This weekend sees the cream of Ireland’s third level colleges descend on the University of Limerick (UL) campus for what promises to be a wonderful weekend of Ladies Football action. The O’Connor Cup, the Giles Cup, The Lynch Cup and the Lynch Shield are all up for grabs on the grounds of UL.
The premier third level Ladies Football competition, the O’Connor Cup, throws in on Saturday, 19thMarch as Dublin City University (DCU) go in search of a third title in a row. But they won’t have it easy as University of Ulster Jordanstown (UUJ), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and UL are sure to offer stiff competition.
Both UUJ and NUIG come into this weekend on the back of unbeaten runs in the group stages of the competition. As a result they did not have to play quarter-final matches and qualified automatically for the semi-finals.
Hosts UL had a 2-13 to 0-9 win over UCD in their quarter-final, while DCU had a comprehensive 2-11 to 0-4 win over Queens in their quarter-final.
The action gets under way on Saturday at 1pm when UL take on DCU in the first of the semi-finals. UL last won the O’Connor Cup in 2007, while for their part DCU are searching for a third title in a row.
In the second semi-final tournament favourites and 2010 runners-up UUJ take on NUIG for a spot in the O’Connor Cup Final. UUJ have been very impressive dispatching both UL and UCD in the group stages, while NUIG are similarly unbeaten this year, they will be looking to build on their O’Connor Shield win in 2010.
The Final itself takes place on Sunday, 20th March at 3pm again in UL.
Full Fixture List:
Saturday, 19th March 2011
O’Connor Cup Semi-Finals
UL v DCU, UL (Pitch 1), 1.00, (E O Hare)
NUIG v UUJ, UL (Pitch 2), 1.00, (O Kehoe)
Lynch Cup Semi-Finals
DCU 2 v St Marys, UL, 11.00, (S Joy)
Carlow IT v Trinity College Dublin, UL, 11.00, (PJ Rabbitte)
Lynch Shield Final
DIT v Athlone IT, UL, 3.30, (PJ Rabbitte)
Sunday, 20th March 2011
Lynch Cup Final
DCU 2/St Marys v Carlow IT/Trinity College Dublin, UL (Pitch 1), 11.00, (TBC)
Giles Cup Final
WIT v IT Tralee, UL (Pitch 2), 1.00, (TBC)
O’Connor Cup Final
UL/DCU v NUIG/UUJ, UL (Pitch 1), 3.00, (TBC)