Welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight’s match between UCD and Galway United in the Airtricity League. This is an important game for both sides as Galway look to close the gap on the hosts in their bid to avoid the relegation play offs and UCD will see this as a chance to move away from danger and get in touch with the European and Setanta Cup chasing sides.
Our coverage updates after every incident of note and we’ll have regular analysis throughout the game. Just hit refresh to see the latest update.
21.45 Last update, Limerick have gone 4-0 up on Shels and Longford are 2-1 on Wexford. Still a couple of minutes left in those.
Good night and thanks for being with us tonight.
21.42There are still between 1 and 9 minutes left in the first division games and they stand at Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City, Monaghan United 4-0 Mervue United, Shelbourne 0-3 Limerick and Wexford Youths 1-1 Longford Town.
21.39: The other premier games finished Bohs 1-1 Pats and Drogheda 0-2 Bray.
Full time: UCD 0-1 Galway
UCD will be disappointed to lose this as they were the better side for most of the game but they didn’t take the chances they got.
90 mins: Sheppard shoots just wide for Galway and up the other end, McMillan should have put leveled it up for UCD.
90 mins: 3 minutes of added time to be played.
87 mins: Kilduff shoots over after some great play from Mulhall. UCD are throwing everything forward looking for an equaliser.
85 mins: Elsewhere, Bray are 2-0 up on Drogheda, Bohs still lead Pats 1-0, Finn Harps have equalised against Derry, Monaghan lead 4-0 against 10-man Mervue, Limerick lead 2-0 away to Shels and Wexford and Longford are drawing 1-1.
82 mins: it’s all happening now as a Mulhall corner is headed by Evan mcMillan but blocked on the line.
80 mins: UCD shout for a penalty as Kilduff goes down, looked like a dive though.
79 mins: Tom King, Ciaran Foley and tom King again have shots blocked in the UCD box.
78 mins: Karl Sheppard booked for a late tackle on Gareth Matthews.
75 mins: Ward hits the side-netting with a free kick, a lot of the crowd thought it was in!
69 mins: Galway are leaving Tom King up front on his own and are inviting UCD on to them. It could be a dangerous strategy as Ward hits the side netting with a shot and UCD have all the ball now.
67 mins: The wetter conditions seem to have affected the ref, who’s just slipped much to the amusement of the crowd!
66 mins: Paul O’Conor fires in a long-range drive but Barry Ryan saves comfortably. The rain and wind have picked up a bit now.
64 mins: Tom King replaces Stephen Walsh for Galway.
62 mins: A light drizzle is starting to fall here. The pace has dropped since the immediate aftermath of the goal.
60 mins: Stephen Walsh mis-controls in the UCD box after a lovely ball through.
58 mins: Paul Corry replaces Robbie Creevy in the UCD midfield.
57 mins: Elsewhere, Wexford have equalised against Longford and Bray have, surprisingly, taken the lead away to Drogheda.
55 mins: A Mulhall cross causes chaos in the Galway defence and Barry Ryan has to save at the far post from Keith Ward. UCD are pushing for an equaliser.
52 mins: Seamus Conneely booked for Galway.
48 mins: GOAL Karl Sheppard scores for Galway from a Stephen Walsh cross. It looked like a instinctive shot, I don’t know how much he knew about it.
UCD 0-1 Galway United
At half time, Bohs lead Pats 1-0 and Drogheda v Bray is still scoreless. In the First Division, it’s Finn Harps 0-1 Derry City, Monaghan United 1-0 Mervue United, Shelbourne 0-0 Limerick and Wexford Youths 0-1 Longford Town.
Half time: UCD 0-0 Galway United
An entertaining half finishes scoreless but not for want of trying as both keepers have had to make smart saves and UCD have hit the bar as well. Keith Ward has been the stand out player but the UCD midfield as a whole have out-played their opponents.
In other sports news, David Gillick has finished fifth in the 400 metres final in Barcelona.
43 mins: A Galway cross into the UCD box hits Derek O’Brien who didn’t seem to be paying attention!
40 mins: Great save from UCD keeper Ger Barron from Karl Sheppard. McMillan has to clear off the line from the rebound.
The game has really come to life in the last few minutes.
38 mins: Evan McMillan hits the bar with a thumping header from Mulhall corner. Very unlucky for the UCD captain.
35 mins: More good play from Ward sets up Kilduff who hits it just wide on the turn. Ward is having a great game for UCD so far.
30 mins: Ciaran Kilduff does really well to turn on the edge of the Galway box and get a shot in despite the attentions of 3 defenders. The shot took a deflection and went narrowly wide with Barry Ryan scrambling.
27 mins: Galway’s Jamie McKensie just gets a head to a Keith Ward cross to flick it away from Ciaran Kilduff who was lurking dangerously.
24 mins: A great run from Keith Ward gets him into the Galway box but Barry Ryan makes a good save from his shot.
19 mins: Elsewhere, Bohs lead Pats 1-0 after 23 minutes and Emmet has had a goal in Ballybofey as well as Derry lead Finn Harps 1-0 with 6 minutes gone.
17 mins: Stephen O’Donnell shoots from the edge of the UCD box but Ger Barron gets down well to keep the Students on level terms.
14 mins: Dwayne Wilson does well on the UCD right wing, beating Derek O’Brien but the cross is poor and Galway deal with it easily.
9 mins: Evan McMillan heads at goal from a Keith Ward corner but it’s a pretty easy save for Ryan.
7 mins: Chris Mulhall makes some good ground on UCD’s left and brings the ball into the box but his cross flies much too high.
5 mins: Nice passage of play from Galway but it comes to nought with an overhit pass giving UCD a throw.
2 mins: Keith ward gets the first shot for UCD. Barry Ryan spills it but collects before Ciaran Kilduff can punish him.
0 mins: UCD kick off playing left to right, that’s towards the end Emmet has christened the main road end.
19.44: The teams are out on the pitch now, Kick off may be a minute or two late.
19.39: There are two other games tonight in the Airtricity League premier division: Bohemians v St Patrick’s Athletic and Drogheda United v Bray Wanderers. In the first division we have Finn Harps v Derry City, Monaghan United v Mervue United, Shelbourne v Limerick and Wexford Youths v Longford Town. We’ll try to keep you up to date on those as well.
19.35: 10 minutes to kick off here at the UCD Bowl. There’s a bit of wind blowing from left to right as we look from the main stand but it shouldn’t cause too many problems unless it gets a lot stronger. Otherwise conditions are perfect for a good game of football.
19.25: UCD: Ger Barron, Gareth Matthews, Ciaran Nangle, Andy Boyle, Evan McMillan, Paul O’Conor, Keith Ward, Robbie Creevy, Ciaran Kilduff, Dwayne Wilson, Chris Mulhall.
Subs: Michael Kelly, Paul Corry, Stephen Roche, Stephen Doyle, Billy Brennan.
Galway: Barry Ryan, Seamus Conneely,Rhys Meynell, Jamie MacKensie, Stephen O’Donnell, Ciaran Foley, Gary Curran, Stephen Walsh, Karl Sheppard, Derek O’Brien, Paul Sinnott.
Subs: Liam Grant, Jason Molloy, Tom King, Philip Riley, Emmett Shaw.