dit claim first futsal success

24 January 2018

Dublin IT won their first ever RUSTLERS CUFL Men's Futsal Cup with a nail-biting finish in the WIT Arena.

After narrow victories over UCC and IT Carlow, the Dubliners faced a city derby in their final game against National College of Ireland who had their own aspirations of success. Needing a minimum of a draw, DIT would find themselves trailing by a goal with minutes remaining after leading by two goals. Player of the tournament, Jordi Ebanda, came to the rescue and found an equaliser at the death to declare his side champions.

The success will see Dublin IT and runners-up IT Carlow enter the semi-finals of the FAI Futsal Cup.

After coming through a tough Dublin qualifier, DIT entered the finals as the only side that have never lifted the trophy before. They began their quest for glory against 2012 champions UCC. A double from Ebanda and a strike from Adam Harney earned an opening three points.

A hat trick from Evander Chatara dealt a hammer blow to two-time champions IT Carlow as the 3-2 victory put the Dublin side in pole position to take the trophy against 2014 champions National College of Ireland.

In the final game, Ebanda and Harney would put DIT 2-0 up early on and they looked comfortable to hold on to the advantage. However, NCI fought back with a brace from Robert McKenna and Keith Mahoney to take the lead before Ebanda rescued DIT.

IT Carlow would regroup following their disappointment of missing out on a Men's and Women's double after their Women's team's success the day previously to take the runners-up spot with a 5-3 victory over UCC.

Dublin IT: Moreno Milenkovic, Jamie Broderick, Adam Harney, Jordi Ebanda, Evander Chatara, Cathal Murphy, Daire Dunne, Mohammed Kadiri

RUSTLERS CUFL Men's Futsal National Cup
IT Carlow 4-1 National College of Ireland
Dublin IT 3-2 University College Cork
IT Carlow 2-3 Dublin IT
National College of Ireland 7-4 University College Cork
National College of Ireland 3-3 Dublin IT
IT Carlow 5-3 University College Cork

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dublin IT 3 2 1 0 9 7 2 7
2 IT Carlow 3 2 0 1 11 7 4 6
3 National College of Ireland 3 1 1 1 11 11 0 4
4 University College Cork 3 0 0 3 9 15 -6 0



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