Wednesday 18 September 2019

Students get point they needed

St Patrick's Athletic 0 UCD 0

Glen McAuley of St Patricks Athletic in action against Harry McEvoy of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Glen McAuley of St Patricks Athletic in action against Harry McEvoy of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
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UCD frustrated St Patrick's Athletic's new manager Stephen O'Donnell to breathe life into their own survival hopes.

The home side missed the chance to overtake Derry City in fourth place in the table as they failed to avenge their FAI Cup defeat at the UCD Bowl last month.

UCD ended a run of six straight league defeats, in which they'd conceded 30 goals, to move to within five points of second-bottom Finn Harps.

Dean Clarke shooting narrowly wide five minutes in proved a false dawn for St Pat's who, despite dominating the ball, struggled to create much else in the first half.

Lee Desmond of St Patricks Athletic in action against Mark Dignam of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Lee Desmond of St Patricks Athletic in action against Mark Dignam of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

O'Donnell brought on Chris Forrester just past the hour mark to try to spark St Pat's to life. They thought he'd done just that minutes later, when threading Glen McAuley in on goal. But the flag went up for offside before he shot home.

UCD 'keeper Conor Kearns saved at his left-hand post from Lee Desmond before making the stop of the night on 72 minutes.

This time McAuley was onside from Clarke's through ball. But Kearns was out early to get down to save the low drive that lacked conviction. UCD remained in the game with Jason McClelland's surging run and shot deflected out for a corner four minutes later.

Yoyo Mahdy was then not too far off target with a drive from distance that whizzed past Barry Murphy's right-hand post.

Darragh Markey of St Patricks Athletic in action against Dara Keane of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Darragh Markey of St Patricks Athletic in action against Dara Keane of UCD. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Pat's had one last chance on 81 minutes but substitute Gary Shaw's header was saved on the line by Kearns.

And it was UCD who almost snatched victory at the death with substitute Sam Byrne rifling over the bar in stoppage time.

St Pat's - Murphy; Madden (Shaw, 74), Webster, Toner, Bermingham; McCabe, Desmond (Walker, 86); D Clarke, Markey, McAuley; Hale (Forrester 63).

UCD - Kearns; Tobin, McEvoy, Scales, Farrell; McClelland, Keane, Doyle (Behan 79), Dignam; O'Farrell; Mahdy (Byrne 90+3).

Ref - D MacGraith (Mayo)

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