Whelan Makes His Marc

UCD AFC clinched all three points thanks to a 3-1 win over Glenville on Sunday.lsl



UCD AFC's Leinster Senior League Sunday Senior 1 A side traveled to Glenville on Sundady morning and left with all three points following a convincing 3-1 demolition of one of their traditional rivals.


UCD began the game in flying fashion bursting out of the traps to command possession and leave the home team depending on creating chances from long balls into the UCD box. Eoin Roche and Marc Whelan found joy on the flanks of an expansive pitch. It was a combination of both wingers that lead to UCD making the breakthrough. Eoin Roche picked up a Ronan Lynagh pass and swung a ball into the box which the Glenville keeper failed to deal with, Whelan arrived late to pick up the rebound but was crudely brought to earth by the Glenville number one and the referee pointed to the spot. Whelan dusted himself down and placed the spot kick past the keeper.


Ronan Lynagh was enjoying the space he was being afforded in the midfield and as his confidence grew his touches became more exquisite. Lynagh picked up the ball in midfield and split the defence with a deft back heel that Marc Whelan raced onto before finishing to make it 2-0 to the Students.


2-0 at half time and UCD well deserved their lead but it was clear that they were going to have to battle to preserve their advantage. Glenville brought on some more height up front and stuck to their attempts to dominate in the air, McFlynn and Dillon were not about to lie down and stood up to every challenge. Set pieces were the biggest threat for Glenville as the half wore on but none seriously troubled McGroarty in the UCD net.


The second half burst into life when the as UCD went 3-0 in front. Eoin Roche was Glenville's chief tormentor all day and was on the end of a crunching challenge that was only punished with a yellow card, that the offender was taken off soon afterwards for his own good was testament to the effectiveness of Roche on the left hand side. Niall Daly gained possession and drove at the Glens defence before releasing Roche to take the ball forward and fire into the bottom corner of the net. Silence on the Glenville side of the pitch was music to the ears of UCD's latest marksman.


Glenville pulled a goal back late on through a poorly defended corner but it was not enough to take the three points from UCD, as the Student's defence, spurred on by the excellent Brian McFlynn, stood firm


UCD AFC: McGroarty, O'Reilly, Lehane, McFlynn, Dillon, Bourke, Moran, Lynagh, Roche, Whelan (McNelis), Daly