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Connolly Byrnes Pegasus at the Stake

UCD AFC put three goals past Pegasus in the Leinster Senior League Saturday Major 1A Division.



UCD AFC's Leinster Senior League Saturday Major 1A team were hammered 4-0 by Kilnamanagh in the week leading up to the game with Pegasus and were determined to put things right. Philip Byrne and Darragh Connolly were employed in attack together for the first time in their UCD careers. Pegasus were caught cold as their relationship hotted up.


The game took some time to settle into a rhythm as both teams looked sort on confidence and it was clear that recent results had taken their toll. Pegasus were determined to attack down the left hand side and looked ready to take the lead but a combination of intervention from the UCD back four and sloppy finishing left the scores even.


Jack Lehane and Ryan McErlane were beginning to assert their dominance in the centre of the field and looked to bring Tyrone McNelis into the game as quickly as possible. His quick feet brought him past his marker on several occasions and invariably he was fouled. Sean Geoghegan was causing trouble on the left hand side and one of his forays lead to a free kick that brought UCD their first goal.


Paul Curtin swung a ball in on top of the Pegasus number 1, who spilled the ball in front of Darragh Connolly.Connolly ignored the urge to see how far past the goal he could hit the ball and smashed the ball into the net instead.Connolly was keen to prove that old habits can in fact die.


Philip Byrne was the first to congratulate him but minutes later the opposite was the case. Byrne found himself one on one with the keeper, he moved the ball to the side where Connolly was waiting. Perhaps distracted by his presence Byrne blazed his effort over the bar. Connolly's impression of a giggling schoolgirl did not go down well.


The second half saw UCD gain greater control of possession and continue to use their wingmen to great effect. Ryan McErlane burst into the box on the right hand side and picked out Byrne who slotted the ball home with ease.


UCD's new strike partnership seems likely to blossom as a civil partnership as Connolly fed Byrne for UCD's third. A chipped ball over the top from Connolly found Byrne in acres of space and he once again finished with aplomb from 16 yards out.


UCD continued to impress with their passing football as the game wore on but could not add another goal to their already impressive tally. As it was Philip Byrne and Darragh Connolly had done enough to ensure their performances earned UCD all three points.


UCD AFC: Coffey, Condon, Bourke, O'Neill, Curtin (Molumby), McNelis, McErlane (Sargeant), Lehane, Geoghegan, Byrne, Connolly