Irish Universities Football Union

IUFU Collingwood Cup Day Three Round up

27 February 2014

Goals from Niall Lanigan and John McKeown gave NUI Maynooth the edge over UCC and booked their place in tomorrow's Irish Universities Collingwood Cup Final at the Belfield Bowl(kick off 5.0) which is also being shown live on Setanta Sports.


The Co Kildare University have yet to claim a Collingwood Cup win in the 100 years of the competition, losing out to Trinity College in 1997 on their previous final appearance. After knocking out the holders UCD in Wednesday's quarter final Maynooth continued that good form into the semi-final and with Lanigan and Niall Conran looking sharp up front they had UCC on the back foot from early on.
Lanigan stunned the Leesiders with the opening goal after five minutes and although they failed to add to the score until ten minutes from the finish when McKeown sealed the win with the second, another fine defensive display by their back four with Sean Hoare outstanding helped them to withstand the few dangerous moments that Cork caused them. Rob Lehane and Josh O'Shea threatened for John Caulfield's side particularly for a period after the break when Cork looked like drawing level but they both failed to hit the target with decent opportunities.
Lanigan squeezed in the opener on five minutes from a tight angle after Conron took advantage of a mistake by UCC defender Cian Hill and set up him up. Cork's best spell came after the interval when first O'Shea got in behind the Maynooth defence but Hoare came to the rescue with a timely interception. Then Lehane had the ball in the net but was penalised for offside while shortly after the talented striker shot wide from a good position. Maynooth weathered the storm and struck back with the decisive second goal on 80 minutes when Conron's run from midfield set up McKeown to beat goalkeeper Michael Dorgan with the aid of a deflection off a defender.
Maynooth are managed by St Patrick's Athletic duo Ger O'Brien and his assistant Brendan Clarke and they were particularly impressive as they dumped out UCC another of the pre-tournament favourites. "The lads were excellent and we scored the goals at the right times," said Clarke afterwards. "To score when we were playing into the wind put us in a strong position and I thought we pushed on well from there" continued Clarke. "We're over the moon to be in the final but we haven't achieved what we came here to do so we'll go away now and prepare for that elusive win." added Clarke.
NUI Galway with six previous Collingwood successes but several recent near misses will be Maynooth's opponents in the decider. The Connacht University hasn't won the title since 1999 and a 2-0 defeat of DCU gave them the opportunity to claim another win. Jumbo Brennan's men certainly proved more than a match for a decent DCU team with a strong first half display rewarded on the stroke of half time with a diving headed goal by Mikey Creane after Brian Gaffney's free had initially been met by Niall Whelan inside the area.
The Dublin side spent most of the second half doggedly chasing an equaliser but while they had an awful lot more of the ball they did little enough of consequence with it and with their hopes fading anyway as the game moved into the fourth minute of added time, they were caught badly on the break when Whelan took off down the left and cut the ball inside for Shane O'Rourke who got there ahead of two defenders and goalkeeper Ben Dale to slot home and put the outcome beyond doubt.
Results:
Collingwood Cup Semi Finals
DCU 0 NUI Galway 2 (M Creane, S O'Rourke)
NUI Maynooth 2 N Lanigan, J McKeown) UCC 0

Farquhar Cup Semi Finals
University of Ulster Jordanstown 1 (M Anderson) University of Limerick 1 (D Culleton).Jordanstown won 4-3 on pens
UCD 1 (B O'Brochlain)) Trinity College Dublin 2 (C Bobbett, C Begley)

Fixtures:
Irish Universities Collingwood Cup Final (At UCD Belfield)
NUI Galway v NUI Maynooth (5.0)- Live on Setanta Sports

Farquhar Cup (Final)
University of Ulster Jordanstown v Trinity College Dublin (11.0)

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