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Extra time was required in both of the Colleges FAI Finals played at Athlone Town Stadium this afternoon.

TU Dublin completed a magnificent league and cup double when they edged out Dundalk IT 2-1 in the Perpetual Cup Final while IT Carlow took the Plate also with a 2-1 victory over Munster TU Cork.

Mattie O’Brien’s extra time goal helped TU Dublin overcome Dundalk IT and capture the Colleges FAI Perpetual Cup to complete the league and cup double in their first season under the new entity.

BY John Hudson

It’s been a great seven days for the Dublin side as last week they had defeated University of Limerick to take the Colleges and Universities League Premier Division title.

But it was tough on the division side Dundalk who looked like causing somewhat of a shock when they finally broke the deadlock with five minutes of normal time remaining to go ahead 1-0 through Ebuke Kwelele after great work by Jamal Ibrahim to set up the chance.

However, a last-minute equaliser from ace marksman Aaron Dobbs sent the game into extra time and O’Brien with a long range speculative effort in the first period beat goalkeeper Niall Brady and proved enough for TU Dublin to come out on top.

The game had seen Dundalk match their opponents for nearly all of the 90 minutes but fail to make their efforts count with James Carroll, Jeff Nwodo and Seb Beslic all going close but found TU Dublin ‘keeper Lee Stacey in top form. 

TU Dublin were without the suspended Conor Levingston and Jamin Nwanze but had Dobbs and Rob Manley again as their main striker force and this pair kept Dundalk ‘keeper Niall Brady busy.

Manley had hit the crossbar early on and he came closest to opening the scoring in the second half with a spectacular effort that needed a super save from Brady.

Then a late Kwelele goal looked like the cup was heading to Dundalk until Dobbs got clear to beat Brady and O’Brien completed the task in extra time.

A goal each from substitutes Ravelli Kilonda and Evan Farrell gave IT Carlow a narrow 2-1 victory over Munster TU Cork in the CFAI Plate Final.

It was a highly competitive game between two evenly matched sides and it needed 20 minutes of extra time to see Carlow take the honours.

The first half remained scoreless with defences well on top and both keepers had very little to deal with as the few efforts on goal either flew past the post or went over the top.

Conor Drinan was proving a threat up front and went close for the Cork side while Anto Dolan might have put Carlow in front but his strike was just past the post.

The deadlock was broken on 72 minutes when Drinan pounced on a mix up between Carlow ‘keeper Alex Moody and his defenders to gain possession and roll the ball into the unguarded net.

Carlow were quickly back in the game and minutes later Kilonda who had replaced the injured Tom Considine just before half time cut in from the right wing and fired high into the top corner of Gavin Ryan’s net to level the tie.

The game was finely balanced going into 20 minutes of extra time and it was another Carlow substitute who clinched the win.

Farrell had come on for the injured Naythan Coleman just before half time and five minutes into the first period he was on hand to side foot the ball past Ryan from a well delivered Kevin McEvoy cross that proved to be the Carlow winner.

Colleges  Perpetual Cup (Final)

Dundalk IT…… 1 TU Dublin……. 2 aet.

(Ebuka Kwelele) (Aaron Dobb, Matty O’Brien)

Player of the Match: Matty O’Brien (TU Dublin).

Dundalk IT: Niall Brady; James Carroll, Dipo Dele, Lubula Kwima; Matej Donat, Jeff Nwodo; Hezikiah Okirkpo, Eddie Otesanya, Jamal Ibrahim; Kitito Ekwueme. Subs: Ebuka Kwele (for Ekwueme 58), Victor Ihemeie (for Kwima 97), Colm Gill (for Okirikpo 101). Not used: Michael Soyemi.

TU Dublin: Lee Stacey; Dan Dobbin, Joe Manley, Jack Kavanagh, Eoin McPhillips; Vilius Labutis, Matty O’Brien, Harry Groome, Kevin Platon; Aaron Dobbs, Rob Manley. Subs: Charlie Smith (for Groome 52), Ibraheem Badru (for Kavanagh 60), Ollie Hamzat (for McPhillips 60), Frankie Haba (for R Manley 73), Dean Padget (for Hamzat 104). Not used: Colin McCabe.

Referee: Paul Tone Assistants: Donald Sweeney, Willie Stokes. Fourth Official: Martin Hatchett.

Colleges FAI Plate (Final)

Munster TU-Cork 1 IT Carlow 2 aet.

(Conor Drinan) (Ravelli Kilonda, Evan Farrell)

Player of the Match: Conor Walsh (IT Carlow).

Munster TU-Cork: Gavin Ryan; Jack Allen, Reece Murphy, Danny Reynolds, Trevor Mornington; Michael O’Rourke, Stephen O’Leary, Killian Murphy; Jamie Griffin, Conor Drinan, Martin Coughlan. Subs: Kalem Cashman (for Mornington 91). Not used: Callum Long, Darragh Newman, Bojan Nikic, Evan O’Sullivan, David Yoannou, Eric Nolan.

IT Carlow: Alex Moody; Kevin McEvoy, Conor Walsh, Oisin Hand, Jack O’Reilly; Sean McManus, Anto Dolan; Tom Considine, Mark Birrane, Andy Farrell; Naythan Coleman. Subs: Evan Farrell (for Coleman 43), Ravell Kildonda (for Considine 70), Dragos Mamaliga (for Dolan 85), Nils Lukaku (for E Farrell 109). Not used: Adam Curran, Oliwier Oleksiewicz.

Referee: Ray Conlon Assistants: Willie Stokes, Paul Tone.

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