Irish Universities Football Union

Collingwood Cup: 5 Players to Watch

03 February 2019

With the latter stages of the 2019 Rustlers IUFU Collingwood Cup set to get underway tomorrow morning in the University of Limerick, we identify five players that can etch themselves into the history of the elite tournament in University Football.

Daniel Grant (Maynooth University)

The young Bohemians attacker has been a great asset for the 2014 champions in his fresher year providing 5 goals thus far in league and cup competition including the crucial first goal in their comeback against Trinity College in the first round. With the Quarter Final game against UL set to be a game of fine margins, it could be his golden touch that puts Maynooth into their first semi-final since 2016.

Jack O'Mahony (Ulster University)

The midfielder was excellent in UU's 2-0 win over NUI Galway in the first round cutting open the Galway defence on the counter attack for the second goal. A Northern Ireland underage international, O'Mahony will be expected to bring creativity to the Northern side who have been full of goals this season in Division Two of the CUFL and with them to be heavy favourites to beat the Royal College of Surgeons in the Quarter Final, the Glenavon player could help them reach their first Collingwood Cup Final for any Ulster University side since the last victory for the Jordanstown Campus in 2008.

Conor Davis (UCD)

Having been signed from Reading to the SSE Airtricity League branch of the club during the summer, Davis is currently in his first year of study in Belfield. He was in fine form as UCD marched to the First Division title with 7 goals in 10 games in all competitions. He has already netted four times for the current Collingwood Cup holders in the CUFL Premier Division thus far and will be fancied to get on the scoresheet against Queen's in the Quarter Final.

Ronan Young (Queen's)

Having scored a wonderful free kick in last year's Collingwood Cup Final and scored from similar territories this season for Queen's in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League, opposition teams will be wary of conceding free kick's around their eighteen-yard box with Young on the pitch. With the experience of last year's tournament, the left back will be expected to produce a strong showing in this year's competition

Sean McSweeney (University of Limerick)

Although he is only 21, McSweeney comes into the tournament as one of the more experienced players with four years of Third Level Football under his belt. With three goals thus far in the CUFL, UL will be hoping that the Limerick FC striker can have the same talismanic impact this year that Garbhan Coughlan had for them in 2016 as they reached the final in Cork.

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