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The Harte and Timmons Show

James Timmons and Kieran Harte dominated proceedings as UCD ran out eventual winners.UCD_v_Broadford_27_11_11


UCD AFC put last week's 4-0 defeat behind them as they climbed up the Leinster Senior League Senior 1 Division. Broadford Rovers were the opposition in Belfield on Sunday morning and they gave the home side a scare when they took a second half lead but the Students rallied and eventually ran out 3-1 winners, thanks to goals from Kieran Harte, an own goal and Tyrone McNelis.


UCD settled into the game quickly and enforced their attacking style on the game from the first whistle. Broadford, languishing at the bottom of the table, found the early going tough and had their keeper to thank for ensuring the scores remained level after the early exchanges.


The best chances of the first half fell to midfield dynamo, James Timmons. His boundless energy found him clear of the defence and with only the keeper to beat on two occasions but the keeper twice came out on top. A through ball firstly found Timmons with a great chance but he somehoe managed to only muster a tame shot and the score remained level. Minutes later Timmons was at it again, bringing the best out of the visiting cutodian on this occasion. A Tyrone McNelis shot was blocked and the ball fell to Timmons. He smashed it goalwards but he was again denied.


UCD were attaching from all angles with Brian O'Reilly and Paul Curtin involving themselves in UCD's forward momentum at every opportunity. Tyrone McNelis and Michael Whelan were benefitting greatly from UCD's attacking momentum but just as it looked likely UCD would break the deadlock the wrong option was chosen or their goalward attempts were thwarted.


The second half saw UCD become carelss in possession and allow their opposition more time on the ball and the opportunity to creat chances of their own. The Students did, however, muster a couple of threats themselves with Brian O'Brolchain and McNelis going close.


Disaster struck midway through the second half as Broadford took a surprise lead. A quick free kick caught the UCD backline out and Steve Dillon's desperate challenge was deemed a foul and the referee pointed to the spot. Former Shelbourne player David Tyrell stepped up and sent McGroarty the wrong way.


UCD roared back to life following this set back. Almost straight away they were level. Sean buckley played a perfect ball to the feet of Brian O'Brolchain and his trickery drew a foul from the opposing defender and the referee once again pointed to the spot. UCD's penalty king, Kieran Harte, placed the ball past the Broadford keeper and UCD were back on a equal footing.


UCD were flying now and unlike in the first half, things were starting to fall in their favour. The Students took the lead through an own goal from a Michael Whelan cross. The attack was sprung from midfield as Timmons and Harte played a neat one-two before the ball fell to Whelan. His cross was turned into his own net by the defender and UCD looked certain to have claimed the three points.


The game was over as a contest when Harte dominated midfield before setting up another attack. The energetic UCD man left two Broadford men reeling as he burst through their attempted tackles claiming the ball both times. Harte fed Timmons who advanced before setting up Tyrone McNelis for a thumping effort.


UCD's latest three points moves them up to sixth in the LSL table.


UCD AFC: McGroarty, O'Reilly, Dillon, C O'Brolchain, Curtin, Harte, Timmons, Buckley, Whelan (Lynagh),  B O'Brolchain (Campion), McNelis