First Division round-up: UCD break Kerry hearts with late win as Treaty United dismiss Bray Wanderers

An unlikely brace from defender Eanna Clancy helped UCD claim a dramatic win at home against Kerry to keep the Students slim title hopes alive.

The Sky Blues remain nine points behind league leaders Cork City but they could have been 11 in arrears had Clancy’s injury-time strike not found the net. 

Former Sligo Rovers defender Clancy opened the scoring for Willie O’Connor’s side in the first-half with a 29th minute opener. 

But his goal was cancelled out just nine minutes later when Ryan Kelliher equalised for Conor McCarthy’s Kingdom. 

UCD had chances to win the game prior to Clancy’s injury-time winner but they missed them with Danu Kinsella Bishop’s spot-kick being their best chance.

And with time running out, a fine set-piece routine caught out Kerry with Clancy pouncing. 

Leaders City however cruised to a 2-0 success over basement side Longford Town at Turner’s Cross. 

A double from Conor Drinan proved to be enough for the Leesiders as they snapped a three-game winless run. But they turned in an unconvincing performance as they struggled to gel in attack yet again.  

Yet, it was more of the same for the visitors - playing well in spells while also being guilty of poor lapses in concentration for both goals. 

Meanwhile, Treaty United picked up their second win in three games after seeing off Bray Wanderers at home. 

Former Seagulls striker Yoyo Mahdy opened the scoring for Tommy Barrett’s side just past the half hour mark. 

And Robbie Lynch then sealed the deal early on in the second half when he found the net. 

Elsewhere, Cobh Ramblers continued to be Finn Harps’ bogey team as they defeated the Donegal team for the third time this season to boost their playoff ambitions.

Goals from Liam Kervick and David Bosnjak, the latter deep into injury time, earned Cobh the three points to close the gap to mid-table Harps.