20 March 2015
The UCC Academicals proved to be the surprise packets at the opening day of the Irish Universities Crowley Cup at DCU Sports Complex in Glasnevin.
The Cork boys , the universities second entry in the competition, which is confined to players who have not played in the recent Collingwood Cup, knocked out the fancied Maynooth University on a 3-1 scoreline to progress to the semi finals.
Jason Phillpot and Arno Tchoubane had UCC in front at the break and when Phillpot added a third early in the second half the writing was on the wall for Maynooth.
A late consolation from Conor Delahunty was all that a disappointing Maynooth could muster.
UCC will face University of Limerick in the semi final after some clinical finishing from striker Jamsey McConigley helped them to a comfortable 3-0 win over another one of the fancied sides UCD.
The game was scorless at the break but two early goals from fresher McConigley set up the UL boys to take control and a third from Colm O'Reilly on 75 minutes sealewd the win.
The second semi final will see Queens University take on the hosts DCU. The Belfast side came from going two goals behind in the opening ten minutes to overcome UCC 4-2 with a storming display.
Goals from David Rea and Ross Brockhuizen gave UCC the perfect start but Queens responded and Partick Stuart and Eoghan Maguire had levelled by the break.
There was only one team in it after that and second half goals from Conor Campbell and Jason McDermott completed the Queens comeback.
DCU had a very comfortable 4-0 win over University of Ulster Coleraine with goaqls from Kevin Hughes, William Dunne in the first half and Sean Ryan and Festus Ejike after the break.
Irish Universities Crowley Cup (Quarter Finals): DCU 4 (K Hughes, W Dunne, S Ryan, F Ejike) University of Ulster Coleraine 0; Queens University Belfast 4 (P Stuart, E Maguire, C Campbell, J McDermott) UCC 2 (D Rea, R Brockhuizen); UCD 0 University of Limerick 3 (J McConigley 2, C O'Reilly); Maynooth University 1 (C Delahunty) UCC Academicals 3 (J Phillpot 2, A Tchoubane).
Fixtures for SATURDAY MARCH 21
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Irish Universities Crowley Cup (Semi Finals): DCU v Queens University Belfast (2.0); University of Limerick v UCC Academicals (2.0).
Crowley Plate(Semi Finals): University of Ulster Coleraine v UCC (11.0); UCD v Maynooth University (11.0).
All games at DCU Sports Grounds, St Clare's, Ballymun Rd.