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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Keegan seals Galway victory

Jamie Moore

Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30

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Galway's Martin Colleely hold the ball from UCD's Thomas O'Halloran in their FAI Ford Cup second round game. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Galway's Martin Colleely hold the ball from UCD's Thomas O'Halloran in their FAI Ford Cup second round game. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
UCD's Gareth Matthews clears from a corner against Galway in the FAI Ford Cup second round game. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
UCD's Gareth Matthews clears from a corner against Galway in the FAI Ford Cup second round game. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
UCD's Barry McCabe battles for possession with Galway's Gary Shananan. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
UCD's Barry McCabe battles for possession with Galway's Gary Shananan. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

First Division Galway saw off Premier Division UCD at Belfield thanks to goals from Jason Molloy, Stephen Walsh and Jake Keegan.

UCD 1 Galway FC 3

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Tommy Dunne's team took a two-goal lead before Robbie Creevy's strike gave UCD hope of a comeback. Keegan ensured the victory with a third in added time.

UCD came into this clash with just one league win in 12 games, while Galway were looking to extend their run of seven games unbeaten.

Galway led after half an hour when Walsh's pass sent Molloy through, and he finished past the advancing Conor O'Donnell into the top corner.

The away team should have been out of sight before the break but Walsh was denied first by the crossbar and then by a post.

There was a touch of fortune about Galway's second. Keegan's cross deflected off Hughie Douglas into the path of Walsh, who buried it into the bottom corner after an hour.

UCD gave themselves hope with 20 minutes left when sub Robbie Creevy scrambled the ball into the net from two yards but Keegan's close-range finish sealed the win late on.

UCD – O'Donnell, Matthews, Douglas, Ryan, Langtry (Barker, 55), Mulhall (Wilson, 84), McCabe, Benson, O'Halloran (O'Halloran, 65), Burke, Belhout.

Galway FC – Gleeson, Owens, Conneely, Byrne, Horgan, Shanahan (Faherty, 84), Sinnott, Connolly, Molloy (O'Brien, 74), Walsh, Keegan (McDonagh, 92).

Referee – D McKeon (Dublin)

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