UCD on the double at Intervarsities

UCD claimed the intervarsity double at Grange Road as their men edged out University of Ulster 3-2 while the women reigned supreme with a massive 6-1 win over Queens.

For the men in the Mauritius Cup, they led from the front with Iain Styles putting them in front 14 minutes gone to set them off and running. Irish international Neal Glassey tied things up but a quick burst of goals from David Nolan and Andrew Meates put UCD clear.

UCD’s men with the Mauritius Cup. Pic: Geraldine Smyth

Glassey made it tight in the closing stages from the penalty spot but UCD held on for the victory and the title.

UCC will return to the top table as they won the plate competition with a 3-2 win over hosts IT Tallaght. They will replace Trinity who were relegated to the plate following a shoot-out defeat to Queens.

The city centre outfit had started well, beating DIT 3-2 but, due to logistical issues around the Dublin marathon on Sunday morning, only had five players at Grange Road in time for their second game against CIT.

UCC with the Mauritius Plate. Pic: Geraldine Smyth

Without the requisite seven starting players, it meant they forfeited the tie 5-0 and CIT went through despite losing the only game they played in the group 7-1 to DIT.

The women’s final was one-way traffic, matching their 6-1 win a year ago against UU. They did so without a number of front-line regulars from their league side, racing into a 2-0 lead with Irish skipper Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke’s rocket of a shot getting them off and running.

Queens pulled one back via Emily McStea but Abbie Russell extended the lead to 3-1 at the break with another cracker.

Sorcha Clarke made the game extra safe while late corner goals from Freya McDermott and Lena Tice added a further gloss to the final score.

For Duke, it was a fifth intervarsity title in six attempts. Speaking about the success afterwards, she said: “We love playing varsities; it’s really important to us and a lot of fun so we are delighted to retain the trophy. It’s also great to see the lads also beating a very good UUJ side and we are obviously delighted with our win.

UCD women with the Chilean Cup. Pic: Geraldine Smyth

“We had a changed squad with a few girls not eligible to play anymore so it was great to see some of the younger girls come in and play really well. It just makes our squad even more competitive going back into the league next week.”

DCU – with recently capped Sarah Torrans in their ranks along – swept to the Chilean Plate with a 4-1 win over NUIG. Trinity’s women were also relegated to the plate via a shoot-out, falling to UUJ.

Mauritius Cup final: UCD 3 (I Styles, D Nolan, A Meates) UU 2 (N Glassey 2)
Mauritius Plate final: UCC 3 IT Tallaght 2
Relegation match: Queens 1 Trinity 1, Queens win shoot-out

Chilean Cup final: UCD 6 (K Mullan, D Duke, A Russell, S Clarke, F McDermott, L Tice) Queens 1 (E McStea)
Chilean Plate final: DCU 4 NUIG 1
Relegation match: UUJ 2 Trinity 2, UUJ win shoot-out

DCU celebrate with the Chilean Plate. Pic: Geraldine Smyth

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