Clinical Carr makes sure UCD find path past Synge Street
A dramatic last-gasp free from Rob Carr earned UCD a deserved one-point win over a disappointing Templeogue Synge Street in their Dublin SFC first-round tie at O'Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.
It was fitting that Carr should have the final word as the Louth player excelled throughout for the Students, kicking seven points in what was their first championship outing since the untimely passing of the inspirational Dave Billings.
Certainly, Billings would have been thrilled with the application and tenacity displayed by UCD, especially after corner-back Ross Murphy was dismissed in the 40th minute.
That Synge Street failed to avail of their numerical advantage reflected their sluggishness over the hour with the absence of Eoghan O'Gara and Killian O'Gara proving hugely detrimental to their potency in attack.
However, Synger opend up well through points by Declan Treanor and Cathal Morley but Carr's accuracy ensured UCD never fell too far behind as they trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.
A smartly-taken goal from Mark Hughes in the 39th minute added impetus to the UCD challenge and although Synger drew level late on through Fintan Coffey, Carr's late free proved the decisive score with Niall Scully sent-off soon after.
Scorers - UCD: R Carr 0-7 (0-3f), M Hughes 1-0, C McCarthy 0-2, M Monahan 0-1. Templeogue Synge Street: N Scully 0-3 (0-1f), T Coyne (2f), C Morley 0-2 each, D Treanor, C O'Sullivan, A O'Brien, J Swaine, F Coffey 0-1 each.
UCD: C Honan; R Murphy, J Hayes, S O'Dea; P Gallagher, S McEntee, B Kelly; M O'Hanlon, N O'Reilly; M Monahan, M Hughes, L Casey; C McCarthy, L Kelly, R Carr. Subs: K McHugh for O'Dea (20), E O'Byrne for Monahan (37), F McEntee for Kelly (49).
Templeogue Synge Street: P Collie; R Power, S Brew, K Devine; C O'Sullivan, C McKiernan, M Swaine; D Bastick, F Coffey; T Coyne, C Morley, D Treanor; A O'Brien, N Scully, M French. Subs: G Vickery for O'Brien (43), A O'Flynn for Coyne (50), J Swaine for French (52), B McTaggart for McKiernan (62, Black Card).
Ref: Shay Farrelly (Ballinteer St John's)
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