The students came away from their top of the table clash at the RSC on Friday night with a share of the spoils, after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Jason McClelland silenced the majority of the 1,300 in attendance in first half injury time when he put UCD in front, before David McDaid equalised on 72 minutes. He held off his market to slip the ball past Niall Corbet in goal.
The resulting draw meant that Cobh Ramblers could go top with a win over Shelbourne, something they duly accomplished.
Goalscorer McClelland said after the game, “It was one of those games where either side could have won the game but it just wasn’t meant to be for us, and hopefully that point will help us in the later stages of the season.”
On his goal he said, “All I remember about the goal was Daire (O’Connor) running into the box and shooting, and I was following in hoping for a rebound off the keeper which I got to just before the defenders.”
He is also finding life at the College exciting saying, “Life at UCD is going great. I’ve been given the opportunities week in week out to go and express myself on the pitch, and that is key for me. Having a manager like Collie who supports the style of total football suits me a lot, and helps me to fit in well at UCD and play well.”
UCD manager Collie O’Neill said, “Great point for us Friday night. A little disappointed we didn’t take all three, but ten days ago if you offered me four points from back to back away games at Shels and Waterford, I would have snapped your hand off.”
“Delighted to see Jay get a goal. He’s been struggling with confidence lately and when he scored he transformed into a different player.”
On the title race now looking like a 3-horse race O’Neill said, “Even though ourselves Cobh and Waterford appear to be breaking away, it’s still a really tight league and two weeks of results can make a big difference.”