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Date Time League Season
9 September 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

UCD shock Dundalk late at the Bowl

UCD AFC came from behind twice and snatched a late winner to earn a valuable win at home to Dundalk this evening at the UCD Bowl.

Dundalk started the strongest and were far more confident on the ball. The first chance of the game came through David Mc Millan who charged at UCD's defence after a through ball from Lewis Macari, darting towards the byline his effort was drilled into the side netting. Early on UCD struggled to retain any possession of the ball and lacked the confidence to stamp their authority on the game. Sensing this Dundalk pushed high to press the Students’ back line. 

However, the threat of Thomas Lonergan was noticeable when minutes later there was a penalty appeal for UCD. Lonergan was brought down in the area after a tussle with Andy Boyle. The referee disagreed with the roaring home fans and gave Dundalk a free out, a controversial decision to say the least!

Keith Ward was impressive for the Lilywhites and found plenty of space between the UCD midfield and defence. He controlled proceedings by spraying passes out wide and allowing the wide men of O’Kane and Bradley to exploit their side's height advantage by delivering several crosses into the UCD box. This culminated in an excellent chance at the half-hour mark. Ward found Leahy with plenty of space on the left-hand side who delivered a perfectly accurate cross which found the head of David McMillan. The forward was under significant pressure but managed to direct his effort goalwards which sailed narrowly over the bar.

Dundalk did not have to wait much longer for a breakthrough, however. A darting run infield from Steven Bradley had the UCD defence panicking. After beating several players Michael Gallagher collided with the Scottish winger to earn a freekick in a very dangerous position. Up stepped a confident Keith Ward who placed the freekick nicely into the top left-hand corner.

The second half started much the same as the first, but UCD managed to pull one back. Dara Keane slotted the ball neatly into the path of striker Thomas Lonergan who found space between the Dundalk centre-backs and slotted it home into the bottom right corner.

The College’s lead was short-lived though, this time Steven Bradley was the scorer after he completed a Dundalk counterattack. Substitute John Martin managed to get the ball out of his feet and out to Bradley who evaded the desperate UCD defence.

The Student’s were undeterred and managed to once again equalise in the 78th minute. Thomas Lonergan showed his class with a backheel to Sean Brennan who charged at the Louth side's defence. He found Dylan Duffy to his right who showed great composure to pick out the Dundalk net.

For the final 10 minutes, Dundalk threw everything at the Students, but Andy Myler’s side remained steadfast and proved to still pose a threat on the counterattack. This threat soon turned into three points when Lonergan once again showed his class in front of goal after being set up by Dylan Duffy. The UCD crowd erupted beside a stunned Dundalk faithful.

This result lifts UCD off the bottom spot while this result means Dundalk lose valuable ground in the race to finish at least second in the Premier Divison. Next up for Dundalk is an FAI Cup Quarter Final trip to Waterford next Friday, while UCD travels to Limerick to face Treaty United in the same competition.

  • Full-time and UCD hold on for a massive 3 points!

  • 92'

    Nerves all around as Dundalk pound the UCD box which holds strong...for now.

  • 87'

    GOAL UCD!! The Bowl erupts as Thomas Lonergan hammers home

  • 86'

    This is anyone's game... the Louth side are pushing hard but UCD still showing they can be a threat on the counter

  • 81'

    Lonergan and Brennan were excellent in the build-up. and some composure from Duffy to put it away. Dundalk are now throwing everything into turning this around

  • 79'

    Goal for UCD! What a move by UCD and finished by Dylan Duffy...what a 10 minutes we have in store!

  • 76'

    The game has opened up here and UCD are determined to go for the win. Sean Brennan sees an ambitious long-range strike pushed away by Shepperd in the Dundalk goal.

  • 69'

    Few chances at either end here, moments ago Martin got his head on a Runar Hauge cross but it skidded well wide.

  • 63'

    Daniel Norris is down injured which gives us time to catch our breath! Flying start to the second half has given us two goals...do UCD have another goal in them?

  • 58'

    Steven Bradley puts Dundalk ahead again capping off a counter attack with a fine finish!

  • 56'

    The goal has encouraged UCD and the Lilywhites are responding with a triple change. Paul Doyle is one introduced who fires just wide

  • 50'

    And we are level! Tommy Lonergan again with the goal after being set up by Dara Keane, the striker bursts through a gap in the Dundalk defence and shows great composure to tuck the ball into the bottom corner. We have a game here!

  • 45'

    The home side get us back underway!

  • 45'

    Halftime and Dundalk hold a deserved lead at the break.

  • 45'

    Two additional minutes here,

  • 43'

    The impact from that freekick means Michael Gallagher's game is up. He is replaced by Jack Keaney.

  • 41'

    It almost could have been 2 as Ryan O'Kane has an effort from close range deflected by Alex Dunne who has been solid on the right side of defence for the College.

  • 39'

    Keith Ward converts the freekick as it slots beautifully into the top left-hand corner!

  • 37'

    Wonderful from Steven Bradley who dribbles past multiple UCD players and is fouled just on the edge of the D. Gallagher is the one to bring Bradley down and has injured himself in the process.

  • 34'

    Dara Keane has been working hard in the midfield and driving his side forward at every opportunity. His hard work has been rewarded as he pushes his side up the pitch and sets Duffy up for a cross towards Lonergan but it is deflected for a corner which comes to nothing but gives UCD a respite.

  • 28'

    Chance! Dundalk are upping the tempo here and it pays off. Ward sprays the ball wide to Leahy on the left flank who delivers a lovely whipped cross that finds the head of McMillan. The striker, under pressure, sees his effort sail narrowly over the bar.

  • 10'

    UCD are struggling to retain any possession of the ball and are lacking the confidence to stamp their authority on the game.

  • 5'

    First chance falls to the away side as Macari splits the UCD defence will a lovely pass down the right side. David McMillan is on to it and drills his effort into the side netting.

  • 5'

    First chance falls to the away side as Macari splits the UCD defence will a lovely pass down the right side. David McMillan is on to it and drills his effort into the side netting.

  • Good evening from the UCD Bowl! My name is Conor Paterson and I will be bringing you live coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash between UCD AFC and Dundalk FC. Kickoff here in Belfield is at 7.45 pm.

UCD AFC

2Michael Gallagher 6 Midfielder 38'
9Evan Caffrey Forward
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder 79'
15Alex Dunne Defender
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
17Dara Keane Midfielder
18Donal Higgins 30 Midfielder
21Sean Brennan Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
25Daniel Norris 8 Forward
27Tommy Lonergan Midfielder 50', 87'
Bradley Rogers Defender
Harry O’Connor Midfielder
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
6Jack Keaney 2 Midfielder
8Mark Dignam 25 Defender
19Lennon Gill Forward
21Jamie Duggan Defender
25Aaron Corish Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 18 Midfielder

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari 11 Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Alfie Lewis 21 Midfielder
6Sam Bone Defender
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy 20 Defender
16Steven Bradley Forward 58'
17Keith Ward Midfielder 39'
28Ryan O’Kane 22 Forward
29David McMillan 23 Forward
3Brian Gartland Defender
8Robbie Benson Midfielder
11John Martin 2 Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
20Joe Adams 15 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 5 Midfielder 65'
22Runar Hauge 28 Midfielder
23John Mountney 29 Midfielder 90+4'
30Mark Byrne Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 22)
3 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v UCD AFC

(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

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Adriano RealeBrian Fenton
Emmett Dynan
Kevin O’Sullivan

Ground

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

Conor Paterson is a Dublin based journalist and student. He is the current editor of UCD newspaper the College Tribune, where he is also undertaking an undergraduate degree. Passionate about football on and off the pitch, he is determined to promote UCD AFC and Irish football on the Belfield campus.