UCD to meet Mary Immaculate in Thursday’s Collingwood Cup Final
Mary Immaculate College 1-1 UCC (Mary I win 5-4 on pens)
This tournament has thrown up a number of shocks but this one is definitely the biggest. Mary I dumped holders UCC out of the competition on penalties, to ensure that there will be a Limerick representative in the final. Mary I took the lead early on, and held onto that lead until the 85th minute. It was a great defensive performance by the Limerick team who were under a lot of pressure for the game. Some great saves by their goalkeeper and some fantastic last ditch blocks helped Mary I achieve this memorable victory and claim a place in the final.
UCD 6-0 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
After struggling through the first two rounds, UCD hit their stride in emphatic fashion. Dominating from the first whistle, it didnt take long for UCD to score the first goal that ‘The Surgeons’ had conceded in the tournament. UCD continued to play some excellent football against a tired looking RCSI team and scored another 5 to complete the rout. They will now go into the final as massive favorites to regain the trophy against ‘Giant Killers’ Mary Immaculate College.
2012 Collingwood Cup Quarter-Final results & reviews
UL 1-2 Mary Immaculate College
It was a disappointing day for the hosts as Mary I recorded a historic victory over their Limerick rivals. UL had the best of the chances in the first half and deservedly went ahead just before half time. The second half continued in the same fashion and the host missed some guilt edged chances and when the UL defence lost concentration with around a quarter of an hour to go Mary I punished them with a cool finish. The game then looked destined for extra time until Mary I grabbed a winner with 5 mins to go.
UCC 4-0 NUI Galway
Last years champions put in an impressive performance to ease past NUI Galway. Both teams went into the game harbouring ambitions of winning the tournament but UCC where the better team, playing some excellent football to progress to the semi finals of the cup to face Mary I.
UUJ 0-0 RCSI (RSCI won 4-3 on Pens)
RCSI came into this game, after their surprising victory over DU in the first round of the cup, in high spirits. UUJ dominated the game but RCSI defended resiliently, forcing the game to extra time. In extra time the game was wide open with both teams having chances . In the shootout UUJ missed their first two penalties leaving them with an uphill challenge which in the end proved to much to come back from. ‘The Surgeons’ now progress to the semi finals still yet to concede
NUI Maynooth 1-3 UCD after extra time
UCD again had to come from behind and force extra time to beat 10 man NUIM in a hugely entertaining match on the bowl. UCD fell behind to a second half penalty but again showed great determination and hard work to keep going until the final whistle and deservedly got level. NUIM then went down to ten men, just before full time, leaving them with a difficult task in extra time. UCD’s greater stamina and extra man paid off and they took control of extra time scoring two more goals.
Collingwood (Intervarsity) Cup FIRST ROUND RESULTS:
RCSI 1-0 Dublin University,
In the opening game of the 2012 Collingwood Cup, RCSI pulled of a big upset by beating Dublin University in a hard faught match on the Bowl. The Surgeons took the lead midway through the second half and held off DU to record a famous win and book a quarter final date with UUJ.
NUI Maynooth 4-0 Queens University Belfast
NUIM recorded an impressive victory over Queens. Maynooth looked the most likely to win the match from the start but were kept at bay by Queens goalkeeper Jack Duffin. Duffin had to be taken off later in the first half after suffering a shoulder injury. Maynooth took control of the game when they scored their first and never really looked like being beaten.
UCD 1-1 DCU (UCD won 6-5 on penalties)
UCD, who came into the game as favorites, where given a big fright in this Dublin derby. DCU where the better side in the first half, playing some tidy football and deservedly took the lead. With DCU tiring in the second half, UCD started to take control of the game but only managed to find the equaliser on 85mins. UCD then missed 2 out of their first 3 penalties but prevailed after each team had taken 10 penalties each, with goalkeepers from both teams making great saves. UCD now go on to face NUIM in the quarter finals in what promises to be a very exciting game.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st:
Quarter Finals: (A) Maynooth v UCD; (B) Jordanstown/Coleraine v RCSI; (C) UL v Mary Immaculate; (D) NUI Galway v UCC
WEDNESDAY, February 22nd:
Semi-Finals: (i) Winner of (A) v Winner of (B); (ii) Winner of (C) v Winner of (D)
THURSDAY, February 23rd:
Final: 2 pm Winner of (i) v Winner of (ii) and third-place play-off at 12 noon.