UCD went to the top of the U19 Elite Division with this win 4-2 win over Cobh Ramblers
UCD AFC U19s made it five wins in a row in the U19 Elite Division on Sunday thanks to a double from the in from Darren O’Donoghue as well as goals from Ayman Ben Mohamed and Sean Coyne.
UCD should have been ahead after ten seconds, with O’Donoghue through on goal straight from tip but he shot straight at Cobh goalkeeper Shane Hallahan.
Cobh’s direct approach caused problems for the UCD defence in the opening minutes and they created a couple of chances, hitting the post after two minutes and then the crossbar.
Then the visitors took the lead from a set piece and the goal had been coming.
UCD then settled down and we the much better team in the last 20 minutes of the first half.
Moments of brilliance change games and Darren O’Donoghue’s equaliser did just that. He dropped into midfield, turned and smashed a left footed shot into the top corner from all of 30 yards to get his side back on level terms and make it 1-1.
He then went from scorer to provider when his perfect pass set Ben Mohamed free and he swept the ball past Hallahan left footed to make it 2-1 at half time.
UCD made it 3-1 with O’Donoghue again getting the goal but it was all about the cross from Captain Colm Crowe. The pace was on the ball and ‘Dodser’ just had to guide it to the net, which he did to make it 3-1.
Just as UCD were beginning to look comfortable, Cobh made it 3-2. Goalkeeper Andy Murphy came for a corner but the Cobh player got there first to head into the net. Murphy had made an excellent save in the first half so will be forgiven for this minor misjudgement.
UCD had made three changes when Sean Coyne picked up an injury, but he had to stay on and was sent to play up front for the remaining few minutes.
It proved to be an accidental master stroke as he grabbed his side’s fourth, finishing after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box before collapsing in a heap under his team mates.
UCD’s win sent them top of the table after Shamrock Rovers drew 2-2 in Salthill Devon. UCD sit on top one point ahead of Rovers with 15 points from six games but there’s a long way to go yet.
Next up is a home game against 4th placed Waterford United on Saturday (Sep 29) at 2pm in the UCD Bowl before games against Shels and Cork City in October.
UCD team - Andy Murphy, Ryan Malone, Sean Coyne, Kilian Cantwell, Steven Byrne, Adam Whelan (Liam Traynor, 75), Ayman Ben Mohamed, Adam Zayed (Dean Hurley HT then Matt Collins on for Dean Hurley 65), Colm Crowe, Darren O’Donoghue, Robbie Slater.