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Date: 7:45 p.m. July 26, 2019
Venue: The UCD Bowl
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Liam Kerrigan 68' -
Scored: 68'


Scored: 7'
- Zack Elbouzedi 7'

Scored: 86'
- Dean Walsh 86'



League Report: UCD 1 - 2 Waterford

Sat, Jul 27 2019

Action from UCD v Waterford Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Tim Brennan reports from the UCD Bowl

Waterford picked up a vital three points on the on Friday evening as they came out on top of a nervy battle with fellow relegation strugglers UCD at the UCD Bowl grabbing the winner five minutes from time.

The home team were looking to bounce back from their recent hammering at the hands of Shamrock Rovers and Collie O’Neill made a number of changes from Monday evening’s game.  Bristol Rovers bound Liam Scales returned to the starting lineup for what could be one of his final appearances for the Students.

Tom Murphy made his debut in goal, while Sam Byrne was drafted straight into the starting line up having only signed during the week following his release from Bohemians. For Waterford, recent signing John Kavanagh line out at left full back in his first competitive start for the club.

The Students struggled to find their usual rhythm in this game, and it was the away side who took the lead on nine minutes. Zach Elbouzedi found himself onside and in space on the left of the penalty area. He had time to cut inside before finishing past Murphy.

This wasn’t to be a sign of things to come however, as the Students tightened up at the back and succeeded in limiting the away side to any other clear cut chances in the first half. 

The home side’s inability to create anything in the opposion half meant that there was little of note, aside from Liam Kerrigan’s shot from outside the box which was spectacularly diverted by Matthew Connor in the Waterford goal.

In he second half Waterford showed some early promise. With only a few minutes of the half played, Elbouzedi found Jonathan Lunney unmarked in the UCD penalty area however he sidefooted wide with the goal at his mercy.

However the game again settled down into a familiar pattern of passing and probing, with little in the way of clear cut chances created by either side.

Kerrigan continued to show good industry for the Students, and his neat one-two with Jason McLelland created UCD’s first shooting chance for Paul Doyle on 56 minutes. However his strike was well parried by Connor.

The next UCD chance fell to Kerrigan and he made no mistake in rifling past the Waterford keeper having found time and space inside the Waterford penalty area to net the equaliser.

The game seemed to be heading towards a draw when Waterford hit the winner five minutes from time. The away team’s corner kick was lofted clear, however Robert Slevin’s hopeful return caught the onrushing UCD defence out over the top and the ball dropped to Dean Walsh who hit a first time half volley across Murphy and into the far corner. 

The finish was excellent given Walsh hadn’t been on long and gives Waterford some breathing space in the bottom half of the table, as well as taking them above Munster rivals Cork City.

For UCD, O’Neill will be willing the closure of the transfer window as he looks to establish a settled side for what will be a difficult relegation battle for the Students.

UCD: Tom Murphy; Evan Farrell, Liam Scales, Harry McEvoy, Mark Dignam; Jack Keaney, Paul Doyle (Danu Kinsella Bishop 90), Richie O’Farrell, Jason McCelland, Liam Kerrigan (Jack Ryan 82); Sam Byrne (Yoyo Mahdy 78).

Subs not used: Gavin Sheridan, Daniel Tobin, Luke Boore, Aaron McGrath.

Booked: None

Waterford: Matthew Connor; Rory Feely, Maxim Kouogun, Robert Slevin, John Kavanagh; Shane Duggan (George Poynton 82), Tom Holland, Cory Galvin (Karolis Chvedukas 60), Jonathan Lunney, Zack Elbouzedi; Michael O’Connor (Dean Walsh 73)

Subs not used: Dean O’Halloran, William Fitzgerald, Colm Whelan, Paul Martin

Booked: Maxim Kouogun, Rory Feely

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

Attendance: 500 (Estimate)

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Liam Kerrigan

 



UCD
Tom Murphy
Goalkeeper
Liam Scales
Defender
Richie O'Farrell
Defender
Harry McEvoy
Defender
Evan Farrell
Defender
Jason McClelland
Midfielder
Liam Kerrigan
68Scored: 68'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfielder
Jack Keaney
Midfielder
Paul Doyle
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Mark Dignam
Midfielder
Sam Byrne
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Forward

Substitutes
Gavin Sheridan
Goalkeeper
Jack Ryan
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Aaron McGrath
Defender
Yousef Mahdy
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Forward
Danu Kinsella Bishop
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Luke Boore
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Waterford
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Rory Feely
Defender
66Booked: 66'
John Kavanagh
Defender
Maxim Kouogun
Defender
17Booked: 17'
Rob Slevin
Defender
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
73Booked: 73'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Zack Elbouzedi
Midfielder
7Scored: 7'
Tom Holland
Midfielder
JJ Lunney
Midfielder
Cory Galvin
Forward 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Michael O'Connor
Forward 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'

Substitutes
Karolis Chvedukas
Midfield
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Will Fitzgerald
Midfield
Paul Martin
Goalkeeper
Dean O'Halloran
Midfield
George Poynton
Midfield
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Dean Walsh
Forward
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
86Scored: 86'
Colm Whelan
Forward


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