Monday 20 November 2017

Browne earns spoils

Sporting Fingal 2

While both Sporting Fingal and UCD have been labelled as teams for the purists, it is Liam Buckley's side who have been showing the grit of contenders.

UCD are being submerged in the lower depths of the Premier Division and look set to have a fight on their hands to avoid a place in the relegation play-offs.

The Students did make the earliest inroads however, and on 26 minutes Dwayne Wilson found his run infield left unchallenged by the Fingal defence, and he gave Darren Quigley something to think about as a rasping shot off his left sailed agonisingly over.

Only a minute later Sporting struck the opener. Conan Byrne gave Ger Barron no chance with his long-range effort after a long Shaun Williams' ball found him on the edge of the box.

UCD hit back after 12 minutes -- Ciaran Kilduff with a superb goal as he dispossessed Shaun Maher in the box before rounding Ger O'Brien.

Fingal came back on the offensive after the break and six minutes in Kenny Browne looped his header over Barron for Sporting's second, after Ronan Finn had presented him with the opportunity.

UCD -- Barron, Shortall, McMillan, Boyle, Nangle; Wilson, Creevy (Moore 68), Mulhall (Rusk 79), O'Conor, Ward ; Kilduff.

Sporting Fingal -- Quigley, O'Brien, Maher, Browne, Frost; Finn, McFaul (Kirby h-t) , Williams; Byrne, O'Neill, Cahill.

REF -- P Tuite (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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