Irish Universities Football Union

IUFU Harding Cup Saturday Round Up

07 February 2015

The Irish Universities Harding Cup Final at The Mardyke tomorrow will be an all Munster affair when the hosts UCC take on the University of Limerick.

The Cork Freshers came out on top in a highly competitive semi final encounter with NUI Galway when goals from Pierce O'Riordan on 33 minutes and David Walsh ten minutes into the second half after Galway's Paddy Madden and fired home an equaliser four minutes earlier saw them into the decider on a 2-1 score line.
The home team might have gone in at the interval holding more that the one goal lead that O'Riordan had given them when he tucked home Ruben O'Callaghan's neat cross.
Both of the UCC centre backs David O'Connor and Sean O'Mahony had gone close with headers from corners and O'Callaghan saw a fiece drive blocked on the goal line.
While Padraic Cunningham and Sean Rooney went close for Galway.
Madden then struck home a free from outside the box on 51 minutes but UCC hit back minutes later when O'Riordan turned provider to set up Walsh to sweep in the winner from close range.
University of Limerick had a late scare before they finally managed to get through their semi final against Maynooth University.
The Limerick boys looked to be home and hosed leading 2-0 with goals from Gavin Dillon (78) and Brian Donovan (83) in time added on when amazingly Maynooth hit back with two late goals to draw level.
Conor Delahunty grabbed the first and Jamie McGrath then pounced to beat Limerick's impressive 'keeper Peter Healy to send the game into extra time.
The tie remained at 2-2 and Limerick proved the more accurate in the penalty shoot out coming out on top 3-1 with Healy the hero with two fine saves.
DCU and UCD will contest to-morrow's Harding Plate decider at The Farm (11.0) after first half goals from Alan O'Sullivan (2) and Mark Walsh gave the Glasnevin boys a comfortable win over Trinity College.
While UCD overcame the Cork second string - the UCC Academicals - with two goals from Gareth Coughlan and Eoin Cotter and Conor Tierney with one apiece.
The Academicals had trailed three behind late in the game but goals from Ciaran McGettigan and Darragh McKenna saw them cut the deficit to 3-2 but Tierney's fourth goal sealed the win for UCD.
Irish Universities Harding Cup (Semi Finals): UCC 2(P 'Riordan, D Walsh) NUI Galway 1 (P Madden); University of Limerick 2 (G Dillon, B Donovan) Maynooth University 2 (C Delahunty, J McGrath) aet UL won 3-1 on pens..
Plate Semi Finals: DCU 3 (A O'Sullivan 2, M Walsh) Trinity College Dublin 0; UCD 4 (G Coughlan 2, C Tierney, E Cotter) UCC Academicals 2 (K McGettigan, D McKenna).

Soccer Results
Irish Universities Harding Cup Final: UCC v University of Limerick, The Mardyke 1.30
Plate Final: DCU v UCD, The Farm, Curraheen (11.0).

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