Waterford IT and Dundalk IT (DKIT) will contest this afternoon’s Trench Cup decider after both teams enjoyed extremely comfortable semi-final wins.
DKIT, who have former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville patrolling the sideline, scored a 2-16 to 0-2 win over Liverpool Hope University in the first of the semi-finals.
The Dundalk outfit wasted little time in asserting their dominance and were well placed at the break, leading 1-8 to 0-1. Declan Flaherty netted their opening goal and a Gerard McSorley penalty succeeded in putting the result to bed in the second half, the Louth player finishing with a personal tally of 1-2. Donal Meegan top-scored with 0-7 as DKIT secured safe passage to a first Trench Cup final appearance since 1997.
There, they will meet Waterford IT who are back in the final after a five-year gap. They were rarely troubled in putting four goals past Letterkenny IT en route to a 4-11 to 1-8 win.
Two early Nigel Murphy majors sent the Waterford students on their way and the game was over as a contest come the call for half-time, as further goals from Niall Harney and Joe O’Connor stretched their advantage out to 4-4 to 0-4.
Letterkenny IT, to their credit, never threw in the towel in the second period and despite pulling back a goal, they were unable to make any meaningful inroads into the WIT lead. Niall Harney finished with 1-5 for the winners, Nigel Murphy adding a point to his two first-half goals, with Edenderry’s Ciaran Farrell (0-3) another to significantly contribute.
WIT were unsuccessful in the 2011 decider against St Pat’s, as were DKIT 19 years ago, so both teams will be gunning for victory today. The Trench Cup final throws in at 12.30pm, with the main billing of DCU versus UCD down for a 2.30pm start.
The first of the triple-header in Jordanstown brings together Marino Institute of Education and the University of Ulster Magee in the Corn na Mac Léinn final (throw-in 11am). Marino thumped the Royal College of Surgeons by 3-14 to 0-4, Magee overcoming North West Regional College (NWRC) by 4-9 to 1-12 in the two penultimate round games.
Completing yesterday’s busy schedule was the Higher Education final between Drogheda College of Further Education and St Patrick’s College, Thurles, the Drogheda students winning 2-13 to 1-9.
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