DCU senior soccer team will take on Waterford IT in their CUFL quarter-final after cruising past Trinity College in their final group stage match to secure second place.
A 4-1 win for the Glasnevin side was enough to pip UCD to second place on goal difference, ensuring a home tie for DCU in the quarter-final.
Goals from Alan O’Sullivan, Jack Memery and a brace from Mark Walshe gave Declan Roche’s side the three points.
The second place finish, just one point behind table-toppers NUI Maynooth, included a loss to DIT, wins against UCD, IT Sligo and Waterford IT and a 0-0 draw with the Kildare side.
DCU now face Waterford in St Clare’s at 2pm this afternoon after the Munster side sealed third spot in CUFL Premier Division South with a 2-2 draw in Athlone on the last day.
The institute of technology came through the first stage with two wins, two draws and a crushing 7-0 defeat to IT Carlow in their opening game.
It is last year’s CUFL champions Carlow that are looking the most dangerous again this year, racking up four wins and a defeat in the group stages as well as netting an astonishing 28 goals along the way – that’s an average of almost six goals a game.
Indeed it was Carlow that knocked DCU out of the competition last year at the semi-final stage. This season’s group stage win was their third in succession and the loss to Athlone IT ended a twelve game winning streak at the group stages. With that in mind there’s no doubt who the favourites to lift the title are as we enter the knockout rounds.