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Tallaght Stadium | Sun 21 July - KO: 4pm

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Galway United 2-2 UCD

By Philip Bourke

UCD made the trip back to Terryland Park for the first time since winning the Harding Cup Freshman Trophy in early February starting a sequence of results that ended the University Competition with all four cups in the UCD trophy cabinet.
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League of Ireland fantasy football launched

The Airtricity League of Ireland has launched its own online Fantasy Football competition, starting from next weekend's games.

You can register and pick your team on the league website - http://airtricity.fantasyleague.com/Index.aspx. Pick your 11 players. There's a maximum of two players per club - so you can't have all of UCD's resolute 2010 defence! - but no budget restrictions. There's a separate UCD league as well for local bragging rights. Entry is free, so pick a team and have fun!
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Galway United vs UCD

Don’t look for Andy Boyle on Facebook. The 19year old UCD player does his talking on the pitch. But Boyle, ever present at the heart of the Students’ defence for the first thirteen Airtricity Premier games this season, will be missing for the trip to Galway on Friday.

Boyle will be in Ukraine with the Irish Under 19 International squad competing in the elite stage of the UEFA championship.

“It’s great for the player,” enthuses his manager Martin Russell, “He’s taken the huge leap from the First Division into the Premier completely in his stride to become recognised as one of the best young defenders in the domestic game. It’s an honour for the club too.”

Boyle’s absence seems likely to give a starting opportunity for Michael Leahy, who has impressed when coming on as a substitute, but Russell has several options including switching Brian Shortall back to a central defensive role and bringing the exciting Ciaran Nagle back into his accustomed left back position.

Martin Russell’s only injury doubt concerns forward David McMillan who is due to have a groin strain assessed later in the week. He will be able to count on the services of midfielder Greg Bolger who played for the Under 23 International side against the full international development squad on Tuesday.
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FAI Ford Cup Thrid Round Draw

UCD have been drawn against Drogheda United in the third round of the FAI Ford Cup. The game will be played in Hunky Dory park in Drogheda on the weekend of the 6th June
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UCD 1 - 2 Shamrock Rovers

Corry 14 Chambers 8, Twigg 85

Airtricity League, Premier Division
Friday 14 May 2010

By Brian de Salvo

They came from all corners, from the group of Germans who arrived at 5.30pm to the Development Officer from Maltese club Hibernians who rang me from within the stadium having retrieved my mobile number from his wife in Moscow. But most of them came wearing green as Shamrock Rovers fans swelled the gate of over fourteen hundred, the biggest at the Bowl this season. They were rewarded with a fast moving encounter that ebbed and flowed and left with three points thanks to a late goal from Gary Twigg.

Twigg had scored in the EASports Cup tie between these clubs four days earlier, registering the winning goal in the ninth minute. This time Rovers opened their account a minute earlier but it was midfielder James Chambers who obliged. The visiting fans and manager Michael O’Neill were vocal in their disapproval of some of referee Declan Hanney’s decisions during the game but he was on the mark here, bringing the play back following Bolger’s foul on Bradley when no advantage to the Hoops followed his attempt to keep the game moving. Chambers’ exquisite 25 yard free curled round the Students wall and past the outstretched left hand of Brennan.

It had been a bright start for Rovers with Murphy and Dennehy combining well on the left flank but UCD equalised just six minutes later. Kavanagh gifted the ball, KIlduff pounced to send Paul Corry in and his shot deflected off the unfortunate Kavanagh to give Mannus in the Shamrock Rovers goal no chance.

Dennehy was one of three Rovers changes from Monday’s game. He came in for O’Connor with Bradley and Turner, who passed a fitness test, replacing Rice and Bayly. UCD’s side was transformed as manager Russell restored his first choice squad with only keeper Brennan and Brian Shortall starting in both the week’s matches. Shortall, high profile throughout, blocking, tackling, chasing, almost got a point UCD may think they deserved in the final minutes of added time but his long range drive whistled just over the bar.

Following the equaliser, the home side took the initiative with Bolger going close before Wilson set off on a speedy run that took him past two defenders. It was left to Rovers skipper Dan Murray to avert disaster. Then it was Kilduff’s turn to be thwarted by Murray. But he got a head to the resulting corner, Students’ skipper Evan McMillan headed that for goal, forcing a save from Mannus. The keeper was soon in action again, tipping Kilduff’s header from Wilson’s cross over. And some frenzied activity in the Rovers goalmouth saw Chambers and then Murphy head over their own bar to relieve the pressure. At the other end Brennan had to look sharp to snatch Dennehy’s canny cross off Twigg’s toe.

But after the second half restart it was Rovers’ turn to turn the screw. Seven minutes in to the second period Brennan was forced to dive to parry Chambers’ shot, the loose ball dropping tantalisingly just behind Dennehy in front of goal. And on 65 minutes Brennan made a brilliant reaction save to divert Turner’s close range header over.

But there was nothing the young keeper could do about Twigg’s winner in the eighty fifth minute, the striker taking advantage of Dessie Baker’s flicked header on to crack the ball into the net. It was Twigg’s sixth goal in eight games. He was anonymous for most of this match but showed how a real predator operates when he finally got an opportunity.

UCD: Billy Brennan; Sean Harding, Evan McMillan, Andy Boyle, Brian Shortall; Paul Corry, Greg Bolger, Chris Mulhall; Dwayne Wilson (Shane Fitzgerald 72), Ciaran Kilduff (Robbie Creevy 72), David McMillan.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Alan Mannus; Pat Flynn, Craig Sives, Dan Murray, Danny Murphy; Paddy Kavanagh (Sean O’Connor 61), Stephen Bradley, James Chambers, Chris Turner (Dessie Baker 67), Billy Dennehy (Thomas Stewart 77).

Referee: Declan Hanney.

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