Date Time League Season
2 September 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Derry inflict further woes on UCD

Derry City deepened UCD’s relegation woes as strikes from Ryan Graydon, Sadou Diallo and Michael Duffy saw the Candystripes earn a comfortable 3-0 win at the Brandywell.

The win rounds off a fine week’s work for Derry as they secured a third win in seven days.

Ryan Graydon, especially, was keen to keep up his recent momentum. After his injury time winner on Monday night, the winger was on the scoresheet early tonight.

Patrick McEleney’s sublime backheel instigated the breakthrough, enabling Cameron McJannet to fizz a cross in. Despite James Akintunde’s scuff that hit the post, Graydon was lurking to gobble up the rebound.

UCD replied by getting their foot on the ball and Sean Brennan led their brightest moves. He set up Dylan Duffy for a chance before extending Derry goalkeeper, Brian Maher, himself with a sumptuous curling effort.

However, the second half was one-way traffic as Derry dominated the ball. A stubborn away defence were, in the end, prised open by a stroke of magic.

Michael Duffy, who shone in the second half where Brennan had in the first, released Sadou Diallo with a classy, perfectly timed backheel. Diallo’s finish was ice cool and gave Derry a merited, two-goal advantage.

Duffy continued to torment the student’s defence and with five minutes remaining, got the goal he deserved. McEleney played him in with a typically assured pass and Duffy powered a fierce, low drive beyond Kain Moore.

Three wins from three for Derry then who move to within four points of Shamrock Rovers after their loss in the Dublin Derby. Ruadihri Higgins will be delighted with Graydon and Diallo bagging their second goals in three games, easing the reliance on Derry’s forwards for goals.

They host Bohemians next whilst UCD welcome Dundalk. The bottom side can at least take comfort in Finn Harp’s loss at St Patrick’s Athletic tonight, but they need to pick up points of their own if they are to haul themselves back above Harps by the season’s end.

  • 90'

    Full Time: 3-0 to Derry City

  • 86'

    Duffy gets the goal he deserves after Patrick McEleney slides him in, his fierce low drive beats Kain Moore and puts a gloss on the scoreline!

  • 83'

    Alex Dunne and Brennan are replaced by Aaron Corish and Matthew Scott for UCD

  • 76'

    Brennan, who was so bright earlier on, lets his frustration out by petulantly kicking the ball away and goes in the book

  • 75'

    Derry winger, Duffy, has been nothing short of brilliant in this second half! UCD look like they've been sucker-punched as we enter the final fifteen minutes

  • 71'

    Now its 2-0! Michael Duffy with a stroke of genius as his backheel slips in the overlapping Sadou Diallo and the midfielder tucks in his second goal in a week! Breathing space!

  • 70'

    The hosts knocking on the door for a second goal here, Duffy pings a snapshot narrowly wide

  • 69'

    Donal Higgins on for Nolan in another UCD substitution

  • McEleney curls a beauty just wide. Derry's subs have injected some energy

  • 65'

    McJannet cannot continue and Ciaran Coll replaces him

  • 62'

    Gallagher the first player booked as he hauls back McGonigle by the shirt

  • 60'

    Jamie McGonigle, hattrick hero the last time UCD were here, and Ronan Boyce on for Derry. James Akintunde and Brandon Kavanagh depart

  • 55'

    Sadou Diallo lashes wide for Derry before Tom Lonergan is introduced for UCD. He replaces Mark Dingham in an attacking change

  • 49'

    Michael Duffy is denied by a heroic last-ditch tackle by Michael Gallagher as the Candystripes seek a second goal that would give them some breathing space

  • 46'

    Back underway!

  • 45'

    Half Time: 1-0 to Derry although UCD have bounced back very strongly from the early concession

  • 41'

    Brennan by far and away, the best player on the pitch so far tonight. He pulls out an audacious backheel as the visitors grow in confidence

  • 37'

    Maher to the rescue again! Alex Dunne goes on an amazing run into the Derry half, he finds Brennan who curls in a shot from the left hand side. Its beautifully struck and Maher does well to tip it behind. UCD are giving as good as they're getting

  • 35'

    Sloppiness from the hosts as Brennan breaks again, he finds Dylan Duffy and his shot from range is straight at Maher

  • 25'

    UCD working doggedly here yet Graydon slips in behind Daniel Norris and his fizzing cross is just too quick for James Akintunde to get a decisive touch

  • 15'

    Sean Brennan scampers in behind Derry's defence but his shot sails harmlessly high over Brian Maher's goal

  • 5'

    Derry lead early on, Ryan Graydon scores tucking in McJannet's cross after a sumptuous flick from Patrick McEleney

  • 1'


  • Mark Connolly and Michael Duffy start for Derry

  • Good evening and welcome to FinalWhistle,ie's coverage of Derry City vs UCD in the Premier Division tonight. Kick off is at 7:45pm

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
17Cameron McJannet 3 Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
6Mark Connolly Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Defender
23Sadou Diallo Midfielder 71'
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh 2 Midfielder
7Michael Duffy Midfielder 86'
19Ryan Graydon 22 Forward 5'
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
2Ronan Boyce 20 Defender
3Ciaran Coll 17 Defender
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward
22Jordan McEneff 19 Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty Defender
29Cian Kavanagh Forward
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder


16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
8Mark Dignam 27 Defender
15Alex Dunne 25 Defender
22Sam Todd Defender
25Daniel Norris Forward
17Dara Keane Midfielder
21Sean Brennan 26 Midfielder 76'
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 18 Midfielder
2Michael Gallagher Midfielder 62'
9Evan Caffrey Forward
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
21Jamie Duggan Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
Bradley Rogers Defender
18Donal Higgins 30 Midfielder
25Aaron Corish 15 Midfielder
26Matthew Scott 21 Midfielder
27Tommy Lonergan 8 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 21)
0 - 1
Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Derry City

(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


RefereeFourth Official
Oliver MoranNeil Doyle


The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

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