UCD 16 GALWEGIANS 29, Belfield
Scorers: UCD: Tries: Michael Twomey; Con: Niall Earls; Pens: Niall Earls 3
Galwegians: Tries: Ambrose Conboy, John Cleary 2, Dave Clarke; Cons: Mark Butler, John Cleary 2; Pen: Mark Butler
Galwegians will face a tough task in overcoming in-form Division 1A side Dolphin at Musgrave Park in their November 21 quarter-final.
After losing three straight games in AIB League Division 1B, 'Wegians got back to winning ways as they displayed a fine brand of running rugby to defeat Division 2 opponents UCD.
In the early stages, neither team was able to take a stranglehold on the match but out-half Niall Earls managed to get UCD off to a good start when he calmly slotted a penalty in the seventh minute.
However, the visitors quickly hit back in the 13th minute. From a smooth set-piece move off good lineout ball from hooker Conor Muldoon, powerful back rower Ambrose Conboy saw an opportunity when he picked the ball off a ruck and powered over the line to score the first try.
UCD enjoyed some good running rugby in the first half but sloppy mistakes mixed with handling errors ensured that they could not make it over the Galwegians whitewash.
UCD: Michael Twomey; Cailbhe Doherty, Andy Cummiskey, Rory Allwright, Tom Fletcher; Niall Earls, John Cooney; Conor Geoghegan, David Gilchrist, John A Lee, Brian Cawley, James Hayes, Matt Nagle (capt), Gavin Murphy, Kevin Croke.
GALWEGIANS: Tiernan O'Halloran; Barry Lee, Aifai Esera, Dave Clarke, John Cleary; Mark Butler, Ronan Dillon; Ja Naughton, Conor Muldoon, Jamie Stephens, Joe Moran, Brian McClearn, Liam Scahill, Ivan Muldoon (capt), Ambrose Conboy.
Referee: Michael Black (IRFU)