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26 August 2022 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

UCD overcome Galway in a thrilling cup tie

Tommy Lonergan took advantage of a grand mess at the back from Galway to net an 86th minute winner to see UCD beat United 3-2 at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening and progress to an FAI Cup quarter-final.

Galway 'keeper Matthew Connor spilled the ball outside his area after a mix up between he and his defender late in the game and UCD would take advantage for Lonergan to score into an open goal to the hosts' despair.

Lonergan had opened scoring after he got on the end of a top-quality Evan Caffrey set-piece clipped into the Galway area after 17 minutes.

The hosts would fight back and equalised just before half-time through a Mikie Rowe shot from just inside the 18-yard box.

A Dylan Duffy free-kick put UCD back ahead on 51 minutes but Max Hemmings would bring Galway back even within 15 minutes but the hosts' mistake late on would cost them dearly.

Early excitement came when Wilson Waweru excellently headed the ball into the back of the UCD net from inside the box but the forward newly-restored to the starting lineup was called offside and the goal was disallowed.

Waweru would have another chance come close on the ten minutes after he headed toward goal from a corner but his effort was defended off the line.
Against the run of play, UCD took the lead on 17 minutes after Lonergan volleyed in Caffrey's dangerous delivery.

The Students would come close to doubling their lead moments later when Sam Todd rose to head a corner toward goal and went narrowly wide.

Galway tried to fight their way back into the game for much of the remainder of the first period but struggled to threaten.

UCD would be fairly timid in attack too, feeling they had no reason to chase the game until the 44th minute, when Galway equalised through Rowe, who received the ball on the edge of the UCD area and turned quickly to fire a shot into the bottom left corner of the visitors' goal.

Galway started the second-half with an intensity that generated two scoring opportunities in quick succession but it was the visitors that would take the lead again.

A 51st minute free-kick saw Dylan Duffy power a shot over the Galway wall and into the top-right corner to put the Students ahead.

In a similar pattern to the first-half, UCD would appear content with a one goal lead and allowed Galway to apply pressure, which would see the hosts peg back UCD for a second time on 64 minutes.

Colm McCormack's cross into the visitors' area was hit at goal by Stephen Walsh only for Kian Moore to make a good save but Hemmings' follow-up would bring Galway even.

From then on it looked as if the home side would go and win the tie as they put Moore's goal under increasing pressure but the outfits' late mishap would transform affairs.

Under pressure from a UCD long-ball and an onrushing attacker, Connor just about gathered a headed pass from his defender. Seconds later though, the 'keeper dropped the ball and his opponent pounced to setup Lonergan in a central area to strike.

Galway advanced forward in additional time and came close on two occasions through Francely Lomboto but couldn't find the net to see UCD progress to a cup quarter-final for a second year running.

  • 95'

    FT, Galway's late mistake costs them a chance of progression to the quarter-final of the FAI Cup as UCD defeat the hosts 3-2

  • 92'

    Lomboto is denied by Moore as he looks to equalise

  • 86'

    UCD take the lead again after a grand mess at the back for Galway!

  • 84'

    Matt Connor saves on Lonergan who dribbles his way into the Galway box

  • 83'

    Galway corner

  • 81'

    Two more UCD subs on

  • 80'

    McCormack tries but Moore stops the Galway player's effort

  • 80'

    John Ryan booked for UCD

  • 79'

    Moore catches Walsh's header as Galway push for a winner

  • 77'

    Great save from Kian Moore, as David Hurley half-volleys toward the UCD goal

  • 75'

    Stephen Walsh tries an acrobatic effort but Moore can collect easily

  • 68'

    Galway coming on strongly now, awarded a free-kick from the left wing

  • 64'

    Max Hemmings equalises for the hosts after the 'keeper saves Walsh's effort but can't stop Hemmings' follow up

  • 59'

    Finnerty tries an extravagant effort close to goal but can't pull it off for Galway

  • 59'

    Galway caught on the break as they attempt to get back in the game, UCD attacker hits well wide though

  • 51'

    Dylan Duffy sends UCD back ahead form the free, powers it over the wall into the top-right corner

  • 50'

    David Hurley booked and gives UCD a free in a dangerous area

  • 49'

    Conor O'Keefe hits the side-netting as Galway start this half fast

  • 48'

    Ed McCarthy gets a low cross to Stephen Walsh who can't keep his effort down and goes over the crossbar

  • 45'

    Teams are back out in Galway and the second-half has resumed!

  • 44'

    Mikie Rowe equalises for Galway!

  • 38'

    UCD shoot from distance and go just left and wide

  • 36'

    Waweru wins a corner now

  • 35'

    Waweru wins a throw deep in UCD territory

  • 28'

    Sam Todd booked for his challenge on Waweyru as Galway break

  • 25'

    Still the Students lead as Galway struggle to make their way back into the game

  • 19'

    UCD come close to another goal with a corner

  • 17'

    Evan Caffrey delivers a dangerous set-piece into the Galway area for Tommy Lonergan to smash home!

  • 13'

    Galway putting on pressure without threatening hugely in recent moments

  • 13'

    Galway putting on pressure without threatening hugely in recent moments

  • 10'

    Wilson Waweru heads but UCD defend and it goes out for another Galway corner

  • 9'

    Galway corner

  • 1'

    Game is underway!

  • Kick-off in less than a minute at Eamonn Deacy Park!

  • Lineups sections will be filled out upon release of the tonight's team news

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

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of the this evening's cup clash between Galway and UCD!

Galway Utd

16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe 4 Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender
6Diego Portilla 19 Defender
8Mikie Rowe 23 Midfielder 44'
10David Hurley 17 Midfielder 50'
12James Finnerty Defender
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy Midfielder
27Max Hemmings Midfielder 64'
1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
Adam Thomas Defender
4Charlie Lyons 2 Defender
9Rob Manley 18 Forward
15David Tarmey
17Bastien Hery 10 Midfielder
19Francely Lomboto 6 Forward
23Ronan Manning 8 Midfielder
26Oisin O’Reilly Defender

UCD AFC

16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
9Evan Caffrey Forward
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder 51'
15Alex Dunne 26 Defender
17Dara Keane Midfielder
18Donal Higgins 25 Midfielder
21Sean Brennan 8 Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender 28'
27Tommy Lonergan Midfielder 17'
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
4Jamie Duggan Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
8Mark Dignam 21 Defender
23Tobi Jinad Forward
25Daniel Norris 18 Forward
26John Ryan 15 Midfielder
30Alex Nolan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 23)
4 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 14)
0 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Galway United

(Series 5)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 18)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 9)
0 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Galway United

Ground

Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University