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The luck that has deserted TU Tallaght’s ‘B’ side in the Colleges and Universities League finally changed for the better with a welcome 3-2 win over unbeaten Griffith College Dublin in their first round Colleges FAI Bob Eustace Cup tie at Crumlin United FC Astro.

Paul Barry’s Tallaght side only managed one league win in their four Division Three group fixtures which left them six points adrift of group winners Maynooth University ‘C’ who progressed to the league semi finals.   

By John Hudson

While Griffith romped through their Division Four group with a 100% record to reach the last four in the lower division.

A slight transport mix up meant Tallaght had to start this cup tie a man down and they were quickly made to pay when Emeka Angdi put Griffith in front with an early goal.

Griffith’s main danger was coming through Dean Sutcliffe their Crumlin United forward and twice he went close to stretching the lead.

His first chance came from a well struck free kick that just skimmed the Tallaght crossbar and later another effort forced goalkeeper Conor Cheetham to tip the ball over.

Once their line up was complete the Tallaght boys grew into the game and  they got back on terms shortly before the break with a brilliant Lovro Hanzek equaliser.

Hanzek’s strong run up the left flank took him past several defenders and gave him the perfect chance to coolly slot the ball past Baptiste Boulangier.

Tallaght struck again a couple of minutes into the second half with Keith Murray heading home a well delivered Kevin Downes corner.

But back came Griffith and just before the hour mark they were level after Angdi struck his second of the game from a free kick that took a huge deflection to wrong foot Cheetham.

Tallaght refused to be rattled and with 20 minutes remaining Mareumu DJ fired home what proved to be the winner with a low drive from 30 yards that crept under the diving Boulangier  to nestle in the bottom corner of the Griffith net.

Sutcliffe had a great chance to equalise late on and take the tie into extra time but Cheetham denied him with a top class save.

Barry was pleased that Tallaght had prolonged their season and they can look forward to meeting either Plunkett College or Cavan Institute in the New Year for a second round cup tie. While Griffith will look to the league for honours this season.

GRIFFITH COLLEGE DUBLIN: Baptiste Boulangier; Felix Sauter, Anton Burgers, Tomas Hostier, Moritz Messerer; James Donaldson, Luk Brandt; Dean Sutcliffe, Emeka Angdi, Kris Walckhoff; Thibaud Guinard.  Subs: Gilles Jantzen (for Brandt 65), Leon Burns (for Messerer 71), Maximillian Wellhaupoer (for Guinard 78), Alejandro Fernandez (for Angdi 85), Not used: Emmett Phelan.

TU DUBLIN-TALLAGHT ‘B’: Conor Cheetham; Stephen Smyth, Jack Dignam, Joseph Lukumu, Ben Hogan; Kevin Downes, Oli Ogbogoh; Mareumu DJ, Lovro Hanzek, Joshua Mills; Glory Odunze. Subs: Keith Murphy (for Mills 36). Not used: Jardel Andre, Pride Asemota.

Referee: Eddie Reilly.

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