|6 May 2022
|LOI Men's Premier Division
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.
|21. Paul Doyle
|17. Dara Keane
|10. Greg Sloggett
|4. Andy Boyle
|9. Patrick Hoban
|11. Colm Whelan
|27. Evan Caffrey
|11. Colm Whelan
|6. Jack Keaney
|UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland