Flood on mark for savvy Saints
UCD 0 ST PATRICK’S ATH 1
This was a decent game, all about UCD's enterprise and St Patrick's Athletic's experience.
Basement boys UCD were determined throughout a lively encounter, but they just didn't possess the Saints' savvy and that extra bit of guile proved the difference as Anto Flood's goal in first-half stoppage-time pocketed the spoils for Liam Buckley's charges.
The opening period followed a familiar pattern for these two teams. Both passed the ball carefully, but the lack of penetration and purpose in the final third was a worry.
For UCD, low on points and confidence, it is somewhat explainable considering their youthful squad, but the Saints have lofty ambitions. Flood was earnest leading the line, but he wasn't provided with sufficient service or support initially.
Flood kept plugging away, though, and was rewarded during a hectic close to the first half. UCD were reduced to 10 men in the 43rd minute when referee Tom Connolly dismissed James Kavanagh for a second yellow card following a foul on John Russell.
Then in stoppage-time Pat's hit the front when Conan Byrne crafted an opportunity for Flood, who rifled his shot home.
Russell, Killian Brennan and Jake Carroll all went close for Pat's after the restart, but Flood had landed the decisive blow.
UCD – McGinley; Matthews (Douglas 85), Boyle, O'Connor, Langtry (Walsh 46); Clarke (Benson 85), Kavanagh, Creevy, Burke, Russell; McMillan.
St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien, Browne, Carroll, Bermingham; Russell, Bolger, Brennan; Byrne (Keegan 75), Flood (Fagan 75), Forrester.
Ref – T Connolly (Dublin).