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Late strike salvages draw for dcu

This came after UCD captain Samir Belhout had given UCD the lead halfway through the second-half with a smart finish from the edge of the box, capitalising from a blocked clearance.
 
In an evenly matched game, DCU almost snatched a winner at the death when substitute Sen Reneler forced a great save from UCD goalkeeper Niall Corbet.
 
UCD controlled possession early on but DCU had the best chance of the first-half in the 10th minute when midfielder Luke Kelly hit the crossbar as the ball rebounded from a DCU corner.
 
The chance gave DCU confidence and they dominated large portions of the first-half with their pressing unnerving the home team. Kelly was strong in midfield with Michael Isichei and O’Sullivan dangerous in attack.
 
UCD showed patches of quality in the first-half. The pick of the bunch was a shot by Daire O’Connor that went narrowly wide after good play by Belhout.
 
It was however a disappointing first-half performance by the reigning league champions.
 
UCD came out for the second-half rejuvenated and they exerted their quality after the interval. Timmy Malloy and Tom O’Halloran took control of the game in midfield with DCU keeper Jack Brady forcing a Malloy shot onto the post with an excellent save.
 
Their dominance in this portion of the match was rewarded when striker Belhout broke the deadlock.
 
UCD had chances to kill the game and get that vital second goal but they were thwarted by strong DCU defending.
 
The visitors continued to work hard and UCD were unable to prevent DCU number 10 Jack Watson from finding pockets of space between midfield and attack. It was hardly surprising then when Watson was involved in the equalising goal when he played through O’Sullivan for a well-placed finish.
 
DCU manager Declan Roche was delighted with his team’s display against a strong UCD team. “We played very well and played fast football that deserved a draw. We had two tough away games to start but I am delighted with our displays so far.”
 
The CUFL returns next week. DCU’s next game is at home to DIT. UCD’s next match is away to Trinity College. Details of the games are available here.