Wednesday 25 April 2018

McMillen's moment of magic proves enough for steely UCD

Collingwood Cup

David McMillen hit the winner as UCD overcame old rivals UCC in Jordanstown to retain university football's biggest prize.

McMillen had missed the Belfield side's quarter-final victory over Mary Immaculate College Limerick due to academic commitments, but he returned to play his part in their semi-final defeat of hosts Jordanstown.

And the striker seized his opportunity to break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining in the decider.

McMillen picked up a misplaced pass just outside the penalty area and skipped past a couple of Cork defenders before beating 'keeper Michael Dorgan with a low drive that seemed to take a slight deflection on its way into the net.


McMillen could have put the result beyond doubt in the closing minutes after Andrew Neville handled a Michael Whelan drive inside the box, but he blazed his spot-kick well over Dorgan's crossbar.

UCD were the livelier side throughout the game, with Cillian Morrison and Player of the Tournament Robbie Benson going close with first-half efforts.

The usually dangerous UCC strike force of Simon Holland and Josh O'Shea were kept well under control by top-class performances from Dave O'Connor and Tomas Boyle at the heart of the Belfield boys' defence.

UCD – M McGinley; M Langtry, T Boyle, D O'Connor, N Wright; M Whelan, R Benson, N Hanley, S Belhout; C Morrison (B O'Brolchain 53), D McMillen.

UCC – M Dorgan; A Gannon, J O'Brien, A Neville, C Barry; C O'Callaghan (L Connolly h-t), S Mahon, H O'Donovan, E Kilcommons (P Lawless 66); J O'Shea, S Holland

REF – S Taylor (Belfast).

Irish Independent

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