First
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 1, 2018
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Ref:
Att: 131
TV:

Georgie Kelly 7' -
Scored: 7'


Kevin Coffey 41' -
Scored: 41'


Liam Scales 58' -
Scored: 58'


Scored: 52'
- Anthony McAlavey 52'



League Preview: UCD -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, Jun 01 2018

Credit: Steve Alfred

UCD AFC

For the first time this season, Collie O’Neill welcomes his fellow First Division friend, and rival, Stephen Henderson to the UCD Bowl as table toppers UCD face third from bottom Cobh Ramblers in an eagerly anticipated First Division clash in the capital. (Kick-Off is at 7.45pm)

UCD come into this game on the back of a bitterly disappointing South Dublin Derby defeat to Cabinteely at Stradbrook as the Students were punished after mistakes from inexperienced goalkeeper Carl Williams in the first half.

The result meant that the Student’s lead at the top of the table was cut to just the two points by the in-form Drogheda United last time out as Collie O’Neill’s charges never really got going on a far from ideal pitch that played havoc with their planned style of play.

Should Collie O’Neill’s young guns mange to grab that all important victory after a far from ideal May, they could potentially stretch their lead at the top of the pile to five points if Cabinteely do them a favour at United Park against Tim Clancy’s Drogs.

“Friday is going to be a really tough game for us, Cobh were on a great run up until last weeks game against Shelbourne and I'm sure they'll be looking to bounce back quickly,” explained O’Neill.

“Stephen has a young hungry side who have had the better of the games between us over the last two years and I expect Friday to be a really close game.

“We ourselves, just like Cobh, will be looking to bounce back from a defeat last week, so many things just didn't go our way against Cabinteely but can't really argue about the result, we just need to move on and get back to winning ways.”

Last time these sides met, it was UCD who came out on top as goals from defenders Liam Scales and Maxi Kouogun sealed the deal for the table toppers at St Colman’s Park.

UCD are also one of the few unbeaten sides at home in the First Division so far this season as the Students have picked up sixteen points from a possible eighteen – with their only points dropped coming against promotion rivals Galway United back in March.

The Students are without the services of Neil Farrugia, Timmy Molloy and Maxi Kouogun for this game whilst Conor Kearns and Greg Sloggett are both doubts for the clash.

 

COBH RAMBLERS

As Stephen Henderson prepares his Cobh Ramblers side for the long-awaited mid-season break, the Dubliner must make another trip to the capital as his Cobh Ramblers face a mammoth away day task against Collie O’Neill’s high-flying Students.

Despite this, Ramblers recent away record has been quite impressive having picked up a positive eleven points on their travels so far this season with their standout result coming against Finn Harps away in Finn Park just two weeks ago.

Speaking ahead of the game with the club’s official social media channels, Cobh boss Stephen Henderson has stated that he is relishing the challenge his side faces on Friday night against UCD.

“We have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. We have been Jekyll and Hyde this year which has been very frustrating.

“We can't afford to be off the pace like last week or we will be in more trouble. On the flip side if we do show up we are capable of beating anybody. It's back to basics for us and I will do what I always do and that is trust the players.”

In terms of team news, Henderson must make contingency plans as Kevin Taylor is a doubt for this evenings game while defender Charlie Fleming is likely to feature at some point after his recent hamstring struggles.

Referee: Raymond Matthews

 

MATCH STATS

UCD last five games- LWLWD

Cobh’s last five league games- LWWWL

Collie O’Neill’s Students came out on top last times these sides met at the UCD Bowl as a Gary O’Neill penalty secured the three points for the Belfield outfit. That result came on the back of three successive defeats for UCD at the hands of Stephen Henderson’s Rams.

 

BETTING

UCD  2/5; Draw 16/5; Cobh Ramblers 11/2.

PREDICTION

UCD 2–0 Cobh Ramblers

 

 

UCD

Injured: Neil Farrugia (broken collarbone), Timmy Molloy (knee), Maxi Kouogun (ankle)

Doubtful: Conor Kearns (shoulder), Greg Sloggett (groin).

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Kevin Taylor.

Suspended: None.



UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Liam Scales
58Scored: 58'
Defender
Evan Osam
Defender
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Josh Collins
Defender
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
Midfielder
Paul Doyle
Midfielder
Kevin Coffey
41Scored: 41'
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly
7Scored: 7'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Forward

Substitutes
Dan Tobin
Defender
Greg Sloggett
Midfield
Sean McDonald
Midfield
Yousef Mahdy
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
Forward
Mark Dignam
Midfield
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Kevin Taylor
Defender
Adam O'Sullivan
Defender
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
James McSweeney
Defender
Pierce Phillips
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Darren Murphy
Midfielder
David Hurley
Midfielder
69Booked: 69'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Denzil Fernandes
Midfielder 84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Anthony McAlavey
Forward
52Scored: 52'
Cian Leonard
Forward 30'
30Subbed Off: 30'

Substitutes
Michal Sadys
Goalkeeper
Stephen O'Connor
Defender
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Jaze Kabia
Midfield
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Craig Donnellan
Midfield
Stephen Christopher
Midfield
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Andrew Wall
Defender
30Subbed On: 30'
30'
66Booked: 66'


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