BACK IN THE FOLD

Hughie Dou­glas re­turns for UCD

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter

IT MIGHT have been thanks to an in­jury to a team-mate, but Hughie Dou­glas is back in the fold at UCD. And he in­tends on stay­ing there.

The Bray-born de­fender was in­tro­duced in the lat­ter stages of the first half as cen­tre half Ian Ryan hob­bled off. At that point, Bray Wan­der­ers led the Stu­dents 2-1 but a baf­fling sec­ond half saw the Belfield Bowl club pinch a 3-5 vic­tory.

Dou­glas ad­mit­ted that the match was a mixed bag from his side – who’s im­prove­ment co­in­cided with his in­tro­duc­tion.

He said: “It was a good per­for­mance. The first half, we weren’t great. Bray put a lot of pres­sure on us and they did well. We got a good bol­lick­ing at half time and we done well in the sec­ond half to get a few goals and get the win.

“They (Bray) were play­ing very, very well. They kept the ball down on the deck, played good foot­ball and we just couldn’t cope with it at stages and then we kind of got a hold of things late in the first half.”

A cameo ap­pear­ance against Athlone Town was Dou­glas’ other out­ing this sea­son but he is ready to come into the side wher­ever and when­ever re­quired. Dou­glas also ex­pects to en­joy the now cus­tom­ary bat­tle be­tween UCD and Bray to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, with a new ad­di­tion to the pack this term.

“I’ve been here a long time so any­time I’m needed to fill in at any po­si­tion or come off the bench, I’m al­ways there and ready.

“Hope­fully I did well there this evening and the man­ager is happy. The whole team is happy and that’s the main thing but please God I get a game.

“De­fend­ing is all about keep­ing clean sheets and that’s the main pri­or­ity.

“Ever since I’ve been in the league, it’s al­ways been our­selves and Bray bat­tling it out at the bot­tom of the ta­ble and I don’t think this year is go­ing to be any dif­fer­ent. It’s go­ing to be a good bat­tle be­tween the two of us and Athlone as well. The three of us will be there or there­abouts at the end of the sea­son.”

Dou­glas’ for­mer UCD club-mate Chris Lyons also seemed to have an up­turn in for­tunes as he starred for Sham­rock Rovers B in their 1-1 tie with Shel­bourne on Sun­day.

Lyons kept his place, de­spite the in­clu­sion of three first team mem­bers - the first time Colin Hawkins had called on mem­bers of Trevor Croly’s squad.

Karl Shep­pard was one of the men drafted in and Lyons found him­self play­ing in the hole be­hind the for­mer Read­ing and Ever­ton striker.

In the sev­enth minute, Lyons pulled a shot nar- rowly wide on an af­ter­noon where he con­tin­ued to cause trou­ble for the Shels back­line be­fore be­ing re­placed by Emeka On­wu­biko with five min­utes left on the clock. Fel­low Rovers man Corie Treacy did not en­joy such a fruit­ful af­ter­noon, leav­ing the field af­ter just 35 min­utes.

There was an­other stale­mate in the Brandy­well this week as Derry City failed to en­force their home ad­van­tage on league cham­pi­ons St. Patrick’s Ath­letic.

Aaron Barry found him­self dropped to the bench for the 0-0 draw but he came on to see out the last 13 min­utes in Ryan McBride’s place.

None of Co. Wick­low’s other League of Ire­land stars made it onto a pitch.

The Long­ford Town crew will feel most hard done by. They trav­elled all the way down to Cork on Satur­day evening to take on Cobh Ram­blers, only to find out the pitch wasn’t playable af­ter ar­riv­ing at St. Colman’s Park.

Else­where, in­jury ruled out Danny Led­with as Sligo Rovers suc­cumbed to a 1-0 de­feat against Sham­rock Rovers at Tal­laght.

Shane Mur­ray is still strug­gling with ill­ness and played no part as Water­ford United suf­fered a sur­prise 1-2 de­feat in the South East Derby at the RSC at the hands of Wex­ford Youths.

Fi­nally, Andy Mul­li­gan re­mains un­able to force his way into Owen Heary’s plans af­ter be­ing ex­cluded from the Bo­hemi­ans squad that drew 1-1 with Dun­dalk.

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