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Derry City journey to UCD Bowl on Friday for the Premier Division fixture with hosts UCD.
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UCD will be looking for an improved result here following a 2-1 Premier Division losing effort in their last game against St. Patrick's Athletic.
The only player to score from UCD was Alex Nolan (87'). Eoin Doyle (50', 73') was the scorer for St. Patrick's Athletic.
It has not been often in recent times that UCD have kept a clean sheet. In fact, UCD have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 10 goals in the process. We will have to see whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
A look at their previous results shows us that UCD:
- have not registered a win against Derry City in their last 6 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 9 league matches. It's been disappointing.
Previously, Derry City drew 1-1 in the Premier Division tie with Drogheda United.
The only player to score from Derry City was Matty Smith (33'). Dean Williams (78') scored for Drogheda United.
Looking at their form, and Derry City have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 8 goals in total. Defensively, Derry City have been far from perfect.
Head to head
An examination of past results between these clubs stretching back to 15/02/2019 shows that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for UCD. They’ve not managed to register any victories whatsoever whereas Derry City have managed to find a way, finishing as winners in 83 per cent of those matches.
19 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 2 from The Students and 17 for The Candystripes. The average goals per game has been 3.17.
The previous league match featuring the two was Premier Division match day 12 on 22/04/2022 and the score finished Derry City 7-1 UCD.
The referee was Ben Connolly.
Team News: UCD
The UCD boss Andy Myler does not have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this game with a completely healthy squad available for selection.
It seems likely that The Students will probably go for a 4-2-3-1 formation in the match with Kian Moore, Michael Gallagher, Eric Yoro, Sam Todd, Evan Osam, Mark Dignam, Donal Higgins, Dara Keane, Dylan Duffy, Sean Brennan and Evan Caffrey.
Team News: Derry City
From a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only a single fitness issue for the Derry City boss Ruaidhrí Higgins to be concerned with. Michael Duffy (Tibia Fracture) won’t be playing here.
We are inclined to think that The Candystripes could decide to begin the game with a 3-5-2 lineup with a starting lineup of Brian Maher, Cameron Dummigan, Cameron McJannett, Shane McEleney, Caoimhin Porter, Patrick McEleney, Brandon Kavanagh, Will Patching, Ciarán Coll, Jamie McGonigle and Matthew Smith.
We envisage that Derry City should fashion enough chances to find the net more than once while not conceding when they come up against UCD, who could well struggle to score.
Accordingly, we see a routine 0-2 win for Derry City after 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: UCD Bowl (3,000)
Captain: Jack Keaney
Chairman: Gerry Horkan
Manager: Andy Myler
Competitions: Premier Division position 10
🔑 Star Man: Liam Kerrigan
Regularly playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Liam Kerrigan was born in Sligo, Rep. Ireland. After making a first senior appearance for Sligo Rovers in the 2018 season, the skilful Midfielder has got 2 league goals in this Premier Division 2022 campaign to date from a total of 18 appearances.