galway. Paul Lawless hit two and Rob Waters and Kyle O'Shea added the others to allow manager John Caulfield the opportunity to give all his substitutes a run out ahead of to-days semi final tie against Mary Immaculate.
Collingwood Cup Quarter Finals:
NUI Galway 0 UCC 4 (Paul Lawless 2, Rob Waters, Kyle O'Shea)
University of Limerick 1 (D 0'Donnell) Mary Immaculate College 2 (John Hutton, Cormac Crowe)
NUI Maynooth 1 (Craig Mooney pen) UCD 3 (Mark Langtry, Stiofain Sexton, Ross King)aet
University of Ulster Jordanstown 0 Royal College of Surgeons 0 aet. Surgeons won 4-3 on pens.
Spillane Cup (Semi Final):
Queens University 0 Dublin University 1 (Donal O'Cofaigh)
DAY ONE Monday 20th February 2012
Mark Langtry kept UCD hopes alive with an equaliser five minutes from time to send their Irish Universities Collingwood Cup first round tie against DCU into extra time on the opening day of this years' competition hosted by the University of Limerick.
The dramatic penalty shoot that finally settled this entralling cup tie went the Belfield sides' way 6-5 after both sides had taken ten spot kicks each. DCU looked home and dry after leading through a fine Mark Logan goal on 35 minutes.Philip Kavanagh set up the chance with an excellent cross from the left, John Mulroy touch it on and the alert Logan beat goalkeeper Mark McGinley with a clinical finish. The Glasnevin side had dominated most of the first half action and Stephen Traynor and Mulroy both gone close before Logan put them ahead.UCD found their rhytyhm after the break and Ross King was unlucky with a good strike that goalkeeper Mark Hatton tipped over his crossbar and later the lively Tyrone McNelis tested Hatton with another fine effort. McNelis then had a hand in the late equaliser after he picked out Langtry with a through ball and the winger ran on to steer the ball low past the DCU 'keeper.
Two goals apiece from Craig Mooney in the first half and Jamie Airey after the break gave NUI Maynooth a comfortable win over Queens University. The Belfast side were hampered by a shoulder injury to goalkeeper Jack Duffin that forced him to retire from the tie before half time.
Royal College of Surgeons caused some what of a shock by knocking out Dublin University in their first round tie. The Surgeons frustrated Trinity for most of the game and went ahead on the hour when substitute Eoghan Farrell netted from a Stephen Dredge header at the back post. Farhad Patel might have levelled near the finish but his well placed header was brilliantly saved by Surgeons man of the match Jamie Clerkin.