Irish Universities Football Union

Irish Universities Crowley Cup Finals Match Reports

23 March 2015

University College Cork completed a clean sweep of this seasons' Irish Universities cup competitions when their Academicals side edged out Queens University Belfast by the only goal in a closly fought final tie to take the Crowley Cup at DCU Sports Complex.

CROWLEY CUP
QUEENS UNIVERSITY... 0 UCC ACADEMICALS ... 1
University College Cork completed a clean sweep of this seasons' Irish Universities cup competitions when their Academicals side edged out Queens University Belfast by the only goal in a closly fought final tie to take the Crowley Cup at DCU Sports Complex.
The narrow victory means that UCC can add the Crowley to the Harding and Collingwood Cups which they had captured over the past two months.
A unique achievement with UCD being the only other side to complete this cup treble in recent seasons.
The Academicals were the Cork universities' second entry in the cup and they excelled in the three days of the competition with wins over Maynooth University and University of Limerick on their way to the final.
However the lone goal that proved to be the decisive score for UCC was one that Queens full back Robin Renwick will certainly want to quickly forget.
It came five minutes into the game when in a dangerous Queens attack Conor Campbell appeared to be fouled just inside the UCC area as he was about to fire in a shot.
Referee James Keating waved away the strong penalty claims and the ball was cleared into the Queens half.
Renwick collected it and under no pressure, turned to face his own goal and then fired in what appeared to be a ill judged back pass to his 'keeper Sam Jones from all of 40 yards.
The full back got far too much power on his effort and with Jones off his line and keeping an eye on the advancing UCC striker Arno Tchoubane the ball sailed high over the 'keepers head and dropped into the unguarded net.
Queens were stunned by this totally unexpected set back and struggled from then on to hit anything like the form they had shown on their way to the final.
Renwick overcame his embarrassment, went on to give a solid display and kept the UCC danger man Jordan Philpott well under wraps for the remainder of the game.
UCC skipper Philpott a former Blackburn Rovers trainee and under age international tried to improve on the UCC total but was unable to get the better of the Queens defender.
All he could muster was a couple of efforts that went the wrong side of Jones post.
Queens were having difficulty dealing with Tchoubane who is his role as a lone striker but for all his running and closing down he too failed to test Jones.
At the other end Patrick Stuart forced a brilliant stop from goalkeeper Diarmuid Long with a 25 yard free and Eoghan Maguire hit two drives that were easily dealt with by Long.
Queens came close to an equaliser mid way into the second half but Eduardo Novella's free kick was headed clear by Tadh O'Mahony.
Late on Queens did have the ball in the Cork net from another free kick but referee Keating ruled the score out as he hadn't blown for the kick to be taken.
But UCC held on and went on to complete a famous cup treble.
QUEENS UNIVERSITY: Sam Jones; Robin Renwick, Eoin Watts, Ed Parker, Conor O'Toole; Eduardo Novella, Eoghan Maguire, Patrick Stuart, David Kennedy; Conor Campbell, Jason McDermott.
SUBS: Hugh Maguire (for Parker 46 mins), Niall Boyd (for Campbell 46 mins), Jack Meegan (for Kennedy 68 mins), Niall McCourt (for Meegan 80 mmins), Darren Little.
UCC ACADEMICALS: Diarmuid Long: Rory O'Leary, Dan Coffey, Daithi Curtin, Killian Murphy; David Hooley, Conor O'Reilly, Brian Nolan, Tadg O'Mahony, Jordan Philpott; Arno Tchoubane.
SUBS: Gonaglo Vidal (for O'Reilly 88 mins), Jack Murray, Andres Lindres Power, Igor Noonan.
REFEREE: James Keating. Assistants: Alex Burns, Robert Byrne.

CROWLEY PLATE FINAL
UCD 2 UCC 1
Finn Hartman struck the winner with a brilliant volley in the last minute to give UCD a 2-1 victory over UCC in a hard fought Crowley Plate Final.
Hartman was on hand to beat UCC 'keeper Steven Guerin from the edge of the box after Brian Glennon's partially cleared corner kick fell nicely for him.
UCC had lead from early on with a goal direct from Dutch born Ross Brockhuizen's corner going in off the far post.
UCD dug deep, continued to press and were rewarded with an equaliser from Stephen Dougman on the hour.
Eoin Cotter might have won it for them earlier with a gilt edged chance before Hartman's sweet strike clinched the win.
UCD: Darragh McCarney; Daniel Flynn Fallon, Glen McNulty, Aidan Curran, Kieran Bowers; Brian Glennon, Stephen Dougman, Finn Hartman, Eoin Cotter; Marcos Byrne, Mark Purcell, Fred Kenny, Pauric Patton, Luis Veloso, Jeff Richardson.
UCC: Steve Guerin, Eoin Baldwin, Rob McCormick, Mark O'Sullivan, Eddie Teehan, Blaine Doyle, Jamie Madden, Ross Brockhuizen, Sean Fenny, Filippo Azzarini, Eoin Conroy, David Rea, Shane McDonald, Leo Simon.
REFEREE: Robert Byrne, Assistants: Alex Burns, James Keating.

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