10 February 2017
DCU, UCD, NUIG and UCC all advance to tomorrow's Cup Semi Finals after victories today on the first day of action in the IUFU Harding Cup.
UCC substitute David Dalton clinched at 2-1 for the Leesider's in an exciting quarter final tie against Maynooth University 'A' when the Irish Universities Harding Cup hosted by Trinity College Dublin got under way at their Santry Avenue Sports Grounds.
Billy Cronin had given UCC an early lead with a goal out of the blue on eight minutes.
But ten minutes later the sides were level with the excellent Jason Grouse cutting in from the left to shoot low past goalkeeper Cathal O'Hanlon.
The tie remained level going into the second half with neither side able to make a break through until Dalton a second half substitute struck the winner on the hour mark.
The speedy winger got free on the right and spread towards goal to place a drive out of the reach of Maynooth 'keeper Cian Flynn.
Dalton might have added two further goals later with the first effort coming off the post while Flynn did well to block the another with his legs.
Maynooth's best chance of an equaliser fell to Cian O'Sullivan but he failed to connect with a Grouse cross.
UCC will meet NUI Galway in the semi final after Derek Rogers side overcame University of Limerick 2-1 in a hard fought game - the first ever under the new floodlights at the Trinity College venue.
Danny O'Shaughnessy had Galway in front at the break and Jack Walsh doubled the score midway into the second half.
Limerick who had lost centre back and skipper Shane McCallion with a face injury early on hit back and Oisin Brady halved the deficit with 20 minutes remaining but they were unable to add to the total and Galway took the honours.
Holders UCD had little difficulty defeating the Maynooth University 'B' side with a 7-1 score line. Ben Hanrahan grabbed a hat trick with Youseff Mahdy hitting two while the other goals came from Conor Gallagher and Dylan Kearns. The Belfield side will now face DCU in a Dublin North South derby semi final tie.
The Glasnevin boys had little difficulty accounting for host's Trinity College at College Park coming out comfortable 5-0 winners. Jack O'Connor and Sean McCarthy scored two apiece and Colman O'Brien completed the total.
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