UCD returned to winning ways with a 6-0 win against CYM Terenure.
A flying start the the Leinster Senior League Saturday Major 1 A Division came to a grinding halt last week as Celbridge Town hit 4 unanswered goals past a shocked UCD. It was a different story against CYM Terenure as UCD returned to old ways firing 6 goals past a beleaguered CYM Terenure side.
UCD opened the scoring following a good move throught he centre of the park involving Ryan McErlane and Philip Byrne, resulting in a perfectly weighted ball to the waiting Colm Daly. It was Daly who delivered an inviting ball into the infamous corridor of uncertainty between defence and goalkeeper and arriving just on cue was Brian O'Brolchain to slam the ball past the stationary Terenure keeper.
Colm Daly grabbed another assist as his corner caused confusion in the defence and O'Brolchain was on hand to tuck the ball past the CYM's custodian doing his best impression of a wax work in Madame Tussauds. Two goals to the good early in the first half and with the UCD defence beginning to dominate the Terenure front two, CYM found themselves increasingly on the back foot as O'Toole and McErlane pressed hard in midfield. This work ethic was infectious and spread to Daly who's hard work paid off not long later.
Pressing the opposition left back he stole possession before driving forward. Head up, left foot strike, goal number three for the Students and cruise control was about to be engaged. Three goals to the good at half time and UCD had nearly put the bad memories of last week's outing to bed.
UCD began the second half on the back foot as Terenure decided to make a game of it, pressing the ball higher up the field and using it with more precision when they had it. Like a good sponge UCD soaked up the pressure and hit CYM on the break. Philip Byrne springing to life on the edge of the box with a neat turn before iring the ball into the back of the net past an increasingly frustrated keeper.
Ryan McErlane was reveling in his centre midfield role and showed his extensive range of passing late on in the second half, lofting a ball over the defence for Byrne to once again fire the ball into the net unopposed. McErlane's partner in crime in the centre midfield, Gary O'Toole, increased his new found rep as a box to box midfielder supporting Daniel Connolly on the edge of the box before receiving a return ball which left him with only the keeper to beat and inevitably five became six with little bother to O'Toole.
UCD AFC: Barber, Curtin, Rogers (Mollumby), Bourke (O'Neill), Dillon, O'Callaghan, Daly, McErlane, O'Toole, O'Brolchain (Connolly), Byrne