The Collingwood Cup may not be returning to Ulster, but the boys from Jordanstown didn't leave Dublin empty handed.
UUJ won the Farquhar Cup - the Collingwood's subsidiary competition - on Friday morning, beating Trinity College 4-1 in Friday morning's final. Pacey forward Shane Jennings hit a hat-trick with Ross Stewart claiming the other goal.
It wasn't what Taylor Kirk and his team had set out to achieve, but the cup win meant the students traveled home in high spirits.
Manager Kirk said: “Obviously we wanted to win the Collingwood Cup, but we are happy with our efforts and winning the Farquhar Cup is something none of us will ever forget. It was a great way to end a fantastic week.
“I'm really proud of the boys because we could have easily just given up after the disappointment of not going further in the Collingwood Cup, but we really dug in to make sure we didn't leave home empty handed.”
The Farquhar success gave the Jordanstown boys a happy ending, after Wednesday's heartbreaking Collingwood Cup defeat to DCU.
In the quarter-final, UUJ equalised late in the game through James McCabe, but just when the game looked set for extra-time the Dublin side found a late winner.
Manager Kirk said: “It was a hard way to lose the game. We went from a moment of ecstasy to heartbreak in the space of a minute. It was hard for the boys to take but I'm proud of their efforts. It says a lot about the lads that they were able to regroup and beat both Limerick and Trinity to win the Farquhar.”