26 February 2009
UCD overcame holders UU Jordanstown on penalties while NUI Galway beat Trinity College 1-0. Results from Thursday and fixtures for Friday below.
UCD 2 - 2 UU Jordanstown
(After extra-time. UCD won 4-2 in penalty shoot-out)
THE pre-tournament favourites, UCD certainly lived up to their reputation as they scrapped into the Collingwood Cup final and a match up with NUI Galway in Cork tomorrow after a dramatic shoot-out victory over the holders UU Jordanstown.
The Nothern holders were slow to relinquish their grip on the Irish Universities soccer title as they came from behind twice to force 20 minutes extra-time at the College Farm in Bishopstown but finally succumbed in a penalty shoot-out.
UCD's successful spot-kick takers were David McMillian, Robbie Cheevy, Eoin Roche and centre-half Mick Leahy. When UCD goalkeeper, Cian Byrne, saved Jordanstown's fourth attempt, the Belfield boys were through to the final at the Mardyke.
Jordanstown had the better of the first half and played some neat and tidy football to create the best chances but Paul Heatley and Johnny Malbin were both denied by fine saves from Byrne.
UCD's Tralee-born midfielder, John Dineen went close with a 40th minute shot that was tipped around the post by the diving Matt Quinn as the half ended goalless.
Robert Creevy and David McMillian missed half chances for UCD before substitute Eoin Roche, who has now scored in every game, gave them the lead with a free kick from half-way with just four minutes to go in normal time.
UUJ keeper Quinn misjudged the flight of the ball in the sunshine and though he got a hand to the ball, it still ended up in the net and UCD must have felt they were on their way to this year's decider.
But the holders had other ideas and, inside two minutes, it was 1-1 when Johnny Malbin's bicycle kick forced the tie into exta-time.
UCD made it 2-1 in the 107th minute when John Dineen powered home a near post header from Roche's accurate corner but once again and almost immediately Jordanstown equalised.
This time giant striker Jason Mooney, who had just come on as a substitute, scored with a block-buster of the free kick from all of 30 yards into the top corner - definitely one of the goals of Collingwood Week so far.
But, ironically, Mooney missed from the penalty spot in the shoot-out as the holders bowed out of this inter-varsity series.
NUI Galway 1 - 0 Trinity College
Galway, who last won the Collingwood Cup, the Irish Universities soccer championship, back in 1999 had a hard fought battle with Trinity in the other semi-final.
It took a goal from winger Enda Dunne mid-way through the first half to give the Tribesmen their place in Friday's final back at the spiritual home of Cork soccer - the Mardyke.
Ger Cheevers provided the low cross for Dunne to apply the close range finish and take Galway, who beat the hosts UCC in a shoot-out in the quarter-finals, into the decider.
Galway had to absorb all the second half pressure from TCD but they held on to make only their fifth Collingwood Cup final in almost 40 years.
Galway won the last two finals they contested in 1995 and '99.
*UCC Cork will contest the Bishop Farquhar Cup final against UL tomorrow morning after a 4-1 win over RCSI.
The University of Limerick beat UU Coleraine 5-1 in the other semi-final while Maynooth will take on Mary Immaculate College of Limerick in the final of the Spillane Cup.
Mary Immaculate beat Queens University of Belfast 2-0 while Maynooth secured a bye into the final.
Magee College, Belfast won the Duggan Cup with a 3-2 success over Dublin City University today.
Goals from Institute's Austin Friel, Aaron McCann and Derry City's Gerard McCloskey gave the Northern boys victory.
Colin Richardson scored for DCU making it 3-1 at half-time and their second goal was a headed own goal by Conor McDaid.
Duggan Cup Final
Ulster University Magee 3 vs Dublin City University 2
Scorers: Magee: Gerard McCloskey, Aaron McCann, Austin Friel. DCU: Conor Richardson, Conor McDaid (og)
Collingwood Cup Semi Finals
Trinity College Dublin 0 vs NUI Galway 1
NIUG Scorer: Enda Dunne
University College Dublin 2 vs Ulster University Jordanstown 2 UCD won on penalties
Scorers: UCD: Eoin Roche and John Dineen. UUJ: Jason Mooney and Johnny Mabin
Farquhar Cup Semi Finals
University of Limerick 5 vs Ulster University Coleraine 1
Scorers: UL: Martin Deady (2), Brian Cleary, Paul Walsh, Nigel Stanley. UUC: Paddy Trolan
Royal College of Surgeons 1 vs University College Cork 4
Scorers: RSCI: David Gough. UCC: Danny Duggan, Mike Sweeney, Richard Ryan, Eoin McCarthy
Spillane Cup Semi Final
Queens University Belfast 0 vs Mary Immaculate College 2
MIC Scorers: Sean Scannell, Daniel O'Flynn
Spillane Cup Final
Mary Immaculate College vs NUI Maynooth (27/02/09 at 10:45) Venue: The Farm, Bishopstown, Cork
Farquhar Cup Final
University of Limerick vs University College Cork (27/02/09 at 11:00) Venue: The Farm, Bishopstown, Cork
Collingwood Cup Final
University College Dublin vs NUI Galway (27/02/09 at 14:30) Venue: The Mardyke, UCC, Cork
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