Hat-trick champion Curran sends the treaty to the cup semi-finals

Enda Curran’s hat-trick sent Treaty United into the FA Cup quarter-finals, with the top-flight side surprising their top-flight counterparts at the Matckets Arena.

He opened the scoring with a penalty kick before doubling his tally after 10 minutes, and Curran closed for the third time and passed the Treaty to the semi-finals just 10 minutes into the second half.

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The two sides traded late goals to give gamblers more bang for their buck, but the contest was over long before that.

Treaty United and UCD likely won’t start the season prioritizing this competition, but with the hosts winning eight of the last 10 in all competitions plus needing only four points for a place in the playoff, and with the students coming in after a surprise win over Dundalk It seemed like an opportunity, not a distraction.

The UCD has found the net just 22 times in 29 league games – its lowest total in the first division, but thanks to Thomas Lonergan’s double last week and his six goals in two cup games so far, they wouldn’t enter this tie with such fears.

But there were quite a few in attendance for that person, adding to the occasion.

They would have been pleasantly surprised by the draft treaty given that Tommy Barrett spoke at length last week that catching them on recess might be the order of the day.

The best way to describe the treaty is the practical way, but they have an x-factor incidental. The primary source for this is Willie Archow. The bluffing winger is a nightmare to resist defenders because of his fast feet.

Al-Ittihad Treaty players celebrate after the full-time whistle

They were on full display before the 30-minute mark when Evan Osam slipped to try to win the ball, but she left the scene for a long time.

Derek Tomney pointed directly at the spot and Curran stepped up to shoot past Keanne Moore. The punishment was hit so hard that it didn’t matter that Moore guessed correctly.

If this momentum wasn’t proof enough that the difference in teams didn’t matter to the homeowners, they would double their lead after 10 minutes.

With what seemed like somewhat of a routine defensive duty for Sam Todd, a UCD heartthrob shot the ball toward his goal after an odd touch.

Curran went one-on-one and established himself before hitting Moore’s right. The ball hit the post, trickling along the goal line before settling into the back of the net. The noise from Garryowen’s place was quite the thing.

And in his last stunt, he shot a ball over Moore’s head from inside the UCD box shortly after the interval.

In truth, this didn’t seem like much of a rivalry, much to the astonishment and happiness of the vast majority of those present.

Armzo and Harry O’Connor exchanged goals of late, but that wouldn’t make a difference to the score on what looked like a marquee night for the club since it was founded two years ago.

United Treaty: Conor Wayne, Ben O’Riordan, Shawn Guerins, Calum McNamara, Mark Lowden; Lee Devitt, Mark Walsh (Matt Keane, 89); Willie Armacho (Connor Melody, 79), Stephen Christopher (Joel Costrin, 89), Dean George (Joe Collins, 79); Enda Curran (Edogun, 60 succeeded).

UCD: Keanne Moore; Evan Osam, Sam Todd, Jack Kenny; Alex Dunn (Donal Higgins, 54), Evan Caffrey, Dara Kane, Mark Dignam (Alex Nolan, 54), Dylan Duffy; Sean Brennan (Harry O’Connor, 75), Thomas Lonergan.

Rule: Derek Tomney (Dublin).