Tipton writes name in lights to ease Lilies' memories of Fenn debacle
COMING into this game at Oriel Park the one name on everybody's lips was Neale Fenn.
However, when the final whistle went, memories of the former Cork City man had all but been put to bed, with his replacement, Matthew Tipton, salvaging Dundalk a point against a plucky UCD side.
Fenn's decision to sign for Shamrock Rovers has left a bitter taste among those at Oriel Park and his statement, released yesterday, only fanned the flames further.
This threatened to overshadow a critically important fixture for both sides. UCD arrived at Oriel Park on the back of six defeats in their last seven outings but still just three points behind Dundalk.
The Lilywhites have been in freefall since losing to the Students in May, but manager Ian Foster freshened his team up by handing first starts to Dean Bennett and Irish underage star Daniel Kearns.
Tipton almost got them off to a great start, heading against the bar in the 11th minute, but it was their insecurity at the back that again cost them dear when Chris Mulhall danced his way into the box to shoot past Peter Cherrie just shy of the half-hour mark.
Tipton drew Dundalk level in first-half stoppage-time when he fired low into the bottom corner and he was at the heart of the home side's best moments in the second half, particularly in the 48th minute, when he created something from nothing to find Kearns, who could only fire over.
Shaun Kelly was denied by a great stop from Gerard Barron in the 68th minute and Mulhall almost set up Ciaran Kilduff for a second UCD goal late on, but in the end both sides settled for a point.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, McGuigan, Hatswell, Kelly; McDonnell, Bennett, Miller; Kearns (Gaynor 81); Kuduzovic (J Breen 85), Tipton.
UCD -- Barron; O'Connor, Boyle, E McMillan, Nangle; Bolger, Corry (Rusk 6), Creevy; Wilson (Roche 67), C Kilduff, Mulhall.
REF -- N Doyle (Dublin).