Date Time League Season
6 August 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

UCD and Shels draw in tight contest

In an entertaining and attacking game of football, at times a feisty affair where both sides traded yellow cards and UCD had a defender off to bandage up a clash of heads, a draw was the fairest result.

Shelbourne started really strongly but failed to capitalise on first half dominance while UCD couldn’t convert their chances in the second half, in large part due to some outstanding saves from the young Jack McCarthy in goal.

As both sides valiantly chased a goal that would prove to be the winner, it was a game where defences won out tonight.

Despite missing a number of regulars, Shelbourne dominated the early stages of the first half. Shane Farrell struck over the bar for the north Dublin side, in the opening stages.

Harvey O’Brien had UCD’s first clear cut chance when he headed into the side-netting. Then, UCD had a really great chance in the six-yard area when the Shels keeper, McCarthy spilled the ball in the six yard box, and after a bit of head tennis, Liam Kerrigan headed wide. McCarthy, still an under 17 player; made two great saves in the first half from Kerrigan and Doyle.

Lunney was active in the first half, pinging passes out to Ledwidge on the left, whose cross went over the bar. Dayle Rooney beat the offside trap and he ran through on goal, but his cross into the area was tame and defended well.

The front three men did pose a threat to the home side and Lunney later almost played in a great pass to Rooney who couldn’t control it.

There were signs that Shels were dangerous but couldn’t quite open up the home side. Brian McManus in midfield was very impressive in different stages of the match and was unlucky not to score, with two excellent headed chances in the penalty area.

Michael O’Connor had a good shot over the bar, after being set up by Rooney and Ledwidge, who were a constant thorn in the side of UCD.

However, despite Shels overall dominance, UCD could and probably should have won the match in the dying stages when Kerrigan dribbled skilfully down the right side and crosses for sub Lennon to shoot. However, he couldn’t beat the magnificent McCarthy in goals. 

  • It end 0-0. Report to follow soon.

  • 91'

    What a chance. Kerrigan dribbles really well down the right side and crosses for LEnnon to shoot. Another wonderful save from McCarthy.

  • 90'

    UCD sub Kinsella Bishop on for Dara Keane

  • 87'

    Healy dives low to save as Shelbourne pile on the pressure.

  • 86'

    Sam Todd has been an absolute warrior tonight, diving to head a shot wide for a Shelbourne corner.

  • 84'

    Rooney again creates some havoc in the left wing, but the UCD defence eventually clears it when he passes into his team-mates.

  • 81'

    Shane Farrel, from a central area, shoots a free-kick over the bar.

  • 80'

    Ledwidge, outside of the left boot, curls the ball just wide of the right hand post.

  • 74'

    Good chance as Doyle crosses into the area but Keane heads it over the bar.

  • 70'

    Rooney is fouled in a central area 25 yards from goal, as they seem to control it the last few minutes.

  • 68'

    Brian McManus again finds himself free in the penalty area but heads wide.

  • 65'

    Brian McManus has a free header from a corner kick and he hits the crossbar.

  • 58'

    Lunney and O'Connor almost set off by a long ball but unfortunately for Shels, it goes too far long, and into the hand of the UCD keeper.

  • 57'

    Dayle Rooney and Ledwidge connect really well to set up O'Connor for a shot. He connects brilliantly, but it goes just over.

  • 54'

    Really good defending from Barker, who shields the ball well from Doyle, who almost sped passed him.

  • 51'

    Shane Farrel's pass in behind the UCD back four almost sets through McManus. Good play from Farrel.

  • 49'

    Great play from Rooney on the left wing earns Shelbourne a corner.

  • 45'

    We kick off in the second half.

  • 0-0 at Half-Time.

  • 49'

    Ryan Brennan is fouled 25 metres out, into the fourth minute of extra time. One Last chance for Shelbourne.

  • 47'

    Confusion in the Shels defence is picked up on by Paul Doyle who strikes over the bar.

  • 44'

    Lunney in the centre of the pitch, plays a lovely ball into Rooney who was stretching and couldn't just reach to control it.

  • 40'

    With five minutes to play, tensions are growing a little bit, with challenges going in.

  • 37'

    In a clash of heads, Michael O'Connor has earned a yellow cardafter a clash with Sam Todd, who is down with a bleeding head.

  • 35'

    Mark Dignam closes down Kougan in the Shels area and tries to curl a shot, outside of the left foot, into the top right hand corner of the net.

  • 33'

    Dayle Rooney beats the offside trap and he runs through on goal, crosses into the box for his team-mate but the effort is knocked wide.

  • 30'

    Michael Barker, already booked in the 16th minute, is taking a risk with his challenges as he gives away a free-kick and has a chat with the referee.

  • 26'

    Another phenomenal save by McCarthy who saves a low shot from Kerrigan after a great pass from Keaney.

  • 23'

    A long ball through for KEane almost comes off but the Shelbourne keeper is quick off the mark and knocks it out for a corner kick

  • 21'

    Lunney pings a lovely ball to the left for Ledwidge whose cross skies over the UCD crossbar

  • 20'

    Twenty minutes played here. Shelbourne have been on top in possession, yet UCD have had the best chance though Kerrigan.

  • 17'

    UCD have an excellent chance. McCarthy spills a ball in the Shelbourne penalty area and after a little head tennis, Liam Kerrigan just couldn't direct it goalwards

  • 15'

    Sam Todd takes too long on the ball, is closed down, loses possession and pulls his man back.

  • 12'

    A good chance for Harvey O'Brien from a free-kick as he heads into the side netting.

  • 10'

    Shelbourne have been on top during the first ten minutes of this game so far.

  • 5'

    Shane Farrell strikes over the bar as he finds a pocket of space 25 yeards out.

  • 4'

    Opportunites for Shelbourne as they hit a free-kick over the bar

  • 2'

    There are a number of interesting side stories tonight, as a number of players have played for both teams.

  • 1'

    And We kick off in Belfield

  • Welcome to coverage of UCD v Shelbourne tonight.


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender 15'
8Mark Dignam 12 Defender
25Evan Weir Defender
17Dara Keane 9 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
27Sean Brennan 14 Midfielder
2Michael Gallagher Defender
4Harry McEvoy Defender
5Luke Boore Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop 17 Forward
12Adam Lennon 8 Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell 27 Forward
15Adam Verdon Midfielder
16Carl Williams Goalkeeper
19Adam Farrell Midfielder


55Jack McCarthy Goalkeeper
2Michael Barker Defender 16'
16John Ross Wilson Defender
15Maxim Kouogan Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
10Ryan Brennan Midfielder
18Dayle Rooney Midfielder
14Brian McManus Midfielder
9Michael O’Connor 7 Forward 37'
32Kameron Ledwidge Forward
17Shane Farrell Forward
11Yousef Mahdy Forward
30Alex Nolan Midfielder
29Cathal Byrne Goalkeeper
7Eric Molloy 9 Forward
19Gavin Molloy Midfielder

Past Meetings

(1st Round)
2 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Shelbourne

(Series 9)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v University College Dublin AFC


UCD Bowl
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