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The first phase of fixtures in the Colleges and Universities League were completed last week apart from a handful of outstanding games which will be played early next month so the focus now turns to the various cup competitions which are set to be run off in the New Year.

While the league combines teams from both the Colleges FAI (CFAI) and the Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU), when it comes to the knockout competitions the two affiliates go their own way organising cup competitions for their own members.

By John Hudson

The CFAI are first off the mark and they have already held the opening round draws for their annual cups with the games to be played no later than in the week commencing January 24.  

The main CFAI Perpetual Cup which caters for teams in the league’s top two tiers sees the holders IT Carlow who defeated IT Sligo in the last final played just before the first nationwide Covid-19 lock down in March 2020 entertain first division opponents Dundalk IT. While IT Sligo will visit the IT Carlow ‘B’ side who also play in the league’s second tier.

The Bob Eustace Cup is confined to teams in the lower divisions of the league and it has attracted a bumper entry of 31 teams which indicates the huge appetite for organised football competitions in third level institutions on the whole island.

Already the three TU Dublin Tallaght sides have seen first round cup action with the first team registering an emphatic 8-0 win over IT Carlow ‘C’ in the CFAI Challenge Cup.

The CFAI Bob Eustace Cup saw the two other Tallaght sides in action and the ‘B’ team progressed after edgeding out the unbeaten league division four semi-finalists Griffith College Dublin 3-2.  

While the ‘C’ team made their cup exit going down 9-3 to TU Dublin-Blanchardstown ‘C’.

Meanwhile the Universities are due to hold the draws for their annual cups which includes the blue ribband Collingwood Cup shortly.

Full CFAI cup draws

CFAI Perpetual Cup Round One

IT Carlow v Dundalk IT

IT Carlow ‘B’ v IT Sligo

TU Shannon-Midlands v Waterford IT

Munster TU-Cork v Letterkenny IT

Byes: TU Dublin, National College of Ireland, GMIT Galway, TU Shannon-Mid West.

Games to be played no later than in the week commencing January 24.

CFAI Challenge Cup

Round One

Munster TU-Cork ‘B’ v IT Sligo ‘B’

TU Dublin-Tallaght 8 IT Carlow ‘C’ 0.

Munster TU-Kerry v TU Dublin-Blanchardstown

Northern Regional College-Coleraine v TU Shannon-Midwest ‘B’

Byes: Colaiste Ide, TU Dublin-City Campus ‘C’, Waterford IT ‘B’, TU Shannon-Midlands ‘B’.

Games to be played no later than in the week commencing January 24.

CFAI Bob Eustace Cup  

Round One

Dundalk IT ‘B’ v Bray Institute

Dundalk IT ‘C’ v Dublin Business School

Plunkett College Whitehall v Cavan Institute

TU Dublin-City Campus ‘B’ v O’Fiaich Institute Cavan

Griffith College Dublin 2 TU Dublin-Tallaght ‘B’ 3

IADT Dun Laoghaire v Dunboyne College

Rathmines College v Pearse College Crumlin

Drogheda Institute v TU Dublin-Blanchardstown ‘C’

GTI Galway v TU Shannon-Midlands ‘C’

IT Carlow ‘D’ v Munster TU-Cork ‘D’

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa Cork v TU Shannon-Midlands ‘D’

Munster TU-Cork ‘C’ v Waterford IT ‘C’

Carlow College-St Patricks v GMIT Mayo

TU Dublin-Tallaght ‘C’ 3 TU Dublin-Blanchardstown ‘C’ 9

Cadet School v TU Shannon-Midwest ‘C’

Bye: GMIT Galway ‘B’.

Games must be played no later than in the week commencing January 24.

Round Two

Drogheda Institute/TU Dublin-Blanchardstown ‘B’ v IADT Dun Laoghaire/Dunboyne College

Dundalk IT ‘B’/Bray Institute v Rathmines College/Pearse College Crumlin

Dundalk IT ‘C’/Dublin Business School v TU Dublin-City Campus ‘B’/O’Fiaich Institute Cavan

Plunkett College Whitehall/Cavan Institute v TU Dublin-Tallaght ‘B’

TU Dublin-Blanchardstown ‘C’ v Munster TU-Cork ‘C’/ Waterford IT ‘C’

IT Carlow ‘D’ v Munster TU-Cork ‘D’

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa Cork/TU Shannon-Midlands ‘D’ v Carlow College-St Patricks/GMIT Mayo

GMIT Galway ‘B’ v IT Carlow ‘D’/Munster TU-Cork ‘D’

GTI Galway/TU Shannon-Midlands ‘C’ v Cadet School/TU Shannon-Midwest ‘C’.

Games to be played in the week commencing January 31.

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