Maynooth turn on style at Harding Cup
The Kildare side will face UCD in the decider after the Belfield Freshers were also in fine scoring form and managed another goal haul when defeating NUI Galway 5-0.
After their 7-0 quarter final defeat of the University of Limerick the previous day Maynooth were again as ruthless as ever to see off their semi final opponents Queens.
A couple of early goals from Eoin O’Neill and Success Edogun gave Maynooth a perfect start and when James Clarke and O’Neill with his second had stretched the lead by half time they were well on their way to reaching another final.
Josh O’Toole and Callum Worfield added two more minutes after the resumption to more or less seal the win with Lord Afrika’s strike completing another 7-0 victory on the hour.
UCD who had comfortably accounted for DCU with a 6-0 quarter final win found their opponents NUI Galway much tougher opponents in their semi final clash.
The opening half was a tight affair that remained scoreless for over 30 minutes until UCD winger Liam Kerrigan ran on to Harvey O’Brien’s through ball to hold off a couple of Galway defenders and finish with some style into the bottom corner of Michael Garrihy’s goal.
Kerrigan then helped set up the UCD second goal early after the break with a brilliant run and cross from the left that fell to Colm Whelan and when his shot struck the post Aaron McGrath seized on it and to fire past Garrihy.
Minutes later Ciaran Behan turned the ball in from another well delivered Kerrigan cross for a 3-0 lead. Star-man Kerrigan then grabbed his second with 20 minutes remaining and Pierce Redmond with the fifth in the closing minutes wrapped up a comfortable win.
The Spillane Cup final will be an all Munster affair after UCC accounted for DCU with three goals in the final six minutes to over haul the Dubliner’s.
Second half goals from an Aaron Connolly penalty and Matthew O’Donnell’s strike had put DCU in front after Rory Doyle had given UCC an interval lead.
Only for a Darragh Crowley equaliser and a late brace from Conor Bowdren saw the Cork side through to the final.
University of Limerick will be UCC’s opponents after they saw off Trinity College Dublin 5-3 in their semi final.
Conor Butler had them in front before Jem Campion equalised but Kiernan Barry restored the UL advantage with a goal on the stroke of half time.
Second half efforts from Michael Zalemski, Tom Carney and Chris Coady brought the UL total to five and although Brian Hayes managed to net twice in a late Trinity rally they ran out of time.
RUSTLERS IUFU Harding Cup Semi Finals
NUI Galway 0 UCD 5 (L Kerrigan 2, A McGrath, C Behan, P Redmond)
Queens University Belfast 0 Maynooth University 7 (E O’Neill 2, S Edogun, J Clarke, J O’Toole, C Worfield, L Afrika).
RUSTLERS IUFU Spillane Cup Semi-Finals
UCC 4 (C Bowdren 2, R Doyle, D Crowley) DCU 2 (A Connolly pen, M O’Donnell)
Trinity College Dublin 3 (B Hayes 2, J Campion) University of Limerick 5 (C Butler, K Barry, M Zalewski, T Curney, C Coady).
All games at Queens University Dub Sports Grounds Belfast)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20
RUSTLERS IUFU Harding Cup Final
UCD v Maynooth University, (1.30)
RUSTLERS IUFU Spillane Cup Final
University of Limerick v UCC, (11.0).