honours even in limerick friendly - cu 1-1 roi ama

10 May 2017

A David Slattery goal on the hour mark for a Republic of Ireland UEFA Regions Cup selection broke the deadlock only to have it cancelled out by a own goal with fifteen minutes remaining to give the Irish Colleges and Universities a deserved share of the spoils in a friendly fixture at Jackman Park Limerick on Tuesday.

Regions Cup side looked impressive from the start and came close to going a goal, or two in front in the early stages of this entertaining game.

Careless defending by the students allowed Slattery a free header that went just past the post and shortly after goalkeeper Ian Molloy did well to deny Michael Brosnan after he was put clear on goal by Danny Brown.

The students then rode their luck in the following minutes when twice the ball crashed off Molloy's crossbar. The first came with Conor Griffin's firm header from Brown's corner and then Slattery followed up to see his effort again hit the woodwork.

The Colleges and Universities finally settled into the game and Ross Mann just failed to hit the target after good work by Gary Kinneen and then full back Dan Tobin struck his shot from the edge of the box off the post.

But it was the Regions who struck first with a goal on 59 minutes when Slattery stole in to steer the ball past substitute 'keeper Sean Barron from Brown's perfectly delivered corner.

The Colleges and Universities responded well and went on to have their best period of the game with the equaliser coming on 76 minutes.

The goal resulted from Kinneen's perfectly floated corner on the right that goalkeeper Aaron Savage failed to cut out and the ball was then deflected into his own net by the unfortunate Dale O'Mahony.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND- UEFA REGIONS CUP SELECTION: Gary Neville (Pike Rovers); Chris Smith (Abbeyfeale Utd), Jamie Spillane (Killarney Celtic), Conor Griffin (Calary Bohemians), John O'Brien, (St Michael's); Danny Brown (Boyle Celtic), Michael Brosnan (Broadford); Michael Corrigan (Boyle Celtic), David Slattery (St Michael's), Eoin Hanrahan (Pike Rovers); Kevin O'Connell (Mayfield). Subs-all used: Padraig O'Connor (Abbeyfeale Utd), Danny O'Neill (Jansboro), Niall Brennan (Boyle Celtic), Daniel Duggan (Rockmount Aaron Savage (Nenagh AFC), Dale O'Mahony (Carrick Utd).

IRISH COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Ian Molloy (IT Blanchardstown); Dan Tobin (UCD), Gavin Kearney (DCU), Ross Taheny (DCU), Gary Kinneen (NUI Galway); Jamie Hollywood (IT Blanchardstown), Conor Barry (NUI Galway); Ross Mann (Limerick IT), Daniel Pender (UCC), Sean McSweeney (University of Limerick); Jason Lyons (Athlone IT).
Subs-all used; Shane Costello (Mary Immaculate College),Jack Lynch (University of Limerick), David Brooks (Athlone IT), Sean Barron (Cork IT).

Referee: Ger O'Connor. Assistants: Ken Gorman, Stephen Rooney. Fourth Official: Rob Hennessy

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