Date Time League Season
7 November 2021 5:00 pm LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs 2021

Match Report

UCD lose, but still reach Playoff decider

UCD had to suffer to guarantee their presence in the First Division play-off final against Treaty United, as they got beaten by 2-1 at the Belfield Bowl.

Andrew Myler’s boys saw themselves down to two goals for more than one hour, with Adam Verdon’s goal falling from the sky after Stephen Cristopher being sent off.

After the 3-0 pocketed in during the first leg, the Students saw a do-or-die United reopening the discussion inside the first ten minutes through Conor Melody early goal.

Conor Melody set fire to the Bowl with an eight-minute shot from the edge of the box, with some questions to ask the goalkeeper Lorcan Healy, relighting Treaty’s hopes to pull out a miracle in the capital.

The tremendous boost of confidence brought them forward looking for more; Clyde O’Connell had the chance to leave it all in a mess with a header, as he saw Melody answering much better to this ball.

The foundations got shaken on the home side and at the back of Colm Whelan they came yet again; His powerful shot looked too much to be stopped but a much-alert Tadhg Ryan pull out a brilliant save.

Five minutes from the break, Marc Ludden kept his team held to the discussion with an unbelievable clearance over the goal line following a close-range header.

The matters became even more open four minutes in the second half, as a superb header from Anthony O’Donnell at the back post brought a 2-0 to the score.

However, Stephen Cristopher turned it into a serious mountain for the Limerick side to climb just two minutes later, as he got sent off with a straight red card for a bad challenge on Eoin Farrell.

The complexion of the game changed completely, bringing the blue outfit forward to close to the match, and eventually they got it through a mistake from the opponent’s defense.

A poor trying to win a corner let Adam Verdon in a privileged position inside of the box, as he slotted it home with a left-foot shot to bring some piece for the Dubliners.

Even after being down to ten fighters, it was the visitors coming the closest to bring the fourth goal of the afternoon, against a side that not even after Cristopher's red card managed to find themselves. With two performances likes this one, surely Treaty’s outcome in the play-off would be much different.

UCD will now battle with Bray Wanderers in the next stage.


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
10Colm Whelan Forward
14Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell 2 Forward
15Adam Verdon 30 Midfielder 69'
17Dara Keane Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 8 Midfielder 38'
22Sam Todd Defender
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
2Michael Gallagher 14 Defender
4Harry McEvoy Defender
5Luke Boore Defender
8Mark Dignam 21 Defender
11Ciaran Behan Midfielder
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
20Mark Davis
27Sean Brennan Midfielder
30Evan Caffrey 15 Forward

Treaty Utd

1Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
2Charlie Fleming 26 Defender
3Marc Ludden Defender
5Clyde O’Connell Midfielder 73'
6Anthony O’Donnell 8 Defender 52'
7Conor Melody 16 Midfielder 52'
17Joel Coustrain 12 Midfielder
18Stephen Christopher Midfielder 54'
24Dean George Forward
25Mark Walsh 14 Midfielder 66'
44Jack Lynch Defender 78'
8Joe Collins 6 Midfielder
9Kieran Hanlon Forward
11Alan Murphy Midfielder
12Matt Keane 17 Defender
14Sean Guerins 25 Forward
16William Armshaw 7 Midfielder
21Adam Gallagher Goalkeeper
23Callum McNamara Midfielder
26Matthew McKevitt 2 Defender
  • 90'

    FT. UCD 1-2 Treaty United. As UCD goes through.

  • 87'

    It has been hard to breath for the last couple minutes! Serious attempt close to either goal have been leaving this game all over the place.

  • 69'

    Adam Verdon brings some piece for the Dubliners with a left-foot finish from inside of the box.

  • 62'

    Whelan’s brilliant individual play ends up with Liam Kerrigan’s finish as his shot kissed the outside netting.

  • 54'

    Two minutes after United’s second goal they get down to ten men as Stephen Cristopher gets sent-off with a straight red card.

  • 49'

    And there’s the second for Treaty! A superb header from Anthony O’Donnell at the back post leaves matters pretty much open.

  • 47'

    Colm Whelan with a tremendous opportunity to send it home allows Tadhg Ryan to denied it with an incredible save.

  • 46'

    Treaty kick us into the second 45 minutes.

  • 45'

    HT: UCD 0-1 Treaty United. UCD in front of the play-off but Treaty goes to the break pretty alive.

  • 40'

    Marc Ludden with an unbelievable clearance over the goal line keeps United in the play-off.

  • 35'

    The ball ends up at the back of the net for United but the flag was up. Offside.

  • 28'

    Colm Whelan comes again with a strong shot, but Tadhg Ryan as pretty much alert to stop it with a foot save.

  • 24'

    Colm Whelan heads a ball across the box, with United booting it away with a crucial touch.

  • 15'

    Paul Doyle brings an immediate reply with a first-touch finish, as he saw Tadhg Ryan slapping it to a corner.

  • 11'

    Treaty starting eager as expected! Clyde O’Connell’s header sees Melody answering much better to this ball.

  • 8'

    Lorcan Healy brings a bad approach to Conor Melody’s shot from the edge of the box and sees the ball touching the back of the net.

  • 6'

    It’s fair to say neither of the teams is trying too hard to hold possession of the ball.

  • 1'

    We are underway at the Belfield Bowl.

  • While all seem to confirm the UCD one step closer to the desired Premier Division, Treaty head Dublin hoping to provoke a complete rollercoaster in the second leg – they will be looking to at least repeat what only Waterford managed to do this season; send home three goals and grab the win at the Bowl.

  • The Dubliners held strong to their back-trenches and supervised the Shannonsiders attacking efforts well enough to leave Markets Field with a very comfortable scenario to go through.

  • The mid-week show closed the curtains with half-a-ticket for the next stage travelling to the capital thanks to a very solid result, started by a Tadgh Ryan mistake and followed by Colm Whelan’s double.

  • Good afternoon and you are very welcome to the live coverage of the second clash between UCD and Treaty United for the second leg of the First Division play-off semi-final. Today with you is Bernardo Santos to let you know about all of it.

Past Meetings

(Play Off Semi Final - 1st Leg)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs
Markets Field

Treaty United v UCD AFC

(Round 25)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Treaty United

(Round 16)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v UCD AFC

(Round 7)
3 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Treaty United


UCD Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

With previous experience on a top-tier sports newspaper and a media department of a former European Champion club, Bernardo also collaborates as a sports journalist and media editor at St. Patrick's Athletic.