Maynooth to face Queens in Crowley Cup showdown at the AUL Complex
Maynooth University will bid for back to back Irish Universities Crowley Cup glory when they face Queens University Belfast in the final this Wednesday at the AUL Complex(2.0).
The holders held off the strong challenge of UCC in a very competitive semi final to progress on a 4-2 scoreline.
Shane Towey gave Maynooth the perfect start with the opening goal just eight minutes in.
But Cork were quick to respond and PJ Regan had them level with a firm header at the half way point.
An unfortunate deflection past his own ‘keeper by UCC defender Luchaidh Wiseman from Dan Ryan’s cross plus Ryan’s third left Maynooth in a comfortable position at the break.
O’Regan hit his second of the game early after the restart but although pressing for most of the half UCC were unable to narrow the gap any further.
It was left to substitute Gerald Okoeguale to seal the Maynooth win ten minutes from time with a stunning strike.
Queens University survived a scare to finally edge out Ulster University Coleraine 4-2 and claim a spot in the final.
A Jonny Edwards penalty had the Belfast boys in front on 24 minutes and shortly after Ciaran Sherry beat the Coleraine offside trap to steer home the second.
Sam Lindsay with goals either side of the break pulled Coleraine level with most of the second half to play.
But Queens managed to contain the Coleraine pressure and forged ahead with later goals from Jamie Marlin and Sherry’s second to record a not too comfortable 4-2.
Beaten semi finalists UCC and Coleraine will meet in the Duggan Cup decider also this Wednesday at the AUL Complex (1.0).
Crowley Cup Semi Finals: UCC 2 (PJ O’Regan 2)Maynooth University 4 (Shane Towey, Lughaidh Wiseman og, Daniel Ryan, Gerald Okoeguale).
Ulster University Coleraine 2 (Sam Lindsay 2)
Queens University Belfast 4 (Ciaran Sherry 3, Jonny Edwards pen, Jamie Marlin).
Fixtures for Wed March 30
Crowley Cup Final: Queens University Belfast v Maynooth University, AUL Complex (2.0).
Duggan Cup Final: UCC v Ulster University ColeraineAUL Complex (1.0).