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Freshers Bring the Harding Cup Home

Dean Clarke and Conor Cannon inspired their side to an unbeaten run through the Harding Cup.Dean Clarke UCD Liam McCarthy Terry McAuley IUFU 1

UCD AFC brought the Harding Cup back to Belfield following three straight victories, brushing aside all comers to ensure the first silverware of the season conor cannoncame back to UCD. Dean Clarke and Connor Cannon were the undoubted stars in what proved to be an inspiring team performance throughout the competition.

In the first game in Limerick, UCD took on Mary Immaculate. The Limerick side were no match for the Dublin Students as they went down 7-1. A double apiece for Conor Cannon and Dean Clarke was added to when single strikes from Anas Ibraham, Tim Molloy and Adam Carroll to send the Boys in Blue into the semi final.

They were greeted in the semis by the home side's Freshers. UL were determined to give a good account of themselves on their home turf but UCD had other ideas. The deadly strike force of Cannon and Clarke had UCD 2-1 in front before a late UL strike threatened to disrupt the party but the Belfield Students held on to grab a deserved win.

NUI Galway were waiting for UCD in the final and again the final score was 2-1. Again it was UCD that came out on top in a fiercely contested game. In a reverse of the semi final, UCD found themselves behind early on and had to wait till fifteen minutes were left on the clock to celebrate an equaliser. It was no surprise when it came from Dean Clarke. UCD had their tails up and to complete the script, Conor Cannon popped up with five minutes remaining to grab the winner and the trophy for UCD.

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