First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 18, 2018
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Att: 164
TV:

Georgie Kelly 40' -
Scored: 40'


Jason McClelland 90' -
Scored: 90'


Daire O'Connor 90' + 2' -
Scored: 90'




League Report: UCD 3 - 0 Athlone Town

Fri, May 18 2018

Credit: Steve Alfred

Gareth O'Reilly reports from the UCD Bowl

UCD secured a 3-0 victory over bottom of the table Athlone Town at the UCD Bowl on Friday evening thanks to a first-half strike from Georgie Kelly and late goals from Jason McCelland and Daire O’Connor.

Many viewed this game as one which UCD would win easy but they didn’t have it all their own way in the opening half an hour as the first chance of real substance actually fell to the away side.

Brian Cabraley raced through after muscling his way past College defender Josh Collins before unleashing a powerful effort that clipped the top of the bar on its way into the bushes behind the goal.

Seconds later, Georgie Kelly went close for UCD as he was played through by the quick thinking Daire O’Connor.

Kelly tried to chip the ball over the onrushing Town keeper Darcy Lawless but his effort failed to stay below the crossbar.

The striker rushed through moments later after a neat ball from Timmy Molloy before attempting to round the keeper only for an apparent touch by Lawless sent him to the turf.

Referee Paula Brady waved away the protests and pointed for a goal-kick instead.

O’Neill was beginning to pull the strings for the Students in midfield, first with a cross to Kelly at the back post and then setting up the game’s opening goal.

His ball saw McClelland have a shot that came back off the woodwork. This allowed Kelly to apply a tap in of a finish on the rebound and give the home side the lead at the break.

UCD were forced to make a goalkeeping change not long into the second half after Conor Kearns was hit hard by Cabraley – an incident which saw him pick up a yellow card – and Carl Williams entered the fray.

With the game heading into the final quarter Kelly was again at the forefront of the UCD attack. But his efforts were thwarted by the alert Lawless who, at 17 years of age, was certainly being thrown into the deep end in this one.

UCD then scored, even if the record books don’t reflect it, as Daire O’Connor’s effort appeared to be palmed into the roof of the net by Lawless and away only for the match officiating crew to wave play on, much to the disbelief of the men in blue.

With the fourth official preparing to put up his board to signal the additional time, UCD broke away at speed. Daire O’Connor stole away with possession inside his own half before attacking the Town defence at pace. His pass set up McCelland to smash beyond Lawless.

Five minutes additional time meant there was still time for more action. Daire O’Connor cut in from the right after a long ball forward from Collins. O’Connor then smashed a shot beautifully into the top left corner for UCD’s third goal and sealed all three points for the Students.

 

UCD: Conor Kearns (Carl Williams 64); Darragh Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Liam Scales, Josh Collins; Conor Crowley (Greg Sloggett 70), Daire O’Connor, Gary O’Neill, Jason McClelland; Timmy Molloy (Kevin Coffey 64), Georgie Kelly

Subs not used: Dan Tobin, Evan Osam, Ben Hanrahan, Yoyo Mahdy.

Booked: None.

Athlone Town: Darcy Lawless; Kevin Fitzgerald, Ian Fletcher, Cormac Raferty, Bhashmil Nyakambiri; Tzee Mustapha, Aaron Brilly, Steven Grogan, Brian Cabraley (Rory McCoullough 85), Ryan Gaffney (Shane Stokes 59); Ollie Hamzat (George Mukete 77).

Subs not Used:, Arron Williams, Felix Bape Perez, Jake O’Connor, Mick Fogarty.

Yellow Cards: Brian Cabraley (52).

 

Referee: Paula Brady.

Attendance: 110 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Daire O’Connor (UCD).



UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Liam Scales
Defender
Paul Doyle
Defender
Darragh Corcoran
Defender
Josh Collins
Defender
Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Daire O'Connor
90Scored: 90'
Midfielder
Timmy Molloy
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
90Scored: 90'
Midfielder
Conor Crowley
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly
40Scored: 40'
Forward

Substitutes
Carl Williams
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Goalkeeper
Dan Tobin
Defender
Greg Sloggett
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Midfield
Evan Osam
Defender
Yousef Mahdy
Forward
Ben Hanrahan
Forward
Kevin Coffey
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Midfield
Athlone Town
Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Bashmil Nyakambili
Defender
Ian Fletcher
Defender
Kevin Fitzgerald
Defender
Toyeeb Mustapha
Midfielder
Steven Grogan
Midfielder
Ryan Gaffey
Midfielder 59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Brian Cabraley
Midfielder
52Booked: 52'
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Aaron Brilly
Midfielder
Ollie Hamzat
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'

Substitutes
Aaron Williams
Forward
Shane Stokes
Midfield
59Subbed On: 59'
59'
Jake O'Connor
Midfield
George Mukete
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Rory McCullough
Unknown
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Michael Fogarty
Goalkeeper
Felix Bape
Midfield


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