Lonergan with brace as UCD stun Dundalk in the bowl

Teenager Tommy Lonergan scored an impressive double as the UCD team came from behind twice to lift themselves off the table in this Bowl excitement.

The college is moving one point from Finn Harps before their visit to Talacht Stadium on Sunday to face Shamrock Rovers.

Dundalk’s collapse in the second half meant he missed an opportunity to join the Champions Rovers team with points at the top as they slipped to third place.

As they did in their 2-0 lead at the same spot in May, Dundalk started on the front foot, opening the UCD a little easily in five minutes.

Stephen Bradley passed a finely balanced ball through the home defense to walk David McMillan, one of six former Dundalk players on game day.

Thrust out of the corner, McMillan’s low engine was powered around a shaft by Kian Moore.

The UCD team played their way into the match briefly and left him pissed 12 minutes after his first attack.

Alex Dunne’s ball over the top found a Lonergan track that seemed to have been pulled by Same Bone.

But to the consternation of the home team, the assistant asked to go out for free.

In a fast-paced game, I left college minutes later.

Darragh Leahy put Ryan O’Kane far to the left to take out Fox Dunne and hit a good cross to the back post where Greg Sloggett should have done a better job of reiterating a header over the top.

Staying on the better side, Dundalk Moore worked again from the sixth corner of the game in the 26th minute.

O’Kane’s rendition found Captain Andy Boyle, who was evicted here again in May, with his cat on the arms of a UCD ranger.

Barely a minute later, Dundalk received penalty claims that were denied when Macmillan fired Michael Gallagher’s shot after Keith Ward crossed the finish line to cross.

The lively Macmillan wasn’t far from the top with his head in a stout dive from Leahy’s arched cross as Dundalk kept the upper hand.

And they were finally ahead in 40 minutes.

UCD defender Gallagher injured himself and eventually received a yellow card when he got to his feet after a massive challenge to Bradley on the edge of the area.

An additional punishment ensued, Ward wrapping his right foot around the free kick to lift it and over the wall, and the ball hit a post before bouncing across the goal line and into the other.

A desperate defense then blocked Dundalk’s second goal two minutes later, and Alex Dunn threw himself on Oken’s shot to deflect the ball away from another Dundalk corner kick.

The UCD team returned to the game within six minutes of the start of the second half with a stunning solo goal from Lonergan.

The 18-year-old zigzagged through Dundalk’s center back before showing his composure to find the bottom corner with a crisp drive.

With three substitutes, Dundalk hit back to reclaim the lead one hour earlier.

O’Kane found Ward on the left who touched a Bradley pass before stealing his left-foot drive to find the bottom corner as well.

Refusing to lie down, the UCD responded again with another superb goal in the 79th minute.

Longergan’s fine touch chose Brennan to find the path of Dylan Duffy who skipped to pass a shot past Nathan Shepperd.

College then penalized the winner’s dirty defending Dundalk three minutes before the end.

Duffy found space on the right to select a pass to Lonergan who once again showed great composure to take the ball around Shepperd and drive into the top corner.

UCD: Keanne Moore. Alex Dunn, Michael Gallagher (Jack Kenny 43), Sam Todd, Daniel Norris (Mark Dignam 69); Dara Kane, Evan Caffrey; Donal Higgins (Alex Nolan 60), Sean Brennan, Dylan Duffy; Tommy Lonergan.

Dundalk: Nathan Shepherd; Louis McCurry (John Mountaine 55), Sam Boone, Andy Boyle, Dara Leahy (Joe Adama 84); Greg Slugett, Alfie Lewis (Paul Doyle 55); Stephen Bradley, Keith Ward, Ryan O’Ken (Runar Hauge 68); David Macmillan (John Martin 55).

RuleAdriano Reale (Kilder).