Date Time League Season
15 October 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Whelan peno difference for students

A Colm Whelan penalty proved to be the difference between UCD and Cork City in a tightly contested match in Belfield tonight.

City gained momentum in the second half with the the introduction of Dylan Mcglade. However UCD would hold on for a home victory and clean sheet for the first time since August.

Both sides started this game with high energy. Gearoid Morrissey, the Cork City captain, ran strongly at the UCD defence and struck cleanly but was saved by Lorcan Healy in goal. Bargary looked threatening down the left wing for Cork, as UCD started sluggishly. In the 13th minute, Barry Coffey smashed the ball into the back of the net only for it to be ruled offside. 

UCD were starting to gain control in the middle third, especially through the performance of Sean Brennan. This extra pressure showed by the end of the first half. Liam Kerrigan broke from a corner at blistering speed and played Colm Whelan behind the defence, and he was taken down in the area by the Cork City goalkeeper, David Harrington. He confidently slotted away the penalty for his 19th goal of the season. He is very close to setting a new goals record for UCD.

Cork introduced three new substitutes for the second half as they strived to get back into the game. IT did have an impact as their performance level rose. While UCD looked comfortable, McGlade was an immediate threat on the left wing, Alec Byrne forced Healy into a good save and a free-kick on the hour mark was headed inches wide from Coleman. Everything good that Cork did seemed to come through McGlade on the left wing, which will beg the question; Why didn’t he start the game? Cork City won a few free-kicks as the clock ran down but UCD looked in control of the game as they entered the home stretch. While UCD never really threatened, they held on for the full three points. 

The second half display from Cork will be a sign of encouragement for Cork boss Colin Healy as McGlade in particular looked threatening. Evan Caffrey and Liam Kerrigan played well for UCD as they look to enter the playoffs and there will be no doubt, few teams will want to face them.

  • 93'

    Cork City are throwing everthing at UCD but head the ball wide as they launch the ball in the area. Barry Coffey was very close.

  • 84'

    Cork City win a free-kick on the edge of the box but Alec Byrne is adjudged to have pushed in the box and it is a free out.

  • 79'

    Liam Kerrigan earns a yellow card after shoving Bolger after losing a throw in.

  • 73'

    Cork are well on top here but cannot find the breakthrough.

  • 70'

    McGlade again threatens and sets up Coleman who is taken down for a Cork free-kick on the right wing. Bargary shoots over the bar.

  • 65'

    McGlade intercepts a pass through and cuts in from the left wing but his attempted shot is blocked. Everything good coming through Cork is through McGlade. They have really stepped up a level in the second half.

  • 60'

    On the hour mark, UCD look comfortable at the moment. However, McGlade has looked a threat on the left wing since coming on.

  • 55'

    Cork City win a free-kick and the inswinging cross is nodded just wide from Cork's centre back Coleman.

  • 52'

    Alec Byrne forces a good save from the UCD keeper and Gallagher clears the ball for a corner.

  • 46'

    Jack Keaney receives a knock to the head and is down for a minute

  • Cork City have introduced three new substitutes at half-time as they strive to get back into this game.

  • Cork City have introduced three new substitutes at half-time as they strive to get back into this game.

  • 45'

    HAlf-Time here and Cork need to find something different to come back in the second half.

  • 44'

    David Harrington makes a tremendous save after a blistering counter-attack finds him one on one with the keeper and he really should have made it 2-0. Fair dues to Harrington.

  • 40'

    Kerrigan breaks away at blistering speed and plays in Whelan behind the defence, and he is taken down by the Cork City goalkeeper. Whelan slots away the penalty. HE has a real chance of being the first UCD player to score 20 goals this season.

  • 40'

    Penalty for UCD

  • 35'

    Barry Coffey is the first name into the referee's book after taking down Whelan. Keaney's Free-kick is comfortably saved.

  • 35'

    Barry Coffey is the first name into the referee's book after taking down Whelan. Keaney's Free-kick is comfortably saved.

  • 32'

    Free-kick to UCD instead as Whelan is taken down after a mazy dribble in the D on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 30'

    Evan Osam looks to be in bother having gone down off the ball. Hopefully, he will be ok.

  • 28'

    UCD win a free-kick which goes into the penalty area but they just don't manage to get the ball down for a shot on goal.

  • 23'

    Both teams are pressing up high and forcing the opposition backwards in what has been a very tactical game so far.

  • 20'

    In this opening twenty minutes, Cork have enjoyed the better spells of possession, but it remains a stalemate here in Belfield.

  • 15'

    Cork have been impressive in the opening 15 minutes. Interestingly, UCD have not kept a clean sheet since August 2021.

  • 13'

    Barry Coffey smashes the ball into the UCD net but unfortunately for Cork, he is called offside.

  • 11'

    Bargary is looking a dangerous threat down the right wing and Cork win another corner in these opening minutes but UCD clear again.

  • 9'

    Cork are putting UCD under pressure and win another corner. The delivery, however, is cleared by the UCD defence.

  • 7'

    Morrissey, Cork captain tonight, picks up the ball and runs direct at the UCD goal and shoots but Healy saves it easily.

  • 6'

    UCd win a free on the left wing. Caffrey is called offside peeling off the back stick.

  • 3'

    UCD attack well done the left, Evan Caffrey with an impromtu pass and Adam Verdon shoots ove the bar with his left foot.

  • 1'

    Cork City kick off and attack down the right wing but Barbary is unable to keep it in play and it is a goal kick to UCD.

  • Cork City are a team that are improving all the time and have are unbeaten away from home since June.

  • For UCD, Colm Whelan, Evan Caffrey and Liam Kerrigan return to the starting lineup after their recent international call ups for Ireland.

  • Tonight, Cork City will be wearing black armbands in memory of Mr Trevor Hemmings.

  • In team news, Cork City Captain Gearoid Morrissey returns to the side

  • Welcome to coverage of UCD against Cork City in Belfield. My name is Paul Regan and I will be commentating thoughout the evening for you.


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender 85'
22Sam Todd Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder 73'
3Evan Osam Defender
14Liam Kerrigan Midfielder 79'
15Adam Verdon 17 Midfielder
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
27Sean Brennan Midfielder
30Evan Caffrey Forward
10Colm Whelan Forward 42'
5Luke Boore Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop Forward
11Ciaran Behan Midfielder
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell Forward
16Carl Williams Goalkeeper
17Dara Keane 15 Midfielder

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender
5Joshua Honohan 25 Defender
14Barry Coffey Midfielder 35'
6Gearoid Morrissey 16 Midfielder
8Cian Coleman Midfielder
11Cian Bargary 17 Midfielder
23Sean Kennedy 7 Midfielder
33Aaron Bolger Midfielder
24Cian Murphy Forward
1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
7Dylan McGlade 23 Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh Forward
10Steven Beattie Forward
15Dale Holland Midfielder
16Alec Byrne 6 Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley 11 Forward
20Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
25Gordon Walker 5 Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
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Cork City v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 8)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Cork City


UCD Bowl
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