|22 July 2022||7:45 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2022|
Sean Boyd's second half penalty saw Shelbourne edge past UCD by two goals to nil at the Belfield Bowl this evening.
UCD looked the better side in the first-half but Shels were much improved after the restart. Through on goal, Sean Boyd was dragged down by UCD's Jack Keaney on 54 minutes and earned a penalty. With Keaney sent off, Boyd converted his penalty and Shels saw out the remainder to earn all three points.
Substitute striker Daniel Carr struck in the 92nd minute to put the Reds up 2-0 and secure victory.
UCD began impressively and put pressure on Shelbourne with a well coordinated press.
The home side's work won them several turn-overs and they controlled much of the ball in the game's early moments.
The Students struggled to penetrate the visitors' lines though and created very little.
The home side's best chance came from a corner in the 11th minute when Dara Keane got his head to the ball at the far post but he nodded it left and wide.
Shelbourne grew into the half but but created even less than their opponents going forward.
Both teams had half-chances in the final ten minutes of the half however.
Having scored against Sligo last weekend, UCD's Donal Higgins fancied his chances from outside the box and his left-to-right curled effort had to be caught by Shels' goalkeeper Brendan Clarke.
At the other end Shane Farrell hit a timid strike toward the UCD goal and it was easily saved by Lorcan Healy.
Sean Brennan was impressive for UCD in the opening half and the winger had a punt from just outside the box deflected out for a corner on 45 minutes.
With the cross defended, Brendan Clarke had to rise high to collect Michael Gallagher's chip forward to an onrushing UCD attacker and the half ended scoreless.
Shelbourne put in a much better performance in the second half and put the Students under a lot of pressure.
That pressure was nearly rewarded when a messy clearance from UCD 'keeper Healy fell to the feet of Sean Boyd in front of goal but the striker hit wide when he really should have scored.
Boyd would redeem himself moments later though, when he won a penalty after he was hauled down just as he he looked through on goal.
With UCD down to 10 men, Boyd stepped up and converted the penalty.
The Students struggled to break down Shels after conceding.
Dan Carr would make it 2-0 to the Reds by full-time after he poked in on the 92nd minute following an excellent run which saw him beat multiple UCD defenders.
|45'||7. Brian McManus|
|21. Sean Brennan||49'|
|6. Jack Keaney||55'|
|55'||9. Sean Boyd|
|92'||14. Daniel Carr|
|UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland|