new season begins for #smartestleagueintheworld

08 October 2018

The rising RUSTLERS Colleges & Universities Football League returns for another season of action, thrills and spills.

It's been 209 days since IT Carlow rounded off the 2017/18 season by clinching the CUFL Women's Premier Division trophy for the very first time as part of a memorable treble.


The first ball of the 2018/19 season will be kicked in Enniskillen at 12:45pm as newcomers South West College entertain Drogheda Institute of FE in Division Three in what unexpectedly could be one of the most fascinating ties of the week. There will be no doubt that the Fermanagh side will be keen to impress on their first outing but the strength of DIFE will be revealed following the introduction of a football course in the college that is only yards away from United Park, home of SSE Airtricity League club Drogheda United.


75 minutes later, the defences of both Premier Divisions will commence as Men's and Women's holders, UCD and IT Carlow, begin their campaigns with home ties.

Fresh off their SSE Airtricity League Division One success, UCD host old rivals Trinity College Dublin. While it will be a tough task for Trinity, Richard Maguire will be desparate for his side to avoid the 4-0 defeat they were inflicted upon last November when the two sides met in Clontarf.

Heading towards the South, IT Carlow face a tough ask to repeat their success of the last campaign with several key stars such as Rachel Graham and Roma McLaughlin having moved on. They do have the services of Republic of Ireland U19 international Lauryn O'Callaghan but their credentials will certainly be tested by the visiting UCC.

Blaine Walsh's side held Carlow to a 0-0 draw last December in the Mardyke before being beaten by Ulster University in the League semi-final. The two sides would meet again in Jackman Park in the Kelly Cup Final and it took a header from Chloe Moloney at the very end of extra time to separate them.

Last year, there were 266 games in the Rustlers CUFL amassing 1,273 goals, averaging 4.78 goals per game.

There were over 100 SSE Airtricity League players and 50 Continental Tyres Women's National League players from the 49 Colleges and Universities participating within the competitions as ovr 2,000 players took part nationwide.

From these competitions come some of the future leaders within Irish society as they seek out diplomas, bachelors, masters and PhD's in their respective fields making it the smartest league in the world!

CUFL Matchday One Fixtures

KO (2.0) unless stated otherwise

Tuesday 9th October

Men's Premier Division North

University College Dublin v Trinity College Dublin, UCD Belfield

Womens Premier Division North
Dublin City University v IT Sligo, DCU Sports Grounds, St. Clare's
Ulster University v Letterkenny IT, Jordanstown (4.30)

Womens Premier Division South
IT Carlow v University College Cork, IT Carlow All-Weather
Waterford IT v NUI Galway, WIT Arena

Men's Division Three Group A
South West College - Enniskillen v Drogheda Institute of FE, Lakeland Forum (12.45)
Dublin City University 'C' v Dundalk IT 'B', St. Pat's Drumcondra

Men's Division Three Group B
IT Blanchardstown 'C' v Dublin IT 'C', ITB All-Weather
IT Tallaght 'B' v IADT Dun Laoghaire, IT Tallaght
Rathmines College of FE v Griffith College, VEC Terenure Thurs

Men's Division Three Group C
GMIT Galway 'B' v Athlone IT 'C', Mervue United

Men's Division Three Group D
Limerick IT 'B' v Cork IT 'C', Moylish Park (3.0)

Wednesday 10th October

Men's Premier Division North
Maynooth University v IT Sligo, MU All-Weather Pitch
Dublin IT v Dublin City University, DIT Grangegorman (2.30)

Men's Premier Division South
Athlone IT v University of Limerick, AIT All-Weather Pitch
IT Carlow v Waterford IT, IT Carlow All-Weather Pitch
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa v University College Cork, CSN (2.30)

Men's Division One North
IT Tallaght v Letterkenny IT, IT Tallaght
Dundalk IT v Northern Regional College, Oriel Park (2.30)

Men's Division One South
Mary Immaculate College v GMIT Galway, Moylish Park All-Weather (1.15)
NUI Galway v IT Carlow 'B', Dangan
Limerick IT v Cork IT, Moylish Park All-Weather (3.0)

Men's Division Two Group A
Bray Institute of FE v Cólaiste Íde, Enniskerry FC (1.0)
Dublin Business School v Trinity College Dublin 'B', Dublin Port Stadium

Men's Division Two Group B
Dublin IT 'B' v IT Blanchardstown 'B', DIT Grangegorman (12.45)
National College of Ireland v Ulster University, Clontarf Road

Men's Division Two Group C
NUI Galway 'B' v IT Carlow 'C', Dangan

Men's Division Two Group D
Waterford IT 'B' v IT Tralee, CIT Sports Grounds (4.0)
University of Limerick 'B' v Cork IT 'B', UL All-Weather Pitch (4.0)

Men's Division Three Group C
GMIT Mayo v NUI Galway 'C', GMIT Mayo

Men's Division Four Group B
Pearse College of FE v Dublin Business School 'B', Pearse College WED

Thursday 11th October

Men's Division Two Group C
IT Sligo 'B' v Galway Technical Institute, IT Sligo (1.0)

Men's Division Three Group B
Rathmines College of FE v Griffith College, CDETB Terenure

Men's Division Three Group D
Carlow Institute of FET v University College Cork 'C', Leighlin Parish Sports Grounds

Men's Division Four Group A
Dublin City University 'E' v Drogheda Institute of FE 'B', DCU Sports Grounds, St. Clare's
Dundalk IT 'B' v Dunboyne College of FE, DKIT Sports Grounds

Men's Division Four Group B
Ballyfermot College of FE v Royal College of Surgeons, CDETB Terenure

Men's Division Four Group C
National College of Ireland 'B' v Carlow College, St. Patrick's, Clontarf Road
Dublin City University 'D' v Athlone IT 'D', St. Pat's Drumcondra

Men's Division Four Group D
Limerick College of FE v Cork IT 'D', (1.0) Limerick
Waterford College of FE v University College Cork 'D', WIT Aren


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