First
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 25, 2017
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref: Andrew Mullally
Att: 135
TV:

Jason McClelland 10' -
Scored: 10'


George Kelly 18' -
Scored: 18'




League Preview: UCD -v- Longford Town

Thu, Mar 23 2017

Credit: Laszlo Geczo

UCD

UCD came away from Ferrycarrig Park with a late point as an 86th minute Gary O’Neil strike, who had missed a penalty earlier, cancelled out a 51st minute opener for the hosts. A draw was probably a fair result given that both sides enjoyed spells of supremacy. The draw left UCD in third place in the table with seven points.

 

UCD’s home form this season is mixed one win and one loss. They beat Shelbourne 4-0 in Gameweek 2 but lost to Waterford 0-2 in Gameweek 3.

 

With that defeat by the promotion favourites, the Students will be looking to bounce back on home soil. They have lost only four times last year in the league, and just three times the year previous.

 

O’Neill will want a repeat of this as with only one team going up, it is vital for a team with promotion aspirations to not just win all their games, but especially their home ones.

 

The Students surely do not want a third consecutive season in the First Division, after being in the Premier for so long before their 2014 relegation.

 

So the Dublin 4 club will want to repeat that good home form. Who better to start against than one of the pre-season title favourites on Saturday night?

 

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town suffered a second home defeat of the season to the hands of Cabinteely last Saturday at the City Calling Stadium, in a game where the sides met for the first time ever in the league. Jack Watson and Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters scored the goals for the visitors in a 0-2 win.

 

If the league was won on away form alone, Longford would be among the best in the league. Rather surprisingly, their home form leaves much to be desired with two games played at the City Calling stadium, they have two defeats and only one goal scored. They were beaten 1-3 by Cobh Ramblers in Gameweek 2 and as previously mentioned, 0-2 by Cabinteely in Gameweek 4.

 

Contrast that to their away form, it is almost bizarre the difference with the same number of games played as at home with one win and a draw and no goals conceded. They drew with Shelbourne 0-0 on the opening night and won 0-3 at Athlone Town in Gameweek 3.

 

Town manager Alan Mathews has a mounting injury list as Kealan Dillon and Enda Curran are both out through injury, as are medium term casualties, Noel Haverty, Rhys Gorman and Don Cowan.

 

Meanwhile, midfielder Gavin Boyne's availability won't be known until closer to kick-off as he is also carrying a knock.

 

After Friday night, everyone associated with the Shannonsiders will hope this feat is continued.

 

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally

 

 

MATCH FACTS

UCD’s form coming into the game: DLWWW

Longford’s form in their last five games: LLDWL

 

 

MATCH BETTING

UCD 6/4; Draw 9/4; Longford Town 8/5

 

PREDICTION

UCD 2-2 Longford Town

 

 

UCD

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 

Longford Town

Injured: Kealan Dillon, Enda Curran, Noel Haverty, Rhys Gorman and Don Cowan.

Doubtful: Gavin Boyne

Suspended: None

 



UCD
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Josh Collins
Defender
Evan Osam
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Cian Kavanagh
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
10Scored: 10'
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Simon Power
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
George Kelly
18Scored: 18'
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Ben Hanrahan
Forward
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Sean Coyne
Defender
Maxim Kouogun
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Defender
Rob Manley
Forward
Daire O'Connor
Midfield
Longford Town
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Aidan Friel
Defender
Mark Langtry
Defender
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
85Booked: 85'
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Jake Kelly
Midfielder
Dylan McGlade
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Kevin O'Connor
Midfielder
60Booked: 60'
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Cody Mulhall
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
David O'Sullivan
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Fletcher
Midfield
Aodh Dervin
Midfield
Enda Curran
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Don Cowan
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Karl Chambers
Forward
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Tristan Noack Hofman
Defender


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