Michael Dorgan reports from Day 3 of Collingwood Cup 2014
Day 3 of Collingwood Cup was Semi Final Day with 2011 champions University College Cork (UCC) taking on National University of Maynooth (NUIM) and National University of Galway (NUIG) taking on Dublin City University (DCU) for spots in tomorrow evenings decider.
NUIM confirmed that victory over pre-tournament favourites UCD in yesterday’s quarter-final stage was no fluke as they dispatched of a gallant UCC on a scoreline of two goals to nil. A close range strike by Niall Lanigan in the fifth minute found the top corner of the UCC net and it was NUIM who dictating proceedings for much of the first half.
UCC battled back in the 2nd half with Cathal Lordan and Rob Lehane going close on a few occasions. In fact it was Lehane who had the ball in the back of the net after a Steve Mahon strike was parried by the NUIM keeper, only for it to be ruled offside.
As UCC pressed, NUIM continued to attack on the break and should have had the match wrapped up only for two point blank saves by Dorgan which kept UCC in with a chance. But NUIM were duly rewarded as they pounced down the left flank after a UCC corner and it was John McKeowns low cross which deflected passed the helpless Dorgan by UCCs Darragh Lucey on the 82nd minute that finally broke UCC hearts and secured NUIMs deserved place in the final.
Goals from Mickey Crean and Shane O’Rourke at the end of each half ensured NUIG would be NUIM opponents in tomorrow’s decider after they grounded out a dogged victory against UCD in the afternoons other semi-final. DCU had a frustrating afternoon as while they saw most of possession they were unable to penetrate a well organised NUIG defence.
After making a positive start to the game, DCU lost skipper Robbie Gaul to injury midway through the first half. Momentum swung with Galway from there and they capitalised on a good spell of pressure with the opening goal just before half time. DCU started the second half well and created a number of chances but NUIG defended resolutely and were able to seal the game with their second on the 90th minute.
NUIM will go into tomorrow’s final in search of a first ever Collingwood Cup and will do so as heavy favourites after already taking the scalps of UCD and UCC. However Galway will no doubt be a tough nut crack and an exciting final is guaranteed.
Tomorrow’s game from The UCD Bowl in Belfield will be broadcast live on Setanta Sports Ireland, with kick off @ 5pm.
UCC 0 – 2 NUIM
DCU 0 – 2 NUIG
Collingwood Cup Final – Fri 28th February
NUIM v NUIG
Pundit Arena – Michael Dorgan
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