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16th Nov UL lose tight encounter with Trinity Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South


University of Limerick 1-2 Trinity College Dublin

UL suffered their first defeat of the season as a 91st minute goal saw Trinity College take a vital three points with them back up the M7.

This game was always going to be a close encounter as first played host to second with a win for either side crucial for their hopes of reaching the league semi-finals. The first chance of the game fell to UL after just two minutes. An attack down the right wing culminated with Cullen McCabe whipping a dangerous ball into the area. Dean Hegarty rose the highest at the back post forcing Trinity goalkeeper Lee Steacy into action.

That chance would prove to be the only moment of note for some time as both teams battled to establish a foothold in the game. Trinity had the next chance of note when they picked up a loose ball in the 27th minute and raced towards goal. UL keeper Josh Coady spread himself well pushing the forward wide with his shot petering wide. The rest of the half remained an even affair with Trinity slightly edging it on chance creation but the stalemate could not be broken in the opening half.

The wait for a goal wouldn’t go on much longer as UL were celebrating a goal just 34 seconds into the second moiety. Leon Ryan raced forward from kick-off playing the ball to David McCarthy who managed to poke it out to the left wing to Adam Foley.

Foley burned his marker and reached the area unleashing a venomous shot on goal, Steacy was able to stop his effort but couldn’t hold on to the ball it spilled loose and Conor Butler made no mistake to put UL into the ascendency.

The Shannonsiders wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Trinity drew level in the 52nd minute. UL lost possession from a throw-in deep in their opponents half, a long ball down field wasn’t dealt with allowing a Trinity forward in on goal. Coady made a fine save to deny the visitors but much like his counterpart he was unable to hang on to the ball and Trinity capitalised.


It became apparent that neither side would be content to settle for a draw, it was end to end action for the remainder of the clash. UL created the next goalscoring opportunity in the 59th minute, Butler whipped the ball in from a corner with Conor Whittle popping up at the back post, he sent a half-volley goalward but Steacy was alert to the threat.

Trinity created opportunities of their own as the match wore on but UL managed to keep things level through some last ditch tackles and fine goalkeeping.

Football can be beautiful but it can also be very cruel and UL experienced the harsh side of sport today. Defending a corner in the 90th minute UL looked to break forward however the referee adjudged there to have been a foul as they played out on the far right of their box.

Trinity sent forward their big men, the free was delivered to the back post, the first header was saved but it fell loose where it was bundled over the line. There was no time left for the home side to launch a fightback as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.


UL now have a week off before the final game of the league season away to UCC. Only a win will do under the lights at the Mardyke if they are to remain in contention to reach the league semi-finals.

1st Nov UL settle for 1-1 draw with TUS Midlands Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South

University of Limerick 1-1 TUS Midlands

UL battled back from a goal down to earn a hard fought draw against TUS Midlands in miserable conditions this afternoon on Maguires pitches.

The hosts enjoyed the best of the early chances with a strong shot from Alex Sidorov testing the TUS goalkeeper inside the opening two minutes. Conor Butler was the next to try from range with his strike rising just over the bar with five minutes played.

UL could very well have taken the lead after nine minutes when a long ball over the top caught the TUS defence off-guard, Oleg Vysochan raced on to the ball and poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper only to see a defender get back to clear the danger.

The men from Athlone created the next chance, from a corner they powered a header goalward but Gavin Dillion was on hand to head away their effort. Another long ball from UL created the next goal scoring opportunity, Josh Coady launched the ball to the right wing where Nikodem Kozlowski controlled it with a deft touch, racing forward he was confronted by the TUS keeper who had advanced to try and clear the danger. The winger chipped the ball over his opponent and the shot went narrowly wide from an acute angle.

UL were once again rueing their misfortune in the 31st minute when a quick freekick saw Vysocgan whip the ball into the box where Ciaran Jennings and Tom Carney rose to meet it unfortunately their combined effort saw the ball fizz  past the upright. Both sides continued to press but the game was locked at 0-0 when the referee blew the whistle for half-time.

The second half got off to the worst possible start for UL as they were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident. This pivotal moment gave TUS a huge boost in confidence and they set about making the most of their numerical advantage. With 54 minutes on the clock the visitors were celebrating a goal however their celebrations were short lived as the flag was up for offside. UL were still rocked by the sending off and with 56 minutes on the clock TUS took the lead from an attack down the right that was tapped home at the back post.

To their credit UL did not let this setback derail them and they immediately pushed for an equaliser. A 67th minute free-kick saw Tom Carney win a corner from the set-piece TUS cleared the first effort but the danger was not fully averted with Conor Butler popping up at the back post to head home the equaliser.

Despite being a man down UL were not content to sit back and settle for a draw and they set about finding a winner. Substitute Leon Daly found himself in possession on the right wing, he jinked past his first marker and surged toward the area in between two TUS players as he did he was brought down just inside the box leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot with 76 minutes played.

Unfortunately for UL their string of bad luck continued as their penalty effort crept just over the crossbar. Both sides continued to search for a winner but ultimately the deadlock could not be broken with the points shared.

After three weeks of consecutive action UL now enjoy a week off before welcoming Trinity College to Maguires pitches in two weeks’ time.

26th Oct UL record historic away win in Carlow Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South


SETU Carlow 0-2 University of Limerick

UL recorded an historic first ever victory on Carlow soil seeing off their opponents 2-0 thanks to a goal in either half.

Both sides took time to settle into the game as they got to grips with a strong wind, the first chance of note did fall to UL, Eoin Redmond flicked the ball towards the back post from a free kick with Adam Foley forcing a save from the keeper with ten minutes played.

Foley again forced the keeper into action with 18 minutes gone, a through ball released Nikodem Kozlowski on the right wing, the Carlow shot stopper blocked his effort with the ball lopping back in to the mixer where Foley contorted his body to fire an overhead kick towards goal, a fingertip save ensured Carlow only conceded a corner.

Just two minutes later UL had another fine chance to take the lead, Ciaran Jennings intercepted the ball in midfield and surged through a gap in the Carlow defence, as he raced towards goal the keeper rushed out, Jennings opted for an audacious chip lifting the ball over his onrushing opponent but just went over over the crossbar.

The hosts knew they were riding their luck and moved up a gear capitalising on a sloppy touch on the right wing to fire a dangerous ball across the UL goal. From the resulting throw-in Carlow powered a header towards goal, it looked destined for the back of the net but UL captain Tom Carney was alive to the danger producing a stunning goal-line clearance to keep the sides level with 26 minutes on the clock.

Two minutes later a speculative effort from a Carlow midfielder stung the gloves of UL keeper Eoghan Tinkler. After this purple patch for the hosts UL regained their foothold and created another glorious chance.  

UL broke from a defensive corner with Kozlowski winning possession, the winger showed superb instinct to flick the ball behind him straight into the path of the onrushing Redmond. The Carlow defenders had no chance of catching the Corkman but once again the Carlow goalkeeper produced a fine save to keep the sides locked at nil all.

Redmond was at the centre of a fine team move that gave UL the lead right on the stroke of half-time. Winning possession in midfield he looked up and played Foley through on goal, as the Limerickman raced toward goal he looked up and slipped the ball out to the right to Kozlowski. The winger would have been forgiven for taking on a shot as he made his way towards the edge of the six yard box but he squared the ball to the back post where Conor Butler arrived to break the deadlock.

Carlow the second half with the bit between their teeth eager to find an early equaliser but they failed to create any clear cut chances. In fact as they pushed to level proceedings they created opportunities for UL. Just six minutes into the second half Foley won a corner which saw a header go just over. With 53 minutes played Oleg Vysochan controlled a ball that was sent forward, the winger turned quickly made space for a shot and forced the keeper to make yet another fine stop.

A second goal for UL looked more likely than an equaliser for Carlow and it arrived in the 59th minute. Eoin Redmond was again instrumental, he slid the ball behind the Carlow defence allowing Ciaran Jennings to bear down on goal. The Sligoman was unselfish and spotted Redmond who had continued his run, Redmond pulled the trigger hitting the keeper, the rebound fell straight to him and his next effort was directed into the net by a hapless Carlow defender.

Substitute Alex Sidorov almost made an instant impact in the 61st minute, he played a fine ball in to Foley who teed up Jennings producing another good save from the Carlow shot stopper.

Carlow continued to push for a route back into the game delivering some dangerous balls into the UL area but time and time again the back four and goalkeeper were able to clear their lines. The Shannonsiders were still creating opportunities with Mark Murphy the next player to show some individual skill. Winning possession the Limerick man dropped his shoulder to create space for a shot sending the goalkeeper scrambling as the ball fizzed just past the post in the 81st minute.

The home side grew more and more frustrated as the final whistle drew near pushing bodies forward in search of a late flurry of goals. Even with five minutes of injury time they could not find a consolation goal with UL debutant Leon Daly producing the last real chance of the game. A rapid counter attack saw the right winger played in on goal, he took a touch before getting off a powerful strike but for one last time the Carlow keeper kept the deficit to just two.


UL now have two wins from two games setting a strong foundation for the league campaign going forward. They welcome TUS Midlands to Maguries Pitches next Tuesday for the third game of the season. The Athlone side suffered a 3-1 loss the Carlow last week and take on UCC in Cork tomorrow afternoon.

UL lose tight encounter with Trinity

Posted 16th Nov
Author Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South


University of Limerick 1-2 Trinity College Dublin

UL suffered their first defeat of the season as a 91st minute goal saw Trinity College take a vital three points with them back up the M7.

This game was always going to be a close encounter as first played host to second with a win for either side crucial for their hopes of reaching the league semi-finals. The first chance of the game fell to UL after just two minutes. An attack down the right wing culminated with Cullen McCabe whipping a dangerous ball into the area. Dean Hegarty rose the highest at the back post forcing Trinity goalkeeper Lee Steacy into action.

That chance would prove to be the only moment of note for some time as both teams battled to establish a foothold in the game. Trinity had the next chance of note when they picked up a loose ball in the 27th minute and raced towards goal. UL keeper Josh Coady spread himself well pushing the forward wide with his shot petering wide. The rest of the half remained an even affair with Trinity slightly edging it on chance creation but the stalemate could not be broken in the opening half.

The wait for a goal wouldn’t go on much longer as UL were celebrating a goal just 34 seconds into the second moiety. Leon Ryan raced forward from kick-off playing the ball to David McCarthy who managed to poke it out to the left wing to Adam Foley.

Foley burned his marker and reached the area unleashing a venomous shot on goal, Steacy was able to stop his effort but couldn’t hold on to the ball it spilled loose and Conor Butler made no mistake to put UL into the ascendency.

The Shannonsiders wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Trinity drew level in the 52nd minute. UL lost possession from a throw-in deep in their opponents half, a long ball down field wasn’t dealt with allowing a Trinity forward in on goal. Coady made a fine save to deny the visitors but much like his counterpart he was unable to hang on to the ball and Trinity capitalised.


It became apparent that neither side would be content to settle for a draw, it was end to end action for the remainder of the clash. UL created the next goalscoring opportunity in the 59th minute, Butler whipped the ball in from a corner with Conor Whittle popping up at the back post, he sent a half-volley goalward but Steacy was alert to the threat.

Trinity created opportunities of their own as the match wore on but UL managed to keep things level through some last ditch tackles and fine goalkeeping.

Football can be beautiful but it can also be very cruel and UL experienced the harsh side of sport today. Defending a corner in the 90th minute UL looked to break forward however the referee adjudged there to have been a foul as they played out on the far right of their box.

Trinity sent forward their big men, the free was delivered to the back post, the first header was saved but it fell loose where it was bundled over the line. There was no time left for the home side to launch a fightback as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.


UL now have a week off before the final game of the league season away to UCC. Only a win will do under the lights at the Mardyke if they are to remain in contention to reach the league semi-finals.

UL settle for 1-1 draw with TUS Midlands

Posted 1st Nov
Author Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South

University of Limerick 1-1 TUS Midlands

UL battled back from a goal down to earn a hard fought draw against TUS Midlands in miserable conditions this afternoon on Maguires pitches.

The hosts enjoyed the best of the early chances with a strong shot from Alex Sidorov testing the TUS goalkeeper inside the opening two minutes. Conor Butler was the next to try from range with his strike rising just over the bar with five minutes played.

UL could very well have taken the lead after nine minutes when a long ball over the top caught the TUS defence off-guard, Oleg Vysochan raced on to the ball and poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper only to see a defender get back to clear the danger.

The men from Athlone created the next chance, from a corner they powered a header goalward but Gavin Dillion was on hand to head away their effort. Another long ball from UL created the next goal scoring opportunity, Josh Coady launched the ball to the right wing where Nikodem Kozlowski controlled it with a deft touch, racing forward he was confronted by the TUS keeper who had advanced to try and clear the danger. The winger chipped the ball over his opponent and the shot went narrowly wide from an acute angle.

UL were once again rueing their misfortune in the 31st minute when a quick freekick saw Vysocgan whip the ball into the box where Ciaran Jennings and Tom Carney rose to meet it unfortunately their combined effort saw the ball fizz  past the upright. Both sides continued to press but the game was locked at 0-0 when the referee blew the whistle for half-time.

The second half got off to the worst possible start for UL as they were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident. This pivotal moment gave TUS a huge boost in confidence and they set about making the most of their numerical advantage. With 54 minutes on the clock the visitors were celebrating a goal however their celebrations were short lived as the flag was up for offside. UL were still rocked by the sending off and with 56 minutes on the clock TUS took the lead from an attack down the right that was tapped home at the back post.

To their credit UL did not let this setback derail them and they immediately pushed for an equaliser. A 67th minute free-kick saw Tom Carney win a corner from the set-piece TUS cleared the first effort but the danger was not fully averted with Conor Butler popping up at the back post to head home the equaliser.

Despite being a man down UL were not content to sit back and settle for a draw and they set about finding a winner. Substitute Leon Daly found himself in possession on the right wing, he jinked past his first marker and surged toward the area in between two TUS players as he did he was brought down just inside the box leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot with 76 minutes played.

Unfortunately for UL their string of bad luck continued as their penalty effort crept just over the crossbar. Both sides continued to search for a winner but ultimately the deadlock could not be broken with the points shared.

After three weeks of consecutive action UL now enjoy a week off before welcoming Trinity College to Maguires pitches in two weeks’ time.

UL record historic away win in Carlow

Posted 26th Oct
Author Mark Nolan (Fixtures Secretary)

CUFL Premier Division South


SETU Carlow 0-2 University of Limerick

UL recorded an historic first ever victory on Carlow soil seeing off their opponents 2-0 thanks to a goal in either half.

Both sides took time to settle into the game as they got to grips with a strong wind, the first chance of note did fall to UL, Eoin Redmond flicked the ball towards the back post from a free kick with Adam Foley forcing a save from the keeper with ten minutes played.

Foley again forced the keeper into action with 18 minutes gone, a through ball released Nikodem Kozlowski on the right wing, the Carlow shot stopper blocked his effort with the ball lopping back in to the mixer where Foley contorted his body to fire an overhead kick towards goal, a fingertip save ensured Carlow only conceded a corner.

Just two minutes later UL had another fine chance to take the lead, Ciaran Jennings intercepted the ball in midfield and surged through a gap in the Carlow defence, as he raced towards goal the keeper rushed out, Jennings opted for an audacious chip lifting the ball over his onrushing opponent but just went over over the crossbar.

The hosts knew they were riding their luck and moved up a gear capitalising on a sloppy touch on the right wing to fire a dangerous ball across the UL goal. From the resulting throw-in Carlow powered a header towards goal, it looked destined for the back of the net but UL captain Tom Carney was alive to the danger producing a stunning goal-line clearance to keep the sides level with 26 minutes on the clock.

Two minutes later a speculative effort from a Carlow midfielder stung the gloves of UL keeper Eoghan Tinkler. After this purple patch for the hosts UL regained their foothold and created another glorious chance.  

UL broke from a defensive corner with Kozlowski winning possession, the winger showed superb instinct to flick the ball behind him straight into the path of the onrushing Redmond. The Carlow defenders had no chance of catching the Corkman but once again the Carlow goalkeeper produced a fine save to keep the sides locked at nil all.

Redmond was at the centre of a fine team move that gave UL the lead right on the stroke of half-time. Winning possession in midfield he looked up and played Foley through on goal, as the Limerickman raced toward goal he looked up and slipped the ball out to the right to Kozlowski. The winger would have been forgiven for taking on a shot as he made his way towards the edge of the six yard box but he squared the ball to the back post where Conor Butler arrived to break the deadlock.

Carlow the second half with the bit between their teeth eager to find an early equaliser but they failed to create any clear cut chances. In fact as they pushed to level proceedings they created opportunities for UL. Just six minutes into the second half Foley won a corner which saw a header go just over. With 53 minutes played Oleg Vysochan controlled a ball that was sent forward, the winger turned quickly made space for a shot and forced the keeper to make yet another fine stop.

A second goal for UL looked more likely than an equaliser for Carlow and it arrived in the 59th minute. Eoin Redmond was again instrumental, he slid the ball behind the Carlow defence allowing Ciaran Jennings to bear down on goal. The Sligoman was unselfish and spotted Redmond who had continued his run, Redmond pulled the trigger hitting the keeper, the rebound fell straight to him and his next effort was directed into the net by a hapless Carlow defender.

Substitute Alex Sidorov almost made an instant impact in the 61st minute, he played a fine ball in to Foley who teed up Jennings producing another good save from the Carlow shot stopper.

Carlow continued to push for a route back into the game delivering some dangerous balls into the UL area but time and time again the back four and goalkeeper were able to clear their lines. The Shannonsiders were still creating opportunities with Mark Murphy the next player to show some individual skill. Winning possession the Limerick man dropped his shoulder to create space for a shot sending the goalkeeper scrambling as the ball fizzed just past the post in the 81st minute.

The home side grew more and more frustrated as the final whistle drew near pushing bodies forward in search of a late flurry of goals. Even with five minutes of injury time they could not find a consolation goal with UL debutant Leon Daly producing the last real chance of the game. A rapid counter attack saw the right winger played in on goal, he took a touch before getting off a powerful strike but for one last time the Carlow keeper kept the deficit to just two.


UL now have two wins from two games setting a strong foundation for the league campaign going forward. They welcome TUS Midlands to Maguries Pitches next Tuesday for the third game of the season. The Athlone side suffered a 3-1 loss the Carlow last week and take on UCC in Cork tomorrow afternoon.

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