Irish Universities Football Union

IUFU Harding Cup Saturday Round Up

08 February 2014

The holders UCD will face NUI Galway in the Irish Universities Harding Cup Final at the University of Limerick All Weather pitch, on Sunday at 1pm, after both sides registered narrow wins in today's semi-finals.


Dean Clarke shot UCD in front in their 2-1 win over hosts UL with a fine finish from a perfectly placed Timmy Molloy free kick on 14 minutes. The home side with wind advantage in the second half failed to get back on terms and when Conor Cannon doubled the score with fifteen minutes remaining the holders looked home and dry. A late Joe Kennedy goal gave UL some hope of taking the tie to extra time but UCD managed to hold out for another Harding Cup Final appearance, their third in four years.
Winger Eoghan Walsh was the match winner for NUI Galway in the second semi-final when he chased down a loose ball just before half time to cleverly beat the advancing Maynooth 'keeper Conor O'Malley for what proved to be the only score of a closely fought game.
The Harding Plate will see local side Mary Immaculate College take on DCU in the decider. Manager Noel O'Connor has done wonders to steer the Limerick boys into the final of a Freshers competition for the first time ever. First half goals from Gary Bateman and John Hickey had them comfortably in front at the break against a disappointing Trinity College who did manage a goal from Conor McCrossan late on.
DCU came through against UCC with goals from John Reid and Colm Callinan with Sean Feeney netted for the Cork side.

Results
Irish Universities Harding Cup Semi Finals

NUI Maynooth 0 NUI Galway 1 (E Walsh)
University of Limerick 1 (J Kennedy) UCD 2 (D Clarke, C Cannon)
Harding Plate Semi Finals
DCU 2 (J Reid, C Callinan)UCC 1 (S Feeney)
Trinity College Dublin 1 (C McCrossan) Mary Immaculate College Limerick 2 (G Bateman, J Hickey)

Fixtures
Irish Universities Harding Cup Final

NUI Galway v UCD (1pm)
Harding Plate (Final)
DCU v Mary Immaculate College (10.30am)
Both games at UL All Weather, Cappavilla.

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