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Seven-up as Cork stay out in front with narrow victory over UCD

By JOHN HUDSON

UCD……………………  2    CORK CITY…….  3 

Table troppers Cork City made it seven straight wins to edge out UCD 3-2 at the South Dublln Football League All Weather pitch at Lucan.

Colin Healy’s side have been hitting a rich vein of form just at the right time of the season and are now comfortable leaders of the SSE Airtricity National Under 19 League South Division ahead of Shamrock Rovers, Waterford and Galway United with a place in next month’s knock out stages already sealed.

But a lively UCD pushed them all the way and Cork needed the help of a bizarre late winner to keep their unbeaten run going.

UCD have Head of Youth Development Albert Sugg now in charge after the previous boss Maciej Tarnogrodzki moved up to take over the Belfield first team following the departure of Collie O’Neil but unfortunately their squad has suffered in the past number of weeks with players been called up to the first team squad.

The Belfield side have failed to make the league knock out stages and no doubt Sugg will have them concentrate on doing well in the shield competition.

Ben O’Brien Whitmarsh had City in front on the half hour with a close range headed after Ricardo Dingana got the better of Isaac Akinsete and crossed from the left.

UCD had two golden opportunities to respond but on both occasions Danu Kinsella Bishop was denied.

Hugh Torfeld created the first one for the striker with a lovely through pass that Kinsella Bishop crashed off the post.

While late David Samson’s high cross into the Cork goalmouth was touched on by Kinsella Bishop but goalkeeper David Harrington got down well to make the save.

Samson had earlier fired an effort well over the bar after an impressive team move.

Kinsella Bishop finally hit the target with the equaliser ten minutes into the second half when he ran on to another Torfeld neat pass and held off the challenge of Tomas Collins to beat Harrington with a low finish.

Cork’s unbeaten run looked in danger midway into the half when Harrington was unable to keep out Samson’s fierce drive and UCD went ahead.

Goalkeeper Matthew Treanor did well to save from Dingano as Cork mounted a series of attacks forcing several quick corners.

From the fourth one central defender Jake O’Brien managed to get his head on Douwe Van Sinderen’s delivery and glance it home.

The Cork winner arrived in the closing minutes when Treanor seemed certain to gather a tame effort by Dingana but the UCD ‘keeper appeared to change his mind and attempt to kill the ball with his feet only to see it trickle past him into the net.

UCD did bounce back and Jimmy Carr pulled his last minute effort just past the far post with Harrington struggling to get across to it.

UCD: Matthew Treanor: Isaac Akinsete, Dan Mullen, Ryan O’Neill, Ciaran Behan; Adam Cleary, Hugh Torfeldt; Hugh O’Mahony, Billy Griffin, David Samson; Danu Kinsella Bishop. Subs: Ger O’Connor (for Torfeldt 65), Jimmy Carr (for Akinsete 70), Charlie Smith, Tom Murphy. 

CORK CITY: David Harrington; Josh Honohan, Jake O’Brien, Tomas Collins, Douwe Van Sinderen; Dale Holland, Rory Doyle; Adam Hunt, Darragh Crowley, Ricardo Dingana; Ben O’Brien Whitmarsh.
Subs: Shane O’Riordan (for Collins 75), Matty O’Reilly, Oran Daly, Callum Finnegan.     

Referee: Stephen Parnell Assistants: Darragh Keegan, Shane O’Brien.    

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