Stewart Greacen, who squandered a glorious opportunity to equalise at the death on Friday night, refused to make any excuses in relation to what had been a very poor Derry City performance.
“We were poor from start to finish,” declared the rugged Scot. “And I’ve no problem stating that UCD deserved to win the match given the chances they had created,” he added.
“We may have huffed and puffed a bit towards the end of the match, but if the truth be told, they were the better team on the night and there’s just no getting away from that.”
Reflecting back on the two goals Derry conceded, the 30-year-old felt their opening strike had been offside.
“I believe their first goal was offside though the referee didn’t give it, but we still must defend those types of situations and we didn’t do that which was disappointing.
“To be totally fair, UCD created earlier scoring opportunities before they did manage to score but it all fairness, to concede their second goal in the way we did was nothing short of criminal,” continued the defender.
“Too many of our players were not at themselves against UCD and if you fail to get tight when playing the students, they will pass the ball around you and punish you and that’s exacty what they did to us on the night.”
But Greacen (pictured below) agreed that he really should have levelled matters during the latter stages, but his diving header failed t hit the traget from close range.
“I should have scored with that chance, there’s no doubt about that,” he continued. “I was up there at the death but I think I got too much on the ball. It was a superb pass by young Barry McNamee, but I just didn’t connect with the ball the right way - but I really should have done better and scored if I’m to be totally honest.
“It was a poor miss and it was disappointing for me not to score, but it really would have been harsh on UCD to have come away with a share of the spoils, as they performed very well and deserved to win the match,” he concluded.