“A good point” says UCD’s O’Neill

UCD and Cabinteely played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw in Belfield, as the students had to come from two goals down early to grab a point. 

UCD boss Collie O’Neill was pleased with the point and the spirit in his players saying, “That was a good point for us last night, as Cabinteely are a really good side.”

“The Cabinteely of 2017 should not be compared with previous years, Pat has done a tremendous job. His players are well organised and look to be enjoying their football.”

“In most of our previous games we’ve taken the lead and have seen those games out, last night was the first time we were presented with a mountain to climb and I’m happy with the players reaction.”

When asked if he though about bringing on the club’s goalscoring goalkeeper Conor Kearns to get an equalising goal O’Neill said, “Thankfully we got an equaliser before I needed to bring Conor on.”

“As we now look to Mondays game, a game I have written off, I will be rotating the squad and playing some players who will be looking to claim a starting place in our next few games.”

O’Neill was very complimentary towards the Cabinteely side after the game due to the condition the team left the dresssing rooms;

Goalscorer Cian Kavanagh told us, “Physically it was a tough game. It was very stop start, I think they fouled us a lot in decent areas. Their game plan was obvious.”

“We started off decent, and then they came into the game a bit more and put us under pressure and got two quick goals.”

“After the first goal we re-acted slowly. But towards the last 10 minutes of the first half we started moving it quicker and thankfully I got my goal before half time.”

“I just made a run from midfield, Jay McClelland tried to slip me in but it took a deflection. The ball was in the air but I got there first before the centre half, rounded the keeper and tapped it in. I should have got two last week so it was nice to get one last night.”

“I’ve started making more runs into the box because I want to get more goals. Collie gives me a lot of freedom.”

On his own play this season Cian said, “I think I’ve started the season well, I’m really enjoying playing. Collie and Evan McMillan, the assistant coach, encourage us to play out from the back and through midfield and play football the right way. I think that’s the best way to develop.”

“I still think me and the team can go up some gears. But we’ve had a good start, second in the table, maybe could have been first if we were more clinical but we’re young and will learn.”

“I’m looking forward to every game now and I think this team has a lot of potential, and hopefully we can turn that potential into success.”