FR
Date: noon Feb. 21, 2021
Venue: The UCD Bowl
2 - 1
FT

Paul Doyle 78' -
Scored: 78'


Liam Kerrigan 88' -
Scored: 88'


Scored: 60'
- Rob Manley 60'


Friendly report: UCD 2 - 1 Longford Town

Sun, Feb 21 2021

Action from UCD's victory over Longford Town this afternoon. Credit: Martin Doherty

Andrew Dempsey reports from the UCD Bowl

Liam Kerrigan’s late winner gave UCD a win on their opening game of their pre-season preparations over Premier Division Longford Town.

Town forward Rob Manley gave the visitors the lead on the hour mark but their advantage was wiped out with twelve minutes to play thanks to a leveller from Paul Doyle.

It was then in the 88th minute when the Students completed their comeback win as Kerrigan slotted home while one-one with Luke Dennison.

The Students came into the game just a day after they unveiled the signings of Sam Todd, Donal Higgins, Adam Lennon and Sean Brennan ahead of the 2021 season.

Brennan, of course, was formerly of Longford for half of the 2019 season. He made seven competitive appearances for De Town under then-manager Neale Fenn.

Longford on the other hand came back to the venue that brought them so much play-off joy last term with six new signings – the most recent of which being former Student Conor Davis.

While Davis did not start the game for Daire Doyle’s charges, it was his striking teammate Aaron Dobbs who did – and he went close to giving the visitors the lead.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne forward got on the end of a Karl Chambers cross across the face of the goal, but UCD keeper Carl Williams turned the shot away with his feet.

And Town went close moments later through the lively Aaron McCabe – but the Cavan native saw his shot saved by Williams after latching onto a loose ball.

However, in a half of few real openings for the hosts – they went close through the left foot of Evan Weir.

The teenage full-back saw his shot curl away from goal from outside the penalty area as the side’s went in level at the break.

Both teams changed their sides in the second-half, and it was the Students who went closest early doors through Liam Kerrigan.

The former Sligo winger cut inside and unleashed a curling effort that crashed off the top of Luke Dennison’s crossbar to earn his side a corner.

However, just eight minutes later, Longford took the lead through last season’s play-off hero Rob Manley.

Manley profited on a mistake from the UCD back-line and Lorcan Healy to slot home into an empty net from just outside the penalty area.

As Longford continued to press and probe in the minutes after their opener, they were pegged back with just over ten minutes to play.

Students captain Paul Doyle cut inside and slotted the ball home past Town keeper Dennison to level the game in the 78th minute.

And it was to get even better for UCD in the 88th minute as Kerrigan made sure of the win for the hosts.

The Sligo native latched onto a great ball from former Athlone Town playmaker Adam Lennon to score while one-on-one with Dennison in the Town goal.

The American shot-stopper initially saved the first effort by Kerrigan, but the winger was on hand to score the rebound to give Andy Myler’s charges a late win, and some retribution of sorts for their play-off defeat against Longford last season.

UCD: Carl Williams(Lorcan Healy 46); Evan Weir (Sam Todd 46), Evan Osam, Harry McEvoy (Harvey O'Brien 46), Michael Gallagher (Evan Farrell 46), Luke Boore (Evan Osam 46); Jack Keaney (Adam Verdon 46), Donal Higgins (Paul Doyle 46), Sean Brennan (Ciaran Behan, 46) Eoin Farrell (Adam Lennon 46), Sean Brennan (Mark Dignam 46); Colm Whelan (Liam Kerrigan 46).

Longford Town: Lee Steacy (Luke Dennison 46); Aaron Robinson (Joseph Manley 46), Aaron McNally (Shane Elworthy 16 (TBC, 76)), Michael McDonnell (Patrick Kirk 46), Joe Gorman (Aaron Bolger 46); Ben Lynch (Dean Zambra 46), Aodh Dervin (Matthew O'Brien 46, (Aodh Dervin, TBC)), Karl Chambers (Dylan Grimes 46), Callum Thompson (Sam Verdon 46); Aaron McCabe (Conor Davis 46), Aaron Dobbs (Rob Manley 46).

Referee: Robert Dowling.

Attendance: 0.

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Liam Kerrigan (UCD).


UCD
Carl Williams 16
Goalkeeper 46'
46Subbed Off: Lorcan Healy 46'
Evan Weir 25
46'
46Subbed Off: Sam Todd 46'
Defender
Evan Osam 3
46Subbed On: 46'
Defender
Harry McEvoy 4
46'
46Subbed Off: Harvey O'Brien 46'
Defender
Michael Gallagher 2
46'
46Subbed Off: Evan Farrell 46'
Defender
Luke Boore 5
46'
46Subbed Off: Evan Osam 46'
Defender
Jack Keaney 6
46'
46Subbed Off: Adam Verdon 46'
Midfielder
Donal Higgins 18
46'
46Subbed Off: Adam Farrell 46'
Midfielder
Eoin Farrell 14
46'
46Subbed Off: Adam Lennon 46'
Midfielder
Sean Brennan 27
46'
46Subbed Off: Mark Dignam 46'
Midfielder
Colm Whelan 10
46'
46Subbed Off: Liam Kerrigan 46'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Verdon 15
46'
46Subbed On: Jack Keaney 46'
Midfield
Sam Todd 22
46'
46Subbed On: Evan Weir 46'
Defender
Harvey O'Brien 24
46'
46Subbed On: Harry McEvoy 46'
Unknown
Adam Lennon 12
46'
46Subbed On: Eoin Farrell 46'
Midfield
Liam Kerrigan 7
46'
46Subbed On: Colm Whelan 46'
Scored: 88'
Midfield
Lorcan Healy 1
46'
46Subbed On: Carl Williams 46'
Goalkeeper
Evan Farrell 23
46'
46Subbed On: Michael Gallagher 46'
Defender
Adam Farrell
46'
46Subbed On: Donal Higgins 46'
Midfield
Paul Doyle 21
Scored: 78'
Midfield
Mark Dignam 8
46'
46Subbed On: Sean Brennan 46'
Midfield
Ciaran Behan 11
Defender
Longford Town
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper 46'
46Subbed Off: Luke Dennison 46'
4 Aaron Robinson
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Joseph Manley 46'
21 Aaron McNally
Defender 16'
16Subbed Off: Shane Elworthy 16'
5 Michael McDonnell
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Patrick Kirk 46'
32 Joe Gorman
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Aaron Bolger 46'
Ben Lynch
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Dean Zambra 46'
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Matthew O'Brien 46'
19 Karl Chambers
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Dylan Grimes 46'
11 Callum Thompson
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Sam Verdon 46'
15 Aaron McCabe
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Conor Davis 46'
9 Aaron Dobbs
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Rob Manley 46'

Substitutes
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Aodh Dervin 46'
22 Joseph Manley
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Aaron Robinson 46'
8 Rob Manley
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Aaron Dobbs 46'
Scored: 60'
3 Patrick Kirk
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Michael McDonnell 46'
7 Dylan Grimes
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Karl Chambers 46'
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender 16'
16Subbed On: Aaron McNally 16'
18 Luke Dennison
Goalkeeper 46'
46Subbed On: Lee Steacy 46'
25 Conor Davis
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Aaron McCabe 46'
14 Aaron Bolger
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Joe Gorman 46'
10 Sam Verdon
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Callum Thompson 46'
Booked: 77'
6 Dean Zambra
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Ben Lynch 46'