Clarke’s winner helps UCD move off bottom of the table
Ten-man Bohemians leave deflated after 88th minute Kevin Devaney striker ruled out for offside
UCD’s Dean Clarke celebrates after scoring against . Photograph: Kieran Murray/Inpho
UCD 1 Bohemians 0: Dean Clarke’s early goal gave UCD a big lift as Bohemians, who finished with ten men, left the UCD Bowl utterly deflated. The win, only UCD’s second of the season, moves them two places up off the bottom of the table.
But it was a frustrating night for Bohemians who thought they’d snatched an 88th minute equaliser only for substitute Kevin Devaney’s effort to be ruled out for offside.
Aaron Callaghan’s side then had midfielder Keith Buckley shown a straight red card apparently for dissent to a linesman.
After nine minutes a more energetic UCD were gifted what would proved the game’s only goal. Bohemians’ Ryan McEvoy gave the ball away cheaply and Gary Burke’s through ball put Clarke in to slide a tame enough shot beyond Dean Delany.
It took a disjointed-looking Bohemians 18 minutes before Chris Lyons got their first shot on target. Before the break Buckley had a shot bravely blocked by a defender after Pender nodded Andy Mulligan’s deep centre back across goal.
UCD ’keeper Conor O’Donnell made a good save to parry a Dave Mulcahy drive and as Bohs chased the game they had a big shout for a penalty turned down after 69 minutes when UCD captain Dave O’Connor appeared to handle Lyons’s goal-bound effort.