Irish Universities Football Union

COLLINGWOOD CUP - 5 Players to Watch

02 February 2018

Ahead of the Quarter Finals of the RUSTLERS Collingwood Cup in Queen's University Belfast, we take a look at five players that are set to light up the week.

Georgie Kelly

Georgie Kelly - UCD

There have been many players who have cut their teeth in the Collingwood Cup and graduated on to greater things within the League of Ireland. However, UCD striker Kelly possesses a different trait in that he is rapidly establishing himself as one of the top strikers in the domestic game whilst still in education. After a record breaking 2017 laden with personal awards, the Donegal native will be a fearsome sight for opposition defenders and if he's in-form could almost single-handedly deliver another success for the Belfield side.

Conor Kane

Conor Kane - Maynooth University

The Kildare University have produced many top defenders from their conveyor belt with Stephen Dunne and Paul Rooney pulling on the jersey and they may be about to unveil another top prospect in Under-19 Republic of Ireland international Kane. Experience with Drogheda United last season, Kane will give assurance to the Maynooth back-line. A converted winger, he will add an extra element to Maynooth's game as he gets up and down the line from left back.

jamie Lennon

Jamie Lennon - DCU

Last year's Harding Cup winning captain for the Glasnevin side, Lennon has recently signed a professional contract with St. Patrick's Athletic after coming through the ranks in the U19s. The hardworking midfielder is sure to cover plenty of miles in Belfast breaking up opposition attacks and getting the ball up to the likes of Alan O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connor. A born-leader, the Dubliner is sure to lead by example as DCU chase their first Collingwood.


Matt Hughes - Queen's University Belfast

The Collingwood Cup is a competition that poses many challenges to a player and experience is a huge benefit to navigating through the obstacles it throws in the way. Hughes is well-versed in this subject as he will make his third appearance in the competition. A former Cliftonville player, Hughes takes immense pride in wearing the Queens jersey and will leave every bit of blood, sweat and tears on the pitch. Hughes' prowess with the ball at his feet and improving finishing could be the key for ending 32 years of suffering for the Belfast side and bring Queen's back to the mountain top.


Darius Roohi - Ulster University

Whilst they have disappointed in recent years, UU will be hoping that they can orchestrate a resurgence in fortunes in the Collingwood Cup. If they are to consider themselves as contenders, they will need players to stand up and be counted, none less than Warrenpoint Town attacker, Roohi. The Belfast man has chipped in with a couple of goals in this season's CUFL and will need to add a couple more to help his side challenge. His strong determination across the front three will prove to be a nuisance to opposing players trying to limit his influence.

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