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One Dublin University Wins, Not Dublin University!

UCD AFC broke down a stubborn Trinity side.UCD_v_Trinity_24_09_11


UCD AFC welcomed Trinity to Belfield on Saturday afternoon and 90 minutes later recorded their first win of the season. Following on from last week's 1-1 draw with Leixlip, UCD were determined to put in another good performance and gain bragging rights over their University rivals. This Leinster Senior League Saturday Major 1A Division match was settled by a Philip Byrne goal in a match that was dominated from start to finish by the Belfield students.


UCD began the game confidently passing the ball out from the back as Trinity sat back and looked to hit UCD on the break. The congested midfield made it difficult for UCD's central pairing of Jack Lehane and David Campion to influence the game. UCD's possession continued as the first half developed but Trinity stuck stubbornly to their mantra of containment without offering anything in attack.


UCD looked to have broken the deadlock when Michael Whelan swapped wings, exchanged passes with Robbie Keogh and advanced on the Trinity box. Whelan's low cross was turned into the Trinity net by perennial fox in the box Philip Byrne but the referee ruled his effort out for offside.


The second half provided more of the same as UCD continued to press in an attempt to open the scoring. Jack Lehane was replaced at half time by Sean Geoghegan who brought even more quality to the Belfield Students' side. Still the away side continued to frustrate. UCD stuck to their task and eventually it came good.


Cormac O'Brolchain played a ball into the feet of Michael Whelan who turned and drove at the Trinity defence. He slipped a ball to the feet of newly introduced Alan Sutton, who in turn fed Philip Byrne. Byrne steadied himself before dispatching a low shot into the back of the net.


It was just what UCD had deserved for all their possession and attempts to win the game. Trinity tried to up their game towards the end of the match but the UCD defence stood firm and the three points were UCD's.


UCD AFC: Barber, Keogh, Bourke, C O'Brolchain, Molumby, Muldowney (Ogunfowora), Lehane (Geoghegan), Campion, Whelan, Byrne, B O'Brolcahain (Sutton)