Wednesday 25 April 2018

McMillen's moment of magic proves enough for steely UCD

UCD 1 UCC 0
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.

Blazed

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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