Tallaght IT 1-3 UCD, Colleges and Universities Premier Division
UCD bounced back from last week’s disappointment against DCU with this comprehensive win over Tallaght IT on Tuesday afternoon.
Three goals in the opening 30 minutes gave Diarmuid McNally’s team a good start to the game, goals from Samir Belhout, Dave McMillan and Mick Leahy secured the 3-1 win.
The opener came in the 11st minute, a cross from Tyrone McNelis was swept into the net by Belhout to give his side the lead.
UCD’s second goal came just a minute afterwards, a good through ball from Barry McCabe found Dave McMillan. McMillan made an excellent run before slotting under the advancing ‘keeper to make it 2-0.
UCD were passing the ball well on the slick surface and the third goal game in the 29th minute.
Man of the Match Leahy broke forward and found Belhout and he returned the ball to Leahy on the corner of the box, he turned inside and hit a curler towards the top corner. The shot took a deflection off a defender and found its way into the net. 3-0.
The pitch began to cut up in the second half which didn’t suit UCD’s passing style and Tallaght IT got a goal back thanks to a long free kick, ‘keeper Niall Corbet lost sight of the ball in the sun and it ended up in the net.
UCD were under some pressure towards the end and Tallaght created a couple of half chances but UCD held out for the win.
Next week UCD take on DIT in Belfield at 2pm.
UCD team – Niall Corbet, Mark Langry, Mick Leahy, Tristan Dent, Niall Wright, Barry McCabe, Robbie Murray (Cormac Seun), Niall Hanley, Samir Belhout, Tyrone McNelis (Michael Whelan), McMillan.