UCD rebounded after last week’s defeat to Cobh Ramblers to beat Athlone Town 2-0 at the Athlone Town Stadium. Second half goals from 19 year-old Josh Collins, his first for the club, and Georgie Kelly gave Collie O’Neill’s men all three points.
O’Neill was glad to get back to winning ways, “Yeah good to bounce back. Last night was a good performance on a very hard bobbly pitch, we dealt well with Athlone’s direct physical approach.”
He was full of praise for Athlone’s goalkeeper Igor Labuts saying, “We created several good chances, and if it wasn’t for some good saves from Labuts, and some last-ditch goal line blocks we would have won the game in a more comfortable fashion. But overall a good night’s work.”
When asked if he would be losing any players in the upcoming transfer window O’Neill said, “I’m not expecting to lose anyone during the window, but I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way if they wanted to leave.”
“I always like to have players who want to play for the club. In saying that, the club has been good to the players regarding their education, and although some players may have finished their degrees I would still expect them to honour their footballing contracts.”