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Date Time League Season
1 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk deliver trio of goals in win over UCD

Dundalk defeated UCD 3-0 in a comfortable victory at Oriel Park tonight.

The hosts lacked invention in a dull first-half as UCD remained organised at the back. Five minutes into the second-half Dundalk would break the deadlock when McMillan fired home with a volley on the six-yard box.

On 58 minutes Greg Sloggett bundled home a second following a scrap on the goal-line and the hosts saw things out with ease. Right at the dead sub Keith Ward wrapped things up slotting past Kian Moore in the UCD goal to make it three.

Despite how it appears on the score-line, it wasn’t a ruthless performance from the Lilywhites and it felt they were in second gear for many periods. However with surrounding sides Shamrock Rovers and Derry City both winning tonight, Stephen O’Donnell won’t care at all.

Despite commendable defending from the Students in the first-half, once Dundalk got their opener they looked relaxed as ever. A repeat of the Dubliners’ comeback in the last meeting was out of the question as they failed to offer anything this evening.

In the opening stages the hosts controlled possession but with no real purpose, meanwhile UCD kept five men across the last line of defence at all times. The method was always going to be to preserve for the Students, especially with their management team suspended and watching from the stands.

It worked well in the first-half and it took Dundalk half an hour to get their first attempt through David McMillan. Chances from Paul Doyle and Greg Sloggett followed but never really troubled Kian Moore in goal.

However it only took five minutes of the second-half for the deadlock to be broken. Daniel Kelly’s cross found Joe Adams at the back stick, he headed down for McMillan who pounced on the ball and volleyed home his first goal since July of last year.

The home team immediately started to look comfortable and after another eight minutes they grabbed the second. A scrap on the goal-line left everyone confused as to who got the final touch, but the credit was eventually attributed to Sloggett.

UCD now faced the same score-line they recovered from in the previous fixture, but this game felt different and Andy Myler’s men really struggled to offer anything. A Dylan Duffy shot from range was their only, as Colm Whelan and Liam Kerrigan appear to be sorely missed at the moment.

Dundalk would seal the three points in stoppage time through sub Keith Ward, who kept his cool while in on goal and slotted home for three nil. O’Donnell will be delighted to keep pace with Derry and Rovers and keep a clean sheet in the process.

  • 91'

    Sub Ward wraps things up for Dundalk at the death, side footing past Moore.

  • 80'

    Subs for both outfits. Sam Bone and John Martin replace Paul Doyle and McMillan for Dundalk. While John Ryan comes on for Dara Keane for the travelling team

  • 75'

    Sloggett with a chance following some good play out wide by O'Kane, but he failed to direct his effort on goal

  • 68'

    Dylan Duffy with a wonderful effort for UCD's first attempt but he sees it go just over and wide

  • 65'

    Double sub for the Dubliners as Alex Nolan and Danny Norris replace Tommy Lonergan and Mark Dignam

  • 61'

    Great chance for Kelly to get Dundalk's third Evan Osam made a brilliant last ditch challenge. That will be Kelly's last involvement as he is replaced by Keith Ward. Meanwhile Ryan O'Kane comes on for Robbie Benson

  • 57'

    The credit seems to be lying with Adams for the moment who looks to have got a final touch right on the line

  • 57'

    The hosts are two up. Currently unsure who got the final touch after a scrap on the goal line but it could well be a UCD own-goal

  • 53'

    Sloggett blazes an attempt over

  • 51'

    Dundalk finally break the deadlock. Kelly's cross found Adams at the back post who nodded down to McMillian, who then buried home a close range volley

  • Back underway here

  • Half-time at Oriel. It's Dundalk 0-0 UCD

  • 41'

    Still nothing clear-cut for the hosts, really feeling the loss of Pat Hoban currently

  • 38'

    Greg Sloggett with a driving run and effort but Moore saves well again

  • 35'

    Paul Doyle finds a few yards on the edge of the area and has a pop but Kian Moore saves well

  • 31'

    Daniel Kelly with a delicious cross but McMillan can't reach it

  • 30'

    It's taken half an hour for the game's first half-chance. A Joe Adams cross finds David McMillan in a good area but he can't direct his volley anywhere dangerous

  • 25'

    UCD staying really compact at the back and keeping five men in the last line at all times. In the meantime the Lilywhites are lacking a bit of invention

  • 17'

    Ger Barron overlooks the Student's tonight with their management suspended and restricted to watching from the stands. The players on the pitch look solid so far though as Dundalk struggle to break them down early on

  • 10'

    Quiet so far at Oriel Park in terms of chances. Dundalk happy to control possession for now

  • 2'

    There was a late change for Dundalk just before kick-off. Joe Adams is in in place of Stephen Bradley. Sides getting their early touches now

  • And we're underway here in Louth

  • UCD team news: Adam Verdon and Tommy Lonergan return to the starting line-up. Liam Kerrigan is absent having joined Serie B side Como this week

  • Dundalk team news: An unchanged 11 for the hosts from last weeks encounter with Shelbourne. Pat Hoban is still injured.

  • Dundalk will be favoured to make it 10 games unbeaten and eight home wins on the bounce against rock-bottom UCD. The visitors though will be hopeful of an upset after getting a commendable 2-2 draw in the last meeting

  • Con Sheehan here reporting as Dundalk face UCD at Oriel Park. Kick-off is 7:45 pm

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
7Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
8Robbie Benson 28 Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 58'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
20Joe Adams Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 6 Midfielder
29David McMillan 11 Forward 51'
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
6Sam Bone 21 Defender
11John Martin 29 Forward
16Steven Bradley Forward
17Keith Ward 7 Midfielder 91'
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane 8 Forward

UCD AFC

16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
8Mark Dignam 25 Defender
9Evan Caffrey Forward
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder
17Dara Keane 26 Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
23Adam Verdon Midfielder
27Tommy Lonergan 30 Midfielder
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
4Ryan Bowden Defender
7Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
15Alex Dunne Defender
18Donal Higgins Midfielder
25Daniel Norris 8 Forward
26John Ryan 17 Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 27 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v UCD AFC

5 - 3
eLOI

Dundalk v UCD AFC

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

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