Bohemians will be looking to build on their gritty performance against Shamrock Rovers when they welcome in form UCD come to Dalymount on Saturday.
Pat Fenlon’s team put on a determined performance to draw with last season’s champions midweek in Tallaght, a result all the more admirable as it was achieved wiith 10 men. Bohs have lost just once in their last 7 games, a 2-0 defeat away to saturday’s visitors, and Fenlon will keen for this side to right to wrong of that defeat
Despite being 22 points behind Bohs in the league, Martin Russell’s UCD side are the form side coming into the game, having won their last three games on the trot, scoring 7 goals and conceding one.
With the pressures of the survival battle lifted, Russell’s young side have been impressive of late, losing only two of their last 7 games. Their latest win against St Patricks Athletic means they are just 7 points being out of sorts Dundalk and are still within reach of 7th spot, while another win tonight would see match the achievements of last season when they won 11 games.
Bohs could be without Owen Heary who may be rested again for the UCD match to ensure he is available against Sligo Rovers when Liam Burns is suspended. Striker Aidan Downes is out for Saturday, automatically suspended after Wednesday’s sending-off.
Mark Rossiter is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Keith Buckley with the effects of a knock received in last weekend’s match against St Patrick’s Athletic.
Fenlon will also not want to commit too many of the younger players for a full match two days ahead of the Leinster Senior Cup final which takes place on Monday.
UCD meanwhile will be without Sean Harding (groin), Cillian Morrison (hip) and Sean Russell (ribs) who are all out. Ciaran Nangle has resumed light training and could be in contention for selection however Chris Lyons is away on under-19′s FAI duty and misses out.