Date Time League Season
17 July 2022 6:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

UCD earn upset win away to Sligo Rovers

UCD shock Sligo at a Sunny Sligo coming out on top 2-0 to pick up three vital points in their hunt for SSE Airtricity League Premier Division survival.

Donal Higgins opened the scoring after 22 minutes creeping in at the penalty spot to slot home from close range.

Dara Keane doubled the lead after 68 minutes and put daylight between the sides after a brilliant run from the midfield and slotted home and set UCD in a comfortably position to see out the match.

Sligo came out the blocks the quickest in the opening exchanges, Keena rattling the post early door after the 11th minute after some great play. 

Frank Liivak proved to be a big threat just missing past the left hand post after 12 minutes and warming the hands of Lorcan Healy after 19 minutes with a close range shot. 

Sligo failed to make their early dominance count and they were punished after 22 minutes Donal Higgins snuck into the penently area and Dara Keanes cross found Higgins and he slotted home nicely from close range. 

UCD at this point seemed comfortable as Sligo pushed for an equaliser in the first half and failed to do so as the away side were leading at the break 1-0. 

Sligo started the second half like the first creating good opportunities but failing to convert Frank Liivak again struck the post after 52 minutes his curling effort just not good enough to get his new side level. 

Much like the first half the home side relied on set pieces to create opportunities, Corners sailing wide and free kicks not finding their men had Sligo running out of ideas. 

It got worse for the home side after 68 minutes as Dara Keane took off in the midfield and carried the ball to the edge of the box before slotting it into the back of the net, the students leading 2-0. 

UCD sat back after this point and defended well to maintain their lead Sligo can be disappointed to not have tested them more in the latter stages but the Dublin side stood firm and got their second win of the campaign 

Sligo Rovers

16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
4Shane Blaney 41 Defender
19Paddy Kirk Defender
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Niall Morahan 17 Midfielder
22David Cawley 34 Midfielder
10Frank Liivak 14 Forward
9Aidan Keena Forward
27Max Mata 25 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
5Robbie McCourt Defender
12Mark Byrne Midfielder
14Karl O’Sullivan 10 Forward
17Adam McDonnell 8 Midfielder 70'
25Cillian Heaney 27 Forward
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
34Kailin Barlow 22 Midfielder
41Eanna Clancy 4 Defender


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
15Alex Dunne Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
30Alex Nolan Midfielder
17Dara Keane Midfielder
18Donal Higgins 21 Midfielder 23'
26John Ryan 8 Midfielder
27Tommy Lonergan 10 Midfielder
9Evan Caffrey Forward
Jamie Duggan Defender
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
8Mark Dignam 26 Defender
Harry O’Connor Midfielder
10John Haist 27 Forward
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder
21Sean Brennan 18 Midfielder
25Daniel Norris Forward
  • 94'

    Full time 2-0

  • 92'

    Sligo still pushing for a goal but it seems to little to late

  • 85'

    UCD seeing the game out an introducing subs late on 5 minutes remaining

  • 78'

    UCD nearly make it three Sligo have it all to do!

  • 68'

    Dara Keane the students go 2-0 up!!

  • 58'

    Great save by McNicholas keeps his side in it

  • 53'

    Frank Liivak hits the post!! Remains 1-0

  • 49'

    Two Corners early on for Sligo pushing for an equalizer

  • 45'

    Second half underway !

  • 45'

    Half time UCD lead 1-0 at the break!

  • 44'

    Sligo putting UCD under pressure chasing an equalizer

  • 34'

    Academy player Eanna Clancy making his debut against UCD replacing the injured Shane Blaney

  • 31'

    Break in play as a Sligo man is down injured

  • 23'

    Higgins open the scoring for UCD after being free in the area for a simple tap in

  • 22'

    Misplayed pass from Sligo gives UCD a great opportunity shot is well saved

  • 20'

    Liivak has another attempt goes just wide!!

  • 12'

    Frank Liivak has an attempt goes just wide

  • 11'

    Keena rattles the post

  • 6'

    First corner of the match to Sligo goes out of play

  • 1'

    Kick off!

  • 5 minutes until kick off both sides are on the pitch

  • The UCD side is in and we are 15 minutes from kick off

  • Sligo have announced their starting XI and we will bring UCD's side to you as soon as possible

  • With brilliant weather right across the country conditions in Sligo for todays match is perfect

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Past Meetings

(Round 18)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Sligo Rovers

(Round 9)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v UCD AFC

(2nd Round)
1 - 3
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Sligo Rovers

0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Sligo Rovers FC

5 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers FC v UCD AFC

0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Sligo Rovers FC

1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers FC v UCD AFC

LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers FC v UCD AFC

LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Sligo Rovers FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers FC v UCD AFC


The Showgrounds
The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland

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