TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN…….. 2
The double act of Dara Keane and Yoyo Mahdy were on target hitting a goal apiece in both half’s to give UCD a 4-2 win over Trinity College in their Rustlers Premier North fixture at College Park.
But the hard working hosts didn’t make it easy for the Belfield side and they showed real spirit to come from behind twice in the opening half and deservedly pull level at 2-2 by the break.
Trinity continued to pose a threat and although they did well to stay in contention for a period in the second half it was UCD who finished the stronger and Mahdy and Keane struck again to grab two further goals to clinch the win.
Diarmuid McNally’s side have now picked up full points from their opening two outings in a bid to regain the Premier title and are now set for a top of the table clash with unbeaten IT Sligo at Belfield next Tuesday.
While Trinity who managed to survived relegation last season are still seeking their first points having already gone down narrowly at Maynooth on the opening day.
The goals came thick and fast in an exciting first half with Keane sweeping home the UCD opener early on from a pin point Liam Kerrigan cross.
Trinity were quickly back on terms after a swift counter attack that saw Derry O’Donovan beat Conor Kearns with his second attempt from close in.
James Woods then struck a close range free just outside Kearns post and James Kelly was denied a strike on goal by Conor Gleeson’s fine block as the home side went in search of a second goal.
But it was UCD who got on the score sheet again when Mahdy linked up with Kerrigan and drifted past the Trinity defence to coolly steer a low shot past‘keeper Daniel Grace.
That lead didn’t last too long as Trinity were back on terms by the break with skipper Jason Boateng availing of a defensive mix up to beat Kearns.
Kelly and Niall Barr went close for Trinity in early second half attacks while at the other end Mahdy saw his header go just over and Grace did well to get down and block Darragh Corcoran’s shot.
Gradually UCD took control and Mahdy had them in front again with 20 minutes remaining when he ran on to Kearns long clearance and squeezed the ball in from a very narrow angle.
The impressive Keane then wrapped up the win seven minutes later showing excellent skill and persistence to go past a static Trinity defence who then somehow or other allowed him to walk the ball unchallenged into the net.
UCD boss McNally summed up the game saying
”It was a job well done, we were pushed all the way particularly in the first half but we were patient, kept our shape and in the end some excellent finishing got us through what is always a difficult fixture on the tight College Park pitch”.
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN: Daniel Grace; Brian Foley, Darragh McGee, Luuk Brinkman, Dylan Connolly; Jason Boateng, Brandon McCann; Derry O’Donovan, Niall Barr, James Woods; James Kelly.
Sub: Peter Healy (for Kelly 60 mins), Killian Doyle, Niall Doolin, Sean Holland, Conor O’Brien, Brian Lynch.
UCD: Conor Kearns; Darragh Corcoran, Evan Farrell, Michael Costello, Conor Gleeson; Jack Keaney, Cian Ryan; Liam Kerrigan, Dara Keane, Richie O’Farrell; Yoyo Mahdy.
Subs: Tomas O’Connor (for Costello 77 mins), Ben Hanrahan (for Mahdy 84 mins), Liam Ryan, Aaron McGrath, Luke Hannigan, Andrew Djhoos, Lorcan Healy.
Referee: Frank Bartley. Assistants: Christy Lawrence, Paddy Hughes.