crowley cup day one report

10 March 2017

Holders Ulster University Coleraine needed a penalty shoot out victory over UCC to progress into the Irish Universities Crowley Cup semi final after a titanic battle with UCC.

The three day tournament, which is confined to players who didn't figure in the recent Collingwood Cup, got under way at the University of Limerick with four quarter final ties decided.

Coleraine will now be joined by DCU, Queens University Belfast and the University of Limerick 'B' side in the semi finals.

UCC had the benefit of taking an interval lead with an Eddie Teehan goal on seven minutes gave them the perfect start.

But Ryan Varma had the holders level by the interval and the game see sawed back and forth without either side managing to make the breakthrough.

Extra time failed to see any further scoring and Coleraine prevailed 4-2 in the penalty shoot out.

University of Limerick 'B' side will face Coleraine in the semi final after they accounted for St Mary's College Belfast 5-2 in their quarter final tie.

Goals from Michael Leigh and James McConigle had them comfortably in front by the break.

But St Mary's fought back and drew level when Conor McGuigan and Nathen O'Neill converted early second half chances.

UL responded with another Leigh goal and Andrew Leyden and Ronald Ntumba added two more in the closing period.

Meanwhile a later strike from Peter Simms gave DCU a narrow 1-0 victory over Maynooth University and they will face Queens University Belfast in the other semi final after the northern side edged past UL 'A' side with goals from Liam McGarry and Matt Andrews in the final 20 minutes.

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