Action either side of the half decides the match

UCD came away from the South Dublin Derby victorious, after a flurry of action either side of the half time whistle decided the game.

Cabinteely had started the game well, looking well organised and disciplined at the back, and were proving very difficult for UCD to break down. UCD enjoyed lots of possession in the first half hour of the game but were limited to long range efforts. Cabo were looking solid at the back and it was hard to see a breakthrough for a UCD side that continued to probe for the opener.

When the opener did come however the floodgates opened. Cabo will be disappointed that the first goal was not flagged for offside, but Ryan Swan made the most of his good fortune and emphatically finished into the bottom left corner past the outstretched hands of Sean Hyland in the Cabinteely goal. Cabo’s protests fell on deaf ears and perhaps this was playing on their minds as in the next four minutes, two Cabinteely errors lead to a Swan completing his five minute hat-trick.

First Knight was caught in possession and then a misplaced pass from Finnegan was capitalised on for Swan to score his second and third respectively.

Cabinteely did grab one back before the half however through Shane O’Neill. O’Neill pounced on a loose ball in the box to bury the ball into the roof of the net. This is the second time O’Neill has scored for Cabo at The UCD Bowl, his first was the decider in Cabinteely’s win in the EA Sports Cup, which can be seen below.

The sides came out for the second half and the action quickly picked up where it had left off before half time. On the 46th minute Stephen Dunne was giving his marching orders, picking up a straight red card for a tackle. Langtry and Boyle both were lucky to just receive yellow cards for UCD for their retaliations with both appearing to raise their hands and striking Dunne.

It didn’t take long for UCD to make the numerical advantage count. They soon added two goals in the space of two minutes. Both goals came from Doyle down the left hand side. His cross was first turned in by Benson at the near post and a minute later he once again broke down the left hand flank, his cross this time was dropped in the net by Sean Hyland.

As the game went on UCD did eventually add a sixth, but the game as a contest was decided in the 15 minute spell either side of half time.

Cabo will now be looking at the game against Athlone this Friday night at Stradbrook and looking to bounce back in similar fashion to when they drew with league leaders Finn Harps following a disappointing result away to Wexford Youths.

UCD: Niall Corbet; Michael Langtry (Conor Cannon ’53), Mick Leahy, Ryan McLaughlin, Tomas Boyle (Maxi Kougoun ‘81); Chris Mulhall, Dylan Watts (Jack Watson ’70), Robbie Benson, Gary O’Neill, Jamie Doyle; Ryan Swan.

Subs not used: Conor Mackey, Sean Coyne, Adam Harney, Eoin Kirwan.

Booked: Langtry (47), Boyle (48)


Cabinteely: Sean Hyland; Aaron Brilly (Daniel Campbell ‘54), Josh Quinlivan (Jamie Broderick 82), Kevin Knight, Jamie McGlynn; Shane O’Neil, Gerard Pender, Stephen Dunne, John McKeown (Lloyd Cairns 84), Evan Finnegan; Stephen Hanley.

Subs not used: Ross Broderick, Bobinel Mazono, Conor Foley

Booked: Finnegan (24), McGlynn (42), O’Neill (75).

Sent off: Dunne (46)