Athlone miss chance to close the gap with UCD draw
UCD 1 Athlone Town 1
Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30
Athlone's hopes of Premier Division survival are still alive but Keith Long will feel his team should have got all three points at Belfield.
Conor Cannon's first goal for UCD set them on their way but John Mulroy's second-half equaliser keeps the gap at five points with eight games left.
UCD's opener in the ninth minute came courtesy of Conor Cannon. Winger Ayman Ben Mohamad robbed Dylan Hayes and fed Cannon, whose low shot found the net.
It could have been 2-2 at half-time, but Conor O'Donnell saved brilliantly from Sean Brennan and then Derek Doyle, while Robbie Benson's excellent run wasn't matched by the finish which would have doubled UCD's lead.
Athlone's equaliser came in the 63rd minute, a brilliantly worked goal which saw Mulroy finish from eight yards.
Both teams could have won it late on: first O'Donnell saved Ian Sweeney's low drive before Ben Mohamad's powerful shot smashed off the frame.
UCD: O'Donnell; Douglas, Ryan, Kavanagh, Matthews; Molloy (Crowe 46), Benson, Creevy, Ben Mohamad (Mulhal, 83); Belhout, Cannon (O'Halloran 85).
Athlone Town: Coulter; Hayes, Prendergast, D Brennan, Knight; S Brennan (Foley 64), Hughes, Dillon (Ebbe 92), Doyle; O'Brien; Mulroy (Sweeney 64).
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).