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DCU carry Dub hopes in O'Connor Cup

IT'S a highlight of the season – the O'Connor Cup. DCU will carry the Dublin flag to Belfast.

Third level ladies football royalty will turn the Queen's University into a weekend wonderland.

Today the teams had their captain's run at Croke Park. The climate is crackling with anticipation.

Dublin has a distinguished history in the competition. UCD and DCU have enjoyed much success.

Colleges football is high calibre. The pace is fast. The fitness is excellent.

In the early winter, teams are training before the birds have had their cornflakes.

DCU will meet the hosts in Friday's semi-final. It's a repeat of last year's final where Queen's won the prize for the first time.

This season, DCU emerged from the group that included the University of Limerick, National University of Ireland, Galway and UCD.

Limerick also progressed from the pool and they will meet UCC in the other semi-final on Friday.

TG4 are covering Saturday's final live. DCU hope to be in it.

The Lynch Cup and the Giles Cup also form part of the two-day footballing festival. St Patrick's of Drumcondra will compete in the Lynch Cup where they'll meet the Dundalk Institute of Technology in the semi-final.