Date Time League Season
29 July 2022 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

No issues for UCD as they overcame Cockhill Celtic in Cup

UCD secured their first home win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Cockhill Celtic in the first round of the FAI Cup this evening.

Tommy Lonergan headed in for the Students on the half-hour mark just after the Buncrana side had a good chance go wide from the boot of James Breslin.

Lonergan would have his second moments later as he fired in from point-blank range.
UCD would net their third with 15 minutes remaining as Michael Gallagher headed in an Evan Caffrey corner to ensure victory at the Belfield Bowl.

UCD would net their third with 15 minutes remaining as Michael Gallagher headed in an Evan Caffrey corner to ensure victory at the Belfield Bowl.
UCD dominated possession from the off and allowed Cockhill very little space of their own.

Centre-back Sam Todd had a header tipped over the crossbar by the visitors' goalkeeper Daniel Houghton in the Students' first big chance on 13 minutes.

The impressive Houghton was called into action again moments later and made a similar save to keep his side from conceding.

Cockhill maintained an organised defence and limited their hosts to long-range efforts for a period after that. Lonergan, Sean Brennan and Dylan Duffy all had efforts from range fall wide of the target for UCD.

Celtic did struggle to get on the ball and forays forward from the visitors were few and far between.

Nevertheless, Cockhill nearly took the lead in the 28th minute.
 A Corey McBride free-kick into the UCD area fell to Jason Breslin, who flicked it narrowly wide of Lorcan Healy's goal.

After that scare, the home side responded and soon went ahead.
An excellent Sean Brennan pass found Lonergan in the 18-yard box, and the forward headed past Houghton to open scoring on the half-hour mark.

Lonergan would net his second four minutes later, when Brennan delivered beautifully into the Cockhill area again and John Ryan brought it down for the forward to blaze in. 

Dara Keane nearly made it 3-0 to the home team on 37 minutes but Houghton left his goal line in time to get in the way of the midfielder.

Another save from the 'keeper on Mark Dignam's header before half-time saw UCD remain two goals ahead at the break.

Cockhill came close to pulling a goal back early in the second-half when McBride spotted Healy off his line but his long-range attempt went narrowly wide.

The Students remained on top though, and came very close to scoring again on 53 minutes when defender Michael Gallagher got on the end of a corner but the defender hit wide.

There were very little scoring opportunities for either side after that, with Cockhill sitting deep in their half while the Students were content to sit on the lead.

They would notch their third goal on 75 minutes when Michael Gallagher again got on the end of a corner and the Donegal native  headed it across the 'keeper to score and ensure UCD's advancement to the next round.


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher 4 Defender 75'
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
8Mark Dignam Defender
9Evan Caffrey Forward
11Dylan Duffy 23 Midfielder
17Dara Keane 7 Midfielder
21Sean Brennan Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
26John Ryan 30 Midfielder
29Tommy Lonergan 10 Midfielder 30', 34'
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
4Jamie Duggan 2 Defender
7Harry O’Connor 17 Midfielder
10John Haist 29 Forward
15Alex Dunne Defender
18Donal Higgins Midfielder
23Daniel Norris 11 Forward
30Alex Nolan 26 Midfielder

Cockhill Celtic

1Daniel Houghton Goalkeeper
2Peter Doherty Defender
3Lee McColgan Defender
4Adam McCarron 12 Defender
5Jason Breslin 17 Defender
6Paddy Slevin Midfielder
7Lee McLaughlin Defender
8James Bradley 15 Midfielder 32'
9Stephen Duffy 13 Forward
10Corey McBride Midfielder
11Fionn McClure 14 Defender
12Keegan Hegarty 4 Defender
13Adam Duffy 9 Midfielder
14Christy McLaughlin 11 Forward
15Daniel Doherty 8 Midfielder
16Oisin McColgan Defender
17Mark Moran 5 Forward 85'
18Odhran O’Brien Daly
19Ronan Doherty
20Gavin Cullen Goalkeeper
  • 92'

    Full-Time. UCd progress to the next round after a 3-0 victory over Cockhill Celtic

  • 90'

    Two minutes additional time

  • 89'

    McColgan goes off injured for Cockhill, leaving them with 10 men for the final moments

  • 85'

    Mark Moran loses control of the ball and fouls Jack Keaney in attempting to win back possession

  • 85'

    5 minutes remaining

  • 80'

    Triple substitution for both sides

  • 75'

    UCD go 3-0 up. Caffrey hits a deep corner to Gallagher who sneaks in at the far post and heads across the 'keeper

  • 74'

    Celtic are hoping to get lucky on the counter but have not had much success as of yet

  • 72'

    UCD playing around at the back as the visitors are very deep

  • 72'

    Keegan Hegarty on for Cockhill

  • 70'

    Daniel Norris and Alex Nolan are introduced for UCD

  • 64'

    Houghton smothers the ball as Lonergan runs inside in hope of completing his hattrick

  • 62'

    Duffy has a go from an extremely acute angle but it goes out

  • 58'

    Corey McBride looks for a penalty as he goes down in the UCD area

  • 57'

    Adam Duffy replaces Stephen Duffy for Cockhill Celtic

  • 53'

    Gallagher should do better as he gets on the end of a good UCD corner move

  • 53'

    UCD corner

  • 47'

    Corey McBride has a long-range effort go just wide after he tries to lob Healy

  • 45'

    Cockhill restart play!

  • 45'

    Half-time UCD 2-0 Cockhill Celtic

  • 44'

    Houghton dives low to save Dignam's header

  • 39'

    Paddy Slevin strikes from distance but goes just over the crossbar

  • 39'

    Celtic win a throw in deep in UCD territory

  • 37'

    Ball over the top to Dara Keane and Houghton rushes out to clear

  • 34'

    Lonergan strikes again, Brennan passes into the visitors' box, Ryan chests it down for Lonergan who blazes in

  • 32'

    James Bradley booked

  • 29'

    An excellent ball from Sean Brennan sees Tommy Lonergan head into goal. 1-0 UCD

  • 28'

    Jason Breslin has a big opportunity to open scoring for cockhill, his flick goes wide

  • 28'

    Visitors win a free in the UCD half after some good play

  • 27'

    UCD have had to play it back on a number of occasions as Cockhill press hard

  • 24'

    Peter Doherty defends Dylan Duffy's cross

  • 22'

    But the visitors have defended well to deny UCD any real chances

  • 22'

    Cockhill Celtic struggling to hold on to the ball

  • 17'

    Dylan Duffy has a go for the Students, right and wide

  • 16'

    Brennan has a similar chance go off target

  • 15'

    Tom Lonergan shoots from distance but goes well wide of the visitors goal

  • 13'

    Houghton saves again

  • 13'

    Sam Todd gets on the end of the cross and Houghton has to flick it over

  • 13'

    Good move by UCD is defended in the Cockhill 18-yard box, UCD now have free from the right

  • 10'

    UCD dominating possession so far in Belfield, Cockhill sitting deep

  • 6'

    Lorcan Healy collects Fionn McLure's cross

  • 5'

    UCD free outside the box, Daniel Houghton claims it

  • 1'

    And we're off in Belfield!

  • Just over 10 minutes until kick-off in South Dublin!

  • Corey McBride leads the line for Cockhill, who are currently in their pre-season

  • Cockhill Celtic team news will follow shortly!

  • Sean Brennan was UCD's best player against Shelbourne last week, he could be their danger man again tonight

  • Live Updates will be provided after kick-off at 7.45pm!

  • Welcome to our FAI Cup coverage of UCD AFC v Cockhill Celtic at the Belfield Bowl


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Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University