04 August 2016
After Dundalk FC’s heroics in their UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd leg against BATE Borisov, writing themselves into the history books of Irish football, we opened up the history books of Irish Third Level Football and came across some of the names that were part of the now famous squad.
Both Dundalk goalscorers, David McMillan and Robbie Benson, can both boast CUFL Premier Division and IUFU Collingwood Cup appearances and successes during their times as students in UCD. Their captain Stephen O'Donnell added a CUFL Division One title to his CV as manager of the successful Dundalk IT team in the 2015/16 season. Playing on that DKIT team was youngster Anton Reilly who is in the Champions League squad. An unused substitute on the night, Georgie Poynton appeared 3 times this year for the Irish Colleges and Universities National Team.
David McMillan UCD
Whilst studying architecture in UCD, McMillan helped write the illustrious history books of UCD in the CUFL and Collingwood Cup as he was part of the 2007/08 and 2009/10 CUFL Premier Division winning sides and the 2009, 2010 & 2013 IUFU Collingwood Cup teams.
Robbie Benson UCD
Whilst also getting Europa League experience for the Belfield side, Benson was another member of some of the successful UCD teams in Third Level Football. He possesses medals from the 2011 IUFU Harding Cup, 2012 & 2013 IUFU Collingwood Cup and 2013/14 CUFL Premier Division.
Georgie Poynton O'Fiaich Institute of FE
Poynton studied in O'Fiaich Institute in Dundalk and played in Division 2 of the CUFL in 2015/16. He was called up to Greg Yelverton's first Colleges & Universities international squad versus Scotland in April 2016 where he capped off a Man of the Match performance with a goal from the penalty spot in the 3-0 win. He would also play a leading role in the international games against Wales and France, grabbing the only goal in Barry Town against the Welsh.
Anton Reilly Dundalk IT
Anton will play in the Premier Division of the CUFL next season with Dundalk IT after helping the Louth College to Division 1 glory last season. He would find the net once for the side in the Quarter Finals against Limerick IT.
Stephen O'Donnell Dundalk IT
The Dundalk captain took on a different role with DKIT last season as he managed the side that included Anton Reilly to Division One success over Letterkenny IT in a feisty final, and also got them to the UMBRO Plate Final. He has also served time with DCU as assistant manager to ex-Celtic player Declan Roche.
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Ronan Finn UCD
Like McMillan, Finn also lined out for the Belfield side in Third Level competitions, he was in the 2007/08 squad that ended the campaign with CUFL Premier Division silverware. He is memorably remembered for scoring late on against DIT in that year's Quarter Final.