Irish Universities Football Union

Irish Universities Collingwood Cup Day One Round Up

25 February 2014

The opening day of the Centenary IUFU Collingwood Cup saw UUJ and UL record comfortable wins but DCU made fight all the way by an excellent Mary I side.

DCU manager Declan Roche knows now that if the Glasnevin side are to finally win their first ever Irish Universities Collingwood Cup they will have to be prepared for four consecutive stamina sapping days of cup football.
Roche's charges needed a 7-6 penalty shootout win over Mary Immaculate College Limerick to get through a testing first round tie at Belfield after the sides had finished 1-1 following extra time and keep their hopes of ultimate success in the competition very much alive.
Missing star striker Michael Isichei through injury DCU made heavy weather of getting on top of their dogged opponents who contested every ball in the tightest of games and the loss of James Mooney with a knee injury coming up to the break didn't help .
DCU had got an early break when Mary Immaculate defender Michael Keating under pressure from Conor Ralph was unfortunate to put a hurried clearance past his own 'keeper Bobby Carroll.
But after they failed to stretch this lead with Daniel Mahon and Darren Craven both squandering several good chances they were made to pay midway through the second half when substitute William Brick scrambled home a deserved equaliser for Noel O'Connor's boys. Extra time then failed to yield any further scores and it was left to skipper Robbie Gaul to fire home the winning penalty in the sudden death shoot out and keep the DCU Collingwood dream still alive.
Roche's side will take on the University of Ulster Jordanstown in to-day's quarter final after the northern outfit overwhelmed Royal College of Surgeons 6-0 in their opening game.
The Surgeons were well in the game up to the half hour mark but an own goal from Richard Maher opened the flood gates and Eoin Boyle and Timmy Clarke then added two further goals before the interval. Second half scores from James McCabe, Mark Anderson with a penalty and Ronan McBrearty made for a rather comfortable win.
A goal in each half from Ben Savage and Jonathan Hannafin gave University of Limerick a first round win over Queens University Belfast who may have had one eye on next Saturday's IFA Cup quarter final tie against Bangor. Savage netted the opener early in the opening half and although Queens did have a Ciaran O'Hare effort come off Stephen Walsh's cross bar Limerick struck again with a brilliant 30 yard drive from defender Jonathan Hannafin to seal the win and set up a quarter final game against NUI Galway this afternoon.

Irish Universities Collingwood Cup First Round Results (at UCD Belfield)
DCU 1 (M Keating og) Mary Immaculate College Limerick 1 (W Brick) aet. DCU won 7-6 on pens
University of Ulster Jordanstown 6 (R Maher og, E Boyle, T Clarke, J McCabe, M Anderson pen, R McBrearty) Royal College of Surgeons 0
Queens University Belfast 0 University of Limerick 2 (B Savage, J Hannifin)


Fixtures for Wednesday February 26 (All games at UCD Belfield)

Collingwood Cup Quarter Finals
UCD v NUI Maynooth (11.0)
Trinity College Dublin v UCC (11.0)
DCU v University of Ulster Jordanstown (2.30)
University of Limerick v NUI Galway (2.30)

Spillane Cup (Round Robin)
Mary Immaculate College v Royal College of Surgeons (11.0)
Mary Immaculate College v Queens University (1.0)
Royal College of Surgeons v Queens University (3.0)


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