Jason Hughes rescues point for Limerick
Late equaliser cancels Tomas Boyle’s strike for UCD
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Jason Hughes salvaged a point for Limerick with a stoppage-time equaliser at the UCD Bowl.
Trailing to Tomas Boyle’s headed strike early in the second half, Limerick pressed frantically late on and got their reward two minutes into added time.
Captain Shane Duggan’s low cross wasn’t cleared by the UCD defence and midfielder Hughes drilled to the corner of the net.
Central defender Boyle struck for UCD’s lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Home captain Robbie Benson floated in a free kick from the right and Boyle rose to get his head to the ball and loop it past Barry Ryan to the net.
Scarcely a minute later College goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell got down smartly to parry away a stinging low drive from Limerick striker Craig Curran.
Substitute Curran thought he’d levelled following a scramble on 84 minutes but it was ruled out for an offside.
Buoyed by the confidence of two successive wins, UCD started well, carving the first opening on seven minutes when Dean Clarke’s downward header brought a fine one-handed save from Ryan.
Limerick gradually played their way into the game with Shane Tracy shooting over the top just past the half hour.
Minutes later, Duggan was also off target with a first time volley following a poor clearance from Tracy’s free-kick.
UCD: O’Donnell; Barker (Matthews, 87), Douglas, Boyle, Langtry; Mulhall, Benson, Creevy, Ben Mohamad (Crowe, 60); Clarke, Morrison (Wilson, 89).
LIMERICK FC: Ryan; Nzuzi, Folan, Oji, Williams; Tracy, Prince (Curran, 52), Duggan, McGrath (McManus, 78); Hughes, Gaffney.
Referee: Dave McKeon (Dublin).