DCU have shocked favourites UCD in the Collingwood Cup.
The Glasnevin side went ahead against the run of play on 18 minutes with Sean Trimble beating Lorcan Healy from close in after slack defending by UCD.
Earlier Ciaran Behan was denied a UCD opener by some fine goalkeeping by Imrich Toth and the DCU man went on to serve up a man of the match performance with a host of second half saves from Jack Keaney, Yoyo Mahdy and Sean McDonald.
DCU who have never won the Cup stretched their advantage early after the break when Jack O’Connor burst past defenders Darragh Corcoran and Evan Farrell on the left flank to cut into the box and beat Healy with a low finish.
Despite constant pressure the well set up DCU defence managed to contain everything that their opponents could hit them with and thanks to Toth they held on to their lead until the closing 10 minutes.
Mahdy started the UCD comeback when he finally hit the target and at the death Evan Osan floated an inviting ball into the DCU box and Colm Whelan composed finish did the rest to take the game into a penalty shoot out.
Toth saved from Keaney and Ben Hanrahan to give Sean Cronin the chance to win the game which he duly accepted.
Holders UCC comfortably saw off the spirited challenge of Trinity College despite having to come from behind to keep their hold on the cup.
The all northern derby went to Ulster University who came out on top 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after a titanic struggle with Queens University.
Neither side managed a score in the 90 minutes and Ulster who had lost ace marksman Marc McKenna to a second yellow card midway in the second half proved the more accurate in the shoot out.
Ulster University will face UCC and UL take on DCU in Tuesday’s semi finals with both ties at the AUL Complex at 2pm.
College View Sports Editors
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