Saints Suffer Yet Another Euro Hangover at Belfield
Byline: PAUL BUTTNER reports from Belfield
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DESPITE a much improved performance domestically, a second-half equaliser from Robbie Benson ensured St Patrick's endured yet another disappointing result following European action.
Danny Ledwith and substitute Samir Belhout did well down the left, with Benson sweeping home the low cross on 70 minutes to earn UCD an important point in their battle to avoid relegation. Liam Buckley's side have now taken just two points from their three games following Europe this season as they slip further behind in the title race.
'UCD had chances, we'd a few chances,' he said. 'It was obviously a poor goal for us to give away. We were disappointed with that as it got them back into the match. But we still created enough to have won.' Having only returned from their Europa League game in Bosnia on Friday afternoon, St Pat's looked fatigued.
'They are fit lads. It's just getting their recovery from a food and hydration perspective,' said Buckley. 'But there are no two ways about it, for part-time players to play Sunday-Thursday, Sunday-Thursday... We've had this now for three weeks, it takes its toll. We just need to plan ahead now for Thursday as best we can.' It was 20 minutes before St Pat's carved the game's first opening. Ian Bermingham tenaciously won the ball in midfield for Sean O'Connor to put Christy Fagan in on goal, but his scuffed shot trickled wide. …