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Date Time League Season
24 June 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Derry edge by UCD

A Will Patching penalty was the difference as Derry City ended their recent winless slump with a keenly contested 1-0 win at bottom side UCD.

Sean Brennan came close on numerous occasions yet when Michael Gallagher shoved Jamie McGonigle, Patching kept his cool and slotted his penalty into Kain Moore’s net for a much-needed three points for the Candystripes.

The match pinned a UCD side with one win to their name all season against a Derry City team seeking to end a seven-game winless streak.

The first half featured lots of effort from both sides but a lack of clearcut chances, young Caoimhin Porter again looking lively for the visitors.

Ciaran Coll’s header wide from a corner which went wide was their best opening. Brennan then badly miscued a bobbling ball after Dylan Duffy kept it in brilliantly, the midfielder shooting high.

Tellingly, the league’s top scorer, Jamie McGonigle had been kept quiet by UCD but only a last-ditch Dara Keane block prevented Brandon Kavanagh opening the scoring.

Moments later, Michael Gallagher panicked and shoved a sprawling McGonigle to ground, and a penalty was awarded to Derry. Will Patching stepped up and converted confidently, the spot kick his ninth goal of the season.

Despite not creating much, Ruaidhri Higgin’s men were more than content to sit back and counterattack rapidly, Kavanagh and McGonigle’s pace causing problems for the home side.

Although UCD made a triple substitution, they couldn’t create any further chances as Derry saw the game out comfortably enough. A deflected shot from Adam Verdon that rustled Maher’s side netting was the closest they came.

And so UCD remain rooted to the foot of the table with Finn Harp’s remarkable comeback unlikely to boost their morale. They travel to Dundalk next. Derry meanwhile will want to build on this as they face Bohemians next weekend, having finally rediscovered that winning feeling.

MORE TO FOLLOW

  • 90'

    Full Time: UCD-0 Derry City-1

  • 90'

    Adam Verdon whacks one in and a deflection whips it agonisingly wide of Maher's goal!

  • 88'

    Defender Daniel Lafferty is flung on by Derry, Brandon Kavanagh makes way

  • 88'

    Defender Daniel Lafferty is flung on by Derry, Brandon Kavanagh makes way

  • 85'

    Daniel Norris on for Duffy for UCD

  • 85'

    Daniel Norris on for Duffy for UCD

  • 73'

    James Akintunde comes on for McGonigle in Derry's first change

  • 73'

    James Akintunde comes on for McGonigle in Derry's first change

  • 66'

    Triple substitution for UCD: Michael Gallagher, Sean Brennan and Mark Dignam are replaced by John Ryan, Alex Nolan and Adam Verdon

  • 66'

    Triple substitution for UCD: Michael Gallagher, Sean Brennan and Mark Dignam are replaced by John Ryan, Alex Nolan and Adam Verdon

  • 61'

    Brandon Kavanagh making inroads down the left and UCD just about scramble his dangerous crosses away from the lurking McGonigle

  • 57'

    Donal Higgins is replaced by Tommy Lomergan

  • 57'

    Donal Higgins is replaced by Tommy Lomergan

  • 52'

    Will Patching converts a penalty and Derry City are ahead! Michael Gallagher panics and shoves McGonigle, who was denied a penalty appeal moments ago, the ref points to the spot. And Patching confidently converts for the lead. UCD-0 Derry City-1

  • 47'

    Brennan with another good chance for the hosts! But he can only head tamely at Maher from close range

  • 45'

    Back underway

  • 45'

    Derry ending the half on top but its goalless at the break

  • 41'

    Jamie McGonigle booked for a rash tackle. Seconds later, the league's top scorer curls a delightful looking shot on the UCD goal which Kian Moore does superbly to repel

  • 33'

    UCD reply with a gilt-edged opportunity of their own! Duffy does tremendously to keep the ball in and cuts it back for the onrushing Brennan. But the bobbling ball seems to put Brennan off as he lashes his shot well high over the crossbar

  • 31'

    Best chance so far for Derry! Will Patching's corner at last clears the front man and Ciaran Coll thunders in only for his header to whistle just wide

  • 27'

    Sean Brennan advances directly into the box but his cross/shot doesn't find a home shirt in blue

  • 20'

    Evan Caffrey is booked for a late challenge

  • 19'

    Mark Dignam lets fly but Maher gathers at the second attempt. Then the busy Caoimhin Porter crosses but Matty Smith is beaten to the header

  • 15'

    Dylan Duffy's shot is low and fast but Derry keeper Brian Maher gets down well

  • 5'

    Lively opening but no clearcut openings for either side yet

  • 1'

    Underway

  • Good evening, I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to tonight's coverage of UCD vs Derry City here on FinalWhistle.ie. Kick off is at 7:45

UCD AFC

16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher 26 Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
8Mark Dignam 23 Defender
22Sam Todd Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
11Dylan Duffy 25 Midfielder
17Dara Keane Midfielder
18Donal Higgins 27 Midfielder
21Sean Brennan 30 Midfielder
9Evan Caffrey Forward 20'
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
4Ryan Bowden Defender
15Alex Dunne Defender
23Adam Verdon 8 Midfielder
24Keelan Byrne
25Daniel Norris 11 Forward
26John Ryan 2 Midfielder
27Tommy Lonergan 18 Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 21 Midfielder

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh 24 Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder 52'
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward 41'
12Matty Smith 34 Forward
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
24Danny Lafferty 20 Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
34Orrin McLaughlin 12 Forward
37Daithi McCallion
38Liam Mullan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 12)
7 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v UCD AFC

(Round 5)
0 - 2
Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Derry City

Ground

UCD Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

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