163 goals across 26 games in rip-roaring week of HEC action

With 163 goals spread across 26 games, it was a rip-roaring week in the Ladies Football HEC Leagues. This week signalled the first in which fixtures took place across all seven divisions, each supplying some intriguing match ups.


Following the disappointment of their postponed clash last week, UCC and Mary Immaculate College finally got their campaign underway in Division 1 while the two sides also faced off in Division 4. With the double header taking place in Cork, it was the home side who prevailed in both fixtures. Last year’s O’Connor Cup runners-up recorded a 3-11 to 1-07 win over Mary I in Division 1 while their intermediate side had an impressive 2-17 to 0-01 win over the Limerick college in Division 4.


There were celebrations for TU Dublin this week as they recorded their first win in Division 1 with a strong four-goal victory over local rivals UCD. The other fixture saw DCU DÉ1 continue their fine run of form, putting three goals past Queen’s University on their way to a convincing win.


The Dublin side also came up against Ulster opposition in Division 2 where their second team took on Ulster University1. With home advantage once again, DCU DÉ2 put together a strong performance to secure a 3-07 to 0-02 result. Meanwhile, MTU Kerry and Maynooth University met half way for their Division 2 clash. This was a very tightly contested affair but the Kerry side eventually had more firepower up front and eked out a two-point victory. There was another enthralling battle in the west as UL and TUS Midlands went head-to-head with just three points separating the teams at the final whistle, UL coming out on top.


Moving on to Division 3 where there was goals galore when MTU Cork and SETU Carlow went head-to-head in Cork. Both sides had to contend with very difficult conditions but MTU managed to maintain their momentum from a very strong first period to record an 8-09 to 6-07 win. Also in the division, just a goal separated St Mary’s and ATU Donegal while their Sligo counterparts secured a narrow one-point victory over DKIT thanks to a last-minute goal. One point was also the winning margin as SETU Waterford denied DCU DÉ3 their second win in a row.


DCU DÉ4 were also in action this week, seeing off Queen’s on a scoreline of 3-07 to 2-06 in Division 4. Meanwhile, UU2 hit the net eight times in their superb victory over UCD3.


Division 5 saw a number of high-scoring results this week with Dublin rivals DCU DÉ5 and TUD City Campus1 serving up an 11-goal spectacle on Wednesday with TUD storming their way to their second win of the week. The other all-Dublin match-up in this division saw Marino1 ease to a 9-13 to 1-04 victory over TUD Blanchardstown. There was also a high-scoring affair in Maynooth this week as the university’s second team lost out to TUS Midwest on a scoreline of 8-07 to 2-06. Elsewhere, there was a good result for ATU Galway as they saw-off UL3 by five points.


MICL Thurles were the major winners of the week as their goal tally reached double figures during their game against TUS Midlands2 in Tipperary. Meanwhile, RCSI also recorded a big victory over neighbours TUD City Campus with a 5-18 to 0-07 result. The division’s final of the week saw local rivals ATU Mayo and ATU Sligo go head-to-head in Castlebar with the home side prevailing in a high-scoring battle.


There were six games taking place in Division 7 this week with the pick of the bunch being a thrilling draw played out between DCU DÉ7 and TUD City Campus3, the final score in Broombridge 4-08 to 3-11. Ulster University recorded two wins in the division this week with their Coleraine branch seeing off St Mary’s by 3-11 to 4-04 while UU4 put seven goals past Queen’s third team during their Wednesday evening clash. It was a busy week for QUB who were also in action on Monday against Stranmillis. In that game, they emerged strong winners with a 7-27 to 1-02 result. Elsewhere in the division, there was a 25-point victory for TUD Tallaght over Marino College while only five points separated Drogheda IFE and Cavan Institute, the Cavan side securing the win away from home.






Division 1


UCC1 1 3-11 MICL1 1-07

DCU DÉ1 3-13 Queen’s University1 0-04

UCD1 1-13 TUD 5-13


Division 2


DCU DÉ2 3-07 UU1 0-02

MTU Kerry 3-09 Maynooth University1 4-04

UL2 2-13 TUS Midlands1 2-10


Division 3


ATU Sligo 2-06 DKIT  2-05

St Mary’s1 1-08 ATU Donegal 0-08

MTU Cork 8-09 SETU Carlow 6-07

SETU Waterford 3-08 DCU DÉ3 2-10


Division 4


UCC2 2-17 MICL2 0-01

DCU DÉ4 3-07 Queens University2 2-06

UU2 8-18 UCD3 0-02



Division 5


DCU DÉ5 3-11 TUD City Campus1 8-16

TUD Blanchardstown 1-04 Marino1 9-13

ATU Galway 4-11 UL4 3-09

Maynooth University2 2-06 TUS Midwest 8-07


Division 6


RCSI 5-18 TUD City Campus2 0-07

ATU Mayo 1-17 ATU Sligo2 4-02

MICL Thurles 11-14 TUS Midlands2 1-07


Division 7


QUB3 7-27 Stranmillis 1-02

UU3 (Coleraine) 3-11 St Mary’s2 4-04

UU4 7-08 QUB3 1-10

Drogheda IFE 1-04 Cavan Institute 1-09

TUD Tallaght 5-14 Marino2 0-04

DCU DÉ7 4-08 TUD City Campus3 3-11


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