Treaty United 0-3 UCD
A brave Treaty United performance wasn’t enough as UCD ran out deserving winners at a packed Markets Field on Wednesday night.
The loss puts a huge dent in the home sides promotion chances as they failed to get going throughout the game and will be kicking themselves with their performance.
UCD on the other hand go into the second leg with a comfortable position and will fancy themselves to progress in front of their home faithful.
A first half goal from Paul Doyle put the away side in control, with further goals in the second half from Colm Whelan gave the Dublin side a comfortable advantage going into the second leg on Sunday.
The home side will be disappointed with their performance for long periods of the game as the occasion seemed to get to the players after a fairytale season getting into the play offs.
In fact, both teams started edgy not wanting to make a mistake early on that would lead to the all-important goal with chances at a premium
The all important first goal came from a free kick on the right from Paul Doyle, he sent in an in swinger into the box which evaded everyone and bet the keeper to give the Dubliners the lead.
This was a blow for the home side, and they never really recovered and went into the break one nil down knowing they would need to up their performance in the second half if they were going to have a say in the game.
The second half started like the first with no goal action with both teams cancelling each other out. UCD did fashion a chance but was denied brilliantly by Tadgh Ryan.
Treaty United manager Tommy Barrett looked to his bench to try and get his team firing but it was to no avail.
Treaty did battle hard in the second half with Dean George coming closest to an equaliser coming agonizingly close as his effort flashed past the post with twelve minutes to go.
UCD then grabbed control of the tie with two goals from Colm Whelan put the away side in ascendancy and brought a lead of three nil back to the Belfield Bowl on Sunday afternoon.
TREATY UNITED: Tadhg Ryan, Charlie Fleming, Marc Ludden, Clyde O’Connell, Anthony O’Donnell, Kieran Hanlon (Dean George 63), Matt Keane (William Armshaw 78), Sean Guerins, Stephen Christopher (Joel Coustrain 78), Mark Walsh (Sean McSweeney 63), Jack Lynch (Capt).
UCD: Lorcan Healy, Evan Osma, Jack Keaney (Capt), Liam Kerrigan (Mark Dignam 89), Colm Whelan, Eoin Farrell, Dara Keane, Paul Doyle (Evan Caffrey 89), Sam Todd, Harvey O’Brien, Sean Brennan (Adam Verdon 72).
REFEREE: Rob Dowling