Saturday 17 August 2019

WATCH: Yoyo Mahdy's stunning strike for UCD as post-match scuffle breaks out at Belfield Bowl

Unsavoury incident follows' Students win over Bohemians

Conor Kearns of UCD, second left, tussles with Bohemians players following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Belfield Bowl in Dublin. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Conor Kearns of UCD, second left, tussles with Bohemians players following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Belfield Bowl in Dublin. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Yoyo Mahdy’s brilliant early goal maintained UCD’s revival with a win over third-placed Bohemians as a post-match scuffle broke out at the UCD Bowl.

Mahdy's goal is a contender for League of Ireland goal of the season, however, an unsavoury scuffle broke out after the final whistle, as UCD keeper Conor Kearns celebrates in front of the Bohs support

Despite the loss of several key players following an 11-match losing run that saw them slump four points adrift at the foot of the table 10 days ago, two wins and a draw from their last three matches since now has Collie O’Neill’s Students three points clear of bottom side Finn Harps.

Unchanged from their 0-0 draw in Derry on Friday, UCD started confidently and got what would prove the game’s only goal from the first attack of the night on eight minutes.

It was all Mahdy’s own work as he harried James Finnerty to snatch the ball off the Bohemians’ defender.

The UCD striker then got his head up to hit a crisp right-foot shot to the top corner from some 25 yards, for a cracking fifth league strike of the season.

Danny Mandroiu, who scored a terrific goal in a 2-0 win here in February, was proving Bohemians’ chief threat, firing over from a free kick on 17 minutes before scuffing a shot wide across goal from Keith Ward’s clever pass.

Mandroiu soon returned the compliment for Ward to cross for Kevin Devaney at the back post, with his drive saved by the well-positioned Kearns.

Finnerty was close to redeeming his early lapse on 41 minutes, but his shot scarcely troubled the UCD keeper.

Mandroiu then had another chance from Ward’s quick free kick in first half stoppage time; Evan Farrell was alert to the danger to nick the ball off his toe.

Ward’s clever lob brought a finger-tip save from Kearns seven minutes into the second half as Bohemians upped the tempo.

Kearns was there again on 70 minutes, back-pedalling to tip over his crossbar after Mandroiu worked space for a left-foot shot.

Bohemians pressed to the death, and their last chance came five minutes into added time when Darragh Leahy met Wade Slater's cross, but the header was straight at Kearns.

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