Thursday 19 April 2018

Kenny buoyed by bright start

ULTIMATELY, this encounter at the UCD Bowl was all about confidence. Stephen Kenny's well-organised Dundalk outfit are gaining belief and points, while the worried Students continue to suffer preventable defeats.

It was a tight game lit up by a delightful 77th-minute chip from Dundalk substitute Tiernan Mulvenna as the visitors eventually seized the initiative.

Then, on 80 minutes, John Dillon punished a lapse in UCD concentration, ensuring Gareth Matthews' splendid last-minute free-kick was merely a consolation.

Kenny is encouraged by the fact that Dundalk have pocketed seven points from their first four fixtures.

"It is a good start for us and we have to build on it now. To win away in Dublin can't be underestimated. To do it twice already in the season is great for us," he said.

This was a fourth defeat on the spin for UCD and boss Martin Russell admitted his youngsters face a significant task to avoid the drop. "There has been a lot of effort again. This is the youngest group that I've had since I've been here. Where most of the teams have strengthened their player base, we are asking these guys to come in to meet the biggest challenge the club has faced in the Premier League."

UCD – McGinley; Matthews, O'Connor, Douglas; Langtry (McNelis, 62), Burke, Creevy, McCabe (Walsh, 75), Russell; McMillan, Corcoran (Belhout, 62).

DUNDALK – Cherrie; Rossiter (Sullivan, 77), Boyle, Shields, Massey; Dillon, Towell, Mountney, Ward (Meenan, 67); Faherty (Mulvenna, 75), Byrne.

REF – P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

Irish Independent

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