collingwood cup - club-by-club

03 February 2018

We analyse the eight teams that are in the RUSTLERS IUFU Collingwood Cup Quarter Finals that are taking place on Monday ahead of three days of football in Queen's University Belfast


The Glasnevin side have been starting to knock on the door for the last number of years and have assembled a squad with experience of senior football in both the SSE Airtricity League and Danske Bank NI Premiership. With a year of experience under the belts of their Harding Cup winning side, Declan Roche will have to believe his side can beat every team they face in the tournament. They did leave it late to get past NUI Galway in the first round in blustery conditions, but they have been consistent in the CUFL this season and are the only team to have scored against and beaten UCD this year.

  • Head Coach - Declan Roche
  • Coaching Staff - Johnny McDonnell (Assistant), Gary Taylor (GK Coach), Fran Butler (Coach), Cian Funge (Physio)
  • Last Year - Semi-Finals
  • History - Never Won

DCU Provisional Squad
Lee Doyle, Gavin Kearney, Alan O'Sullivan, Karl Melling, Jamie Lennon, Ross Taheny, Craig Dowling, Jack O'Connor, Jack Traynor, Rory Feely, Eric Whelan, Jack Watson, Mark Walsh, Tristan Noack Hoffman, Sean Cronin, Sean Trimble, Sean McCarthy, Shane McCann, Ruadhan Feeney, Robert O'Leary

Mary Immaculate College

Prone to causing a surprise, the Limerick teaching college will relish the underdog tag when they begin their tournament against UCC on Monday morning. A slow start against NUI Galway cost Noel O'Connor's side in last year's opening round, and they cannot afford the same sluggish start this time around. They have had an above average season in the CUFL with impressive wins in the group stage against IT Carlow 'B', UL 'B' and a huge 8-1 victory against a strong Cork IT side with Alan O'Donnell scoring four. However, any aspirations of league success were quelled with a disappointing defeat to IT Sligo at home last week so full attention will be on bettering their 2012 efforts when they beat UCC on route to the final where they were beaten by UCD.

  • Head Coach - Noel O'Connor
  • Last Year - Round One (Spillane Cup)
  • History - Never Won

Mary Immaculate College Provisional Squad
Shane Hogan, David McGregor, Neilus McKessy, Diarmuid Curran, Gary Lynch, Adam Costalloe, Paul Storan, Niall Woods, Ethan Rogers, Dermot Murphy, Donagh Murphy, Shane Dineen, Sean Keating, Brendan Angland, Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Hanley, Brendan Larkin, Alan O'Donnell, Sean Doherty, Evan O'Grady, Darren Casey, Louis Morrissroe, Shane Kenny, Darragh O'Sullivan, Daniel McCarthy

Maynooth University

Maynooth have been growing into being a nearly side since their first Collingwood success in 2014. They traditionally get to the latter stages of league and cup competitions but have come up short despite their embarrassment of riches in playing talent. This season they possess an All-Star coaching team with new Drogheda United U19s coach Garrett Dodrill at the reigns. Dodrill also led the DDSL to Kennedy Cup success last summer and is assisted by ex-UCD manager Martin Russell. The combination worked well when they defeated UL in the first round thanks to goals from Dylan Kavanagh and Darragh Gibbons. They face a tough task on paper against UCD having been on the end of a 6-0 drubbing earlier this season in the league but they will be hoping for a bit of cup magic to help deliver a second Collingwood success.

  • Head Coach - Garrett Dodril
  • Coaching Staff - Martin Russell (Assistant), David Bourke (GK Coach), Lee Van Haeftan (Physio)
  • Last Year - Quarter Finals (7th)
  • History - 1 Win (2014)

Maynooth University Provisional Squad
Michael Kelly, Fionn Talbot, Paul Cleary, Conor Kane, Conor Dunne, Darragh Gibbons, Jack Bayly, Conor Delahunty, Dylan Kavanagh, Dean George, Darragh Markey, Jason Grouse, Darragh Gannon, Cillian Duffy, Mark Slater, Cian Hughes, Conor Mooney, Oisin Proudfoot, Gary Galy, Jackson Ryan, Ryan Byrne, Collin May, Steven Mullins, Brian McGivern, David Travers

Queens University Belfast

The hosts have been frustrating to follow in the competition in recent years. They have not won a Quarter Final since the tournament changed to straight knockout. The last time they reached the Semi Finals was 2003 when they were beaten by UCD. They will be relieved to not be seeing the South Dubliners facing them in the Quarter Finals for the first time since 2014. They will be optimistic going into Monday's game with Trinity College having beaten them in last year's Farquhar Cup Final. They will be hoping that home advantage will prove to be key to them securing their 22nd success.

  • Head Coach - Ruairi Taylor
  • Coaching Staff - David Fitzpatrick (Assistant) Jack McCrea (GK Coach), Aine Conway (Physio)
  • Last Year - Quarter Finals (Farquhar Cup Winners)
  • History - 21 wins - plus shared three times (Last in 1985)

Queen's University Belfast Provisional Squad
Nathaniel Cooney, Conor Lally, David Elliot, Ross Larkin, Callym Byers, Conor Kerr, Callum Smith, Gareth Orr, Josh Corry, Ross Wilson, Craig Briers, Gareth Keenan, Mark Boylan, Conal McGarry, Ronan Young, Eamon Fyfe, Mattie Hughes, Jarlath O'Rourke, Kevin Niblock, Leon Bonnes, Tristan Roberts, Daire Rooney, Mikel Suarez, Ryan Murray, Colm Davis

Trinity College

Trinity are another side deeply ingrained in the long history of the competition but have failed to add to it with success in the past few decades. They came very close to adding a third success when they faced UCC in the 2015 final in Galway. After a below par season in the CUFL, they will be hoping for a big showing in the Collingwood Cup. They warmed up to the task with a comfortable 4-1 victory over RCSI in the first round. They will also be hoping for the recent trend for hosts of being knocked out of the Quarter Finals three times in the last four years to occur again when they take on Queen's.

  • Head Coach - Richard Maguire
  • Coaching Staff - Ian Woods (Assistant), Mohammed Hammed (Coach)
  • Last Year - Quarter Finals
  • History - 2 wins - plus shared twice (Last in 1979)

Trinity College Provisional Squad
Devan Connolly, Brian Foley, Robbie Gaul, Killian Doyle, Dylan Connolly, Jason Boateng, Rory Nairn, James Woods, Ronan Hanaphy, Eoghan Vaughan, Muhanned Bukhatwa, Chris Strasselle, Peter Heary, Dan Kane, Mark Wadid, Dylan Stacey, William Kalestrup, Niall Carruthers, Ivan McConville, Matt Lyons, Michael Costelloe, Ross Burdies, Hugh Cashlin, Declan Loy, Evan McCrory

Ulster University

Ulster University have been another side that have disappointed in the Collingwood since their 3 successes in 7 years between 2001 and 2008. Their last two victories in the competition have come against the RCSI in 2013 and 2014. Their CUFL form has not been Collingwood Cup winning standard either as they just missed out on qualifying for the Quarter Finals of Division Two. Like Queen's, they will be hoping that playing in Belfast will play to their advantage with plenty of experience in their squad along with new exciting talent potentially ready to click into gear.

  • Head Coach - Stevie Small
  • Last Year - First Round
  • History - 6 wins (Last in 2008)

Ulster University Provisional Squad
Matthew McClurg, Jonathan Wilson, Jonathan Courtney, Corey McMullan, Jason Breslin, Darius Roohi, Kelann McDermott, Steven Duffy, Owen McKeown, Oisin Roper, Matthew Alford, Daniel Hamilton, Shaun Rogers, Philip Beacom, Adam Brown

University College Cork

Just shading UCD by virtue of last year's win, UCC are the most successful side in the 21st century of the Collingwood Cup. Their seven victories in the last seventeen years have firmly established them as one of the top teams in Third Level Football. Although their group stage form in the CUFL has yet to create the same buzz about them coming into last year's competition, they appear to be readying themselves to peak in the business end of the campaign. They picked up an excellent win against Maynooth in the league quarter-finals and have welcomed back WUG player's Shane Daly-Butz and Sean O'Mahony who missed the early part of the season. While their quarter final against MIC is a potential banana skin, it would not be surprising if they reached another final.

  • Head Coach - Noel Healy
  • Coaching Staff - Conor Uhl (Assistant)
  • Last Year - Winners
  • History - 13 wins (Last in 2017)

University College Cork Provisional Squad
Cathal O'Hanlon, David Coffey, Charlie Borenman, David O'Connor, Ben McAuliffe, James Sheehan, Rob Slevin, Garan Manley, Shane Daly-Butz, Ronan Hennessy, Matthew McKevitt, David Dalton, Owen Collins, David Walsh, John Buttimer, Liam Cronin, Darren Mannix, Bryan Cotter, Rob Lynch, Daniel Pender, Sean O'Mahony, Cormac Cotter, Jason Cullinane, Brian Mulcahy

University College Dublin

The competition's most successful side, if any team is destined to win the Collingwood Cup then they will generally have to beat Diarmuid McNally's men. Boasting a full SSE Airtricity League squad, the Belfield side justify themselves as the favourites on paper. They have been outstanding in the CUFL this season with 5 wins from 6 so far including a 12-0 victory over Colaiste Stiofain Naofa in last week's Quarter Final. The only blemish to that record was delivered to them by potential semi-final opponents DCU who beat them in early November plus they face no easy task in the Quarter Finals against Maynooth who will be out to atone for the heavy defeat the Belfield side inflicted upon them in the league.

  • Head Coach - Diarmuid McNally
  • Coaching Staff - Tony Sheridan (Assistant), Ger Barron (GK Coach)
  • Last Year - Runners Up
  • History - 43 wins - plus shared 3 times (Last in 2016)

University College Dublin Provisional Squad
Conor Kearns, Gavin Sheridan, Evan Osam, Daniel Tobin, Josh Collins, Liam Scales, Gary O'Neill, Timmy Molloy, Greg Sloggett, Daire O'Connor, Georgie Kelly, Jason McClelland, Maxim Kouogun, Paul Doyle, Sean Byrne, Sean Coyne, Gareth Coughlan, Yoyo Mahdy, Ben Hanrahan, Conor Crowley, Evan Farrell, Colm Feeney, Sean McDonald, Darragh Corcoran.

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