May adds gloss as Maynooth cruise into quarter-finals
Aaron Callaghan was delighted to see his Maynooth University side get off to a flying start in the Collingwood Cup as they hammered Ulster University in Blarney.
Maynooth, who captured the trophy for the first time two years ago in the centenary tournament at Belfield, showed their class with some clinical finishing to demolish their opponents and progress to a quarter-final clash this afternoon with the hosts and holders University College Cork at The Mardyke (2.30).
Dylan Kavanagh put Maynooth in front on 37 minutes with a well-taken free-kick that totally wrong-footed Ulster University keeper Ryan Morrell.
That was after Maynooth had a scare when goalkeeper Michael Kelly brilliantly stopped two shots in quick succession from Colin Kanwischer.
Maynooth, playing with some style, extended their advantage around the hour mark when Faud Sule and Jake Corrigan beat Morrell with ease.
Colin May rounded off a perfect start to the four-day tournament with the fourth goal seven minutes from the final whistle.
Queen's University, who haven't progressed past the first round for several seasons, surprised NUI Galway, coming away with a 2-1 victory.
Niall Whelan put the westerners in front on 34 minutes after Alle Sanusi had earlier gone close.
However, disaster struck Galway just before the interval with Stephen Rodden conceding a penalty and getting a red card.
Patrick Stuart levelled the game from the resulting spot kick and despite having the bulk of the play in the second half the ten men of Galway went behind on the hour with David Elliott striking home a free-kick off the post.
A late Galway flourish failed to yield an equaliser and last season's beaten semi finalists go out
Queens will face University College Dublin in the quarter-finals. The Belfield side had little difficulty overcoming a lively Royal College of Surgeons, and first-half goals from skipper Gary O'Neill and striker Georgie Kelly got them comfortably into the last eight.
Van Sinderin eases PBC into last four
Douwe VAN SINDERIN scored twice in four second-half minutes as PBC Cork beat Presentation Athenry 3-0 in Limerick to book their place in the semi-finals of Tony O'Neill All-Ireland Schools Senior Cup.
Grant O'Sullivan put the issue beyond doubt with a third goal near the end.