24 February 2015
UCC staged a dramatic late comeback to knock out the holders Maynooth University in a penalty shoot out as the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup reached the semi final stage at NUI Galway.
The Cork side were trailing 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining after Niall Lanigan and Mohammed Bukhatwa had given Maynooth a comfortable lead. But Cian Hill pulled a goal back for UCC on 78 minutes in a goalmouth scramble after Cathal Lordan had crashed a free kick off the Maynooth crossbar and Conor Barry saw his follow up header cleared off the line by Stephen Dunne.
A smart Daniel Pender finish from Barry’s left wing cross pulled UCC level with minutes remaining and after both sides were reduced to ten men the with goal scorers Lanigan and Hill both sent off, the extra time failed to generate any futher goals.
UCC kept their never in the penalty shoot out to come out on top 7-6 and reach the semi final with Ian Mylod hitting the winner after goalkeeper Charlie Bornemann had saved three of Maynooth’s spot kicks.
NUI Galway will face UCC in the semi final after a Niall Whelan winner in extra time from a well delivered Colm Horgan cross saw them edge out DCU after the sides had finishes 1-1 at 90 minutes.
Mark Walsh put the Dubliners ahead early in the opening half but a fine Sean Gavin volley levelled it for the home side before the break.
An early goal from John McDonagh was enough for Trinity College to cause somewhat of a shock by accounting for the much fancied University of Limerick and they will meet historical rivals UCD in the second of the semi finals.
The Belfield side eventually got the better of Queens University with Joe Keohane netting a second half winner after a superb Conor Cannon effort had fired UCD into a 1-0 interval lead.
Queens hit back early after the break and Owain Beggs levelled five minutes into the second half. Later UCD 'keeper Niall Corbet was forced into making a top class one handed save to keep out a cracking strike from Queens James Turley but Keohane sealed the win with 15 minutes remaining.