28 February 2013
David McMillen scored the decisive goal on 70 minutes to see UCD retain the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup in a tense decider with old rivals UCC at the University of Ulster Jordanstown.
The Belfield striker seized his opportunity to break the deadlock and put UCD ahead with twenty minutes of the game remaining.
McMillen picked up a miss placed pass just outside the penalty area and quickly got past a couple of Cork defenders to beat goalkeeper Michael Dorgan with a low hard drive that seemed to take a slight deflection on its way in.
McMillen had missed the Belfield sides' quarter final victory over Mary Immaculate College Limerick due to college committements but returned to play his part in the semi final defeat of hosts Jordanstown.
The UCD man could have put the result beyond any doubt in the closing minutes after Andrew Neville handled a Michael Whelan drive in the box but McMillen managed to blaze his spot kick well over Dorgan's crossbar.
UCD looked the brighter side throught the game and Cillian Morrison,Player of the Tournament Robbie Benson and Whelan all went close with first half efforts.
The usually dangerous UCC front men Simon Holland and Josh O'Shea were kept well under control by top class performances from the rock solid Dave O'Connor and Tomas Boyle at the heart of the Belfield defence.
Later O'Shea did manage to test Mark McGinley but the UCD 'keeper did well to scramble a save around the post as UCC drifted out of the game in the last quarter and the Belfield side finished the stronger and deservedly took the honours.
UCD:Mark McGinley: Mark Langtry, Tomas Boyle, David O'Connor, Niall Wright; Michael Whelan, Robbie Benson, Niall Hanley, Samir Belhout; Cillian Morrison (Brian O'Brolchain 53), David McMillen.Subs not used: Ryan McLaughlin, Tristan Dent,Robbie Murray, Michael Leahy, John Kelly, Brian McDonald.
UCC: Michael Dorgan: Andy Gannon, James O'Brien, Andy Neville, Conor Barry; Calvin O'Callaghan (Luke Connolly h-t), Steve Mahon, Hugh O'Donovan, Eoin Kilcommons (Paul Lawless 66); Josh O'Shea, Simon Holland.Subs not used: Cian Hill, Dan Murphy, Dylan McNamara, Ian Mylod, Ryan Price.
Referee: Stephen Taylor (Belfast).
In the Farquhar Cup Final NUI Maynooth beat Mary Immaculate College 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended. Jamie Airey had put Maynooth ahead in the first half with a suberb curling shot into the net but Mary I equalised in the second half when Ollie O'Driscoll poked home following a goalmouth scramble. Maynooth had a great chance to win the game when Greg Kenndy was sent off for handball on the line but Niall Lanigan's penalty hit the crossbar.« Go Back