harding cup takes place this week in galway

31 January 2010

University of Limerick, beaten finalists last year, are set to face local rivals Mary Immaculate College in the Irish Universities Harding Cup quarter-finals at NUI Galway this week.

UL were edged out in last seasons final on their home ground by the University of Ulster Jordanstown after extra having captured the trophy the previous year in Coleraine.

The draw for the opening cup competition of the Irish Universities calendar, which is confined to first year students only, has produced several mouthwatering ties.

Holders Jordanstown will begin their bid to hang on to the trophy by taking on UCC while hosts NUI Galway and UCD are again drawn together with the Belfield side keen to reverse last seasons surprise opening round 1-0 defeat by the Westerners.

The games are scheduled to go ahead in the NUI Galway Sportsground at Dangan from February 4 to 6 and it is hoped to arrange the decider for Terryland Park on Sunday, February 7.

Irish Universities Harding Cup Draw

Thursday, February 4

First Round: NUI Maynooth v Dublin University; DCU v UU Coleraine.

Friday, February 5

Quarter-finals: (A) NUI Maynooth or Dublin University v DCU or UU Coleraine; (B) University of Limerick v Mary Immaculate College; (C) NUI Galway v UCD; (D) UU Jordanstown v UCC.

Saturday, February 6

Semi Finals: A v B; C v D

Sunday, February 7

Final: A or B v C or D

Games scheduled for NUI Galway Sportsground, Dangan with the final at Terryland Park (subject to confirmation).

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