Galway drought goes on
UCD and Galway United nullified each other in an uneventful clash at Belfield Bowl last night.
A disappointing game produced just three shots on target in the 90 minutes and nothing to seriously extend either 'keeper.
Galway recorded their first clean sheet but their fourth blank in front of goal in five encounters.
The first half was a non-event until Karl Sheppard spurned a golden chance in the 45th minute when he dragged a shot across goal after good approach play by Stephen O'Donnell.
Ciaran Kilduff had the game's first shot on target six minutes into the second half but Galway 'keeper Barry Ryan easily held his volley from Ciaran Nangle's cross.
Ryan was more troubled by a Graham Rusk effort five minutes later when Kilduff sent the winger through. Rusk's strike had power but was straight at the 'keeper.
Kilduff should have done better in the 59th minute when he got his head to a free-kick by Greg Bolger but he failed to trouble Ryan.
Substitute James Creaney had United's only shot on target in the 83rd minute but UCD 'keeper Billy Brennan was down quickly to parry the shot to safety. It summed up a poor encounter.
UCD -- Brennan; Shortall, E McMillan, Boyle, Nangle, Creevy (Corry 69), McMahon (Ward 69), Bolger, Rusk, Kilduff, D McMillan.
GALWAY UTD -- Barry Ryan; Conneely, McKensie, Sinnott, Meynell, Bobby Ryan (King 81), Curran (O'Donnell 29), Foley, O'Brien (Creaney 71), Sheppard, Flood.
Ref -- G Kelly (Cork).