UCD Manager Collie O’Neill said he was really proud of his players after they exited the EA Sports Cup on Monday following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Dundalk.
The students had taken an early lead through Gary O’Neill, only for Conor Clifford to equalise on 76 minutes. Neither side could make a break-through in extra-time so the sides headed for the shoot-out.
Nobody missed their first five kicks, so into the sudden-death. Jamie McGrath put Dundalk 6-5 ahead, only for youngster Yoyo Mahdy to miss his effort.
It was a massive performance from a very young UCD team, especially after coach Collie O’Neill had written this game off early in the weekend.
O’Neill gave huge praise to his Assistant manager Evan McMillen for the game-plan saying, “Really proud of the performance on the night. Evan came up with the game plan and the lads stuck to the plan.”
“They worked so hard and deserved more for their efforts. We were compact, hard to break down, and when Dundalk did find a way through they couldn’t find a way past the best goalkeeper in the country.”
“I do feel for Yoyo, it’s never nice to be the one to miss the penalty in the shoot-out, but he’s young and has a bright future ahead of him so I’m sure he’ll get over it.”