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UL and DCU DÉ set for another HEC League Division 1 Final clash

The lineup for the League deciders has been decided across four divisions after a jam-packed week of semi-final action.

The Division 1 final will once again be played out between UL and DCU DÉ after both teams saw off difficult challenges during the week.

The reigning O’Connor Cup champions safely secured their place in the decider with a 4-10 to 2-09 win over Queen’s on Tuesday night. UL were unbeaten during the group stages of the competition and brought that form into the semi-final though their opponents struck first with a goal in the opening minutes of the game. However, with Galway star Louise Ward controlling matters, UL soon took control of the game, scoring 2-4 without reply, Ward with 1-2 before she was replaced through injury.

Fermanagh’s Blaithin Bogue ensured Queen’s could stay in touch with two well-taken points but another goal from the Limerick side, this time through Siofra O’Shea, put a halt to their momentum.

Queen’s outscored their rivals in the final stages of the first half to leave five points between the sides at half-time.

The Belfast outfit began the second half just as they did the first, hitting the back of the net courtesy of Dearbhla Gallagher. However, in similar fashion, UL responded immediately with a score. As Queen’s began to tire, ill-discipline grew among their backline, gifting UL’s Aoife O’Rourke three easy attempts at the target.

While Queen’s battled until the final whistle, a late goal from substitute Amy Sexton assured the win for UL.

On the other side of Dublin, group winners DCU DÉ required a late score to see off the strong challenge of a dogged UCC side. It was a low-scoring affair in DCU’s home ground with last year’s league winners securing a 0-7 to 0-6 victory to return to the final. That game, a repeat of the 2021 final, takes place on Thursday, December 1in O’Dempsey’s GFC, Laois.

DCU and UL also found themselves facing off in the first semi-final of Division 2. Having been completely dominant throughout the competition so far, it was no surprise to see the Dublin side come out on top with a six-point win. They now take on MTU Kerry in the final next week after the Munster side enjoyed an impressive 3-10 to 1-09 victory over Ulster University.

Meanwhile, ATU Donegal and St Mary’s will contest the Division 3 after both sides emerged victors from two very tight semi-finals this week. ATU Donegal may have been slight underdogs as they travelled to take on DCU’s third team but came away with a win by the narrowest of margins. Clonad, Co Laois played host to the meeting of St Mary’s and MTU Cork with the northern side winning out on a scoreline of 1-09 to 1-06.

DCU’s fourth team weren’t quite as lucky as their Division 1 team when they came up against UCC this week. The Cork side enjoyed a one-point victory to qualify for the Division 4 final where they will play Ulster University2 who recorded a comfortable 6-13 to 2-07 win over Mary Immaculate College.

MICL Thurles were more successful in their Division 5 clash against TUD City Campus2, winning out on a scoreline of 6-16 to 1-06, continuing their fine unbeaten run in the League.

Meanwhile, action continues in Division 7 where Ulster University 4 put six goals past local rivals St Mary’s while DCU DÉ 7 wrapped up a mixed week for the college with a six-point victory over TUD Tallaght.


Division 1

UL1 4-10 Queen’s University1 2-09

DCU DÉ1 0-07 UCC1 0-06

Division 2

DCU DÉ2 0-10 UL2 0-03

MTU Kerry 3-10 Ulster University1 1-09

Division 3

St Mary’s1 1-09 MTU Cork 1-06

DCU DÉ3 1-12 ATU Donegal 2-10

Division 4

UCC2 2-07 DCU DÉ4 2-06

Ulster University2 6-13 Mary Immaculate College2 2-07

Division 6

Mary Immaculate College Thurles 6-16 TUD City Campus2 1-06

Division 7

Ulster University4 6-17 St Mary’s2 2-07

DCU DÉ7 3-10 TUD Tallaght 2-07

Upcoming fixtures

Division 1
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Thursday 1st December Niall McCormack 7.30pm O’Dempseys GFC, Co Laois Final DCU1 v UL1
Division 2
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Thursday 24 November tbc 7.30pm Doon, Co Limerick Final MTU Kerry v DCU2
Division 3
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Monday 28 November 2022 tbc 7.00pm Tyrone GAA CoE, Garvaghey Final ATU Donegal v St Marys Belfast
Division 4
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Monday 28 November 2022 Dave Murphy 7.30pm GAA CoE, Abbottstown Final UU2 (Magee Campus) v UCC2
Division 5
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Monday 22 November 2022 Mike Flannery 6.30pm UL McGuires Astro2 Semi- final UL4 v Marino1
Wednesday 23 November 2022 Ray McBride 6.00pm TUD City Campus 1 Semi- final TUD City Campus 1 v TUS Midwest
Monday, November 28, 2022 tbc tbc Final v
Division 6
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Wednesday 23 November 2022 Finbarr Shanahan 7.00pm GAA CoE, Abbottstown Semi- final RCSI v ATU Mayo
Wednesday 30 November 2022 tbc 7.00pm tbc Final MIC Thurles v RCSI/ATU Mayo
Division 7
Date Referee Time Venue Round
Monday, November 21, 2022 8.00pm Coleraine 5 UU3 (Coleraine) v Stranmillis Strandmillis conceeded
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 Conor Doureen 5.00pm Breffni Park 3G Astro Q-Final Cavan Inst v TUD Tallaght
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 tbc 1st Group A Semi- final UU4 (Magee) v 2nd GroupC/B
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 tbc 1st Group B Semi- final UU5 v DCU7
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 tbc tbc Final v


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