UCD make the trip across the city on Sunday to take on Bohemians at Dalymount Park, kick off 3pm.
Last time out, the Students were once again left to rue their bad luck and missed opportunities as they were defeated 1-0 by Derry City. Martin Russell’s men dominated possession of the ball but squandered several chances to get something from the game.
UCD head into Sunday’s clash at the foot of the Airtricity League table but are within touching distance of Dundalk and Bray Wanderers. Speaking after last week’s game, Russell spoke of the disappointment of not getting anything from the game despite the performance.
“We tried hard to get that equaliser but just didn’t find it. We’re disappointed with not getting any points again but it’s hard to argue with the young players when they’ve put so much effort into the game.” He told ucdsoccer.com
Back in April, Bohemians came out 2-1 winners at the UCD Bowl despite Graham Rusk’s second half penalty. However, Aaron Callaghan’s side were in European action on Thursday and the Students will be looking to take advantage of any tired bodies on Sunday afternoon.
UCD have been boosted by the timely return of striker David McMillan this week. The 23 year old has returned from a brief spell in Australia with FC Olympic and is set to make his comeback at Dalymount Park.
McMillan returns to the Students after a successful spell that saw him play his part in the 2009 First Division Championship winning team and the team that retained Premier Division status in 2010.
The arrival of the former St.Pats forward is a massive boost for Russell and his squad considering the squad has been down to its bare bones in recent weeks due to injuries.
“Dave McMillan’s clearance has come through, great to have a player of his quality back in the fold. Dave is one of the players that has come through the system here and I am sure that he will add to what we have” Russell added
Goal keeper Ger Barron remains side-lined with a toe injury while top scorer Graham Rusk won’t return to action for another few weeks at least- he has a troublesome knee. Cillian Morrison (ankle), Sean Russell (back) and Chris Mulhall (groin) will all miss the game.
Looking ahead to the game, the UCD boss is confident his squad can turn performances into results and as a result climb the league table. “We should have got more from the Derry game but again when you take the positives from the game we keep creating chances and it is no surprise that these lads are regularly being looked at by teams here and across the water. This group of players has a fantastic commitment to the game and also to the off the field studies which only proves that UCD is the best place for young players to be. The path these players are following is the right one for any young player in Ireland and though some people may ridicule it we will continue to do what is right.”
“Bohemians have assembled a squad that are achieving some good results but we have belief in our own group of players and again if we play to our capabilities we can achieve a positive result on Sunday.” He concluded.