Hosts UL advance in Collingwood Cup
Adam Foley was the star of the day as he scored twice in front of a strong home crowd, basking in the February sunshine. He opened the scoring after thirty-seven minutes when he delightfully stepped onto Sean McSweeney’s cross from the left to fire past Adam Murphy.
It was double delight for Foley when he made it two just inside the first quarter of the second half and put Maynooth 2-0 behind for the second time in this year’s competition. Cian Hughes instilled belief that another comeback could be on the cards with twenty minutes to go when he made it 2-1 but UL held firm in the last couple of minutes and sealed it in the final minute of normal time when McSweeney put away a spot kick.
Their semi-final opponents, Ulster University, did not have such a difficult task in reaching the final four earlier in the day as they put nine past the Royal College of Surgeons. Jack O’Mahony opened the scoring for UU after twenty-one minutes and it looked ominous for the Surgeons. However just after the half-hour mark, they found themselves 2-on-1 in front of goal and Mohamad El-Obeid squared it for Eoin Lombard to bring matters level. Instead of spurring the Surgeons on, it had the opposite effect as Ulster dissected them in the last seven minutes of the half with four goals and refused to take the foot off the pressure in the second half with the energy gone from the medical students.
In the repeat of the 2018 Cup Final, UCD’s victory over Queen’s University meant that we are due a repeat of the 2017 Final as the Dublin side clash with UCC in tomorrow’s last four. Yoyo Mahdy’s goal just before half-time proved enough for the current holders who had to be defensively strong in the second half with Gavin Sheridan having to claw Callum Byres' shot off his line as Queen’s tried to equalise.
UCC were also made to work hard to see themselves into the semi-finals as DCU threw everything they had at them in the second half to level proceedings. Goals in the opening 17 minutes from Garan Manley and Simon Falvey looked to have the Cork side in cruise control however they could not contain DCU’s momentum and it was backs-to-the-wall in the final moments after Ruadhan Feeney pulled a goal back for the Dubliners.
All of tomorrow’s games will continue to be played at the Ten Acres and Maguire’s Fields of the University of Limerick Sport’s Campus.
Rustlers Collingwood Cup Quarter-Finals
Queen's University Belfast 0-1 University College Dublin
Ulster University 9-1 Royal College of Surgeons
Dublin City University 1-2 University College Cork
University of Limerick 3-1 Maynooth University
Tuesday 5th February
Rustlers Collingwood Cup Semi-Finals
University of Limerick v Ulster University, Ten Acres (2.30pm)
University College Cork v University College Dublin, Ten Acres (2.30pm)
Rustlers Farquhar Cup Semi-Finals
Royal College of Surgeons v Queen’s University Belfast, Maguire’s Field (11am)
Dublin City University v Maynooth University, Maguire’s Field (11am)