UCD defence holds firm to thwart Fingal lofty designs
Sporting Fingal 0
UCD denied Sporting Fingal the chance to return to the top of Airtricity League after a real end-to-end battle that somehow failed to produce a goal despite a host of chances.
The Students twice failed to hit the target with decent chances as the first half progressed. David McMillan headed poorly wide in the 27th minute and Ciaran Kilduff pulled a shot across goal three minutes later.
Ger O'Brien might have punished the Students in the 33rd minute when he robbed winger David McMillan and broke into the penalty area, but his strike never troubled keeper Billy Brennan and the teams went in level at the break.
Brian Shortall showed real dynamism to burst through the visitors defence in the 53rd minute, but he produced a wild strike over the bar.
Another brave block two minutes later from Evan McMillan denied O'Neill after the striker played a clever one-two with O'Brien.
Fingal twice missed decent chances through Gary O'Neill and Eamon Zayed before O'Neill had an 80th minute 'goal' ruled out for offside.
Chris Mulhall missed a prime chance to steal it for the Students in the 85th minute when he fired over from close range.
UCD -- Brennan; Shortall, Boyle, E McMillan, Nangle, McMahon (Roche 91), Bolger, Corry, D McMillan (Wilson 77), Kilduff (Rusk 83), Mulhall.
SPORTING FINGAL -- Quigley; O'Brien, Maher, Browne, McFaul, Byrne, Finn, McFaul, Kirby (Williams 83), Zayed (Crowe 60), O'Neill.
Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin).