28 Feb 2016
UCD left it late but ultimately, thanks to a Mark Boland goal, were crowned the 2016 winners of the prestigious Collingwood Cup at the Maradyke in Cork.
Mark Boland was the hero as his last-minute winner secured University College Dublin their 43rd outright Collingwood Cup at the expense of the University of Limerick in torrid conditions at the Mardyke.
Garbhan Coughlan put the Shannonsiders ahead with a thunderous strike early on, but after weathering a heavy first-half storm, the Dubliners equalised in the second through Georgie Kelly, before Boland stole the game at the end.
UL welcomed back Garbhan Coughlan in attack having recovered from a knock sustained against Trinity the previous day.
Any questions over his fitness were quickly put to bed as a long ball by captain Jonathan Hanafin found the onrushing Coughlan who, sensing UCD goalkeeper Niall Corbet off his line, rifled an early volley past the helpless custodian from the edge of the box and he smashed home arguably the goal of the tournament to put the Munster outfit into the lead.
The Munster men arguably had the better of the chances in the remainder of that first half and UCD's netminder Corbet was being kept busy, with a fine save to deny Oisín McMenamin's low drive, but could only watch as Brian Nolan's long-range effort smashed off the crossbar before a nervy UCD eventually cleared.
But UCD held out to the half and were rewarded when Georgie Kelly headed home their equaliser nine minutes after the restart.
UL had a fantastic chance for a winner two minutes from time when Barry Hooton's headed over from Conor Maguire free. However in the end it mattered little, as in the final minute of regular time a deep cross deflected off Hannafin and Boland, who had been introduced from the bench for the final 20 minutes proved to be UCD’s hero, was there to smash the ball home from 20 yards out and break UL hearts.
That is a College double for UCD as they recently won the Harding Cup, beating DCU in the final.
UCD: N Corbet; D Tobin, M Kougon (R McLoughlin 45), T Dent, S Coyne; G Couglan, T O'Halloran (M Boland 70), G O'Neill, J McClelland; T Molloy; G Kelly.
UL: A Walsh; A O'Connor, P O'Connor, A Cowper (B Hooton 62), J Hanafi