Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2019
Venue: The UCD Bowl
Att: 419

Red: 20'
- Ronan Murray 20'

OG: 34'
- Conor Kearns 34'

Scored: 45'
- Romeo Parkes 45' + 1'


League Preview: UCD -v- Sligo Rovers

Fri, Sep 20 2019

UCD's Paul Doyle Credit: John-Paul McGinley

UCD

The Students will be searching to secure just their fifth league win of the season when they host mid-table Sligo Rovers at the UCD Bowl this evening (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

Maciej Tarnogrodzki’s side earned a hard-fought point at Richmond Park last time out- their first clean sheet in almost a month.

The Belfield side lie five points behind ninth placed Finn Harps with just five games remaining. Both sides still have to play each other at Finn Park.

Despite that, the focus is still firmly on one game a time, with the visit of the Bit O’Red providing UCD with a major chance to pull themselves even closer to Harps.

Speaking to his club’s media team, Tarnogrodzki admits he was pleased with his team’s performance last time out – and is hoping for more of the same this week.  

“I thought we were very solid defensively, didn’t give them many chances.

“We then created some good half chances particularly in the second half, when perhaps we could have won it late on.

“The result has given the players confidence and belief, and we will look to build on that on Friday night.”

Evan Osam, Josh Collins, and Sean McDonald will all continue to miss out through injury issues that have kept them out in recent weeks.

Gavin Sheridan will also miss out after picking up an injury in training while the former Sligo duo of Jack Keaney and Liam Kerrigan are both unavailable for selection under the terms of their transfer.

Paul Doyle and Mark Dignam are also both expected to make their return to action at the UCD Bowl having missed out with injury last week.

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers will be looking to build some much-needed momentum ahead of next week’s FAI Cup semi-final when they face UCD at the Belfield Bowl on Friday evening.

Liam Buckley’s side won three-one on their most recent league outing against Finn Harps, their fourth win in five games.

With the Bit O’Red having a 100% winning record against UCD so far this term, Buckley is hoping that his side can continue with their impressive recent run of form.

“I was happy with the moments of quality we produced in the game last week and overall we did quite well,” Buckley told his club’s media team.

“We switched a few things in terms of team selection and the players that came in took their opportunity.

“It showed that every player in this squad contributes. I’ve said it all year we wouldn’t have a player in the group that doesn’t make an impact in our season.

“I was very pleased with all of them and no doubt they are giving us something to think about.

“In football you are always playing for something and that can be for a place in the team for a big game like a semi-final, your future at a club, your next contract.

“It is the nature of it so there’s no dropping of levels or anything like that because of what is to come later in the season.”

The former St Patrick’s Athletic boss added; “We have to see out the league in the right manner. We’ve put a lot of work into it and because of that there has to be a determination to get as many points as we can.

“As I’ve said we want that sixth place and we need a few more results to ensure we get it.

“UCD had a good result this week and they will be doing their all to catch Finn Harps, so we expect a hard game as every game in this league is.” 

In terms of team news, Dante Leverock and Sam Warde are suspended. Johnny Dunleavy is ruled out with injury.

Referee: Neil Doyle.

 

MATCH STATS

The Students are yet to defeat Sligo Rovers so far this season, losing on all previous for occasions against the Bit O’Red.

The most recent clash between the sides saw Sligo ease through to the last four of the FAI Cup with a comfortable four-nil win over Maciej Tarnogrodzki’s side.

Sligo were defeated on their last trip to the capital – falling to defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.

BETTING

UCD 7/2; Draw 3/1; Sligo Rovers 4/7.

PREDICTION

UCD 0 - 1 Sligo Rovers.

 

UCD

Injured: Sean McDonald, Evan Osam, Gavin Sheridan, Josh Collins.

Doubtful: None.

Unavailable: Liam Kerrigan, Jack Kerrigan.

Suspended: None.

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: Johnny Dunleavy.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Dante Leverock, Sam Warde.


UCD
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
34OG: 34'
Mark Dignam
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Defender
Evan Farrell
Defender
Harry McEvoy
70Booked: 70'
Defender
Liam Scales
88Booked: 88'
Defender
Dan Tobin
Defender
Paul Doyle
81Booked: 81'
Midfielder
Dara Keane
Midfielder
Jason McClelland
Midfielder
Richie O'Farrell
Midfielder
Yousef Mahdy
Forward

Substitutes
Ciaran Behan
Defender
Luke Boore
Defender
Sam Byrne
57'
57Subbed On: 57'
Forward
James Daly
Midfield
Danu Kinsella Bishop
Forward
Dan Mullen
Defender
Tom Murphy
Goalkeeper
Sligo Rovers
Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
Kyle McFadden
Defender
John Mahon
Defender
Danny Kane
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Regan Donelon
Defender
58Booked: 58'
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Lewis Banks
Defender
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
David Cawley
Midfielder
Kris Twardek
Forward
Romeo Parkes
Forward
45Scored: 45'
Ronan Murray
Forward
20Sent off: 20'

Substitutes
John Russell
Midfield
Brian Morley
Midfield
Niall Morahan
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Scott Lynch
Defender
Rónán Coughlan
Forward
Niall Watson
Unknown
46Subbed On: 46'
46'