The Cork manager, who picked up several FAI Intermediate Cup wins with Munster Senior League side Avondale, saw a well-drilled UCC claim a deserved 2-1 Collingwood Cup quarter-final win over the fancied DCU at Trinity Sports Ground, Santry Avenue yesterday.
Rob Waters was on the mark to net his second goal of the tournament on 22 minutes and give Caulfield’s charges the perfect start.
The lively Waters was on hand to put the ball in the net after DCU keeper Ben Dale had spilled a Rufus Holmes cross.
But Cork saw their lead wiped out on half-time when DCU striker John Mulroy, a Bray Wanderers regular, pounced to finish after UCC keeper Kieran McEnery had failed to deal adequately with Stephen Doyle’s initial shot.
UCC then went on to produce a winner of the highest quality on the hour mark.
Waters took a short corner on the right and played the ball to Luke Burgess who wasted little time in firing in a fierce drive from 30 yards that had Dale grasping at thin air.
The Cork side, who recorded their last Collingwood Cup win in 2005, will now face holders UCD in today’s semi-final, with Caulfield back on the cup trail once again.
The Belfield outfit had little difficulty accounting for the University of Ulster Coleraine in their quarter-final, hammering in five goals without reply.
Hosts Dublin University could do little to halt Jordanstown’s progress to the semi-finals after an impressive display by the northerners gave them a 2-0 win at College Park.
NUI Galway, beaten finalists in the past two seasons, handed out a 6-1 thrashing to a very disappointing University of Limerick side to give themselves a chance to bid for a third final appearance in a row.