UCD AFC went down to Bohemians following a 1-0 defeat.
UCD AFC's under 19s campaign took another set back in their quest for glory on Saturday. The Students took on Bohemians in the latest round of fixtures. The game in the UCD Bowl saw UCD dominate possession for the majority of the game and were unfortunate to not take even a point as they went down 1-0 to a well organised Bohemians side.
The game began with UCD taking control of the ball for long periods but failing to break down their opposition. The Bohemians side looked to hit UCD on the break as they harried The Students across the field. UCD did have the ball in the back of the net when Ross King arrived late on the end of a cross and finished expertly. Unfortunately for the Students he was adjudged to have been in an offside position when the ball was crossed in.
UCD set up again and looked to regain their composure and control of the game, instead they were hit with a sucker punch. One of Bohemians' rare ventures into the UCD half lead to a corner kick. Slack marking in the home box allowed Pat Seary to head home unchallenged and give the visiting side a surprise lead, well deserved in relation to their strong off the ball work, however.
The game continued apace as both sides looked to gain a foothold in midfield. As the half came to a close it was clear that both midfield units were equally matched and the score remained in favour of the visitors as the first half came to a close.
Safe in the knowledge that to win the game they only needed to defend their first half lead, Bohemians began to sit back as the second half wore on. They invited The Students to break them down as much as UCD tried the final ball began to let them down.
UCD did have the ball in the net as Chris Lyons sprung free to finish expertly but again the referee ruled it out for offside. Ross King found himself in a similar goalscoring opportunity to the first half ocasion when he was ruled offside. This time with the linesman's flag remaining by his side, King fluffed his lines and with that UCD's hopes of gaining something from the game all but disappeared.
UCD's under 19s team will take stock over the Christmas break and look forward to the second half of this maiden season safe in the knowledge that but for a couple of dropped points they would be challenging towards the top of the National League table. There is the second half of the season to put that right.
UCD AFC: Corbett, Collins, Douglas, Boccarossa, Goulding, Fitzgibbon (Murray), Slater, Mournihan (Kavanagh), Clarke, Lyons, King