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Stalemate at the Belfield Bowl as Bohs are frustrated by UCD

Dinny Corcoran went close for the visitors as home side ended their run of defeats.

Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

UCD 0

Bohemian 0

When all is said and done come October, UCD may well reflect on this result as a critical juncture in their faltering season. Indeed, a scoreless draw is nothing to get excited about but the Students halted a run of three successive defeats with a performance that embodied their desperation for points.

Bohemians, however, will feel their dominance merited more than the solitary point they earned. Owen Heary’s side, who themselves are looking nervously over their shoulder, bossed proceedings from the outset but lacked the cutting edge to break down a resolute Students rearguard.

The pattern of the game was set from the outset but for all their free-flowing attacking tendencies, few could blame UCD for employing such an approach. Having leaked ten goals in their previous two outings, they were content to sit tight and maintain a rigid shape. It was a means to a potentially significant ends.

For all their possession Bohs fired blanks though. It took them until the closing stages to click into gear but a late onslaught was too little too late. Substitute Karl Moore squandered two sights of goal and then Dinny Corcoran was already wheeling away in celebration but saw his close range effort blocked by the imperious Ian Ryan.

Dinny Corcoran Bohs' striker Dinny Corcoran went close to breaking the deadlock on a number of occasions. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

In truth, Bohs barely deserved the points. What’s more, they lost Anto Murphy to a serious looking ankle injury moments before half-time. His replacement, Dave Mulachy, added a sense of direction to the visitors’ means after the break. Roberto Lopes jinked inside two UCD defenders but his rasping drive skewed narrowly wide via a deflection and Niall Corbet pulled off a fine save to deny Aidan Price from Paddy Kavanagh’s cross.

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During an otherwise unimaginative first period, Derek Pender’s tame effort was cleared off the line by Gareth Matthews and Eoin Wearen fired narrowly wide of the target after industrious work from Kevin Devaney down the right.

As much as the travelling supporters were left frustrated by their sides’ lack of urgency and creativity, UCD were staunch in defence. Admittedly, they’ve been hampered by a multitude of injuries in recent weeks but the return of Ryan may just prove to be a decisive juncture in their season.

Twice he made telling interventions to thwart the visitors but a last-ditch block in the dying embers typified the home sides’ tenacity. Corcoran must have thought he had won it in the fourth minute of injury time but Ryan flung himself on front of the striker’s goal bound effort to ensure his, and the hosts’ efforts were not in vain.

UCD: Corbett; Douglas, Ryan, Kavanagh, Matthews; Molloy (Belhout, 75), Creevy, Crowe, O’Halloran (Ben Mohamed, 67); Benson; Cannon (Mulhall, 85).

BOHEMIANS: Delany; Murphy (Mulcahy, 45+1), D. Byrne, Price, Pender; Devaney (J. Byrne, 80), Lopes, Wearen, Kavanagh (Moore, 75); Beattie, Corcoran.

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