Irish Universities Football Union

IUFU Crowley Cup Saturday Round Up

23 March 2013

Queens University Belfast will face Northern rivals University of Ulster Coleraine in the Irish Universities Crowley Cup Final to-morrow (Sunday) at NUI Maynooth North Campus (1.30) after they both secured narrow semi-final wins.


Jason McDermott fired Queens into a second successive Crowley decider with the only goal of a tense tie against hosts NUI Maynooth. The decisive score came with just 15 minutes remaining when Queens gained possession following a Maynooth corner and in a sweeping move Chris Hayes found Anthony Ablabey free on the right with an accurate cross field pass. The Queens winger cleverly beat full back Blain Curtis and set up Jason McDermott to beat goalkeeper Martin Carroll from close range. Maynooth had several earlier chances to go ahead with the best of these falling to Jamie Coyle after good work by midfielder Ian Cusack but Queens 'keeper Sam Jones was in top form to deny the homesters striker.

Stefan McKenna proved to be the Coleraine hero when his goal in the closing minutes of extra time against UCC to secured a place in the final for his side. With the tie level at 1-1 and a penalty shootout looming the Coleraine forward got past the Cork defence on the right and cut in to shoot past Diarmuid Long for the decisive score. It was McKenna's second strike of the game after he had put Coleraine in front on seven minutes with a well taken effort from a brilliant Craig Dook through ball. Cork got back on terms shortly afterwards when Billy Murphy tapped home after a fine run and cross from Shane Hegarty on the left. But in spite of all their efforts Cork were unable to find a way past the experienced Ryan McGough in the Coleraine goal as time and again he managed to prevent them adding to the score with a string of top class saves.

The Crowley Plate will see University of Limerick take on another Northern side St Mary's College Belfast at (11.0) tomorrow Sunday. UL just managed to edge out DCU in a thrilling semi-final by the odd goal in five.Two gaols from Darren Harney had the Limerick boys comfortably ahead by the break and when Stephen Byrne made it 3-0 mid-way into the second half it was looking all too easy for UL. But DCU stormed back and goals from Luke Brown and Diarmuid Conaty put them within touching distance of forcing the tie into extra time. However a resolute UL defence managed to withstand several late DCU attacks and they held on to gain a deserved place in the Plate Final.

St Mary's College Belfast will provide the opposition for UL after they finally got through their semi-final tie against Trinity College with the help of a 4-3 penalty shootout victory. Ryan Doherty hit two of their goals after Dan McKinliss netted the opener and later the winning penalty, while Trinity's goals came from Sam Hayden, Lee Moran and Gavin Gilhawley.
IRISH UNIVERSITIES CROWLEY CUP (at NUI Maynooth)
Semi Finals: Queens University Belfast 1 (Jason McDermott) NUI Maynooth 0; UCC 1 (Billy Murphy) University of Ulster Coleraine 2 (Stefan McKenna 2) aet 1-1 at 90 mins.

CROWLEY PLATE
Semi Finals: University of Limerick 3 (Darren Harney 2, Stephen Byrne) DCU 2 (Luke Brown, Diarmuid Conaty); St Marys College Belfast 3 (Ryan Doherty 2, Daniel McKinliss) Trinity College Dublin 3 (Sam Hayden, Lee Moran, Gavin Gilhawley) St Mary's won 4-3 on pens.

FIXTURES FOR GAMES TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY MARCH 24

IRISH UNIVERSITIES CROWLEY CUP (at NUI Maynooth North Campus)
Final (1.30): Queens University Belfast v University of Ulster Coleraine
Plate Final (11.0): University of Limerick v St Mary's College Belfast

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