Date Time League Season
23 July 2021 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Colm ‘Whels UCD to victory

It was a second half penalty from Colm Whelan that turned the tide in UCD's FAI Cup clash with Shelbourne at the UCD Bowl tonight.

Shelbournes winning run was ended by Whelan's spot-kick and a Harvey O Brian header, as the students get one over on their Dublin counterparts.

This will be a match that the visitors will be disappointed not to have competed more in, as it is the College side that will progress into the next round.

The opening exchanges of the game were indeed tense, as both clubs tried to string spells of play together but with no such luck. 

Turnovers and misplaced passes were prominent with neither side willing to make a slip up early on, the opening quarter was cagey. 

Whelan had UCD's first chance at goal 12 minutes in, with the ball bouncing around the box he got his shot off before Shelbournes Brendan Clarke made a good save. 

After this it was The Reds who got a foothold in the match, Shane Farrell shooting just wide after great build up play down the right side 15 minutes in.

It was Farrell again who went close to scoring the ball just passing the wrong side of the post 30 minutes in, had he looked up Dayle Rooney was at the back post in space to potentially tap in home. 

UCD struggled from set pieces, converting their own and defending those of the opposition 42 minutes in, Shelbournes Maxim Kouogan header just clipped the post and the sides went in 0-0 at half time.  

The Students started the second half lively putting pressure on the Shels defenders and eventually that pressure proved fruitful. 

Whelan ran at the defence in the 55th minute, and was brought down in the box. He dusted himself off and slotted the penalty into the bottom corner putting the students 1-0 up. 

This goal pushed UCD on a penalty against the run of play and soon changed the flow of the match. The college side's appetite and eagerness to press and create chances was night and day in comparison with the first period. 

Shelbourne were left looking for answers in the second half with everything they tried having no positive outcome. 

The final nail in Shelbourne winning streaks coffin was a brilliant header from O’Brian in the 79th minute, which sucked the life out of any Shels fight back. 

UCD will be delighted to get over the line and into the next round of the cup with Shelbourne now looking forward to their rematch with the Belfield side in the league in two weeks time.

  • 94'

    Were into added time and UCD remain 2-0 up

  • 80'

    Its a second for UCD !!! Harvey O'Brian heading home form a corner 2-0!!!

  • 80'

    Ryan Brennan also enters the book

  • 78'

    Yellow for McManus

  • 75'

    Into the last 15 minutes here UCD still in the lead

  • 70'

    Water Break UCD 1-0 Shelbourne

  • 62'

    Out go Poynton and Shane Farrell

  • 62'

    Double subs for Shelbourne Eric Molloy and Ryan Brennan in

  • 55'

    Colm Whelan who was brought down slots the ball into the back of the net UCD 1-0 Up !!

  • 55'

    Penalty to UCD!!!

  • 52'

    Free for UCD in a dangerous area... smashed into the wall still 0-0

  • 49'

    Colm Whelan booked for a apparent dive

  • 45'

    Second Half is underway

  • 45'

    Half Time it Remains 0-0

  • 42'

    Corner just clips the bar for Shelbourne starting to pile on the pressure

  • 39'

    Shels starting to create chances UCD struggling to get to grips with them at the moment

  • 30'

    Another great chance by Farrell ball goes just wide

  • 26'

    Water Break Still 0-0

  • 23'

    Shelbourne with a free in a dangerous position but collected by the keeper Lorcan Healy

  • 16'

    Rooney Booked for preventing a counter attack

  • 15'

    Shane Farrell have a great effort after great build up play corner kick

  • 13'

    Colm Whelan with a decent effort ball goes out for a corner

  • 10'

    Both sides enjoying possession of the ball no goal chances of yet 0-0

  • Kick off!

  • UCD Team news is in!!

  • Shelbourne starting XI is in!!!

  • The game will kick off at 7:45 and we will bring you team news shortly

  • Hello and welcome to the live commentary of tonight's FAI Cup Match between UCD and Shelbourne


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper 88'
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
8Mark Dignam 15 Defender
10Colm Whelan Forward 55'
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder 80'
25Evan Weir Defender
27Sean Brennan 17 Midfielder
16Carl Williams Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
5Luke Boore Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop Forward
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell Forward
15Adam Verdon 8 Midfielder
17Dara Keane 27 Midfielder
30Evan Caffrey Forward


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2Michael Barker Defender
3Kevin O’Connor Defender
4Ally Gilchrist Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
9Michael O’Connor Forward 86'
14Brian McManus Midfielder 78'
15Maxim Kouogan 12 Defender
17Shane Farrell 10 Forward
18Dayle Rooney 16 Midfielder 16'
26George Poynton 7 Midfielder
25Jack Brady Goalkeeper
7Eric Molloy 26 Forward
10Ryan Brennan 17 Midfielder 80'
12Denzil Fernandes 15 Midfielder
16John Ross Wilson 18 Defender
20Kyle O’Connor Forward
23Luke Byrne Defender
30Alex Nolan Midfielder
Gavin Molloy Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 9)
3 - 1
First Division
Tolka Park

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