Irish Universities Football Union

Irish Universities All Set For Harding Cup

05 February 2014

The Harding Cup the first of this seasons' Irish Universities cup competitions takes place over three days from Friday to Sunday this week hosted by the University of Limerick on their state of the art FIFA approved 4G All Weather pitches in Cappavilla on the Co Clare side of the UL campus.


The Harding Cup is confined to first year university students and is seen by the Irish Universities as an important development competition which gives the students their initial taste for university football.
Eight teams have entered this seasons' Harding Cup with newcomers local side Mary Immaculate College taking part for the first time.
Unfortunately two of the major universities Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster Jordanstown were unable to send first year teams to take part.
UCD who defeated Trinity College Dublin in last seasons' decider on a rain sodden Coleraine pitch and NUI Maynooth winners over UCD in Cork the previous year will be among the favourites to lift the cup.
While Fran Butler has assembled a fine young DCU squad who are already through to the Colleges and Universities League Division Three Final and may turn out to be the dark horses in what is always a refreshing three days of good football.

Fixtures
Irish Universities Harding Cup

(All games at University of Limerick All Weather pitches at Cappavilla)

Friday February 7
Harding Cup Quarter Finals
NUI Maynooth V DCV (1.0)
NUI Galway V UCC (2.0)
Trinity College Dublin V University of Limerick (3.30)
UCD V Mary Immaculate College Limerick (4.30)

Saturday February 8
Harding Cup Semi Finals
NUI Maynooth/DCU V NUI Galway/UCC (2.0)
Trinity College Dublin/University of Limerick V UCD/Mary Immaculate College (2.0)

Harding Plate Semi Finals
NUI Maynooth/DCU V NUI Galway/UCC (11.0)
Trinity College Dublin/University of Limerick V UCD/Mary Immaculate College (11.0)

Sunday February 9
Harding Cup Final (1.0)
Harding Plate Final (10.30)

 

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