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CAMPION GOAL LIGHTS UP COLLEGE PARK AS TRINITY SHOCK UL

IRISH UNIVERSITIES COLLINGWOOD CUP

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN .. 1 UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK..  0

The opening round of games in the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup produced a major shock when unbeaten University of Limerick failed to get past a dogged Trinity College at College Park and thanks to a first half Jem Campion goal the home side held out to record their first win of the season and progress to a quarter final tie at Maynooth University in a fortnights time.  

 BY John Hudson

So, the long wait to capture their first ever Collingwood Cup continues for the University of Limerick as the flagship Irish Universities competition returned following last year’s Covid enforced postponement.

Trinity suffered an early set back before the kick off when full back Denis Smith injured himself in the warm up and Fresher Fionn O’Loan was promoted from their bench.  

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Minutes before the interval UL themselves lost two defenders Andy Quaid and Leon Whittle to heavy knocks.

There was plenty of first half action from both sides in perfect conditions with James Kelly going close for Trinity while Theo Joyce proved to be UL’s main threat on the left flank giving O’Loan a torrid time with his darting runs and strong finishing.

Joyce had forced goalkeeper Daniel Grace into making some splendid saves before Trinity made the breakthrough.

JEM CAMPION

Campion, a former Cabinteely FC striker did the damage on the half hour with a crisp first-time finish to the bottom corner of Sean McCormack’s goal from Kelly’s well delivered left wing cross on the half hour mark.

Before the goal Trinity had created a couple of other good chances through a Sean Holland free and a Kelly effort that just went past the far post. 

Darragh Timmons too had threatened with a couple of headers from Cian McAllister corners but each time somehow or other UL managed to scramble the ball clear.

The second half developed into a battle between the Trinity defenders and everything UL could throw at them.

Immense credit must go to the Trinity defenders who were under constant pressure particularly as UL bombarded them from all angles.

Centre backs Stephen Doran and the towering Timmons held firm and always had the measure of UL’s free scoring forwards David McCarthy, Joyce and Edmond O’Dwyer.

UL did go close with strikes from O’Dwyer and substitutes Joey Rushe and Adam Foley but between several great blocks from defenders and good work by Grace they were all kept out.

In the closing minutes Trinity nearly rounded off their special day with a second goal when in their solitary chance of the half Kelly went close.

But in the end Campion’s golden goal proved to be enough to send Trinity into the last eight.

Meanwhile in the other first round tie NUI Galway had to come from behind to defeat Mary Immaculate College Limerick 3-2 in a thriller at Dangan.

Jack O’Donoghue fired Mary Immaculate into a surprise 20-minute lead but James Turkington levelled for the home side minutes before the break.  

Galway took control on the resumption and two goals from Eoin Dempsey on 65 and 75 minutes had them looking comfortable. 

Mary Immaculate did manage a second goal from Cathal Cummins in the closing minutes but it came too late.

Galway will now face Ulster University the beaten 2020 finalists  in a quarter final tie which will be played at the AUL Complex in Dublin.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN: Daniel Grace; Fionn O’Loan, Stephen Doran, Darragh Timmons, Sean Holland; Dan Maghjan, Thomas Hamilton, Cian McAllister; Jem Campion, Jay Walsh, James Kelly. Subs: Patrick Johnson (for Campion 70), Gerard Quaide (for Walsh 85). Leon Kieran, Erik Jerkland, James Deegan, Hugo Pereira.

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: Sean McCormack; Andy Quaid, Leon Whittle, Shane McCallion, Killian Duffy; Eoin Reynolds; Ciaran Jennings, Ewen O’Brien, Edmond O’Dwyer, Theo Joyce; David McCarthy. Subs: Cullen McCabe (for Quaid 35), Tom Lairney (for Whittle 38), Joey Rushe (for Jennings 62), Adam Foley (for O’Brien 70), Ian Collins, Dara Hough, Eoin Tinkler.

MATCH OFFICIALS: REFEREE COLIN DUFFY FLANKED BY CRAIG MCCARTHY AND ROBBIE BYRNE

Referee: Colin Duffy. Assistants: Robert Byrne and Craig McCarthy.

Revised Quarter Final fixtures

DCU v Queens University

Ulster University v NUI Galway

UCD v UCC

Maynooth University v Trinity College.

Ties to be played on Wednesday February 16.

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