Collie O’Neill came up against his old boss Pat Devlin on Friday night, and for the second time his side had to come back from 2 goals down to gain a hard earned point.
Devlin’s Cabinteely side, who are much improved this season, went 1-0 up after only three minutes, as their player/coach Daire Doyle headed them in front. Georgie Kelly had the students level on 13, but fell 3-1 down just over the hour mark after goals from Joe Doyle and Kieran Marty Waters.
However, Michael Kelly got himself sent-off, and from there the students took control.
Georgie Kelly and Jay McClelland had it all square with ten minutes to go, but neither side could find a winner. Cabinteely ended the game with only nine men, as Christian Lotefa also saw red in the 90th minute.
UCD boss O’Neill struggled to sum the game up afterwards, telling theleagueofireland.com “It’s a very hard game to sum up. Some of our play was outstanding. Our possession movement and passing at times was top class, the best I’ve seen, but then some of our play in the final thirds at both ends was disappointing and indecisive.”
“That’s two games in a row against Cabinteely where we’ve given them a two goal head start and gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but at least each time, we’ve dug ourselves out of that hole and got something out of the game.”
“The break has come at a good time, the lads have worked extremely hard in the first half of the season and deserve a bit of rest so we can hit the second half of the season at full tilt.”