Collingwood Cup sets up exciting Semi-Finals

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Collingwood Cup sets up exciting Semi-Finals

DCU produced the shock of the Rustlers sponsored Irish Universities Collingwood Cup opening day when they knocked out UCD 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after the sides finished 2-2.
3rd Feb 2020

The Glasnevin side went ahead against the run of play on 18 minutes with Sean Trimble beating Lorcan Healy from close in after slack defending by UCD.

Earlier Ciaran Behan was denied a UCD opener by some fine goalkeeping by Imrich Toth and the DCU man went on to serve up a man of the match performance with a host of second half saves from Jack Keaney, Yoyo Mahdy and Sean McDonald.

DCU who have never won the Cup stretched their advantage early after the break when Jack O’Connor burst past defenders Darragh Corcoran and Evan Farrell on the left flank to cut into the box and beat Healy with a low finish.

Despite constant pressure the well set up DCU defence managed to contain everything that their opponents could hit them with and thanks to Toth they held on to their lead until the closing 10 minutes.

Mahdy started the UCD comeback when he finally hit the target and at the death Evan Osan floated an inviting ball into the DCU box and Colm Whelan composed finish did the rest to take the game into a penalty shoot out.

Toth saved from Keaney and Ben Hanrahan to give Sean Cronin the chance to win the game which he duly accepted.

Holders UCC comfortably saw off the spirited challenge of Trinity College (pictured above) despite having to come from behind to keep their hold on the cup.

Darragh McGee gave the hosts an early lead but this was cancelled out by a neat Dave Dalton goal before the break.

The Cork side proved the sharper in the second half and Dalton added a second before Owen Collins sealed their passage into the semi finals with a late third.

A hat trick from Adam Foley helped last years beaten finalists University of Limerick to get the better of Maynooth University.

Foley’s well delivered free kick that took a slight deflection had UL in front at the break and he went on to grab two quick second half goals courtesy of some poor Maynooth defending.

Eoin O’Neill managed to pull one back and Cillian Duffy had the chance to make it 3-2 but his penalty kick came off the crossbar.

The all northern derby went to Ulster University who came out on top 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after a titanic struggle with Queens University.

Neither side managed a score in the 90 minutes and Ulster who had lost ace marksman Marc McKenna to a second yellow card midway in the second half proved the more accurate in the shoot out.

Ulster University will face UCC and UL take on DCU in Tuesday’s semi finals with both ties at the AUL Complex at 2pm.

RESULTS
Collingwood Cup Quarter Finals

Maynooth University 1 (Eoin O’Neill) University of Limerick 3 (Adam Foley 3)
Queens University Belfast 0 Ulster University 0. Ulster University won 4-3 on pens;    
Trinity College Dublin 1 (Darragh McGee) UCC 3 (Dan Dalton 2, Owen Collins)
DCU 2 (Sean Trimble, Jack O’Connor) UCD 2 (Yoyo Mahdy, Colm Whelan). DCU won 4-3 on penalties.

FIXTURES
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4
Collingwood Cup Semi Finals

University of Limerick v DCU, AUL Complex, 2pm
Ulster University v UCC, AUL Complex, 2pm

Bishop Farquhar Cup Semi Finals
UCD v Maynooth University, AUL Complex, 11am
Queens University Belfast v Trinity College Dublin, AUL Complex, 11am