UCD ease relegation worries with win over Blues

Saturday 29th September 2007, 1:22 am

Conor Sammon, UCD.

Conor Sammon, UCD.

Photo by Tom Carey.

28th September 2007

eircom League of Ireland Premier Division

UCD 2

Conor Sammon 16 pen

Conan Byrne 19

Waterford United 1

Paul McCarthy 68

Belfield Park

Referee : Derek Tomney

A 2-1 win over second from bottom Waterford United should finally ease any lingering relegation worries for UCD. The Students climbed to eighth and put eleven points between them and bottom side Longford following tonight's results.

Although Waterford had started well, UCD took the lead from the penalty spot after only 16 minutes. Ray Scully had handled in the box as Pat McWalter had attempted to hook the ball at goal. Conor Sammon stepped up and netted his tenth goal of the season for the Students.

Conor Byrne struck three minutes later to make it 2-0. UCD played the ball right through the visiting defence with Shane McFaul playing the killer ball to Byrne before he slotted in.

UCD could have put the game well beyond UCD before the Blues eventually staged something of a revival in the second half of the second half.

Vinny Sullivan tested goalkeeper Darren Quigley before Paul McCarthy got one back on 68 minutes. McCarthy got in to head home Dave Warren's free kick.

Waterford were left fuming at the final whistle when referee Derek Tomney failed to award them a penalty after Quigley had tangled with Scully in the box.

While the win should end any lingering worries for the Students, Waterford will at least be relieved that Longford didn't overtake them tonight.

UCD : Quigley, Mahon, McMillan, Shortall (Gallagher 59), Kenna, C Byrne, McFaul, King, McWalter, Purcell (Finn 74), Sammon.
Waterford United : Delaney, Scully, Brosnan, Breen (Hayes 46), Hedderman, Bermingham (Kiely 8), D Mulcahy, McCarthy, Warren, Kearney (Lordan 69), Sullivan.

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