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UCD v St Patrick's Athletic

With mid fielder Robbie Creevy coming through a late substitute appearance in Friday's nil-nil draw at Dalymount, Martin Russell expects to have a full squad available for the visit of St Patrick's Athletic tomorrow evening. Exhaustion after a demanding match against the champions may be a factor but his young charges are extremely fit and will be buoyed up by an excellent performance. Keeper Billy Brennan has kept seven clean sheets in the ten Airtricity Leagues played to date and only Pats have conceded less goals overall The Students, however, lost 3-0 at Richmond Park in March and only bottom club Bray Wanderers have scored as few goals, seven in all. With Pats looking to resume winning ways it looks set to be an interesting encounter.
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BOHEMIANS (0) 0 UCD (0) 0 Dalymount, Friday 30 April 2010 By Brian de Salvo Midfielder Glen Cronin was the first to go, sacrificed on the hour for the strike potential of Sean Madden. Ten minutes later, Killian Brennan, deadly at dead ball duties, arrived. He was followed, as the clock ticked towards the last fifteen minutes, by another striker, Aaron Greene. Bohs started with a 4-5-1 formation, went to 4-4-2 and ended up 4-3-3. It made no difference. UCD, with Evan McMillan and Andy Boyle magnificent in central defence, absorbed all the pressure like seasoned campaigners at this level. Not that it was one-way traffic. The corner count, 7-6 in the Students favour, shows UCD's contribution to the game as a whole. A draw was a just outcome. UCD started David McMillan for Dwayne Wilson up front. Otherwise it was the side that had defeated Drogheda whilst Bohs, coming from a 2-0 win over Sporting Fingal, had most of their big guns on display. On a fine surface, refreshed by a short rain storm before kick off, both teams played neat passing football in midfield without achieving much penetration. Most of the glimpses at goal came from errors, Rossiter's misplaced pass after only three minutes gifting possession to the speedy David McMillan who set Ciaran Kilduff in. It was Kilduff again in the 21st minute, cutting in from the left to curl a shot just past Barry Murphy's far post. Jason Byrne, by contrast, was for the most part in Andy Boyle's pocket and the young defender showed commendable calmness in dealing with a double threat from Byrne and Cronin. It seems churlish to criticize a keeper who has achieved seven clean sheets in eleven games but Billy Brennan caused a few UCD hearts to flutter in the first half. He flapped at a couple of crosses, only managed to flatten his own man Kilduff when beaten to another and came for yet another without getting near the ball. But his goal remained intact and the young keeper redeemed himself with a laudable reaction save just before the interval when he parried Mark Quigley's fierce drive at point blank range. It was Quigley who had set up Jason Byrne for a rare goal chance four minutes earlier but the big striker's drive flashed past the post. Most of Bohs initiative came down the flanks where Sean Harding and Brian Shortall battled valiantly, Shortall showing prodigious leaping to win headers. Quigley blasted the ball against Harding and appealed for a penalty but referee Alan Kelly, well placed as ever, was understandably unmoved. With the Dalymount natives beginning to grow restless, Bohs redoubled their efforts as the second half began and a fine drive by Quigley scraped Brennan's up right. Then the keeper stopped a close range header from Anto Murphy from Keegan's cross from the left. Ruairdhri Higgins cleverly flicked the ball over Boyle but fired high. Anto Murphy came closer with a header from a free kick from Higgins and Pat Fenlon started to look to the bench as Bohs initial momentum abated. UCD, resplendent in an all white strip, began to look the team more likely. A fine passing movement instigated by Bolger and involving McMahon and Mulhall ended with David McMillan heading over. Then a superb through ball from Bolger fed the energetic David McMillan in the Bohs penalty area. His pass across the six yard box brought a desperate clearance from Keegan just over his own crossbar. But McMillan wasn't finished, rising to head narrowly wide from the resulting corner. There was a sense of desperation about the home side's efforts now. A great defensive header from Evan McMillan, a rescue tackle from Sean Harding, now it's Boyle now it's Shortall ' UCD defenders were winning battle honours as the final minutes ticked away. A free kick on the edge of the box, with Killian Brennan poised, spelt danger but the UCD wall absorbed the threat and when Jason Byrne completely missed his kick when attempting a difficult volley with just a minute remaining the writing was on the wall. BOHEMIANS: Barry Murphy; Brian Shelley, Ken Oman, Jason McGuinness, Mark Rossiter; Anto Murphy (Killia Brennan 68), Paul Keegan, Glen Cronin (Paddy Madden 59), Ruairdhri Higgins, Mark Quigley (Aaron Greene 73), Jason Byrne. UCD: Billy Brennan; Sean Harding, Evan McMillan, Andy Boyle, Brian Shortall; Peter McMahon (Robbie Creevy), Greg Bolger, Paul Corry; Chris Mulhall, Ciaran Kilduff, David McMillan (Dwayne Wilson 84). Referee: Alan Kelly.
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UCD head for Dalymount to-morrow buoyed by a comfortable 2-0 win over Drogheda and the knowledge that they ran Bohs close in their opening home fixture before succumbing 2-1 to two goals within a minute. The Students have few injury worries, midfielder Robbie Creevy will join the squad if he comes through a fitness test later this week and defender Brian Shortall is a slight doubt after picking up a knock on Monday. Otherwise it's business as usual for the boys in Blue. 'We never underestimate the opposition,' says assistant manager Diamuid McNally, 'Especially when they have the pedigree and track record of Bohs! But we're up for it and looking forward to the occasion.'
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They are all cup finals from here on in', says Paul O'Conor...or was it Jack Doyle...Maybe it was Niall Daly, either way the sentiment rings through, UCD need to win all their remaining fixtures if they are to gain promotion for Leinster Senior League Division Sunday Senior 1B. Following a win against Tymon Celtic last time out UCD were determined to send second placed Sacred Heart the same way. A hard fought game ended with a 1-0 score line in favour of UCD. The first half was an even affair with UCD and Sacred Heart sharing possession, but the UCD students created more chances. UCD had a goal ruled out when Lehane moved down the wing and fired a ball across the box to find James Timmons arriving late who prodded the ball past the keeper. Cue scenes of jubilation as relief was broken and UCD thought about how best to defend their lead against one of the most dangerous teams in the league, unfortunately it was not to be, the lineswoman had raised her flag for offside and the stalemate was restored. Paul O'Conor then picked the ball up in the midfield, sauntered forward past two challenges before firing a shot at the keeper that was too hot to handle, O'Conor followed up his first shot with a tame volley into the Sacred Heart custodian's midriff. UCD were starting to find their feet as their passing game and movement from Niall Daly left Sacred Heart struggling to keep up. Daly relished every battle in the air having been grounded for over a week as a result of the infamous volcano. The second half started with more of the same. Both teams attacked with purpose but time and again the defence stood firm. The UCD back four was in miserly mood and were not prepared to give anything away for cheap, Ben Dunne they were not! UCD brought on Samir Belhout and Michael Whelan to terrorise the tiring Sacred Heart defence and it worked as UCD poured forward and Sacred Heart looked to hold out for a draw. The Belfield Students were frustrated time and again and looked to have blown it when the ball fell to the Sacred Heart winger, who steadied himself, before blazing the ball over the bar. This spurred UCD on to one last effort to get something from the game. Michael Whelan attacked down the left, pulled the ball back to Dan Lehane, who cut inside and found Paul O'Conor whose snap shot on the edge of the box flew into the bottom corner. Scenes of jubilation engulfed the UCD subs and management as UCD won the first of a series of cliché cup finals. UCD: Coffey, O'Reilly, Doyle, C O'Brochlain, Lehane, Moran, Timmons, Lynagh, Timmons, O'Conor, Daly, Belhout Subs: McNelis for Belhout, Whelan for Daly
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UCD (1) 2 DROGHEDA UNITED (0) 0 Bolger pen 41, Kilduff 46 Monday 26 April 2010 By BRIAN de SALVO Top of the list for unforced errors in this match is your correspondent who managed to place Paul Corry on the menu of an Indian restaurant and re-christened Sean Harding Paul, a blunder picked up by most of the national press. Apologies to all concerned and I will dwell in appropriate detail on Mr Harding's contribution to UCD's second goal in due course. But, speaking of unforced errors, more relevant to the result was Joe Kendrick's rash tackle on Chris Mulhall that gifted the Students a penalty four minutes before the break. Corry set it up with a fine through ball, Kilduff flicked it on and Mulhall was too quick for Kendrick. Greg Bolger, a mature presence throughout, scored from the spot. Four minutes from half time is the ideal time to get the vital first goal, particularly since Drogheda had enjoyed a marginal advantage up to this point. Their rookie striker Colm Smith had caught Evan McMillan out early on and Brendan McGill had the ball in the net from John Flood's cross after seven minutes but was clearly offside. Twenty minutes later Duffy's cross from the right provided Michael Daly with an opportunity and his shot whipped past Brennan's left post. It was far from one way traffic, however, with Peter McMahon shooting over from Mulhall's assist after just twelve minutes and Mulhall doing likewise after Corry's run just after the half hour. But, prior to the spot kick, neither keeper was seriously troubled. After it there were chances at either end. McMahon's cute lob beat Murphy but nestled on the top of his net a minute later and UCD went in ahead courtesy of a fine near post save by Billy Brennan from Brian King's header. Martin Russell had included both Harding and Shortall at the expense of Ciaran Nangle, presumably opting for experience and physical presence. He also started Dwayne Wilson who had come on as a substitute against Sporting Fingal and the tall striker obliged by forcing a corner off Jamie Harris in the first minute. But it was in the first minute of the second period that the home side secured victory. A deft lobbed pass from the right by Sean Harding was perfectly judged to give Kilduff a difficult opportunity which he took with aplomb, precisely directing his header to loop away from Murphy into the corner of his net. Notice that this excellent piece of football was played with the ball in the air; the recovering Bowl surface is still some way from providing the level playing field for the beautiful game manager Russell espouses. After that it was relatively plain sailing for the Blues although Billy Brennan raised the pulse rate when he flapped at a corner from the right. But after Paul Corry had come close just before the hour even the ambulance crew had seen enough, departing to deal with a casualty on campus. Manager Russell, who had adjusted his formation to play Wilson as a conventional striker, reverted to his favoured 4-3-3 when he brought David McMillan from the bench to replace him on sixty five minutes. Mulhall and Bolger celebrated the approach of victory by providing a chance for Kilduff and smart refereeing by Declan Hanney allowed fine play between Mulhall and Kilduff to continue uninterrupted before the official returned to the scene of the crime to book Jamie Duffy for trying to prevent it illegally. So, six clean sheets in nine games for Billy Brennan but only courtesy of Drogs striker John Flood. The UCD sweeper keeper dwelt over long with the ball at his feet and Flood nicked it only to shoot wide. Unforced errors? The rules of the goalkeepers' union prevent me from developing the theme with which I began this report. UCD: Billy Brennan; Sean Harding, Evan McMillan, Andy Boyle, Brian Shortall (Ciaran Nangle 55); Peter McMahon, Greg Bolger, Paul Corry; Chris Mulhall, Ciaran Kilduff, Dwayne Wilson (David McMillan 65). DROGHEDA UTD: Paul Murphy; Corie Tracey, Alan McNally, Jamie Harris, Joe Kendrick; Jamie Duffy, Brian King, Michael Daly, Brendan McGill (Ryan Brennan 78), John Flood; Colm Smith. Referee: Declan Hanney

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