Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Blues 1, UCD 1 (28/4/17, RSC, Waterford)

Very definitely two points dropped against the students despite an impressive performance all round by the Blues, their best of the season so far. They dominated the first half from the off but went in a goal behind and although UCD were better in the second half, Waterford had enough of the game and for sure enough chances to have taken the spoils. To make matters worse, Dean O'Halloran was stretchered off injured early in the game as a result of a tackle for which he was booked. Not a good night all round.

Derek Daly raided down the left flank for the entire game and chances fell to Mark O'Sullivan, David McDaid, Shane O'Connor without conversion. UCD nearly conceded after 17 minutes when a cross from the left by Garry Comerford was volleyed by a UCD defender against the visitors' crossbar only to rebound safely.

At times the Blues had UCD pinned back in defence and it seemed only a matter of time before some of the chances were converted ....until the inevitable happened deep into injury time (seven minutes added because of the O'Halloran injury).....Matt Connor parried a low shot and the rebound was steered to the net. What a funny game football is....although few smiles could be seen around the RSC during the break.

UCD were well outplayed for most of the game but they used the ball very well when they had it and threatened the Blues' goal several times. They passed well and contested well and generally made good use of the ball when they had it.

David McDaid finally made a deserved breakthrough with less than twenty minutes left and at that stage the smart money was on the Blues to go on to get a second but it was not to be, despite non stop attacks into the UCD box. The game ended with frustration for the nearly 1,400 Blues' fans present.

Conditions were perfect. The match officials did well. The burgers were tasty.

Next in the league come Shelbourne and already talk about must win games as a result of the Blues slipping to second in the table. Astonishingly, Cobh now lead the league and Blues fans must wonder how their club, with a vastly superior budget, lies second best to a very average team that the Blues have beaten twice already this season. Yes indeed, football is a funny old game!

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Patrick McClean, Dave Mulcahy, Garry Comerford, Dean O'Halloran (Kenny McEvoy 14'), Shane O'Connor, Mark O'Sullivan, David McDaid, Anthony McAlavey (Tom Smith 69'), Derek Daly. Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Gary Delaney, Conor Whittle, Dean Walsh, Jake Evans.

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