Wednesday 23 May 2018

Students in a different class

Defence Forces 0 Colleges and Universities 5

Jason McClelland of the Irish College & Universities, centre, celebrates scoring with teammates Alan O'Sullivan, Pierce Phillips and Anthony Mcalavey during the College & Universities Friendly match between Irish Defence Forces and Ireland at Collins Barracks in Cork. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Jason McClelland of the Irish College & Universities, centre, celebrates scoring with teammates Alan O'Sullivan, Pierce Phillips and Anthony Mcalavey during the College & Universities Friendly match between Irish Defence Forces and Ireland at Collins Barracks in Cork. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The Irish Colleges and Universities produced a five-goal blitz as they outclassed the Defence Forces in their annual clash at Collins Barracks, Cork.

Goals from the UCD pair Jason McClelland and Daire O'Connor in a four-minute spell had the students in front at the break.

McClelland fired home the opener to the roof of the net on 29 minutes from a pinpoint Pierce Phillips cross.

O'Connor stretched the lead four minutes later when he connected with Jonny Bonner's deep cross to head past Forces goalkeeper Shane Sherlock.

An unfortunate own goal headed out of Sherlock's reach by centre-back Lee Delaney under pressure from Alan O'Sullivan early in the second half put paid to any comeback by the Forces.

The rampant students then went on to compete the rout with two further goals around the hour mark from Bonner and substitute Carlton Ubaezuonu.

Eric O'Halloran of Irish Defence Forces and Carlton Ubaezuonu of the Irish College & Universities challenge for possession. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Eric O'Halloran of Irish Defence Forces and Carlton Ubaezuonu of the Irish College & Universities challenge for possession. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Defence Forces - S Sherlock (R O'Reilly 75); P Keane, L Delaney, I Lordon, D Long (J McCrossan 64); A Rafferty (S Pouch 64), E O'Halloran (S Best 80); D Stack, A O'Donoghue (C Loye 55), A Friel; J Murphy (P Nolan 55).

Colleges and Universities - M Connor (C O'Hanlon 72); P Phillips (M Nugent 58), S O'Mahony, R Taheny, L Scales; J Bonner (D Kelly 72), A McAlavey; D O'Connor (C Ubaezuonu 64), G Poynton, J McClelland (S Daly-Butz 58); A O'Sullivan (S Barnes 64).

Georgie Poynton of the Irish College & Universities has a shot on goal. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Georgie Poynton of the Irish College & Universities has a shot on goal. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Sean O'Mahony bursts past Cian Loye of the Irish Defence Forces. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Sean O'Mahony bursts past Cian Loye of the Irish Defence Forces. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Irish College & Universities players with the trophy after the game. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Irish College & Universities players with the trophy after the game. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Irish Independent

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