cufl matchday one round-up

13 October 2018

The Rustlers Colleges & Universities Football League returned to action with 40 games taking place nationwide

Men's Premier Division

Mens

A keen sense of laying the first blow was taken from the first week of the Premier Division with sides not showing any mercy to their opposition.

UCD were the big winners with their 7-0 win over Trinity. Perhaps a bit naively, Trinity set themselves up to have a go at the current champions with two strikers. However, the result was that they were too open for a side of the calibre of UCD who found plenty of space and punished their old adversaries.

DIT and Maynooth showed that they are both willing to try and keep tabs on UCD with big victories of their own. Aaron Dobbs was the star for DIT in their convincing win against DCU and Maynooth showed so much strength against Premier Division newboys IT Sligo that they could afford to leave Bohemians winger Danny Grant on the bench but he still made his mark with a brace as a substitute.

Down in the South, UCC, IT Carlow and UL all set themselves out as the top contenders by collecting three points each. UCC will be hoping that the third time is the charm this season if they can reach the final once more and swept past CSN. Carlow did fall behind early on against WIT but recovered to collect the points. UL will hope that they can revitalise themselves after a disappointing campaign last year and got off to a great start away to Athlone.

Men's Premier Division North

UCD 7 (Daire O'Connor 2, Conor Davis, Jason McClelland, Yousef Mahdy, Mark Dignam, Sean McDonald) Trinity College Dublin 0.
Dublin IT 4 (Aaron Dobbs 3, Vincent Quinlan) DCU 0
Maynooth University 6 (Eoin Donnellan 2, Danny Grant 2, Cian Hughes, Brian McGivern) IT Sligo 1 (Roland Anderson).

Men's Premier Division South

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa 0 UCC 4 (Matt McKevitt, Ify Nzewi, Gordon Walker, David Hurley)
IT Carlow 4 (Danny Doyle, Shane Barnes, Sean Hurley, Dean Kelly) Waterford IT 1 (Mark O'Keeffe).
Athlone IT 0 University of Limerick 3 (Sean McSweeney 2, Adam Foley)

Women's Premier Division

Wome

DCU came from behind and took maximum points with a superb second half display in Glasnevin. IT Sligo found themselves two goals to the good at half time but could not handle Niamh Farrelly in the second half as she scored a wonderful long rang effort and set up Abbie Molloy twice. In Jordanstown, promoted side Letterkenny IT provided a bit of a surprise for runners-up Ulster University as they held them to a 3-3 draw.

In the South, IT Carlow got their campaign off to an excellent start with victory over UCC. Continuing on her rich goalscoring form at the end of last season, defender Chloe Moloney would score twice in the second half for Dean Goode's side. In the other tie of the game, NUI Galway will be disappointed not to have taken all three points from Waterford having led through Elle O'Flaherty's strike.

Women's Premier Division North

Dublin City University 3 (Abbie Molloy 2, Niamh Farrelly) IT Sligo 2 (Amy Boyle-Carr, Amber Lynch)
Ulster University 3 (Gemma McGuinness 2, Chloe McGlade) Letterkenny IT 3 (Zoe McGlynn, Nicole Gordon, Eilish Havlin)

Women's Premier Division South

IT Carlow 4 (Chloe Moloney 2, Bronagh Kane, Tamara O'Connor) University College Cork 0
Waterford IT 1 (Kayla Farrell) NUI Galway 1 (Elle O'Flaherty)

Men's Division One

DKIT
Dundalk IT

Dundalk IT had a physical encounter on their hands when they welcomed Northern Regional College to Oriel Park. With plenty of challenges flying in, Dundalk managed to take all three points through a late winner. Elsewhere, Letterkenny IT assumed their regular fast start to the season with a 4-1 win away to IT Tallaght.

In the South, GMIT Galway sit on top of the group following their 3-1 win over Mary I. It's deadlocked below them as the other teams within the group could only manage draws in their opening ties.

Men's Division One North

IT Tallaght 1 (Sean Quinn) Letterkenny IT 4 (Darragh Black 2, Connor Gormley, Adam Duffy)
Dundalk IT 3 (Dean Watters, Tristan Knowles, Jordan Kelly) Northern Regional College 2 (Caleb Wan, Harry Kirkpatrick)

Men's Division One South

Mary Immaculate College 1 (Sean Doherty) GMIT Galway 3 (Matthew Barrett 2, Kizito Eqwueme)
NUI Galway 2 (Ciaran Nugent, Ben Holmes) IT Carlow 'B' 2 (Brandon Murphy, Dean Longhi)
Limerick IT 1 (Ben Banaghan) Cork IT 1 (Stephen O'Leary)

Men's Division Two

DBS
Dublin Business School

Colaiste Ide and DBS both sit pretty at the top of Group A with opening round victories. In Group B, Ulster University lay down a marker with an impressive victory away to NCI in Dublin. DIT will be hoping to set their own pace in the group after victory over IT Blanchardstown.

In Group C, IT Carlow will look to challenge for honours again after they finished as runners-up last season. They got off to the best possible start with victory over NUIG in Dangan. Further up the West coast, GTI took a valuable three points from Sligo as they give life to their own aspirations. In Group D, WIT currently sit on top of the pile with victory over IT Tralee this week. The other tie ended all square between UL and Cork IT.

Men's Division Two Group A

Bray Institute of FE 0 Cólaiste Íde 3 (Adam Kirwan 2, Dylan Sweeney)
Dublin Business School 3 (Maik Soldner, Ciaran Mackey, Stephen Callan) Trinity College Dublin 'B' 1 (Gavin Maher OG)

Men's Division Two Group B

Dublin IT 'B' 3 (Levi Boardman 2, Immanuel Adoye) IT Blanchardstown 'B' 1
National College of Ireland 1 (Ollie Hamzat) Ulster University 4 (Craig Taylor 2, Darius Roohi, Callum Moorehead)

Men's Division Two Group C

NUI Galway 'B' 0 IT Carlow 'C 2 (Andrew Russell, Barry O'Driscoll)
IT Sligo 'B' 1 (Aidan Gaughan) Galway Technical Institute 4 (Mark Wynne 3, Louis Garvin)

Men's Division Two Group D

Waterford IT 'B' 2 (Darren Doyle, Jack Conway) IT Tralee 0
University of Limerick 'B' 2 (Donal O'Connell, Daniel Ogundele) Cork IT 'B' 2 (Jose Garcia, Tom Keating)

Men's Division Three

IADT
IADT Dun Laoghaire

South West College announced themselves to the CUFL with a 3-1 win over Drogheda in Enniskillen. Last year's runners-up, DCU kept up their impressive home record in Drumcondra with victory over DKIT. In Group B, victories for Rathmines, IADT Dun Laoghaire and IT Blanchardstown set the score for an anticipated competitive group that should go right down to the final whistle.

In Group C, NUI Galway's newest team started off exceptionally well with victory over GMIT Mayo in Castlebar. The GMIT Galway campus also collected three points at the expense of Athlone. In Group D, while it was honours even between Carlow IFET and UCC, Limerick IT sit atop of the group following a 1-0 success over CIT.

Men's Division Three Group A

South West College - Enniskillen 3 (Alex Holder, Ethan Beresford, Simon Warrington) Drogheda Institute of FE 1 (Conor Parkinson)
Dublin City University 'C' 1 (Aaron Goodison) Dundalk IT 'B' 0

Men's Division Three Group B

IT Blanchardstown 'C' 1 (Kevin Mohammad) Dublin IT 'C' 0
IT Tallaght 'B' 1 (Wanda Tomose) IADT Dun Laoghaire 4 (Ernest Mwale, Ian Coombes, Sean Reddy, David Harris) Rathmines College of FE 4 (Bongami Moyo, Jack Moore, Mazen Agamy, Babs Animaskaum) Griffith College 2 (Chris Lehane, Charles Banda)

Men's Division Three Group C

GMIT Galway 'B' 1 (Conor Knox) Athlone IT 'C' 0
GMIT Mayo 1 (Zack Coyne) NUI Galway 'C' 4 (Sean O'Donnell 2, Michael Fogarty, Jamie Moyes)

Men's Division Three Group D

Limerick IT 'B' 1 (Chris Carey) Cork IT 'C' 0
Carlow Institute of FET 3 (Jake Nolan 2, Jordan Harmon) University College Cork 'C' 3 (Pablo Mato 2, Dean Beresford)

Men's Division Four

Pearse
Pearse College

There were plenty of goals to savour in Division Four as the league kicked off. DCU E and DKIT both enjoyed emphatic victories in Group A. In Group B, although the goals remained plentiful, it was much tighter scorelines between the teams as Pearse were on the right end of a 9-goal thriller with DBS and RCSI defeated new-boys Ballyfermot 4-2.

In Group C, NCI battled well to claim the scalp of Carlow College and DCU D impressively saw past Athlone IT. In the Southern group, it paid to be a College of Further Education as both Limerick and Waterford ran out easy winners against CIT and UCC respectively.

Men's Division Four Group A

Dublin City University 'E' 13 (Mark O'Connor 5, Darren Daly 4, Conor Cowley 3, Aaron Winters) Drogheda Institute of
FE 'B' 1 (Lee Browne)
Dundalk IT 'C' 8 (Jack Ryan 2, Osama Kheiredding 2, Cormac Kirby 2, Cathal Azzopardi, James Byrne) Dunboyne College of FE 0

Men's Division Four Group B

Pearse College of FE 5 (Olgy Lowa 4, David Omele) Dublin Business School 'B' 4 (Jose Guerra 2, Alexis Congourdeau, Karl Kennedy)
Ballyfermot College of FE 2 (John McEntaggart, Dylan Robinson) Royal College of Surgeons 4 (Eoin Lombard 2, Mohammad El Obied, Kyle Ivers)

Men's Division Four Group C

National College of Ireland 'B' 4 (Ross Buckley 3, Ayo Obafemi) Carlow College, St. Patrick's 2 (Craig Henderson, Shane Murphy)
Dublin City University 'D' 5 (Jack Cleary 2, Patrick Barron, Campbell Boyd, Sean Gavagan) Athlone IT 'D' 0

Men's Division Four Group D

Limerick College of FE 5 (Ben Quirke 3, Ross Phelan, Jack Hayes) Cork IT 'D' 2 (Cathal Keane, Brian Barry)
Waterford College of FE 7 (James Kennedy 2, Shane O'Brien, Erick Omat, Daryl Murphy, Valdrin Fazlin, Louis Halligan) University College Cork 'D' 2 (Jack Moran, Anton Garlath)

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