First
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 11, 2021
Venue: The UCD Bowl
1 - 2
FT

Colm Whelan 65' -
Peno Scored: 65'


Scored: 50'
- Jake Hegarty 50'

Scored: 52'
- Jake Hegarty 52'


League Preview: UCD -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, Jun 11 2021

Pierce Phillips of Cobh Ramblers tackles Paul Doyle of UCD during the Students' 4-0 win at St Colman's Park on April 3rd, 2021. Credit: Steve Alfred

UCD

UCD will look to close the gap with league leaders Shelbourne as they welcome Cobh Ramblers to Belfield for the second game of the second round of fixtures (kick-off 7.45pm).

With the Reds facing a tough trip to Bray Wanderers, Andy Myler’s side will be hopeful a win will help them cut the five-point gap to the team at the top of the table.

The Students returned to winning ways in the final game before the summer break, ending a two-game winless streak, as they came from behind to beat Athlone Town 3-2 away.

An injury-time goal from Mark Dignam sealed a dramatic comeback for the Students, who had fallen behind inside the first quarter to goals from Dan McKenna and Shane Barnes.

Liam Kerrigan pulled a goal back before the break and Dara Keane levelled up early in the second to set up a tense finish.

UCD’s Paul Doyle and Athlone’s Tumelo Tiou saw red for second bookings late on, before wing-back Dignam settled the tie as the clock ticked into the red.

The Students faced the Ireland under-19s in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the week, while striker Colm Whelan spent the week with Ireland’s under-21s in Spain.

Defender Jack Keaney is back in contention after recovering from an injury sustained in the early weeks of the season, but Paul Doyle serves a one-match for his red card.

COBH RAMBLERS

Cobh Ramblers travel to Belfield on the back of one of their most significant results in recent years as they edged out county rivals Cork City 1-0 last time out.

Jake Hegarty’s goal just past the hour mark at St Colman’s Park gave the Rams their first league win over City since 1995.

The result saw Stuart Ashton’s side move up to eight points, just one behind their rivals, and five clear of Wexford at the foot of the table.

“We dug in, each and every man, and that’s what we have to do from here on in. We were dogged and we got the little bit of luck we needed,” Ashton told the club’s media “team.

“It’s given us that extra boost to push on and hopefully we take it into Friday. It’s not a game we’re taking lightly.

“If we don’t get anything here then the week before was a waste of time. We’ve talked about that during the week.

“There’s a bit more confidence around the place. The back five have their clean sheet, they can build on that.

“From day one we’ve showed what we can do, when we do that for 90 minutes we’re a force to be reckoned with.

“The game knowledge, game management is part of the game and we can’t ignore that. If we bring that into our game more, as we showed against Cork City, I think we can be where we want to be.“

Captain John Kavanagh remains out injured, while Stephen O’Leary and Pierce Phillips will also miss out alongside Caelin Rooney and Regix Madika.

Ciaran Griffin and Conor Drinan have both regained full fitness, however, while Cian Murphy will be assessed before kick-off.

Referee: Marc Lynch.

MATCH STATS

This is the second meeting between the sides this season after Cobh hosted the Students on the second day of the season.

On that occasion, a brace from Liam Kerrigan and one each from Jack Keaney and Colm Whelan saw Andy Myler’s side to a handsome 4-0 victory.

The Rams haven’t got the better of UCD since July of 2017, when a Darren Murphy goal saw the Cork side to a 1-0 win at St Colman’s Park.

BETTING

UCD 2/5; Draw 7/2; Cobh Ramblers 9/2.

PREDICTION

UCD 2 – 0 Cobh Ramblers

UCD

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Jack Keaney.

Suspended: Paul Doyle.

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: John Kavanagh, Stephen O’Leary, Pierce Phillips, Caelin Rooney and Regix Madika.

Doubtful: Cian Murphy.

Suspended: None.


UCD
Lorcan Healy 1
Goalkeeper
Sam Todd 22
Defender
Evan Osam 3
Defender
Harvey O'Brien 24
62'
62Subbed Off: Michael Gallagher 62'
Defender
Evan Weir 25
53'
53Subbed Off: Mark Dignam 53'
Midfielder
Adam Verdon 15
45'
45Subbed Off: Sean Brennan 45'
Midfielder
Dara Keane 17
62'
62Subbed Off: Adam Lennon 62'
Midfielder
Eoin Farrell 14
Midfielder
Colm Whelan 10
Peno Scored: 65'
Forward
Liam Kerrigan 7
Forward
Donal Higgins 18
62'
62Subbed Off: Danu Kinsella Bishop 62'
Forward

Substitutes
Carl Williams 16
Goalkeeper
Michael McHugh 30
Defender
Adam Lennon 12
62'
62Subbed On: Dara Keane 62'
Midfield
Danu Kinsella Bishop 9
62'
62Subbed On: Donal Higgins 62'
Forward
Michael Gallagher 2
62'
62Subbed On: Harvey O'Brien 62'
Defender
Adam Farrell
Midfield
Mark Dignam 8
53'
53Subbed On: Evan Weir 53'
Midfield
Sean Brennan 27
45'
45Subbed On: Adam Verdon 45'
Midfield
Ciaran Behan 11
Defender
Cobh Ramblers
1 Sean Barron
Goalkeeper
14 Dylan Walsh
Defender
5 Ben O'Riordan
Defender
19 James McCarthy
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: Pierce Phillips 90'
6 Charlie Lyons
Defender
15 David O'Leary
Midfielder
16 Darren Murphy
Midfielder
4 Lee Devitt Molloy
Midfielder
7 Ian Turner
Forward
10 Jake Hegarty
Forward
Scored: 50'
Scored: 52'
81'
81Subbed Off: Ciaran Griffin 81'
9 Killian Cooper
Forward

Substitutes
20 Kevin Williams
Defender
8 Pierce Phillips
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: James McCarthy 90'
24 Christopher O'Reilly
Midfield
4 Stephen O'Leary
Midfield
23 Ciaran Griffin
Forward 81'
81Subbed On: Jake Hegarty 81'
11 Conor Drinan
Defender
18 Martin Coughlan
Midfield
12 Nathan Coleman
Defender