Monday 23 October 2017

McMahon on target for UCD

UCD and NUI Galway have made it through to today's Irish Universities Collingwood Cup final at The Brandywell (2.0) to set up a repeat of last season's decider, which the Belfield side won with a Robbie Creevy goal at The Mardyke.

Peter McMahon proved to be the UCD match-winner in a 1-0 victory over Jordanstown. Mark Langtry supplied a superb ball from the left that McMahon struck firmly past a helpless Matt Quinn with 15 minutes of a tight encounter left.

UCD dominated most of the opening half but James Doherty missed a glorious opportunity to put Jordanstown ahead from the penalty spot when Mark McGinley made a superb save.

Last season's hero Creevy was introduced into midfield after the break to good effect and UCD eventually found the winning strike through McMahon.

Late on, Jordanstown had one final chance to take the tie to extra-time but again McGinley was in top form to tip a Stephen Doyle close-range effort over the bar.

NUI Galway had little trouble accounting for hosts Magee College 4-1 in the other semi-final. Local Derry city lad Dave Shovlin had the Galway side in front with two fine first-half strikes.

In the second half Micky Creane wrapped up a disappointing tie with two further goals. Another Derry player, Adam Clarke, netted Magee's late consolation .

Meanwhile, Mary Immaculate College Limerick captured the Duggan Cup with a 4-1 win over Coleraine. Goals from Rob O'Halloran, Conor Lane, Thomas O'Shea and John Byrne had Noel O'Connor's side well in control. Simon Crawley replied for the Northern side.

Irish Independent

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