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Queen's University Belfast v Dublin City University - O'Connor Cup Semi-Final


Queen’s University Belfast ensured their place in the O’Connor cup final thanks to a power packed and impressive performance against DCU in their semi final. DCU simply had no answer to the power packed displays of Sinead McCleary, Caroline O’Hanlon, Ruth Kearney, Mairead Cooper and Fionnuala McKenna. Queens cantered through to the final on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-05. The defending champions and tournament hosts will now meet UL in the O’Connor Cup Final.

The better of the two O’Connor Cup semi finals was certainly the second game where great rivals UL and UCC met in a tense and tight encounter where UL dominated possession but could never quite shake off a resilient UCC team. Both sides boasted several star player with the likes of Louise Ni Muircheartaigh, Cait Lynch, Doireann O’Sullivan lining out for UCC with Lorraine Scanlon, Roisin Leonard, Aine Tighe and Niamh O’Dea taking the field for UL. In the end it was the better balanced UL side who advanced thanks to a dominant midfield and razor sharp forward unit with the final score reading 3-06 to 2-11.

Elsewhere, in the Lynch Cup an Emma Farmer inspired CIT team easily disposed of Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh 3-15 to 0-03. In the other semi final St. Pat’s were also dominant but were given a few scares along the way by DKIT. Caoimhe Mohan scored 2 goals for DKIT but despite this she was well marshalled by her fellow All Star tourist Sinead Burke and the better balanced St. Pat’s team were the deserving winners at full time by 2-15 to 2-07.

The Giles Cup semi finals also took place with Mary Immaculate College Limerick emerging from a very close match versus IT Carlow 1-15 to 1-13. NUI Maynooth defeating Athlone IT by 11 points in a one sided affair.

The Finals of the Lynch, Giles and O’Connor Cups will all take place tomorrow with the O’Connor Cup being televised live on TG4.

O’Connor Cup Semi Finals:

QUB 3:14 DCU 2:05

UCC 3-06 UL 2:11

Lynch Cup

CIT 3:15 RGU 0-03

St. Pat’s 2:15 DKIT 2-07

Giles Cup

MICL 1:15  IT Carlow 1:13

NUIM 2:18 AIT 2:07


HEC Third Level Cup Finals

Lynch Cup Final (12:30)

CIT v St. Pats

Giles Cup Final (2:30)


O’Connor Cup Final (4:30 live on TG4)


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