Date Time League Season
9 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Debutant Caffrey snatches UCD win

A late-late goal from UCD debutant Evan Caffrey ended their losing run and compelled Wexford to another defeat as the Students picked up the three points late on at the UCD Bowl.

Jack Moylan got the visitors off to the perfect start with a shock lead, but Colm Whelan equalised from the penalty spot and Caffrey snatched a late winner to give the home side the full complement of the victory.

Ian Ryan’s game plan to frustrate his former employers came into effect from the kick-off as his side took the game to the hosts.

Jack Doherty went close for Wexford as he latched onto a cross that came into the area but it was at the last second cleared by Michael Gallagher at the vital moment. They did get their just rewards for their high press when Wexford took the lead as a cross sent into the area saw Moylan on hand to head it over Lorcan Healy to take the lead.

UCD responded with chances of their own as Sam Brennan's tame effort was saved by Corcoran before the Wexford custodian was called into action for a different reason.

The hosts were awarded a penalty after Colm Whelan was fouled in the area and the Students top goalscorer added goal number ten of the season to his tally as he despatched the penalty with ease. UCD nearly went ahead within 90 seconds of the equaliser as Eric Weir picked up the ball and unleashed a fantastic effort that cannoned off the Wexford goals' crossbar.

A slow burning second half ensued, but the best of the opening exchanges was when the ball was sent into the back post and Wexford’s Karl Fitzsimons struck it the first time but his half volley went over the bar.

Jack Doherty's effort from a free-kick just went wide as their intent to frustrate the home side continued. UCD on the counter-attack were toothless at times as the Wexford defence dug into averting any danger. Whelan looked to double his tally as he got the first real sight on goal in the second half for UCD as he broke free of the visitors defence but he hit his effort over.

UCD took the lead and won the game in the 93rd minute as Whelan sent in a deft pass to debutant Caffery who slotted it home to take the win in what can only be described as a dream debut.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: A late-late goal for UCD ended their losing run and compelled Wexford to another defeat as UCD picked up the three points late on at the UCD Bowl. Jack Moylan got the visitors off to the perfect start with a shock lead but Colm Whelan equalised from the penalty spot and Evan Caffrey on his UCD debut snatched a late winner to give the home side the full complement of the win.

  • 90'

    AND UCD SNATCH IT! Colm Whelan with a deft pass to debutant Evan Caffery who slots it home and take the lead.

  • 84'

    James Carroll and Jack Connolly come on in a double substitution.

  • 84'

    Jack Doherty and Karl Fitzsimons come off for Wexford.

  • 80'

    This has not been the case of the forwards, this has been a case for the excellent defences of both sides. Half chances for both sides have been dealt with excellently and it will take something special to break the deadlock once more.

  • 74'

    Colm Whlean gets the first real sight on goal for UCD as he broke free of the defence but he hits his effort over the bar.

  • 65'

    A very well struck free-kick on the edge of the area that just whistles past the post.

  • 62'

    The ball is sent into the back post and Karl Fitzsimons strikes first time but his half volley goes over the bar.

  • 56'

    Big shouts for a penalty here in the UCD Bowl for Wexford however it is waved away.

  • 53'

    For a late challenge on the dangerous Jack Doherty and Weir is booked, Wexford is pressing high once again and have a free kick in a dangerous area.

  • 48'

    For a handball... on the ground, Manahan gets a yellow card and it's a free-kick to UCD.

  • 46'

    Farrell comes on to replace him.

  • 46'

    Gallagher comes off for the second half.

  • 46'

    We are back underway and there is a change in the UCD line up.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: A half that had some good opportunities for both sides and has been entertaining so far. Jack Moylan gave the away side the lead but Colm Whelan's penalty saw UCD equalise and finish the game stronger. Wexford now has two players on yellow cards as frustrations boiled over at times as the half neared its end. More to come from this one in the second half.

  • 45'

    Doyle's resulting free-kick is sent into the area and the bounce could have caused some issues but it goes wide.

  • 45'

    It's been a frustrating period for the away side and Fox's foul on Kerrigan sees the referee despatch the yellow card for the player.

  • 41'

    For his protests to a free-kick Fitzgerald gets a yellow card.

  • 38'

    While there hasn't been much goalmouth action the past ten minutes UCD has grown in stature in this game and look the stronger side. Wexford have defended well and Corcoran has been very alert in the away sides goal.

  • 28'

    Wexford's Jack Moylan hits a very good free kick on the edge of the area that was low and could have caught Healy off guard but it was well saved and then cleared by Weir for UCD.

  • 24'

    OFF THE CROSSBAR! Weir picks up a ball and unleashes a fantastic effort that cannons off the Wexford goals' crossbar. In the space of ninety seconds of equalising UCD could have been ahead.

  • 23'

    Colm Whelan despatches the penalty and we are level here at the UCD Bowl, he sends Corcoran the wrong way.

  • 23'

    Penalty to UCD, Colm Whelan is taken down in the area and the referee makes not any hesitation to point to the spot.

  • 19'

    Sam Brennan beats his marker and cuts inside but his right-footed effort while was low it had no pace on it and is well saved by Corcoran in the Wexford goal.

  • 18'

    Another great opportunity for Wexford as another cross from the right but it was cut out by Evan Osam for a corner at the vital time.

  • 8'

    A cross into the area and Jack Moylan is on hand to head it over Lorcan Healy and the bottom team in the league take the lead at UCD and it's nothing more than they deserve!

  • 5'

    A free-kick sent into the UCD area is cleared at the back post, Wexford has been very impressive in the opening periods as they look to cause a bit of a shock here this evening.

  • 1'

    Nearly a dream start for Wexford as Jack Doherty looking to latch onto a cross into the area but it was cleared by Michael Gallagher. Doherty is down injured at present.

  • 1'

    We are underway at the UCD Bowl, Wexford straight onto the attack.

  • We are just about to start here, Wexford in their traditional black shirt and UCD in blue.

  • Conditions at the UCD Bowl look perfect for tonight's game. It's 16c but there is a chance of rain as the game progresses.

  • We are awaiting news from UCD and as soon as we do we will update and let you know.

  • Team news from Wexford: There is one change from last week starting eleven with Kevin McEvoy is in place of the injured Cian Kelly. There is a new signing in Thomas Considine who is on the bench, as is Donal Porter from our U19 panel.

  • Good Evening from Final Whistle HQ, Ciaran Callan here to take you through tonights action as UCD take on Wexford in the UCD Bowl.


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher 14 Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
10Colm Whelan Forward 23'
17Dara Keane 9 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
22Sam Todd Defender
25Evan Weir 8 Defender
27Sean Brennan 30 Midfielder
16Carl Williams Goalkeeper
4Harry McEvoy Defender
8Mark Dignam 25 Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop 17 Forward
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell 2 Forward
15Adam Verdon Midfielder
19Adam Farrell Midfielder
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
30Evan Caffrey 27 Forward 90'

Wexford FC

18Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
4Paul Cleary 24 Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
8Karl Manahan Forward 48'
9Karl Fitzsimons 5 Defender
10Jack Doherty 6 Midfielder
11Paul Fox Midfielder
15Kevin McEvoy Defender
17Kyle Robinson Forward
23Jack Moylan 19 Midfielder 8'
29Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender 41'
5James Carroll 9 Defender
6Jack Connolly 10 Midfielder
19Evan Farrell 23 Forward
20Daniel Dobbin Defender
21Harry Groome Midfielder
22Sean Martin Goalkeeper
24Anthony Dolan 4 Midfielder
28Donal Porter Defender
2Thomas Considine Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 6)
0 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v University College Dublin AFC

(Series 10)
8 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
UCD Bowl

University College Dublin AFC v Wexford FC

(Series 1)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v University College Dublin AFC


UCD Bowl
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Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.