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Holders UCD's late goal sees them into semi-final while NUIG and DCU throw up a thriller

All the action from today’s Collingwood Cup quarter finals.

A LATE SECOND half goal was enough to safely guide Collingwood Cup holders UCD into the semi-final stages in Leixlip earlier today.

Ben Hanrahan broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute of play to help his side edge past Queen’s University.

Meanwhile NUIG and DCU threw up the most exciting fixture of the day, with extra-time required to separate the universities.

The North Dublin outfit dominated throughout the first half and they were rightfully rewarded in the 63rd minute as Jack O’Connor found the back of the net.

Minutes previous to the opening goal, NUIG were dealt a blow with Conor Melody sent marching for an off the ball incident. The Galway side’s misfortune continued with a penalty appeal dismissed and an effort hit the post, as they frantically searched for an equalizer.

It came on the 90th minute through Galway United’s Maurice Nugent, and subsequently sent the tie to extra-time.

NUIG took the lead through Conor Barry five minutes in, before DCU’s Callinan leveled play again as the clock ran down.

After an astounding comeback by NUIG, their hearts were broken as the Glasnevin-based college saw Ross Taheny’s last minute effort enough to send them through to tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Tournament hosts Maynooth University were paired with UL in their quarter-final. They took the lead through Stephen Dunne minutes before half-time but the visitors came from behind to win 2-1, the goals coming from Garbhan Coughlan and Shane Stack.

UCC also booked their place in the tournament semi-finals, as they beat Dublin University (Trinity College) 1-0.

Daniel Pender’s first-half strike was enough to send the Cork side through, and he nearly doubled his side’s lead in the 88th minute with the opposition’s keeper sent off for taking him down.

DCU face UCC tomorrow, while UL stand in the way of UCD’s progression to the final, with both semi-finals kicking off at 2.30 in Maynooth University.

Quarter Final Results

  • UCD 1 – 0 Queen’s University
  • NUIG 2 – 3 DCU (AET)
  • Maynooth University 1 – 2 UL
  • Dublin University 0 – 1 UCC

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