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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Belhout on target as Students bounce back

Galway United 0

Published 10/05/2011 | 05:00

UCD left their seven-goal drubbing at the hands of Derry City last Friday firmly behind them, as they easily disposed of a struggling Galway United side at the Belfield Bowl last night to register their third home success on the trot.

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UCD were firmly in control early on, but the only chance they had to show for their efforts was an opening-minute free-kick from Paul Corry, which was parried away by Galway custodian Greg Fleming.

They almost paid the ultimate price on 24 minutes when a defensive mix-up by Yael Haro and David O'Connor presented Stephen Walsh with a free run on goal, but Walsh dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post.

UCD took the lead on 34 minutes when Dean Marshall dispatched a penalty after Fleming had dragged down the onrushing Samir Belhout, and they doubled their lead on 38 minutes when Darren Meenan powerfully headed home a Marshall delivery from the left.

Two goals to the good heading into the second period, UCD continued to dominate after the resumption. Though Steve Feeney went close with a header from a corner on 64 minutes, the game was put beyond any doubt when the elusive Belhout finished from close in after an inch-perfect cross from the right wing by Meenan.

The win ensured that Martin Russell's side opened up a nine-point gap between themselves and second-bottom Galway, who were on the receiving end of a sixth straight league defeat.

UCD -- Barron; O'Conor, Haro, O'Connor, Ledwith; Marshall, Corry, Creevy (Russell 14), Meenan; Rusk (Kavanagh 86), Belhout (Doyle 78).

Galway United -- Fleming; Shaun Kelly, Sinott, Feeney (Curran 70), Eduardo (Gartland 18); Ryan, Sean Kelly, G Kelly, Moore (Keogh 56), Walsh; Murphy.

REF -- P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

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