DCU will be the next obstacle for the LYIT men’s soccer team as Niall McGonagle’s team secured home advantage in the CUFL quarter-finals stage by virtue of winning the Ulster Region CUFL title for the third time since the Colleges (Institutes of Technologies) and Universities came together for a combined league in 2004/5.
LYIT had lost on their first game against UUJ in the Ulster region going down 2-0 in Letterkenny. However they re-grouped and subsequently recorded victories against Queens (2-0), Belfast Metropolitan (2-3) and Magee University (4-2) which seen them finish level on 9 points with Belfast Metropolitan but they were deemed champions on the head to head rule.
In November LYIT also secured a safe passage to the 2nd round of the Umbro CFAI Cup after comfortably seeing off Sallynoggin College 3-0 on the LYIT Campus. They now face a tricky road trip to play Cork IT in round two the week following the DCU game.
LYIT will look to players like Barry McNamee, currently on trial at Nottingham Forrest after impressing in his rookie season at Derry City and the experience of Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciarán Gallagher as well as team skipper Davitt Walsh formerly of Finn Harps and Ballymena United.
The date for the CUFL quarter-final with DCU is January 30 and they will then travel to Cork IT for the cup match the following week and play on February 6.