Irish Universities Football Union

UCC Claim 12th IUFU Collingwood Cup Title

26 February 2015

UCC proved too strong for Trinity College in the Irish Universites Collingwood Cup decider at Eamon Deacy Park Terryland coming out on top with a comfortable 3-1 margin to take the cup for the second time in five years and their twelfth victory overall.

The final proved to be a game too much for the Trinity boys who were playing their fourth tie in four days in the testing conditions that prevailed in Galway since last Monday, while UCC with the help of a first round bye had a game less to play.

Calvin O'Callaghan had UCC in front after 20 minutes when he beat Trinity 'keeper David Minihan with a low effort after Daniel Pender had knocked the ball into the UCC striker's path following good work by Conor Barry out on the left flank.

It was the first goal that Cork native Minihan, who celebrated his 21 st birthday during the week, had conceeded in his four starts.
The impressive UCC always looked the much stronger side and when Pender added a second early after the break with a neat finish from a tight angle after half time substitute Cathal Lordan saw Minihan save his close range strike there seemed no way back for fast tiring Trinity outfit.

However the rallied and had a short spell when first John McDonagh failed to test UCC 'keeper Charlie Bornemann from an Aymen Ben Mohammed cross.
While minutes later Bornemann easily gathered a Cormac O'Neill header after a Darren O'Donoghue free kick and then saved well from McDonagh's well directed strike.

That was as good as it got for Trinity and Rufus Holmes went on to seal the Cork win two minutes from the finish heading home from a Lordan cross, shortly after replacing Brian Murphy.
Trinty did get a consolation Ciaran McGahon goal from the penalty spot in time added on and Minihan received a nice birthday present after been named Player of the Tournament.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN: D Minihan; C Medlar (G Walsh 83), C Moran, C O'Neill, D Vogel (E Vaughan 46); B O'Reilly (M Collins 46), C McGahon, L Ware (J McDonagh 46), D O'Donoghue, A Ben Mohammed; A Hughes.
Subs: J Yates, A Nevin, J Delahunt.

UCC: C Bornemann; A Gannon (P O'Riordan 89), C Hill, S O'Mahony, C Murphy (I Mylod 89): S O'Callaghan (C Lordan 46), D Pender , J Abbott, B Murphy (R Holmes 87), C Barry (M Murphy 89); C O'Callaghan.
Subs: J Bridgeman, J O'Mahony.

Referee: M Lynch (Galway).

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