Irish Universities Football Union

IUFU Collingwood Cup Day One Round Up

23 February 2015

The opening day of the Irish Universities annual Collingwood Cup tournament hosted in their centenary year by NUI Galway saw little in the way of surprises.

The University of Limerick were quickly off the mark and impressed with a comprehensive 6-1 defeat of a disappointing University of Ulster Coleraine.
The Limerick boys proved much too strong for their Northern opponents, out playing them in the opening half to lead by 4-0 at the interval.

Although Coleraine did come out for the second half with a little more determined look about them and succeeded in pulling a goal back from a decent Jason Dane finish on 55 minutes they simple failed to make any further inroads into UL’s commanding lead.

Shane Harrington headed the UL opener at the far post from a well delivered corner on 20 minutes. Conor Maguire followed up by grabbing the first of his two goals from close in ten minutes later and shortly after he made it 3-0 to UL with another smart finish.

Colm Murphy then set up the experienced Oisin McMenamin for UL’s fourth just before the break.
While second half scores from Brian Donovan and Garbhan Coughlan competed the total and the Limerick side progressed to a quarter final meeting with Trinity College to-day.
Trinity College with a goal in each half got the better of a dogged College of Surgeons who had in goalkeeper Matt Common the man of the match.

Darren O’Donoghue managed to finally beat Common to edge Trinity ahead just before half time.
The win was sealed when JohnMcDonagh doubled the Trinity lead in the second half after Common had continued to keep the Trinity forwards at bay with a string of top class saves.
Late goals from Aaron Keenan and Conor Murray saw Queens University finally come out on top against a well organised Mary Immaculate College who had defended brilliantly all through the game but unfortunately lacked the sharpness up front to test the in form Queens ‘keeper Jack McCrea.

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