It was both sides third game in a matter of days. The game was a tight contest. Dylan Connolly went close early on for DCU. He was found with a neat pass by Sean McCarthy but his low finish went wide of the post. Jack O’Connor probably had the best chance on the night with half time approaching. He made a good run beating Ulster University defenders Nathan Best and Stephen Cairns. He then cut inside into the box, before rounding goalkeeper Matt McClurg and striking goal bound. However, his shot was taken off the goal line by Owen McConville.
The second half slowed in pace. This was probably due to the games played throughout the tournament. However, Ryan Connolly had a good effort on goal but it just went over the bar of McClurg. Taylor then had a free that also went over the bar. However, the deadlock couldn’t be broken and therefore extra time was needed. However, it remained scoreless in extra time and penalties were needed to determine the winner.
David Mugulu, Sean McCarthy, Tristan Noach Hofmann and Jack O’Connor all beating McClurg in the Ulster University goal. However, it was DCU who go home with the trophy and are crowned the Collingwood Cup champions for 2020.
Player of the Tournament: Eric Whelan (DCU)
DCU: I Toth; R Smith, P Kelly, E Whelan, T Noach Hofmann; S Cronin, A Connolly (J Rice 99); S Trimble (D Mugalu 79), J O’Sullivan (D Sexton 59), S McCarthy, J O’Connor.
Ulster University: M McClurg; S Cairns, M Greenfield, O McConville. C Taylor; M McKenna, N McGinley; N Best (R Weatherhead 77), R Wilson, N Maciulaitis; N Beta.
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