University of Limerick coach Mike McCarthy, Fran Butler Football Development Officer Dublin City University, Noel O'Connor Head Coach at Mary Immaculate College Limerick and Greg Yelverton the UCC
ONE OF the oldest Irish soccer competitions will return to UL for the first time in seven years, this February.
The quarter and semi-finals of the 2019 Rustlers Collingwood Cup will be contested by eight third-level soccer teams across Ireland in the grass and 3G all-weather pitches in UL.
The Markets Field could become the venue for the final on Wednesday, February, 6 but that has yet to be confirmed.
Acting as this year’s hosts the Castletroy campus were gifted an automatic place in the quarter-final on the grass pitch, and will face the winner of the Maynooth University v Trinity College first round tie.
Advancing to the quarter-final will see Ian Sullivan’s side face either NUI Galway, Ulster University or the Royal College of Surgeons in the semi-final, in search of UL’s first Collingwood Cup win.
Mary Immaculate College’s fortunes weren’t as fruitful as their neighbours who were drawn in the first round tie against defending champions UCD.
UCD who play the same team that was recently promoted to the League of Ireland Premier Division will aim for their record forty-seventh Collingwood Cup win since the competition’s inception in 1914.
Noel O’Connor, former Limerick FC manager and current Mary I head coach believes that a partnership similar to his opponents UCD and the partnership UCC share with Cork City FC should be considered by his former club to return to the top-flight of Irish football.
“Absolutely, even now when I chat to young lads I always tell them the best pathway to professional football is the universities; a lot of lads who play in the League of Ireland now came through this system,” Mr O’Connor added.
Rustlers 2019 IUFU Collingwood Cup Quarter-Final Draw:
NUIG/Ulster Uni v RCSI
QOB v Mary I/UCD
DCU v UCC
UL v Maynooth/Trinity
The Collingwood Cup will run from Monday, February 4, to Wednesday, February 6, first round ties will be played before January 23.