DCU find second wind
DCU 0-18 UCD 1-9
DCU denied UCD an O'Byrne Cup semi-final spot after an impressive second-half display secured a six-point win at Belfield yesterday.
The visitors looked likely to suffer their third straight reverse when trailing at the break despite playing with the elements in the first half. Central to their victory was the performance of goalkeeper Aaron Farrelly, who made two outstanding saves in the first half to keep his team in the hunt.
Farrelly was powerless to prevent UCD from finding the net through Eoin Lowry in the 24th minute, with the Laois attacker showing a calm head after a powerful surge down the middle from the impressive Barry Dan O'Sullivan.
O'Sullivan had already shown his value with two superb points and it's fair to say that the black card issued to him on the half-hour mark deprived the hosts of their most influential performer.
Trailing by 1-5 to 0-7 at the interval, DCU seized the initiative in the second half with James Mealiff a dominant presence. Shane Carthy was another to show well as the contest evolved and points from Niall Murphy, Ryan Burns and Mealiff handed DCU an advantage they never looked likely to yield.
Scorers - DCU: N Murphy 0-6 (4f), J Mealiff, S Carthy (1f), M Plunkett, R Burns 0-2 each; P Durcan, C Mulligan, Enda Smith, D Mannix 0-1 each. UCD: E Lowry 1-2 (2f), B O'Sullivan, L Moran (1f) 0-2 each; A McDonnell, E Wallace, C Nolan 0-1 each.
DCU - A Farrelly; D Ward, D O'Neill, S Lavin; B Kerr, J Mealiff, P Durcan; S O'Brien, S Carthy; C Mulligan, Enda Smith, M Plunkett; R Burns, N Murphy, E O'Connor. Subs: Eoin Smith for Ward (24); T Galligan for O'Brien (25); D Mannix for O'Connor (h-t); T Lahiff for Durcan (55); C Boylan for O'Neill (60); E Smyth for Murphy; B Cawley for Kerr (both 69).
UCD - C Honan; A Hassett, M Fitzsimons, N McInerney; S O'Dea, S Coen, P Fagan; B O'Sullivan, B Ó Seanachain; A McDonnell, C Basquel, L Kelly; T Hayes, R Cleary, E Lowry. Subs: R McDaid for Fitzsimons (18); L Casey for O'Sullivan (31, BC); S Mullooly for O'Dea; D Maguire for McInerney; L Moran for McDonnell; G Farrell for Lowry; E Wallace for Hayes (all h-t); S Meade for Farrell (50, BC); C Nolan for Coen (55).
Ref - S Murphy (Louth)