colleges & universities football league kicks off

08 October 2008

The Combined Colleges and Universities Football League –sponsored by Umbro- heads into its third season this week with a curtailed opening programme of matches. Report from Evening Herald Striker Soccer Supplement Monday October 6 2008

Colleges and Universities Soccer

Report from Evening Herald Striker Soccer Supplement Monday October 6 2008

(by John Hudson)

The Combined Colleges and Universities Football League –sponsored by Umbro- heads into its third season this week with a curtailed opening programme of matches.The all island pilot league has grown in success over the past two seasons under the administration of a joint committee comprising of  Colleges FAI and Irish Universities Football Union officials plus a representative from the FAI. 

However this season with the recent launch of the Third Level Development Plan for Colleges and Universities Football the FAI have now made some administrative support available to help with the continued smooth running of the league.

   Paul Brady Manager of the FAI Domestic Football Department has taken up the role of Competition Co Ordinator (Administrator).The joint committee will continue  as previously dealing with league policy,finance,discipline etc.

   UCD winners of the Premier Division in the inaugural two seasons like most of the University sides are not in action until October 15 when they entertain College of Surgeons at Belfield.

   While IT Tallaght again guided by Shamrock Rovers boss Pat Scully and a fine side that  under achieved last term will be geared up for a home meeting with NUI Maynooth at Sacred Heart FC, Killinarden on Wednesday (2.30).Maynooth  have recently welcomed former Shelbourne and St Patricks Athletic defender Barry Prenderville as a Football Facilitator to the college.

   In the only other Premier Division games on the opening day’s programme  last seasons beaten semi finalists Colaiste Stiofain Naofa travel to the RSC where Nicky Denn the Waterford IT coach is boosted by having up to half a dozen of last season’s side still available to him.

 John Clarke coach at GMIT Galway who face IT Carlow expects to have several new faces in his side as he strives to make one of the top two spots in the Premier West Division. 

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