Playoff
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2014
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref:
Att: 643
TV:

Timmy Molloy 18' -
Scored: 18'


Scored: 89'
- Paddy Barrett 89'

Scored: 90'
- Ryan Manning 90'



Play-Off Report: UCD 1 - Galway 2

Mon, Oct 27 2014

Credit: Tom Beary

UCD fell to pieces in the final minutes of their play-off clash against Galway FC as the tribesmen scored twice late on through Paddy Barrett and Ryan Manning to cancel out a first half Timmy Molloy strike meaning that it is all to play for on Friday in the second leg.

 

The Students despite dominating the possession early on found it hard to create any clear cut chances in the opening exchanges of this tie. Galway on the other hand despite regularly being pegged back in their own half had some good opening chances as Gary Shanahan and Stephen Walsh both went close for the away side.

 

UCD took the lead on 18 minutes through Timmy Molloy in what was their first shot on target of the game. Gary Burke was the creator as he cut inside his man before laying the ball off to his team-mate. Galway born Molloy then struck a beautiful strike into the far corner of the goal.

 

Things threatened to boil over as we approached the half hour mark as Mark Langtry originally felt he was fouled while on a mazing run down the left wing. Seconds later Colm Crowe went straight through Ryan Manning in a challenge that the UCD midfielder ended up receiving a yellow card for.

 

Conor Cannon nearly repeated his heroics of Friday night against Drogheda when he received the ball in the box, turned onto his left foot and attempted to lob the ball over Conor Gleeson. Luckily for Galway FC supporters Gleeson was up to the challenge as he punched the shot clear of his goal mouth.

 

The second half started slowly for both sides but suddenly threatened to spring into life just before the hour mark as Cannon’s first time cross field ball looped over the Galway defence and found Chris Mulhall. The winger in turn found the supporting Burke but a poor first touch halted the UCD break in its tracks.

 

Galway then took control of the game and had numerous chances to tie level with Ryan Manning running through on goal only for a mixture of O’Donnell and Hugh Douglas combining to save the day for UCD.

 

If Manning’s miss was bad, then Jake Keegan’s failure to slot the ball beyond O’Donnell when through on goal was downright shameful. Keegan raced through after a fantastic ball over the top, only for the striker to blaze over the bar with O’Donnell and the UCD goal at his mercy.

 

With less than five minutes left Galway fans could not believe what they were seeing when a corner fell kindly to Paddy Barrett and he blasted wide from eight yards out, in what can only be described as a defender's effort.

 

However, if you keep trying eventually things will turn around for you as Galway found out. A long throw by Marc Ludden caused The Students all sorts of problems as Paddy Barrett headed past O’Donnell to give Galway fans their just deserves.

 

What happened next was even more surprising as, from yet another set piece, Manning was given far too much space by a shocked UCD defence. They Students found themselves two down after Manning duly accepted his invite to turn and finish past O’Donnell.

 

The drama wasn’t quite over as deep into injury time O’Donnell had to be at his very best when he was forced to rush off his line to deny the onrushing Gary Shanahan. The teams will meet again in Galway this coming Friday night.

 

 

UCD: Conor O’Donnell; Gareth Matthews, Ian Ryan, Hugh Douglas, Mark Langtry (Daniel Tobin 78); Chris Mulhall, Gary Burke, Colm Crowe, James Kavanagh (Greg Sloggett 82), Timmy Molloy; Conor Cannon (Samir Belhout 82).

 

Subs Not Used: Niall Corbet, Sean Coyne, Thomas Boyle.

 

Yellow Cards: Colm Crowe (27), Gareth Matthews (39).

 

Galway: Conor Gleeson; Colm Horgan, Paddy Barrett, Stephen Walsh, Marc Ludden; Gary Shanahan, Paul Sinnott, Ryan Manning, Ryan Connelly, Jason Molloy (Vinny Faherty 68); Jake Keegan.

 

Subs Not Used: Ger Hanley, Enda Curran, Martin Connely, Padraic Cunningham, Cormac Rafferty, Robbie Egan.

 

Yellow Cards: Jason Molloy (24).

 

Referee: James McKell

 

Attendance: 643

 

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Gary Shanahan (Galway FC)



UCD
Conor O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Gareth Matthews
39Booked: 39'
Defender
Mark Langtry
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Defender
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Ian Ryan
Defender
James Kavanagh
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Colm Crowe
27Booked: 27'
Midfielder
Conor Cannon
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Midfielder
Gary Burke
Midfielder
Chris Mulhall
Midfielder
Timmy Molloy
18Scored: 18'
Forward

Substitutes
Sean Coyne
Defender
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Tomás Boyle
Defender
Samir Belhout
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Greg Sloggett
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Dan Tobin
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Defender
Galway United
Connor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Marc Ludden
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Paddy Barrett
Defender
89Scored: 89'
Paul Sinnott
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Jason Molloy
Midfielder
23Booked: 23'
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Ryan Manning
Midfielder
90Scored: 90'
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Jake Keegan
Forward

Substitutes
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Ger Hanley
Goalkeeper
Vinny Faherty
Forward
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Robbie Egan
Defender
Enda Curran
Forward
Padraic Cunningham
Forward
Martin Conneely
Defender


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