First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 20, 2018
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Att:
TV:

Daire O'Connor 56' -
Scored: 56'


Yousef Mahdy 63' -
Scored: 63'


Peno Miss: 6'
- Eoin McCormack 6'



League Preview: UCD -v- Galway United

Thu, Jul 19 2018

Galway are two wins from two since player-manager Alan Murphy took over earlier this month. Credit: Steve Alfred

UCD

Galway United travel to the UCD Bowl this week a team the Students have failed to defeat so far this season and they get their final shot on Friday night (kick-off 7:45pm).

The Students are still sitting pretty at the top of the First Division table heading into the final seven games of the season.

Five points separate UCD from Drogheda United and Finn Harps in second place, both on 37 points.

Collie O’Neill’s men have been in great form all season having only lost four of their games.

They briefly stumbled in a 5-1 loss to Longford Town at the UCD Bowl but, after gaining a point at home to Shelbourne, they got back on track away to Wexford with a 3-0 win.

Yousef Mahdy, Daire O’Connor, Neil Farrugia and Gary O’Neill all scored over the last two games, their first without current First Division top scorer Georgie Kelly, who departed for Dundalk earlier this month.

The sides last met in Dublin in March when they played out a 1-1 draw. Danny Furlong gave the visitors the lead and it only took UCD ten minutes to equalise through Josh Collins.

With Drogheda United expecting an easy win at home to Athlone Town, UCD will want a win on Friday night to keep the five-point gap between them and the Boynesiders.

GALWAY UNITED

Galway United come into this game on the back of two league wins under new manager Alan Murphy after overcoming Cobh Ramblers in St Colman’s Park last week.

The Tribesmen have put themselves firmly back in the playoff picture with just three points between themselves in fifth and Shelbourne above them.

United are unbeaten against UCD so far this season and they put in possibly their best performance in the 2-0 win over The Students in Eamonn Deacy Park earlier this season.

“I’m looking for the same endeavour and effort,” Murphy told the club’s website.

“The application of the game plan has to be the same. We’ve had two good results, but now we’re meeting a different side.

“It’s a different game and UCD will present us with a different set of scenarios and problems.

“We’re looking forward to the game, it will tell us a lot about how far we’ve come in terms of confidence and progression over the last few weeks.

“Every game is different. We won’t be resting on our laurels. We’ve already had two difficult games against UCD this year and we’ll be treating this game as a one-off.

“Let’s see what we can bring to the table and what performance levels we can reach. Hopefully it will lead to another positive result.”

The Tribesmen are again without Maurice Nugent, Mikey Whelan and Conor Layng who are all sidelined with injuries.

 

Referee: Robert Hennessy

 

MATCH STATS

UCD have scored the most goals of any side so far in the First Division with 44.

Galway United have not been beaten by UCD this season. The sides drew 1-1 in Dublin before The Tribesmen defeated The Students 2-0 in Eamonn Deacy Park.

The Students have won seven of their last ten games.

 

BETTING

UCD 11/8; Draw 52/19; Galway United 2/1.

PREDICTION

UCD 1-1 Galway United

 

UCD

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Galway United

Injured: Maurice Nugent, Mikey Whelan, Conor Layng.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Liam Scales
Defender
Evan Osam
Defender
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Josh Collins
Defender
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
56Scored: 56'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
41Booked: 41'
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Midfielder
Neil Farrugia
Midfielder
Yousef Mahdy
63Scored: 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Gavin Sheridan
Goalkeeper
Timmy Molloy
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Sean McDonald
Midfield
Maxim Kouogun
Defender
Paul Doyle
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Conor Crowley
Midfield
Dan Tobin
Defender
Galway United
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Alex Byrne
Defender
53Booked: 53'
Marc Ludden
Defender
Adam Rooney
Defender 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Stephen Walsh
Defender
72Booked: 72'
Robbie Williams
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Conor Barry
Forward
Danny Furlong
Forward 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Eoin McCormack
Forward
6Peno Miss: 6'

Substitutes
Aaron Conway
Defender
Connor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Christopher Horgan
Midfield
Ronan Manning
Midfield
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Alan Murphy
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Wilson Waweru
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