“The European run has brought us even more together and it has definitely helped us even since we have gone back to the league. We have won all our games since we went out of Europe. The European run has given us momentum and we’re really looking forward to every game and trying to get those points to win the league.”
Since joining UCD from Bray Wanderers for the start of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League First Division, Ryan Swan has went from strength to strength and has seen a dramatic rise in his fortunes. Having scored on his league debut for the club in the opening game of the season away to Cobh Ramblers, he has since found the net a further nine times in the league to take his tally to ten league goals. He is pleased with his form so far this season and is hoping to continue his good goal scoring form as UCD look for promotion back to the Premier Division.
“I just want to keep scoring, working hard and keep playing well for the team and hopefully we can get the goal of promotion.”
July has seen him bring his league form to the next level, finding the net on three occasions in the UEFA Europa League to become our all-time top goal scorer in European Competitions. When he joined UCD the European experience was not something he was expecting, however he is determined to get back there now as soon as possible.
“When I joined UCD I didn’t think I would be playing European football but it turned out we got it and it was an unbelievable experience. Getting to play against those good European sides, it would make you want to have that experience every year,”
He opened his European account in the first leg of the Europa League First Qualifying Round game against F91 Dudelange, with his goal being enough to give UCD a historic and deserved victory to take into the second leg in Luxembourg the following week. Determined not to rest on his laurels, Ryan found the net just 17 minutes into the second leg to give UCD the vital away goal which would ultimately see them progress to the second round against Slovakian giants SK Slovan Bratislava.
Having shown a tireless work rate throughout the season, Ryan continued that against an experienced Slovan defence as he broke through and calmly slotted the ball passed the on rushing Mucha to pull a goal back for UCD. Ultimately, the goal was not enough as Slovan proved too strong and advanced to the next round. However, the team’s performances and Ryan’s goals will live long in the memory of UCD fans and supporters all around the league. His dad Derek is another UCD and League of Ireland legend, and now that Ryan has overtaken his European goal scoring record, he has set his sights on his dad’s LOI record!
Our next game is against Cobh Ramblers in the UCD Bowl on Friday night with a 7.45pm kick off!