Date Time League Season
6 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report


UCD dig deep for draw with Dundalk

UCD AFC came from two goals down to salvage a draw against 10 men Dundalk this evening at the UCD Bowl.

A double from striker Colm Whelan was enough to give the Students a point against the Lilywhites.

The Louth side got the breakthrough after 18 minutes. A Keith Ward corner was initially cleared by UCD but it fell to Paul Doyle 20 yards out with plenty of space. His rocket shot was deflected as it made its way through the packed penalty area before nestling past Kian Moore.

In stoppage time in the first half, Andy Boyle was given his marching orders for a late, reckless tackle on Dara Keane. Despite this, Dundalk went 2-0 up early in the second half. Eric Yoro fouled Daniel Kelly and the resulting spot kick was converted by Patrick Hoban.

UCD were not done, however. A lovely Colm Whelan finish beat Shepperd following a Mark Dignam cross just 5 minutes later. The control and touch from the UCD striker was a sight to behold.

Pulling one goal back was the inspiration the Students needed to kick on and push for a second. Dundalk’s nerves were rattled when Nathan Shepperd spilt a Liam Kerrigan cross but managed to recover just in time as Whelan charged in for a follow-up.

With 15 minutes on the clock, UCD managed to get their breakthrough. An Evan Osam corner resulted in Robbie Benson committing a foul in the box and referee Damien Mc Graith had no hesitation pointing to the penalty spot. Colm Whelan confidently stepped up to slot home the equaliser setting up a grandstand finish.

Ultimately, neither side could find a winner in a frantic final few minutes. Excellent defending from Brain Garland saw him deal with a one on one with tricky UCD winger Liam Kerrigan. At the other end, Sam Bone stuck from 30 yards out only to see his effort narrowly miss the target.

Dundalk were clearly desperate for their first away win of the season but ultimately wasn’t to be. Likewise for UCD who are still winless this season. The Lilywhites host Bohemians next Friday while UCD travel to Finn Harps.


2Michael Gallagher Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
8Mark Dignam 30 Defender
9Evan Caffrey Forward 68'
10Colm Whelan Forward 60', 76'
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
17Dara Keane 23 Midfielder 23'
22Sam Todd Defender
29Eric Yoro 26 Defender
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
5Luke Boore Defender
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell Forward
18Donal Higgins Midfielder
19Lennon Gill Forward
23Adam Verdon 17 Midfielder
26John Ryan 29 Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 8 Midfielder


1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
3Brian Gartland Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender 45'
7Daniel Kelly 16 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward 54'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 40'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
17Keith Ward 8 Midfielder
20Joe Adams 6 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 11 Midfielder 18'
6Sam Bone 20 Defender
8Robbie Benson 17 Midfielder
11John Martin 21 Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
16Steven Bradley 7 Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward
  • Full Time! This extremely entertaining game had it all and ultimately finishes 2-2.

  • 94'

    Huge tackle from Brian Garland who stops Liam Kerrigan who found himself one on one in the dying moments.

  • 92'

    John Martin introduced for the Lilywhites...can he deliver?

  • 90'

    Sam Bone shoots from 30 yards and the ball narrowly misses the target. 4 minutes of additional time here and both sides are looking to win this one

  • 88'

    Jak Keaney given a yellow for a blatant pull of Bradley

  • 85'

    Close! Benson feeds Leahy who bursts onto the ball in the UCD penalty area. His drilled effort looked to be going wide but Moore took no chances and did well to push it out for a corner.

  • 84'

    Exciting final few minutes here as both sides push for a winner

  • 76'

    And Whelan converts! We are level here in Belfield with 15 to go.

  • 75'

    Penalty for UCD! Robbie Benson fouls at a corner... Whelan to take

  • 74'

    Benson and Kelly are replaced by Bradley and McMillan for Dundalk. UCD meanwhile have a chance through John Ryan who easily bursts through the Dundalk defence before firing wide

  • 71'

    Nathan Shepperd spills a Kerrigan cross and manages to recover just in time as Whelan charged in. Alex Nolan is brought in to freshen the UCD attack and he replaces Mark Dignam.

  • 68'

    Yellow for Evan Caffrey who has Darragh Leahy down holding his head in the Dundalk box. Both sets of fans seem to be incensed.

  • 67'

    Dundalk are effectively holding possession when they can. The quality of Benson has allowed the Lilywhites to do so. Kerrigan and Whelan looking dangerous for UCD though

  • 62'

    Huge goal for the Students who needed to respond quickly. The away side have dropped deep since the goal and UCD will be pushing hard for an equaliser.

  • 59'

    Goal for UCD! Colm Whelan beautifully cushions a Mark Dignam cross. Game on in Belfield!

  • 57'

    John Ryan replaces Eric Yoro for their first change of the game.

  • 54'

    And he scores! Huge goal for Dundalk as Hoban slots his corner into the bottom right corner. That has calmed the nerves of the travelling faithful.

  • 52'

    Penalty for Dundalk! Yoro brings down Kelly in the box. Hoban to take...

  • 50'

    Better from UCD! A lovely chip from Kerrigan sets up Caffrey to cross on the edge of the area which earns UCD a corner. Sheppard unconvincingly deals with it but eventually gets a goal kick.

  • 49'

    The home side hasn't come out flying this half and has yet to push their extra man advantage so far.

  • 46'

    Sam Bone slots into the back 4 for the Lilywhites while Benson returns after injury to shore up the midfield.

  • 45'

    Greg Slogget gets the second half underway.

  • Double substitution for 10 men Dundalk before the half gets underway. Keith Ward and Joe Adams are replaced by Sam Bone and Robbie Benson.

  • Half time here at the Bowl. Andy Boyle receiving his marching orders in stoppage time certainly will make for an intriguing second-half.

  • Half Time here at the Bowl. That red card for Andy Boyle in stoppage time certainly makes the second-half ahead all the more interesting.

  • 45'

    Red Card! Dara Keane is taken out by a flying challenge by Andy Boyle who was beaten to the ball. The UCD players are furious and Damien McGraith obliges giving the centre back his marching orders.

  • 45'

    3 minutes of additional time here at the Bowl.

  • 43'

    Evan Osam with a huge block for UCD after a fantastic run from the dangerous Keith Ward. A follow-up attempt from Lewis Macari is really well held by Kian Moore. An entertaining end to this half as both teams up the tempo.

  • 39'

    Liam Kerrigan is brought down by Greg Slogget giving UCD a free-kick in a great position. A lovely take from Kerrigan finds Jack Keaney at the near post who fizzes the header over. UCD's best chance so far.

  • 38'

    A Keith Ward corner finds Darragh Leahy who drills a fine header goalwards only to be blocked by Evan Osam.

  • 36'

    Keaney is brought down deep in the Dundalk half. Dignam takes the resulting free-kick which bounces around the penalty area before being collected by Sheppard.

  • 30'

    Tight game here at the Bowl after the half-hour mark. UCD are well in this contest but have failed to fashion any notable chances. Patrick Hoban looks dangerous for Dundalk who have been better since they opened the scoring.

  • 28'

    Lovely ball down the wing from Slogget who finds Daniel Kelly. Under close attention from Sam Todd who blocks the cross out for a corner. Michael Gallagher goes down from the resulting set-piece after a knock to the head.

  • 23'

    Dara Keane gets an early booking on his return to the side after going through the back of Greg Slogget.

  • 21'

    The Students will feel hard done by having kept Dundalk largely quiet in the opening stretch and looking to play on the front foot. The goal via deflection will also hurt.

  • 18'

    GOAL! After UCD cleared a corner the ball falls to Paul Doyle from about 20 years out his effort is deflected and finds its way into the UCD net!

  • 15'

    Clash of heads after a UCD corner between Sam Todd and Patrick Hoban. After a nasty clash both players are back on their feet.

  • 11'

    Slogget is down holding his ankle after a strong tackle from Jack Keaney giving us a chance to catch our breath! Neither side has been able to get meaningful control so far.

  • 5'

    Lively start this. Darragh Leahy picks out Patrick Hoban with an excellent delivery. The striker rises above Sam Todd but his header goes wide.

  • 4'

    Kian Moore collects a tricky long-range effort from Patrick Hoban. That will give the young goalkeeper some early confidence.

  • 2'

    Off the line! Nathan Sheppard spills a high ball into the box and Colm Whelan picks the ball up and chips it goalwards but its cleared by Darragh Leahy.

  • Colm Whelan gets us underway at the Bowl!

  • Big game for Kian Moore in the UCD goal tonight. The 19-year-old makes his second start of the season and will be hoping to shore up the flood of goals UCD have conceded in recent games, 10 in their last two games alone. Kickoff at the Bowl is just 5 minutes away!

  • Heavy rain throughout the day has likely hurt the already imperfect pitch here at the Bowl. The rain has cleared, however, and it's a lovely calm evening here as the stands begin to fill.

  • Teams news is here! One change for the visitors as Brian Garland replaces the suspended Mark Conolly. Former UCD man Robbie Benson returns to the Lilywhites squad after a hamstring injury and sits on the bench. For UCD its 5 changes, Dara Keane makes his first appearance of the season after returning from injury. Kian Moore also replaces Lorcan Healy goal for the students.

  • Good evening from the UCD Bowl! Conor Paterson here reporting on UCD AFC vs Dundalk FC. Kickoff in 45 minutes so stand by for team news!

Past Meetings

(Round 8)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk v UCD AFC

5 - 3

Dundalk v UCD AFC

0 - 5
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Dundalk FC

3 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk FC v UCD AFC

1 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Dundalk FC

2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk FC v UCD AFC

LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Dundalk FC

5 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk FC v UCD AFC

1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Dundalk FC


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Damien MacGraithBrian Fenlon
Dermot Broughton
Paul McLaughlin


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Conor Paterson is a Dublin-based journalist and student. He is the former editor of the UCD newspaper, the College Tribune, where he is also undertaking an undergraduate degree. Passionate about football on and off the pitch, he is determined to promote UCD AFC and Irish football on the Belfield campus.