28 October 2011
The draws were made recently for the three annual Colleges Cup competitions.
The UMBRO Colleges Cup which has been running since 1973 will see 26 third level colleges from across the island of Ireland compete in the largest third level knockout competition. The current holders DIT will host IT Dundalk in the first round, with last year's finalists GMIT travelling across the country to face Drogheda Institute of Further Education. Other interesting fixtures will see Cork IT take on Cork College of Commerce in a rebel derby and Belfast Metropolitan College travel down the M1 to take on IT Blanchardstown. The full draw is attached. The UMBRO Colleges plate is a competition for teams who are defeated in the first round of the Colleges Cup and the Draw will be made after the first round of the cup is completed.
The Robert Eustace Cup, now in it's sixth year, is limited to teams which compete in Division two of the Colleges and Universities Football League, and will be contested by 16 teams this year. The cup is played in honour of Bob Eustace the associations former Chairman and current President. Holders DIT "C" take on new comers to the association St Patricks, Drumcondra in a local derby, with Dun Laoghaire IADT travelling around the M50 to take on last year's finalists ITT Dublin in Tallaght.
The third cup is The B-Teams Cup, which is a competition for the second teams of colleges who compete in the UMBRO Colleges Cup. Also in it's sixth year, this year's competition will see a further 16 teams compete to reach the Final scheduled for March next year. Holders Cork IT will host IT Tralee in the first round with last year's finalists National College of Ireland taking on Colaiste Ide.
The venue for the Finals will be confirmed shortly.
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