Enda Curran’s hat-trick blasts Treaty United past UCD and into FAI Cup semi-finals

Treaty United are in the final four of the FAI Cup after a 4-1 win over UCD at Markets Field.

An Enda Curran hat-trick sealed the semi-final spot for Tommy Barrett’s First Division outfit against a stunned UCD.

The Treaty attacker hit the target twice in the first 45 minutes and took his third early in the second half.

Willie Armshaw then added a fourth before Harry O’Connor landed a consolation goal for the Students.

The home side were fully valuable to the win and dominated the game before Curran gave them the lead in the 26th minute of the first half.

Armshaw had given Evan Osam a scorching time on the right and eventually the pressure became apparent as the UCD defender tripped the lively winger into the penalty area.

Curran stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, beating Kian Moore with a low shot to the right corner.

UCD was reduced to long range speculative shots in the first half and one of those nearly paid off when Conor Winn squandered Dylan Duffy’s bet.

Seán Brennan was the first to react, but the keeper’s blush was spared by the offside flag.

Treaty doubled their advantage four minutes before half time when Curran took advantage of a miskick from Sam Todd.

He dipped the ball over the on-rushing Moore and gave the home side a 2-0 lead at halftime, leaving the Premier Division side in shock.

Curran completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half when UCD failed to block a long throw from Marc Ludden and the Treaty striker fired a stunning half volley into the roof of the net.

Winn was forced into a clever low save from Brennan before Todd had a glorious chance from an Evan Caffrey corner, but was denied by the crossbar.

Treaty put the icing on the cake 15 minutes from time when a quick counterattack saw Stephen Cristopher go on target.

He selflessly played the ball for Armshaw to score into an empty net. O’Connor gave late consolation to UCD after being set up by Donal Higgins, but it mattered little as Treaty advanced to the semi-finals.

Treaty United: to win; O’Riordan, Guerins, McNamara, Ludden; Walsh, Devitt; Armshaw (Collins, 79), Christopher, George (Melody, 79); Curran (Edogun, 60)

UCD: Moor; Dunne (Higgins, 54), Keaney, Todd, Osam; Dignam (Nolan, 54), Caffrey, Keane, Duffy; Brennan (O’Connor, 21); Lonergan

Referee: D Tomney.

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