KEEGAN STAR TURN NOT ENOUGH AS STUDENTS OUTSMART THE MONS

5 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

UCD 3
Monaghan Utd 2

PETER HUGHES reports

A STAR performance by Monaghan United’s Jordan Keegan, capped by a superb strike in the game’s finale, wasn’t enough to earn his side any reward on their trip to UCD on Friday night.
United lost out by the odd goal in five in a highly entertaining encounter in which the passages of bright football produced by the visitors weren’t backed up by the high level of defensive concentration needed to thrive in the Premier Division environment.
Roddy Collins’ side had the better of the chances in what proved a scoreless first half.
A neat passing exchange between Keegan and Robert Bayly set up the latter for a goal attempt in the 12th minute, but the United skipper shot high and wide of the target. Alan Byrne then got in a typically emphatic headed attempt from a corner only for Mark McGinley in the UCD goal to palm the attempt clear.
Bayly flashed another effort just wide as the Mons began to examine the home defence seriously, and if they had managed to convert their dominance into capital on the scoresheet the ultimate outcome of the match might have been different.
As it was, however, UCD came more into the game as the match approached half-time, a fine passing movement liberating Danny Ledwith who chose to shoot from distance when he had the option of bringing the ball closer to goal, and the result was a powerful low effort that was just off-target.
Monaghan ‘keeper Chris Bennion was tested seriously for the first time in the 33rd minute, having to summon a fine fingertip save to prevent a pildriver from Graham Rusk finding its target.
The Mons started the second half brightly with Keegan asserting himself impressively, having the …

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