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

Match Report

Bohs take the points as UCD struggles continue

A first-half James Clarke strike was enough to give Bohemians all three points in a dominant display against UCD AFC at Dalymount Park this evening.

Despite being away from home and near the foot of the table, UCD started the game the better side. Dylan Duffy started brightly and looked threatening down the right flank. However, it was UCD’s Michael Gallagher who had the first meaningful bit of defending to do. After confusion in the UCD box between Evan Caffrey and Jack Keaney, Gallagher had to be alive and reacted first in the nick of time.

UCD continued to put pressure on the home side. Minutes later Duffy burst into the Bohs box and drilled the ball across the box. Perhaps the pullback to Thomas Lonergan who had acres of space in the centre of the box was the better option. Another chance minutes later came courtesy of excellent play by Dara Keane who fashioned a cross towards Alex Nolan at the back post. The Students’ winger still had a lot to do and his volley failed to find the target.

As the half progressed the home side finally grew into the game. Jamie Mullins drilled the ball into the side netting at the 22nd-minute mark before a Kris Twardek shot from outside the box stinged the palms of Kian Moore in the UCD goal.

Twardek was lively all first half but the Bohs opener was fashioned out by a fantastic run out of defence by Rory Feely who finally fed through James Clarke to cooly slot home with a tidy finish. The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief as they took the lead with Bohs not benign at their best in the opening 45 minutes.

Bohs started much better in the second half than they did the first and almost doubled their lead two minutes after the interval. From 30 yards, Jordan Flores struck an excellent freekick which needed a fine save from Kian Moore to keep UCD in the tie.

He was needed again on the hour mark when the lively James Clarke, who opened the scoring, slotted Ethon Varion in for a 1-on-1. Moore was alive to the danger, however, and quickly closed down the close-range effort. Jordan Flores also had a good strike on the edge of the box which fizzed narrowly wide minutes later.

UCD’s task of getting an equaliser was made all the more difficult when Michael Gallagher picked up his second yellow card of the game with 10 minutes to go. Bohs continued to have chances and UCD were unable to get any foothold in the end and Bohs ran out deserved winners.

In a double whammy for the Students, Finn Harps’ 1-1 draw this evening against Shelbourne means they go bottom of the Premier Division on goal difference. Next up for the College is a home game against Sligo Rovers next Friday while Bohs host Drogheda United.

  • 96'

    And that's full-time here in Dalymount 1-0 to Bohemians...and a very one-sided one-goal win!

  • 93'

    UCD are struggling to get into goalscoring range despite more possession. Bohs look the more likely to score still as Ali Coote forces another 1-on-1 save from Kian Moore.

  • 90'

    6 minutes of additional time here

  • 84'

    UCD's 17-year-old prospect Harry O'Connor is introduced for what is just his second senior appearance.

  • 80'

    Second yellow card for Michael Gallagher makes UCD's task even harder as Bohs continue to dominate.

  • 75'

    An Ali Coote finds the bandaged head of Rory Feely who does well to rise high but his header is well held by Kian Moore who has, on a number of occasions, done well to keep UCD in the game.

  • 70'

    Jordan Flores is replaced by James McManus but not before he pounces on a ball set up for him on the edge of the UCD box which goes narrowly wide. John Haist is introduced for UCD.

  • 64'

    Donal Higgins is on for Brennan as UCD look to inject some energy into their play. Higgins is straight into the action as the ball falls to him on the edge of the Bohs penalty area. Ciaran Kelly, who hasn't had much to do tonight, steps up with an excellent block.

  • 59'

    Chance! A super save from Kian Moore is needed to keep it 1-0. Clarke who has been excellent in midfield slots Varion 1 on 1 but Moore is quick tho close down the shot.

  • 58'

    First chance of the second half for UCD comes as Dylan Duffy produces a mazy run infield but his shot is straight at Ryan in the Bohs goal.

  • 57'

    Ali Coote is introduced for the home side as he replaces Jamie Mullins

  • 52'

    Yellow for captain Jordan Flores

  • 50'

    Better start to this half from the home side. UCD are offering very little going forward. Thomas Lonergan is looking tired up top and is constantly being called back for offsides. Perhaps some tired legs after his spell on international duty with the Ireland under 19s!

  • 47'

    Bohs almost double their lead! A fine Jordan Flores freekick from 30 yards out is excellently tipped around the post by Kian Moore. UCD's Michael Gallagher was booked for the original foul.

  • 45'

    Back underway here as Thomas Lonergan gets us going. Elsewhere in the Premier Division relegation battle it remains scoreless in Ballybofey where Finn Harps host Shelbourne.

  • 45'

    No additional time here as Ray Matthews blows the halftime whistle.

  • 43'

    There was a collective sigh of relief around Dalymount as Bohs opened the scoring. The Gypsies haven't been at their best but bar the opening 10 minutes have looked the more threatening.

  • 39'

    James Clarke opens the scoring with a cool finish inside the box capping off some excellent play by Rory Feely who burst out from defense.

  • 37'

    Great bursting run from Declan McDaid lines up a shot on the edge of the area for Twardek whose effort is bravely blocked by UCD captain Jack Keaney.

  • 35'

    Yellow for James Clarke after a nasty-looking challenge on Dara Keane

  • 31'

    Twardek with a fine long-range effort that stings the palms of Moore who tips it over the bar...poor headed clearance infield from Alex Dunne which catches the rest of the UCD defence flat-footed.

  • 30'

    Half an hour has gone and only half chances for both sides. While Bohs are starting to get more possession neither side has yet to fully get control of the game with plenty of fruitless long balls being played.

  • 22'

    Chance! James Clarke bursts into the UCD box and pulls the ball back to Jamie Mullins who drills his effort from a tough angle into the side netting.

  • 19'

    Bohs are growing into the game as Kris Twardek wins his side a corner after some excellent closing down on his right flank. Ultimately it comes to nothing but the Bohs fans will be glad to see their side settling into the tie.

  • 12'

    Another chance for UCD. Dara Keane pulls wide and does well to fashion a cross as he finds Alex Nolan at the far post. Nolan has a difficult volley which fails to find the target.

  • 9'

    Excellent start from UCD and again it's Duffy. This time he is fed through by Dara Keane but the winger drills a low cross rather than pulling the ball back for Lonergan which may have been the better option. Confident opening 10 minutes from the visitors.

  • 6'

    Excellent defending from Michael Gallagher to deal with a defensive mix-up between Keaney and Caffrey who fail to deal with a UCD cross. The former Finn Harps man is brave and reacts quickly to get to the ball before being fouled and winning his side a free-out.

  • 4'

    Duffy already looks to be giving Max Murphy some trouble down the UCD right wing. This time some trickery allows the UCD man to get a cross away and wins his side a corner which comes to nothing.

  • 1'

    Early freekick for UCD as Max Murphy commits a foul down his left flank. It's a tough angle but Dylan Duffy has an ambitious effort which scrapes the top of the Bohs net.

  • And we are off! The home side get us underway.

  • Teams emerge out on the pitch here at Dalymount! There will be a minute of applause before kickoff for Dublin football legend and former Director of Sport at UCD Brian Mullins.

  • It's a blustery night here in Phibsborough for this Dublin derby. Huge stakes for UCD who sit one point above Finn Harps in the battle to avoid the drop this season.

  • Also, three changes for the travelling UCD side as Kian Moore and Michael Gallagher replace Lorcan Healy and Sam Todd. Thomas Lonergan also returns to the side having had a very successful spell with the Ireland under 19 squad including a brace in their 6-0 demolition of Gibralter.

  • Teams are in! 3 changes for the home side as Ethon Varian and Jordan Doherty replace Aaron Doran and Ryan Burke while Tadgh Ryan fills in for the injured Jon McCracken in the Bohs net.

  • Good evening and welcome to FinalWhistle.ie coverage of this evening's clash between Bohemians FC and UCD AFC. I'm Conor Paterson and I will be bringing you live updates and a post-match report at full time. Kickoff is an hour away so standby for team news.

Bohemians

4Rory Feely Defender
6Jordan Flores 28 Midfielder 52'
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
7Declan McDaid Midfielder
11Kris Twardek Midfielder
18Ethon Varian 11 Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder 39'
35'
22Jamie Mullins 8 Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
2Josh Kerr Defender
8Ali Coote 22 Midfielder
10Chris Lotefa
11Liam Burt 18 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
27Reece Byrne Goalkeeper
28James McManus 6 Midfielder
30Nickson Okosun Forward
32Derin Adewale

UCD AFC

2Michael Gallagher Midfielder 47'
3Evan Osam Defender 91'
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
9Evan Caffrey Forward
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder
15Alex Dunne 10 Defender 13'
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
17Dara Keane Midfielder
19Alex Nolan Forward
21Sean Brennan 18 Midfielder
27Tommy Lonergan Midfielder
Harry O’Connor 19 Midfielder
4Jamie Duggan Defender
8Mark Dignam Defender
10John Haist 15 Forward
18Donal Higgins 21 Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
23Tobi Jinad Forward
25Aaron Corish Midfielder
28Oliwier Olekiewicz Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 23)
1 - 3
Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Bohemian FC

(Round 13)
3 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v UCD AFC

(Round 7)
1 - 1
Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Bohemian FC

Ground

Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, 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.