19 Aug 2022

Letterkenny's Michael Gallagher on target as UCD overcome Cockhill Celtic

Gavin Cullen's Cockhill Celtic are still in pre-season and lost out to UCD in the FAI Senior Cup at the Belfield Bowl

Letterkenny's Michael Gallagher on target as UCD overcome Cockhill Celtic

Michael Gallagher from Letterkenny headed UCD's third goal in their victory over Cockhill Celtic

Two goals in four first half minutes from Tommy Lonergan set UCD on their way to an FAI Cup first round victory against Cockhill Celtic, with Letterkenny native Michael Gallagher adding a third late on.

Cockhill Celtic 0

The Ulster Senior League nine-in-a-row champions acquitted themselves well in the opening half hour and limited the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division to little or nothing. UCD lined up with Gallagher,  Sam Todd of Carndonagh and Donegal Town’s Luke Keaney, with former Cockhill stalwart William O’Connor the assistant manager.

In the 30th minute, it was Lonergan whose glancing header put the Students in front as Daniel Houghton, the Cockhill goalkeeper, came to meet him. The chance was laid on by an inviting inswinging cross by Sam Brennan. 

Then, from another ball into the area four minutes later from Brennan, Dara Keane held up the ball well to set up Lonergan to plant home a second goal. Five minutes before the break, Paddy Slevin’s improvised pass from the edge of the UCD area went narrowly over. Mark Digman then tested Houghton from distance.

An unmarked Gallagher headed home a corner from Evan Caffrey on 74 minutes to make it three and confirm a safe passage into the next round for the Belfield Bowl side.

UCD: Lorcan Healy; Michael Gallagher (Jamie Duggan 80), Jack Keaney, Sam Todd; Dylan Duffy (Danny Norris 70), John Ryan (Alex Nolan 70), Dara Keane (Harry O’Connor 80), Mark Dignam, Sean Brennan; Danny Norris; Evan Caffrey, Thomas Lonergan (Johnny Hayes 80).

Cockhill Celtic: Daniel Houghton; Peter Doherty,  Adam McCarron (Keegan Hegarty 73), Jason Breslin (Mark Moran 80), Lee McColgan; Adam McLaughlin, Paddy Slevin, James Bradley (Daniel Doherty 80), Fionn McClure (Christy McLaughlin 80); Corey McBride, Stephen Duffy (Adam Duffy 59).

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