IRVINE STRIKES TO CLINCH QUEENS CUP WIN IN CROWLEY CUP FINAL
QUEENS UNIVERSITY BELFAST …1 MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY …0
(Ryan Irvine 75)
Ryan Irvine with a well taken second half goal settled a tight Irish Universities Crowley Cup final in favour of Queens University Belfast at the expense of holders Maynooth University.
This highly competitive decider between two evenly matched sides saw both failing to convert chances until the last quarter when Irvine finally broke the deadlock with the opening goal that proved enough for Queens to regain the cup after a gap of four years.
The winner came in the 75 th minute and began with a well delivered set piece out on the Queens left flank.
A Queens attack won them a free and when Ruairi Nixon floated a delightful ball to the far post centre back Jonny Edwards was on hand to head the ball back across the goal mouth.
Irvine anticipated the opportunity and he cleverly slipped his marker to meet the ball on the half volley and with a clinical first-time finish crashed it past goalkeeper Jack Harrington from close in.
It was a goal of real quality that certainly deserved to win any game.
But Maynooth will be disappointed not to have had any joy in front of goal despite the many chances they created particularly after hitting 13 goals in their previous three games to the final.
Shane Towey, Dan Ryan and Jack Hanlon had all gone close in a brief first half dominant Maynooth spell but Queens ‘keeper Max Lanouette comfortably dealt with their efforts.
Queens went close themselves and an Aaron Laverty well struck free forced Harrington into making a brilliant tip over save while later a dangerous Ciaran Sherry break was halted by Sultan Adeneken’s fine defending.
In the end it came down to Irvine’s fine finish to see Queens take the honours.
Player of the Match: Declan Magee (Queens)
Queens University Belfast: Max Lanouette; Ruairi Nixon, Jay McKnight, Jonny Edwards, Ryan Hogg: Declan Magee, Daniel Connor; Pol Og McCormac, Aaron Laverty, Ciaran Sherry; Ryan Irvine.
Subs: Jamie Marlin (for Magee 58), Matt Stewart (for McCormac 64), Ollie Browne (for Laverty 76), Steve Quinn (for Hogg 79, Mark Booth (for Irvine 87), Ryan Rocks, Archie Hunter.
Maynooth University: Jack Harrington; Yoran Kovdjou, Jamie Kearns, Dylan Waldron, Dotun Mobinouri; Sultan Adeneken; Neill Mackin, Daniel Ryan; Steven Toderic, Shane Towey, Jack Hanlon.
Subs: Sam O’Mahony (for Hanlon 70), Gerald Okoeguale (for Toderic 70), Lord Affifa (for Kovdjoli77), Adrian Gumbo (for Waldron 80), Oisin Furlong, Sean Martin, Lord Agyapong.
Referee: Lee Duffy. Assistants: Peter O’Mahony, Eddie Fowler.
DUGGAN CUP FINAL
UCC 1 (Robbie Mulhall) ULSTER UNIVERSITY COLERAINE 0
A Robbie Mulhall header helped UCC to a 1-0 victory over Ulster University Coleraine in the Duggan Cup final and made sure they returned to Cork with silverware after their disappointing Crowley Cup semi-final defeat by Maynooth University the previous day.
Midfielder Mulhall came in at the far post to meet a corner from the right midway into the first half and power in a firm header past Coleraine David Jones for the only goal of a hard-fought decider which featured the defeated Crowley Cup semi-finalists.
Coleraine did show some early promise that they might come out on top and Patrick Moore and Jack Chambers were unlicky not to score.
UCC with Tom Mason outstanding in defence managed to hang on to their slender lead and finally take the prize.
Player of the Match: Tom Mason (UCC).
UCC: Vjeko Vonda; David Harrington, Sean Egan, Sean Variam, Tom Mason; Zeno Harris, Robbie Mulhall; Patrick O’Callaghan, Charlie Walley, Josh Roberts; Raif Molotokas.
Subs: Lughaidh Wiseman, David Adebeyo, Dan Molotokas, PJ O’Regan, Cillian Desmond, Tom Carton, Eoin O’Donnell.
Ulster University Coleraine: David Jones; Lachlan Mackay, James Cowan, Darren Wallace, Josh Mallon; Sam Lindsay, Carlos Sanha, Cameron Bell, Patrick Moore, Luke Taylor; Jack Chambers.
Subs: Thomas Erwing, Paul Maguire, Myles Mulgrew, Robbie Bamber.
Referee: Aidan O’Brien.
Irish Universities Crowley Cup (Final)
Queens University Belfast 1 (Ryan Irvine) Maynooth University 0.
Duggan Cup (Final)
UCC 1 (Robbie Mulhall) Ulster University Coleraine 0.
TUESDAY APRIL 26
Collingwood Cup (Final)
Queens University Belfast v UCD
Dundalk FC, Oriel Park (2.0).