UCD 1, Blues 3
Very few of the Blues fans that travelled to this one saw this coming. In fact, did anyone see it coming - a polished display of determination and skill that swept the students of UCD aside quite comfortably? Even allowing for injuries in the UCD camp, this was a brilliant outing by the Blues, one that augers well for the rest of the season....hopefully. Cabinteely next week will tell a story. A win there and who knows?
The gaffer lined out his side with several changes. Kevin Burns, Colum Nugent, Darren Murphy and Dylan McGuire all started and each one justified the decision of the manager with excellent displays. Burns was rock solid between the sticks. Darren Murphy was a bundle of non-stop energy. Colum Nugent was majestic at the back, capping his display with a headed goal a few minutes after the break...his first for the club. Young Dylan McGuire was a constant threat out wide and could easily have scored late in the game with a rasping shot. Shortly afterwards he teed up Philly Gorman for his goal with a beautiful cross. How good was it to see the Blues captain open his account?
This result could very easily be the kick start that all Blues' fans were waiting for.
UCD had a few decent chances during the first half but watched as Anthony McAlavey opened the scoring eighteen minutes in when he ran on to a Gorman header to find the net. Colum Nugent headed the second just after the break and then went on a fantastic run to greet the celebrating fans. UCD pulled one back from close in after an hour but the Blues restored their two goal lead five minutes later when Gorman headed home.
This was a real morale booster for Blues - players, officials and fans. Hopefully more of the same will follow.
Cabinteely next Friday in Dublin....Mon the Blues!
Blues: Kevin Burns, Robert Buckley, Jimmy Dermody Sean Byrne 51), Ian Sinnott, Colum Nugent, David O'Leary, Darren Murphy, James O'Brien (Dean Reidy 70), Phillip Gorman, Anthony McAlavey, Dylan McGuire (Aaron O'Connor 77). Not used: Corey Chambers, Dean Broaders, Eoin Rhodes, Richard Tobin