First
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 16, 2021
Venue: The UCD Bowl
4 - 1
FT

Colm Whelan 6' -
Scored: 6'


Colm Whelan 45' + 1' -
Scored: 45'


Colm Whelan 48' -
Scored: 48'


Donal Higgins 56' -
Scored: 56'


Scored: 52'
- Dean Casey 52'


League Report: UCD 4 – 1 Cabinteely

Fri, Apr 16 2021

UCD Goalkeeper, Lorcan Healy, in action during the game against Cabinteely Credit: Gerry Shanahan

Eoin Rosney reports from UCD Bowl

UCD continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 victory over local rivals Cabinteely at the UCD Bowl on Friday night.

Colm Whelan was the hero as his hattrick powered the homeside to victory. Dean Casey did reduce the deficit to two early in the second half, but Donal Higgins put the icing on the cake 56 minutes in when he slotted home to ensure UCD would get all three points.

In truth, the scoreline probably did not reflect the game which was an extremely open match, with both sides enjoying plenty of chances but ultimately it was the Student’s ability to take their chances which was the difference between the sides on the night. 

It was an interesting start to the game, with Cabinteely taking a stand against the FAI’s recent decision to award Galway United all three points after their postponed game last weekend, due to a Covid case in the Cabinteely camp. 

Cabinteely’s starting XI lined up in front of the stand at The Bowl, in a socially distanced line, wearing medical masks, stating that the decision was an ‘unjust decision’ and that they had been ‘penalised unfairly’ in a pre-written statement. 

UCD got their perfect start and were ahead after just four minutes. Cabinteely launched a quick counterattack but Lorcan Healy was quick off his line to intercept an overstretched ball.

His clearance was flicked on by Liam Kerrigan in the middle of the field over the Cabinteely defence and set Whelan one-on-one with Adam Hayden, and Whelan made no mistake in slotting the ball past the Cabinteely shot stopper. 

The visitors did have a chance of their own just a minute later, when Casey hit an audacious volley from outside the box, but it was comfortably gathered by Healy in the UCD goal. 

The Students mid-way through the half almost doubled their lead. Luke Boore’s cross from the left side was met by a towering Sam Todd header, but the latter was unable to beat the post as his looping header came back off and was subsequently cleared by a very relieved Cabinteely defence. 

Cabo settled well into the game after a shaky opening 25 minutes. Kieran Marty Waters forced Healy into action twice, both within a minute of each other.

The first, was a half volley from the edge of the area which was comfortably gathered by Healy and 30 seconds later, Waters beat Healy in the goal but failed to beat the post as the Cabinteely man’s finessed shot rebounded off the woodwork.  

While Cabinteely were the brighter side towards the end of the first half, it was the Students who doubled their lead right on the stroke of half time. Whelan again latched onto a long ball, and he made no mistake in slotting the ball past Hayden for a second time,. 

Cabinteely had a huge chance to pull one back one minute into the second half. A long Luke McWilliams free kick found Dan Blackbyrne at the back post, but his volleyed sailed just wide of Healy’s post.

Immediately after the Cabo chance, they were punished as Whelan got his hattrick. His right footed shoot was placed beautifully into the far corner and leaving the Cabinteely players wondering what may have been, had the ball gone in at the opposite end. 

53 minutes in and Cabinteely were handed a lifeline. Casey’s delicious free kick from just outside the area thundered into the top corner, giving Cabo a glimmer of hope early in the second half. 

However, three minutes later, UCD restored their three-goal lead. Whelan once again raced onto a long ball, darting towards goal. He created a three-on-two scenario and teed Donal Higgins up, who slotted home for UCD’s fourth of the night. 

With the game effectively over, chances dried up for the remainder of the game. There were some harmless opportunities at either end, the best chance coming Cabinteely’s way five minutes from time when substitute Conor Knight’s header was cleared off the line before Healy gathered and cleared his lines.

UCD: Lorcan Healy; Michael Gallagher (Michael McHugh 73), Luke Boore, Sam Todd; Eoin Farrell, Dara Keane (Sean Brennan 56) Paul Doyle, Evan Weir, Liam Kerrigan (Adam Lennon 84), Colm Whelan (Danu Kinsella Bishop 84) Donal Higgins (Mark Dignam 56) 

Subs not used: Carl Williams, Ciaran Behan, Adam Verdon, Harvey O’Brien. 

Booked: Paul Doyle (51), Evan Weir (76)

Cabinteely: Adam Hayden; Kieran Butler (Ben Hanrahan 60), Kevin Knight, Luke McWilliams; Dan Blackbyrne, Alex Aspil (Dean Watters 60) Zak O’Neill, Dean Casey (Niall Barnes, 60), Villius Labutis; Sean McDonald (Conor Knight 67), Kieran Marty Waters (Jem Campion 86). 

Subs not used: Ben Clarke, Luke Clucas, Joe Hyland, Jack O’Reilly. 

Booked: Dan Blackbyrne (43) Kevin Knight (45) Zak O’Neill (65) Villius Labutis (79). 

Referee: Oliver Moran

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Colm Whelan

 

 


UCD
Lorcan Healy 1
Goalkeeper
Evan Weir 25
Booked: 76'
Defender
Sam Todd 22
Defender
Michael Gallagher 2
73'
73Subbed Off: Michael McHugh 73'
Defender
Luke Boore 5
Defender
Liam Kerrigan 7
84'
84Subbed Off: Adam Lennon 84'
Midfielder
Dara Keane 17
57'
57Subbed Off: Sean Brennan 57'
Midfielder
Donal Higgins 18
Scored: 56'
57'
57Subbed Off: Mark Dignam 57'
Midfielder
Eoin Farrell 14
Midfielder
© Paul Doyle 21
Booked: 51'
Midfielder
Colm Whelan 10
Scored: 6'
Scored: 45'
Scored: 48'
84'
84Subbed Off: Danu Kinsella Bishop 84'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Verdon 15
Midfield
Harvey O'Brien 24
Unknown
Michael McHugh 30
73'
73Subbed On: Michael Gallagher 73'
Defender
Adam Lennon 12
84'
84Subbed On: Liam Kerrigan 84'
Midfield
Danu Kinsella Bishop 9
84'
84Subbed On: Colm Whelan 84'
Forward
Mark Dignam 8
57'
57Subbed On: Donal Higgins 57'
Midfield
Sean Brennan 27
57'
57Subbed On: Dara Keane 57'
Midfield
Ciaran Behan 11
Defender
Carl Williams 16
Goalkeeper
Cabinteely
1 Adam Hayden
Goalkeeper
30 Kieran Butler
Defender 59'
59Subbed Off: Ben Hanrahan 59'
2 Daniel Blackbyrne
Defender
Booked: 43'
6 Alex Aspil
Defender 59'
59Subbed Off: Deane Watters 59'
3 Kevin Knight
Defender
Booked: 45'
22 Dean Casey
Midfielder
Scored: 52'
59'
59Subbed Off: Niall Barnes 59'
16 Vilius Labutis
Midfielder
Booked: 79'
11 Sean McDonald
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: Conor Knight 67'
19 Luke McWilliams
Midfielder
10 Marty Waters
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: Jem Campion 87'
8 Zak O'Neill
Forward
Booked: 65'

Substitutes
23 Joe Hyland
Midfield
14 Ben Hanrahan
Forward 59'
59Subbed On: Kieran Butler 59'
9 Luke Clucas
Midfield
35 Ben Clarke
Goalkeeper
29 Jem Campion
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Marty Waters 87'
12 Niall Barnes
Midfield 59'
59Subbed On: Dean Casey 59'
18 Conor Knight
Midfield 67'
67Subbed On: Sean McDonald 67'
27 Jack O'Reilly
Defender
28 Deane Watters
Forward 59'
59Subbed On: Alex Aspil 59'