UCD AFC welomce Cork City to The Bowl tonight
UCD AFC host Cork City in the Airtricity League Premier Division tonight (Aug 17th)
The game has a 7.45pm kick off in The UCD Bowl.
Tomorrow night sees the start of the club’s final round of ten league fixtures, and Martin Russell and his team will be hoping for a repeat of the opening night of the season, when a Mark Langtry goal secured a 1-0 win for UCD.
In the reverse fixture in Cork, Tommy Dunne’s team won 4-2 thanks to a Davin O’Neill hat trick.
UCD go into the game on the back of their first away win of the season at Tolka Park on Friday. Cracking goals from Dave McMillan and Paul Corry secured a vital 2-1 win as UCD bid to beat the drop.
At one point the club were six points behind 10th placed Dundalk (when UCD were drawing 1-1 and Dundalk were beating Bray 1-0) but late goals in both games mean the gap is now down to two points.
Last 5 results:
July 15th Bohs 1 – 0 UCD
July 22nd UCD 1 – 1 St Pats
July 27th Drogheda 1 – 0 UCD
Aug 3rd UCD 0 – 2 Shamrock Rovers
Aug 10th Shelbourne 1 – 2 UCD
UCD are missing the injured goalkeeper John Kelly, while top scorer Graham Rusk, midfielders Chris Mulhall and Tom O’Halloran and strikers Cillian Morrison and Samir Belhout all miss out through injury.
Robbie Benson was suffering with flu but trained on Wednesday.
Midfielder Paul Corry is suspended due to the four yellow cards rule. He got the winner in Tolka last week, after being involved in a car crash on the way to the game and was then called into the Ireland U21 squad for Tuesday night’s UEFA Euro qualifier game with Turkey in Sligo. Paul was on the bench and didn’t feature in the 1-0 defeat. Newspapers rumours during the week suggested a move to England is getting ever nearer so he may have played his last game for the club.”
Some quotes from manager Martin Russell:
About last week’s win: “It was a great 3 points last week with two sublime finishes capping of a fine committed team performance.”
About Cork City: “Cork are proving hard to beat to all, but we received a boost last week that we are determined to build on it.
About Paul Corry: “I would like to congratulate Paul Corry on his inclusion to the U21 international squad, a personal reward for Paul’s fine performances and also for the club and its commitment to the development of its palyers.”