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Harding Cup

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WASHOUT IN WEXFORD! So much for summer soccer! Just when we were congratulating ourselves for scheduling the recent snow snap outside the Irish soccer season, the elements have bitten back to postpone the opening of UCD's pre-season programme of friendlies. Now it's rain, falling without remission in Wexford, that has proved too much for even the excellent facilities at Ferrycarrig Park and tonight's match with Wexford Youths has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch. So it'll be training as usual for the Students today with the home encounter with Monaghan United on Sunday week 14th February first up. The match will be played on UCD's Leinster League pitch in Belfield. Full details and kick off time to follow.
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The UCD Harding Cup team of 2009 suffered defeat in the first round of the competition when they were surprisingly beaten by NUI Galway. UCD did not have to wait long to avenge their defeat. This years Harding Cup will be played in Galway with UCD being drawn against their conquerors NUI Galway in the first round.
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Harding disappointment for UCD

UCD failed to make an impression at the 2009 Harding Cup, losing to NUIG in the First Round before being eliminated in the Plate play-offs. Ger Chivers scored the only goal of the game for NUIG in the competition opener. NUIG ultimately went on to reach the semis, where they lost to UL after extra time. UCD went into a Plate play-off against Mary Immaculate College and DCU. A 1-0 win against MI - a John Dineen penalty - and a 1-1 draw against DCU meant a two-goal win would be enough for DCU to progress at UCD's expense. They duly won 3-0, ending UCD's hopes for another year. UCD squad - 1: Cian Byrne, 2: Joe Holt, 3: Daniel Lenane, 4: John Dineen, 5: Garreth Mathews, 6: Colm Bailey, 7: Graham Risk, 8: Brian McFlynn, 9: Evan Connelly, 10: Peter McMahon, 11: Gavin Falconer, 12: Jeff O’Flynn, 13: Aidan Lawlor, 14: Paul Bourke, 15: David Fitzgerald, 16: Cormac Wilson, 17: Ruairi Roderston, 18: James Brennan
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Harding Cup draw made

The draw for the 2009 Harding Cup has been made, with UCD facing NUI Galway in the first round on Thursday. The winners will face UCC on Friday in the last eight, with the semi-finals and the finals of the Plate and the Cup competitions taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Nine colleges are entered in this year's tournament, which takes place on the UL campus. UCD won the competition in 2005, 2006 and 2007, but were knocked out by DCU last year.

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