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Premier Division

  • 14 March 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Richmond Park, Dublin
  • Referee: P. Tuite
  • • Attendance: 2500

St Patrick's Athletic 3-2 UCD: Fagan rescues last-minute win

St Patrick's Athletic 3-2 UCD: Fagan rescues last-minute win

Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Christy Fagan's stoppage-time winner gives Liam Buckley's side their first league win of the season following last week's draw at Cork

Liam Buckley's championship-winning outfit secured three points at Richmond Park in a hard-fought victory over UCD. The Students are still in search of their first point this season but Aaron Callaghan will feel that his side's performance merited at least one in this fixture as Christy Fagan stole it at the death.

The match ignited with a significant intensity as expected, with both teams searching for their first league win in this campaign. After the opening 10 minutes, the game began to settle with St Pat's taking hold of the ball and maintaining possession.

The hosts almost grabbed an early lead when a magnificent solo effort by Christy Fagan saw the striker make use of his delicate close control to round three UCD defenders, before forcing Conor O'Donnell into an early save from a tight angle.

On 25 minutes Greg Bolger delivered a fantastic long ball over the top from deep within the St Pat's half, which took the UCD back four completely out of the game, leaving Conan Byrne with just the keeper in his path, whom he competently placed the ball beyond to give the champions the lead.

St Pat's looked dominant in possession but The Students grabbed an unlikely equaliser on 38 minutes which turned the game on its head.

A driving run down the right flank from Cillian Morrison saw the winger get the better of Ian Bermingham and cut back a cross from the byline, putting the ball on a plate for Chris Mulhall, who calmly stroked the ball into the far corner of the net.

UCD took the lead three minutes later when Mulhall doubled his tally with a low, driven free-kick from 25 yards out which flew beyond Brendan Clarke.

Conan Byrne scored his second of the game with a curling right-footed free kick from 25 yards out which sailed beyond O'Donnell and crept just inside the right-hand post.

Dean Clarke should have put The Students ahead for the second time in the game when he skied a shot from close-range over the bar, after Brendan Clarke previously did well to push a driven shot away from the goal.

Both sides had chances to win it, threatening the opposing goals with long balls and set pieces into the box but it was Pat's who nicked the three points in the end when Christy Fagan popped up inside the area with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

A clever flick from Forrester directed the ball into Fagan's path who had time to settle himself before unleashing a powerful shot back across goal and beyond the UCD keeper.