Final game victory enough to give DCU home quarter-final tie

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.

Ruaidhrí Croke

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