1 - 0

Colm Whelan 40' -
Peno Scored: 40'

League Report: UCD 1 - 0 Cork City

Sat, Oct 16 2021

Credit: Paul Dolan

Patrick O’Connor reports from the UCD Bowl

UCD recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Cork City in Belfield on Friday night following a very dominant first half performance but they did have to withstand a second half onslaught from City before claiming all three points.

The students are guaranteed a promotion play-off spot with two games still the play so their immediate ambitions have been realized. They will need to play well over the course of the full 90 minutes however if they are to negotiate the play -off series of games and deliver their next objective of playing in the Premier Division next season.

Cork City meanwhile will be at a loss to explain their first half performance as they were second best to UCD in all facets of play and can count themselves lucky not to be further behind at half time.

The triple substitutions made by Colin Healy at the break certainly had an impact as they were much improved in the second period without ever convincing that they were as a cohesive an outfit as UCD.

The game started fairly evenly with both sides funnelling a lot of their attacks down the right wing, Cian Bargary was doing well against Evan Osam without there being much end product while Liam Kerrigan was well marshalled by Ronan Hurley at the other end of the pitch.

The students gradually took control of the game however with Sean Brennan of UCD especially becoming the dominant figure in the midfield sector.

They had numerous free kicks and corners during their period of dominance but through a combination of wayward shooting and some resolute defending were unable to make the breakthrough.

Their sharpness finally paid off just before half time when they were awarded a penalty. Some hesitancy in the Cork defence allowed Brennan through on goal and goalkeeper David Harrington, as the last defender, took him down while tyring to divert the ball from his feet.

Referee Alan Patchell was in no doubt about the outcome as he pointed to the penalty spot immediately, UCD’s leading scorer Colm Whelan slotting home the free kick with confidence.

In truth UCD should have been further ahead at the break given their overall performance, the fact they it was only a single goal lead gave the visitors some chance of redeeming themselves in the second half.

City’s manager Colin Healy introduced Gordon Walker, Alec Byrne and Dylan McGlade on the resumption and these changes coupled with a more focussed approach meant that they were much improved in the second period.

Aaron Bolger became more prominent in midfield, Walker got forward a lot from his right back position and Cian Murphy worked tirelessly for an equaliser despite a fairly erratic service from his midfielders.

They did create a number of half chances with McGlade often the instigator of these but more often than not there was no end result and Lorcan Healy was not really tested during City’s period on top.

City introduced another striker in Darragh Crowley in the 70th minute, and while he also made some impact, they did not have the guile to create any more real chances from open play and were reliant on set pieces to try to force an equaliser.

City will be disappointed they are not finishing the season on a higher note, they now have five points out of a possible twelve in their last four outings and will be looking to put some gloss on the season when facing Galway Utd in Turners Cross on Oct 29th, their last match of the season.

UCD meanwhile seem in good health with a strong panel of players and a very cohesive approach on the pitch, they will now face into the play offs with a high degree of confidence.


UCD: Lorcan Healy (gk), Michael Gallagher, Sam Todd ©, Harvey O Brien, Evan Osam, Liam Kerrigan, Jack Keaney , Adam Verdon ( Dara Keane ,70), Sean Brennan, Colm Whelan, Evan Caffrey.

Subs not used: Carl Williams (gk); Eoin Farrell, Ciaran Behan, Luke Boore, Danu Kinsella Bishop, Adam Lennon, Lennon Gill, Matthew Scott.

Booked: Jack Keaney (73), Harvey O’ Brien (80).


Cork City: David Harrington (gk); Josh Honahan (Gordon Walker, 46) Ronan Hurley, Cian Coleman, Jonas Hakinnen, Barry Coffey, Gearoid Morrissey, Aaron Bolger, Cian Murphy, Cian Bargary, Sean Kennedy.

Subs not used: Mark McNulty (gk); Paul Hunt (gk); Steven Beattie, Dale Holland, Beineon O’Brien-Whitmarsh.

Booked: Barry Coffey (35)


Referee: Alan Patchell.

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Sean Brennan (UCD).

DOct. 29, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 UCD
WNov. 3, 2021
Treaty United 0 - 3 UCD
LNov. 7, 2021
UCD 1 - 2 Treaty United
WNov. 19, 2021
Bray 0 - 2 UCD
WNov. 26, 2021
Waterford 1 - 2 UCD
Lorcan Healy 1
Sam Todd 22
Evan Osam 3
Michael Gallagher 2
Adam Verdon 15
70Subbed Off: Dara Keane 70'
Harvey O'Brien 24
Booked: 80'
Liam Kerrigan 7
Jack Keaney 6
Booked: 73'
Sean Brennan 27
Colm Whelan 10
Peno Scored: 40'
Evan Caffrey

Carl Williams 16
Matthew Scott
Adam Lennon 12
Danu Kinsella Bishop 9
Dara Keane 17
70Subbed On: Adam Verdon 70'
Lennon Gill
Eoin Farrell 14
Luke Boore 5
Ciaran Behan 11
Cork City
DSept. 24, 2021
Treaty United 0 - 0 Cork
DOct. 1, 2021
Bray 0 - 0 Cork
WOct. 8, 2021
Cork 4 - 0 Wexford
LOct. 15, 2021
UCD 1 - 0 Cork
WOct. 29, 2021
Cork 3 - 0 Galway
13 David Harrington
14 Ronan Hurley
18 Josh Honohan
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Alec Byrne 46'
28 Jonas Hakkinen
6 GearĂ³id Morrissey ©
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Gordon Walker 46'
8 Cian Coleman
Barry Coffey
Booked: 35'
Aaron Bolger
31 Cian Bargary
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: Darragh Crowley 70'
24 Cian Murphy
Sean Kennedy
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Dylan McGlade 46'

25 Gordon Walker
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: GearĂ³id Morrissey 46'
9 Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh
1 Mark McNulty
7 Dylan McGlade
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Sean Kennedy 46'
20 Paul Hunt
15 Dale Holland
17 Darragh Crowley
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Cian Bargary 70'
16 Alec Byrne
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Josh Honohan 46'
10 Steven Beattie


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 2021

Venue: The UCD Bowl

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown