UCD’s stirring comeback stuns 10-man Derry

Students score three late goals to turn things completely around at the Brandywell

Robbie Benson was on the scoresheet for UCD.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Robbie Benson was on the scoresheet for UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho


Derry City 2 UCD 4: UCD produced a stirring late comeback to stun Derry City at the Brandywell last night.

With both sides failing to convert clear-cut scoring chances in what was an end-to-end first half, the match didn’t spark to life until the 59th minute when the students broke the deadlock.

David McMillan’s shot was parried by goalkeeper, Ger Doherty, the ball was fed to Robert Benson and he picked his spot from close range.

Derry equalised in the 65th minute. Mark Griffin’s incisive through ball found Patterson and his low shot from 20 yards beat UCD’s young keeper.

And Derry then moved into the driving seat in the 70th minute thanks to a magnificent free-kick from Barry McNamee, the 21-year-old finding the top corner with a superb strike.

UCD took advantage of a defensive error in the 79th minute when Ryan McBride appeared to slip. As David McMillan cruised into the area Derry’s Dermot McCaffrey brought him down to concede a penalty and receive a straight red cad.

The UCD striker dusted himself down before beating Doherty with the spot-kick.

UCD were awarded another penalty in the 83rd minute, Mark Griffin adjudged to have tripped Sean Russell inside the area. McMillan comfortably did the honours yet again.

Then UCD netted a fourth three minutes into added time on the counter-attack when Dean Clarke netted a low shot from 30 yards.