First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 5, 2017
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref: Alan Carey
Att: 172
TV:

George Kelly 64' -
Scored: 64'


Jason McClelland 74' -
Scored: 74'




League Preview: UCD -v- Wexford

Fri, May 05 2017

Gary O'Neill's late free kick salvaged a point for UCD at Ferrycarrig Park in March. Credit: Eoin Smith

UCD

UCD welcome Wexford FC to the UCD Bowl in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

 

Back in March, UCD needed a late Gary O’Neill free kick to secure a 1-1 draw in Ferrycarrig Park, and Collie O’Neill is expecting another tough game this time around.

 

“Despite their recent results, Wexford have been putting in some very good performances,” O'Neill said.

 

“If they keep playing the way they have been it won’t be long before they start picking up results and moving up the table.

 

“They will be confident going into the game especially after the difficult game we had down there earlier in the season when we needed Gary's late free kick to secure a point.”

 

UCD are currently two points off leaders Cobh Ramblers and O’Neill is pleased with his sides start to the season, however he knows there is still a long way to go.

 

“I’m pleased with how we have started the season so far. Our performances have been good, we have been creating plenty of chances and have picked up some good results.

 

“We have also improved a lot defensively on last season, which can be seen by our recent results including our snatch and grab 1-0 victory away to Shelbourne two weeks ago.”

 

On the injury front, the Students will be without Simon Power (calf) and Neil Farrugia (broken collarbone), who both continue their recovery from injury, however there are no other injury doubts or suspensions to contend with ahead of the game.

 

WEXFORD

Wexford make the short trip north to face third-place UCD as they continue to search for their first league win of a challenging season.

 

Manager Damian Locke will be without defender Craig McCabe, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.

 

Conor Sutton is expected to replace him at centre-half, but there is also a possibility that Andrew O'Connor could come in to the team, meaning a reshuffle at the back.

 

Goalkeeper Graham Doyle could be in line for a recall to the starting eleven, having resumed full training this week after missing the last five matches with a back injury.

 

There are also doubts over midfielder Craig Wall, who picked up a knock in training during the week.

 

 

Referee: Alan Carey

 

 

MATCH STATS

Wexford have yet to pick up a league win in the 2017 season and have only managed one point on their travels in five games.

 

With ten games played, UCD are 14 points ahead of Wexford in the league table.

 

In the 2015 season, Wexford won three of their four encounters with UCD, UCD winning the other 4-1.

 

 

BETTING

UCD 8/15; Draw 14/5; Wexford 5/1

 

PREDICTION

UCD 2 – 1 Wexford

 

 

UCD

Injured: Simon Power (calf), Neil Farrugia (broken collarbone)

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Wexford

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Graham Doyle, Craig Wall

Suspended: Craig McCabe.



UCD
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Maxim Kouogun
Defender
Evan Osam
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Jason McClelland
74Scored: 74'
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
George Kelly
64Scored: 64'
Forward
Ben Hanrahan
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Rob Manley
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Cian Kavanagh
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Sean Coyne
Defender
Gareth Coughlan
Forward
Josh Collins
Defender
Sean Byrne
Defender
Wexford
Corey Chambers
Goalkeeper
Ross Kenny
Defender
Owen McCormack
Defender
Andrew O'Connor
Defender
Sean Hurley
Midfielder 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Adam Hanlon
Midfielder 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Shane Dunne
Midfielder
33Booked: 33'
Mark Slater
Midfielder
Conor Sutton
Midfielder
51Booked: 51'
Danny Doyle
Forward
Eoin Porter
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'

Substitutes
Dean George
Forward
Ricky Fox
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Lee Duffy
Forward
Graham Doyle
Goalkeeper
Liam Donnelly
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Thomas Croke
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'


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