Sunday, 23rd April 2017
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UCD 0 - Waterford FC 2

A sparkling second half display by Waterford was good enough to win all three points for the Blues at the UCD Bowl on Friday night last. This was the second win in a row for the new look side and it was also the second week in succession that they kept a clean sheet. The goals were scored by Patrick McClean and the rising star Tom Smith, The team showed two changes from the side which had defeated Cabinteely three nil the previous Friday. Shane O'Connor and Garry Comerford came in for Jake Evans and the injured Mark O'Sullivan. Anthony McAlavey forced the first corner kick on two minutes that nearly yielded the breakthrough goal as Shane O’Connor’s delivery from the right broke to Patrick McClean at the near post but his cracking right-footed strike was superbly kept out by UCD keeper Niall Corbet. Kenny McEvoy had a strong penalty appeal turned down on nine minutes when he showed great skill out on the right side to control a ball from McClean but after it seemed that he was dragged down in the area by Jason McClelland, referee Adriano Reale waved away the attackers claims.

David McDaid carved out a half chance for himself on 16 minutes when he challenged with the advancing UCD keeper Niall Corbet to try get on the end of a long ball from Garry Comerford and after Corbet headed straight to the striker, he could only put the ball back into the hands of the netminder.

The home side had their first chance of the game from a free kick on 20 minutes when Jason McClelland stepped over a free kick 25 yards from goal on the right-side of the penalty area but his left-footed curling effort was just wide of Ian McLoughlin’s near post.

Cian Kavanagh tried his luck with a shot from 30 yards from goal three minutes later but his effort failed to trouble McLoughlin before Blues central defender Kenny Browne was yellow carded by referee Reale for a foul on Georgie Kelly on 28 minutes.

The Blues started the second half on the front foot with Dave Mulcahy setting up Kenny McEvoy down the right side on 50 minutes and after skipping past two players, his low cross was kept out by the hand of Niall Corbet with no Blues player coming in at the back post to get on the loose ball.

Tom Smith, who passed a late fitness test, showed his class in nearly producing the breakthrough goal four minutes later when the Swindon native took a pass from McEvoy and after getting into the penalty area, his effort was kept out by keeper Corbet.

A resurgent Waterford were rampant at this stage and it took a stunning save on the hour mark to deny David McDaid as he latched onto a brilliant ball from Kenny McEvoy and after getting past Liam Scales, his cracking effort was tipped over by Corbet.

From the resulting corner kick sixty seconds later, Shane O’Connor sent in a corner kick from the right that was punched up into the air by the home netminder and it was Patrick McClean who rose highest to head the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

Although the hosts forced three corner kicks in a row, they never really troubled Blues keeper Ian McLoughlin and with five minutes remaining on the clock, all three points were secured when David McDaid set up Tom Smith out on the left and he drilled a low shot to the corner of the net to cap off a man of the match display.

UCD: Niall Corbet, Daniel Tobin, Evan Osam, Liam Scales, Maxi Kouogun, Greg Sloggett, Robert Manley (Neil Farrugia `71), Gary O’Neill, Georgie Kelly, Cian Kavanagh (Daire O’Connor `71), Jason McClelland (Ben Hanrahan `80)

Waterford FC. Ian McLoughlin, Tom Smith (Robin Dempsey `90), Dave Mulcahy, Patrick McClean, Shane O’Connor, David McDaid (Dean Walsh `88), Kenny McEvoy (Dean O’Halloran `76), Sander Puri, Garry Comerford, Anthony McAlavey

Referee: Adriano Reale (Kildare) Assistants. Darren Carey and Oliver Moran.

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