First
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 14, 2017
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref: David Keeler
Att: 238

Cian Kavanagh 40' -
Scored: 40'


George Kelly 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 15'
- Kieran 'Marty' Waters 15'

Peno Scored: 29'
- Kieran 'Marty' Waters 29'



League Preview: UCD -v- Cabinteely

Thu, Apr 13 2017

Simon Power (right) celebrates scoring the only goal of the game when the sides met at Stradbrook Park on the opening day. Credit: Al Robinson

UCD

UCD come into this game just one point behind Division leaders Waterford and as joint top scorers in the First Division, alongside Cobh Ramblers, with 13 strikes in their seven league matches to date.

 

Their only two defeats in 2017 have come against leaders Waterford (at home) and Cobh Ramblers (away) while their most recent outing saw them put four past Athlone Town at Belfield last Friday night.

 

Speaking to the club's website, manager Collie O’Neill expressed his satisfaction with the performance against the Midlands side.

 

“We played very well last week. We started extremely strong and were rewarded with Gary's goal. I was pleased with how we reacted to their equaliser, as we didn't panic and we got back on top quickly, and of course we were clinical with our chances”.

 

While O’Neill’s men are enjoying a positive season so far, the only time they have managed consecutive victories was in the opening two fixtures when they beat tonight’s opponents Cabinteely 1-0 at Stradbrook and then followed that up with a 4-0 hiding of Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

 

“I am pleased with how we've started the season”, said O’Neill. “We’ve picked up four victories and have played some excellent football at times. It is now down to us to continue to build on our form, however we have an extremely young side so we know we will have plenty of ups and downs throughout the season”.

 

O’Neill is in a similar position to Pat Devlin at Cabinteely, guiding a young team that is full of ability but perhaps lacking the experience that teaches a side how to grind out results over the longer term. Friday’s result will go some way towards indicating which of these two teams in better placed to compete for the only promotion place available this year.

 

 

CABINTEELY

Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely side have had a thoroughly good time in this season’s First Division and with seven games played they lie just outside the top half of the table and just four points shy of top spot.

 

A run of three wins and a draw ended last weekend when they went down 1-0 to Shelbourne at their Stradbrook home thanks to an 87th minute winner from Shels striker James English. The previous weekend they were also damaged by late goals when a potential 3-1 win over Athlone Town was transformed into a 3-3 draw after Cabo conceded twice in added time.

 

On Friday, Devlin’s men will be playing a team very like themselves. Both UCD and Cabinteely have youth and energy on their side but Devlin will be keen to eradicate the concentration lapses that allow late concessions to become a habit. Hard work comes easy to this group of players but this must be allied with mental resolve if Cabo are to make good on the promise which has characterised their recent performances.

 

Devlin’s only injury concern ahead of the game is defender Victor Ekanem, one of the squad’s more experienced players. Ekanem suffered a groin injury in the 4-1 win over Cobh Ramblers three weeks ago and hasn’t featured in any of the three games since then.

 

During Ekanem’s absence holding midfielder Christian Lotefa has deputised reasonably well at centre back but Cabinteely have kept just two clean sheets from their seven matches and the suspicion must be that they will need to score two or more against UCD if they want to claim the three points.

 

 

Referee: David Keeler

 

 

MATCH FACTS

The last meeting between these teams took place on the opening weekend of the season when a goal from Simon Power gave UCD a 1-0 win at Stradbrook.

 

Since Cabinteely joined the league in 2015 they have played UCD nine times in the league and never beaten them. In fact they have lost eight of these encounters and drawn once.

 

The aggregate score from the nine league meetings between these teams is 21-3 to UCD.

 

 

BETTING

UCD 4/7; Draw 13/5; Cabinteely 9/2.

 

PREDICTION

UCD 2-1 Cabinteely

 

 

UCD

Injured: Gary O’Neill (groin), Simon Power (calf), Neil Farrugia (collar-bone).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Cabinteely

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Victor Ekanem (groin).

Suspended: None.



UCD
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Maxim Kouogun
Defender
Evan Osam
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
38Booked: 38'
Defender
Cian Kavanagh
40Scored: 40'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett
62Booked: 62'
Midfielder
George Kelly
75Scored: 75'
Forward

Substitutes
Josh Collins
Defender
Gareth Coughlan
Forward
Sean Coyne
Defender
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Ben Hanrahan
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Forward
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Rob Manley
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Cabinteely FC
Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
Andrew McGovern
Defender
Kevin Knight
Defender
Conor Keeley
Defender
Karl Byrne
Defender
60Booked: 60'
Jack Watson
Midfielder
Kieran 'Marty' Waters
Midfielder
15Scored: 15'
29Peno: 29'
Christian Lotefa
Midfielder
12Booked: 12'
Evan Galvin
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Daire Doyle
Midfielder
Joe Doyle
Forward 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'

Substitutes
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Cian Lynch
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Adam Harney
Defender
Paul Fox
Midfield
Anthony Dolan
Midfield
Jason Byrne
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Steven Ball
Midfield


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