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Maynooth in maiden Collingwood win



Two headed goals, one in each half, from Niall Lanigan and Conor Mahony gave NUI Maynooth a historic first ever Irish Universities Collingwood Cup success in an exciting decider with NUI Galway at Belfield.

The Co Kildare side really excelled themselves in this annual four-day tournament, with several fine displays that saw them secure their win the hard way by defeating holders UCD, and UCC, two of the pre-tournament favourites, on their way to a well-deserved success.

While for NUI Galway it was disappointment once again – they have now tasted defeat in four of the past six Collingwood Cup finals.

Lanigan had Maynooth off to a dream start getting his head to a Conor Mahony cross from the left and brilliantly placed the ball well out of the reach of Galway 'keeper Evan Duffy on five minutes.

The turning point in the game came just over the hour mark following a Maynooth free on the right when full- back Hyland got clear to fire over a dangerous cross and Mahony outjumped the Galway defenders to head past Duffy for Maynooth's second goal.

NUI GALWAY: E Duffy; E Preston Kelly, C Fadden, J Woods, S Rodden; S O'Rourke, T Bradshaw, E Boyce (G Darcy 73), B Gaffney (S Gallagher 65), N Whelan, M Creane. Subs not used: E Neary, R King, L Rix, B Conlon, D Murphy.

NUI MAYNOOTH: N Murphy; E Hyland, D Campbell, S Hoare, S Dunne; S Doherty (E Markey 67), J McKeown, M Casey, C Mahony; N Conran (S Barrett 54), N Lanigan (J Airey 75). Subs not used: K Boyle , J Corrigan, I Telford , C Lennon .

Referee: R Glynn (Dublin).