First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Feb. 28, 2020
Venue:
Att: 116

Yousef Mahdy 87' -
Scored: 87'



League Report: UCD 1 - 0 Cobh Ramblers

Fri, Feb 28 2020

Credit: Steve Alfred

Andrew Dempsey reports from the UCD Bowl

Yoyo Mahdy’s 87th minute strike saw UCD squeeze past Cobh Ramblers on Friday evening at the Belfield Bowl.

The forward tapped home after a Paul Doyle free-kick was hooked back into play where he was on hand to secure UCD’s first home league win since July 2019.

With a new manager, a raft of new signings – and most notably – an alternate setting in the First Division, UCD have been going through a phase of transition.

Of the players that started the opening day of the season defeat to Derry City last term, only two remain in the name of Mark Dignam and Josh Collins.

Last week’s draw away to Wexford saw the Students hand out four debut starts to Lorcan Healy, Michael Gallagher, Evan Weir and the highly thought of forward Colm Whelan.

As for the visitors Cobh Ramblers, there has also been aspects of change around their senior side, with manager Stuart Ashton back in permanent charge of the club in recent months.

There was also debuts for a string of their new recruits last time out – with Lee Devitt and Martin Coughlan both making their Cobh bows in front of a healthy home attendance of 550 against Drogheda United.

While there was plenty of change at both clubs during the off-season – there was little alteration in both side’s starting line-ups, with only Cobh making a swap – with Bryan Murphy coming in for Cian Leonard.

And after a slow start – the game burst into life as Weir, who only made his League of Ireland debut last week, saw his thundering crash off the crossbar.

The left-back picked up the ball, and under no pressure – and arrowed his fiercely struck effort off the bar, much to the relief of the visitors.

But just moments later, the visitors almost took the lead through Ian Turner. Lee Devitt’s cross found the right-winger who couldn’t head home when it looked easier to miss.

Soon after, Kevin Taylor’s sumptuous delivery into the box also caused concern in the UCD penalty box, as netminder Healy was on hand to tip the ball away from danger.

Cobh continued to threaten as the half wore on, with Murphy almost forcing an error from the busy UCD keeper – but the ball just squirmed over the bar after a misplaced catch.

He then went close minutes later, but his effort just flashed wide of goal as the Rams ramped up the pressure on their hosts.

However, it was UCD that ought to be ahead at the break – but both Whelan and Liam Kerrigan were denied by two last ditch blocks on the line by a resolute Cobh rear-guard.

A dull opening to the second half followed, with little to no chances being created by either side – Whelan’s scuffed volley was the best both teams could produce.

The Students continued to press well in the midfield third of the pitch, but they were denied on two occasions – as Paul Doyle saw two of his chances snuffed clear by the visitor’s defence.

Cobh remained a threat, and if it wasn’t for the quick thing of Healy – they may have taken the lead through Cameron Harlson’s deflected effort – as the College’s new recruit saved well.

But it was at the death when the deadlock was broken as Mahdy poked home on the goal-line to secure an important first three points of the season for UCD.

UCD: Lorcan Healy ; Evan Weir , Michael Gallagher (Mark Dignam 72) , Evan Farrell , Josh Collins , Luke Boore ; Liam Kerrigan (Sean McDonald 81) , Jack Keaney , Paul Doyle ; Yousef Mahdy , Colm Whelan (Harry McEvoy 90) .

Subs not used: Eoghan O'Sullivan, Michael O'Keane, Danu Kinsella Bishop, Abdul Bapikur.

Booked: Paul Doyle (90),

Sent off: None.

Cobh Ramblers: Paul Hunt ; Dylan Walsh , Kevin Taylor , Ben O'Riordan , Charlie Lyons ; Ian Turner , Pierce Phillips , David Hurley , Lee Devitt Molloy (Cameron Harlson 61) , Martin Coughlan (Stephen O'Leary 82) ; Bryan Murphy (Cian Leonard 72) .

Subs not used: Darryl Walsh, Gavin Ryan,  Stephen O'Connor, Adam Foley.

Booked: None.

Referee: Gavin Colfer.

Attendance: 200 (Estimate).

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Yoyo Mahdy (UCD).


UCD
Lorcan Healy 1
Goalkeeper
Evan Weir 22
Defender
Michael Gallagher 2
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Defender
Evan Farrell 23
Defender
Josh Collins 5
Defender
Luke Boore 6
Defender
Liam Kerrigan 7
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Midfielder
Jack Keaney 8
Midfielder
Paul Doyle 21
90Booked: 90'
Midfielder
Yousef Mahdy 9
87Scored: 87'
Forward
Colm Whelan 10
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
Eoghan O'Sullivan 20
Goalkeeper
Michael O'Keane 19
Midfield
Harry McEvoy 4
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Defender
Sean McDonald 13
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Danu Kinsella Bishop
Forward
Mark Dignam 18
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Midfield
Abdul Bapikur 15
Unknown
Cobh Ramblers
1 Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
14 Dylan Walsh
Defender
3 Kevin Taylor
Defender
5 Ben O'Riordan
Defender
6 Charlie Lyons
Defender
7 Ian Turner
Midfielder
8 Pierce Phillips
Midfielder
10 David Hurley
Midfielder
16 Lee Devitt Molloy
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
18 Martin Coughlan
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
12 Bryan Murphy
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'

Substitutes
21 Darryl Walsh
Defender
13 Gavin Ryan
Goalkeeper
4 Stephen O'Leary
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
17 Stephen O'Connor
Defender
9 Cian Leonard
Forward
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
11 Cameron Harlson
Midfield
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
15 Adam Foley
Forward