Date Time League Season
21 August 2021 7:00 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Keane and Whelan deliver for UCD

Second half strikes courtesy of Dara Keane and a Colm Whelan spot-kick sealed all three points for UCD at St Colman’s Park.

Cobh Ramblers fell to a 2-0 defeat to The Student’s Club this evening in the League of Ireland First Division.

UCD almost opened the scoring inside the first two minutes when Liam Kerrigan’s ball found the on rushing Whelan inside the box. Thankfully for the hosts, his effort bounced off the crossbar and out.

In what was a relatively quiet and well matched first half, Cobh Ramblers best opportunity came through a Jason Abbott free kick which was saved well by Lorcan Healy in the UCD net.

Darren Murphy’s half time team talk must have really influenced his side as Cobh came out at a ferocious pace after the interval. Nathan O’Connell’s inch perfect through ball was met by wide man Conor Drinan but he put his effort straight at Lorcan Healy in what was possibly Ramblers’ best chance of the evening.

UCD grew into the second period gradually and should have gone in front through Whelan. The league’s top scorer found himself with the ball at his feet just yards from the Cobh net but his effort was saved brilliantly by Sean Barron.

With just over 20 minutes to play, the referee awarded a penalty to the guests after he judged Barron to have fouled a UCD player inside his six yard box following a dangerous Evan Weir corner.

Whelan stood up and slotted the ball into the bottom corner past Barron who guessed the right way.

The UCD goal made the home side push higher up the pitch to try and search for that all important equaliser. With Cobh pushing for a winner, this left gaps in behind their defence.

Substitute Dara Keane was set through on goal after an excellent turn past Coleman, the UCD man fired the ball into the back of the net past the helpless Barron to seal all three points for the Dublin side.

Cobh Ramblers travel to Maynooth University Town next week in the FAI Cup second round while UCD play host to Premier Division side Longford Town at The Bowl.

  • 91'

    And Full Time here and UCD will travel back to the capital with all three points.

  • 87'

    Dara Keane with a super finish for UCD.

  • 83'

    Jack Keaney booked for his challenge on Griffin

  • 77'

    Just under 15 minutes remaining here at St.Colman's Park.

  • 70'

    Barron with a great save to deny Evan Weir's free kick.

  • 67'

    Whelan strikes it into the bottom corner and the away side score this evening's first goal.

  • 65'

    Penalty for UCD . Goal line scramble against the run of play.

  • 62'

    Conor Drinan with possibly Cobh's best chance. Nathan O'Connell played a piercing through ball into the winger but his effort goes straight at Healy.

  • 58'

    Great save from Barron to deny Whelan. Fantastic save with his outstreched right arm from close range.

  • 52'

    David O'Leary's strike from distance is blocked by Osam but into the path of Drinan. Drinan hit it first time but it flies wide of Healy and the UCD net.

  • 49'

    Cobh starting the second half at a fericious pace and are looking for a opening goal.

  • 46'

    Back underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half Time here at St.Colman's Park with neither side able to make the breakthrough so far.

  • 45'

    Abbott's free kick flies over the bar.

  • 44'

    David O'Leary wins a free kick in a dangerous area on the edge of the UCD box.

  • 40'

    Jason Abbott and Nathan O'Connell linking up well so far here in the first period. The midfielders really growing into the game.

  • 33'

    Pierce Philips is forced off through injury now for Cobh Ramblers with David O'Leary replacing the midfielder.

  • 21'

    Colm Whelan's shot from outside the area goes just wide of the Cobh area.

  • 17'

    Tight game here so far but both sides struggling to find that final killer pass in the opponents' half.

  • 9'

    Killian Cooper coming on to replace Hegarty.

  • 9'

    Jake Hegarty down injured for Cobh.

  • 5'

    Abbotts freekick is saved well by Healy.

  • 4'

    Abbot wins a free kick in a dangerous earlier for the hosts.

  • 2'

    Colm Whelan hits the crossbar and a huge chance for the away side inside the first two minutes.

  • 1'

    And we're underway.

  • Both teams out on the pitch here in a sunny St.Colman's Park.

  • Just over ten minutes to go until kick off here at St. Colman's Park.

  • UCD Starting XI: Healy, Osam, Keaney, Kerrigan, Dignam, Whelan, Verdon, Boore, Doyle, O'Brien, Weir.

  • UCD Starting XI: Healy, Osam, Keaney, Kerrigan, Dignam, Whelan, Verdon, Boore, Doyle, O'Brien, Weir.

  • Cobh Ramblers Starting XI: Barron, Kavanagh, O'Riordain, Coleman, Devitt, N O'Connell, Abbott, Phillips, Drinan, Hegarty, Griffin. Four changes for the home side since last week's defeat to Cork City.

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Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh Defender
4Lee Devitt Midfielder
5Ben O’Riordan Defender
8Pierce Phillips 15 Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty 9 Forward
11Conor Drinan 14 Defender
12Naythan Coleman Defender
20Nathan O’Connell Midfielder
23Ciaran Griffin Forward
39Jason Abbott Midfielder
7Ian Turner Midfielder
9Killian Cooper 10 Forward
14Stephen O’Leary 11 Midfielder
15David O’Leary 8 Midfielder
19James McCarthy Defender
22Corey Chambers Goalkeeper
24Chris O’Reilly Forward
26Fionn Duggan Midfielder
21Alex Hill Defender


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
5Luke Boore 2 Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan 17 Midfielder
8Mark Dignam Defender
10Colm Whelan Forward 67'
15Adam Verdon Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 12 Midfielder
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
25Evan Weir Defender
2Michael Gallagher 5 Defender
4Harry McEvoy Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop Forward
11Sammy Ayoola
12Adam Lennon 21 Midfielder
17Dara Keane 7 Midfielder 87'
18Donal Higgins Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 11)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 2)
0 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 11)
0 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 2)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Cobh Ramblers


St. Colman's Park
Saint Colman\'s Park, Norwood Park, Cobh Urban, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, P24 F252, Ireland

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and