LEAGUE strugglers Fingal finished with a flourish to book their place in the Leinster Cup quarterfinals against a shell-shocked UCD at Belfield on Sunday afternoon.John McInerney's charges went into the first-round clash on the back of a defeat, 3-0 at home to Monkstown 24 hours earlier, as they failed to build on the previous week's victory over YMCA, but they ended the weekend on a high thanks to a quick-fire hattrick from Andrew Shekleton. UCD had defeated the top two in the Leinster League - Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers - in their previous two outings, but found themselves a goal down after 15 minutes thanks to David Bane's strike from a penalty stroke. However, Glen Shekleton - Andrew's brother - then took exception to being given a green card and the umpire turned the punishment into a 10-minute yellow-card sin-binning. UCD took full advantage, scoring either side of half-time to take a 2-1 lead. Their first goal was scored from a corner by international player Shane O'Donoghue, and the second came from open play, and despite Glen Shekleton's return to the pitch UCD struck again on 50 minutes following an error from Paddy Gahan - 3-1 to the home side. Fingal then staged a rousing finish, kick-started by Andrew Shekleton when he turned and reversed the ball to the UCD net. The visitors remained 3-2 in arrears until four minutes from time when Andrew Shekleton's great run forced a corner, and after David Bane's drag was blocked, Andrew Shekleton turned in the rebound for the equaliser. The winning goal came right on the stroke of full-time when Gahan drove the ball in from the right and Shekleton was on hand to convert a rebound off the UCD keeper. Fingal now take their place in the quarter-finals, and with a sixweek break until the next round of league fixtures on January 19th their continued involvement in the knockout competition should stand them in good stead in terms of their league prospects. However, they will have to plan without their long-serving goalkeeper Nigel Grothier, whose work commitments have resulted in a move to Sweden in the past few days, and Eoin Connolly took his place between the posts last weekend. FINGAL: Eoin Connolly, Ben Chillingworth, Eamonn Bane, Conor Connolly, Andy Marshall, Andrew Shekleton, Luke Hayden, Simon McKeever, Marcus O'Brien, Chris Neville, Shane Dempsey. Rotation subs: David Bane, Adrian Sweeney, Paddy Gahan, Glen Shekleton, Simon McKeever.