Ashbourne Q/F Preview: Waterford Institute of Technology V University Ulster Jordanstown

WIT V UUJ Thursday February 4th in UCD 3G pitch at 6:30pm. 

2015 Ashbourne Champions WIT face a difficult task as they fight to retain their Ashbourne crown but first the Camogie stronghold college must overcome UUJ in the Third Level Camogie Semi-final. Known as one of the forces of the Ashbourne competition, WIT have had a challenging year scraping wins over their opposition in their group campaign. Late in November WIT defeated DCU comfortably in WIT in wet and windy conditions by 22 points. Round Two of the group gave WIT quite a scare against NUIG as they somehow managed to fine the net twice in the final five minutes to seal their second victory. Their final game to register a semi-final spot was against Cork side UCC. UCC started with a strong start leading the game 1-2 to 0-1 with 14 mins played in extremely windy conditions. A 1-6 to 0-2 lead at the break left it all to play for as WIT hit 1-4 in the second half to narrow the gap but it was too late for the defenders as the hit the final four scores of the game in a row. This left WIT in a quarter-final position to take on UUJ in a neutral venue.

After being placed in a tenacious group, UUJ had their work cut out for them against newly promoted MICL, DCU and 2015 finalists UL. In their opening round against UL in Ballykelly The Ulster University suffered a heavy defeat of UL 5-23 to UUJ 0-8 before the Christmas break. A refocused UUJ returned for Championship in January and gained their first two points beating UCD by six points. The final game of the group was against MICL. Another heavy defeat by strong-willed MIC left UUJ in a Quarter-final position against WIT.

For some this will be their last camogie game of the year and others their final Third Level Camogie game, the stakes are extremely high as the days are number for the Ashbourne Weekend. Both sides will have worked tirelessly over the past week to prepare for their quarter-final which is expected to be a very physical skillful game and certainly not fear each other come 6:30pm Thursday evening.

Check out the match results here

Read the second quarter-final preview here: 

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