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Date Time League Season
14 July 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2023

Match Report

Drogs pick up big three points as UCD struggle

A quickfire first-half double and a third late on gave Drogheda United a convincing 3-1 victory over bottom-side UCD AFC at the UCD Bowl this evening.

A clever finish from Ryan Brennan put the Drogs in the lead with their first effort on target before captain Conor Keeley doubled their lead five minutes later after a fine half-volley.

Kevin Doherty’s side wrapped up the victory in the second half with Adam Foley turning from provider to goal scorer with a simple header from close range. UCD struggled to create many meaningful chances throughout bar a late consolation goal from Kinsella-Bishop as their league struggles continue.

After a positive opening few minutes from the Students, the away side gradually grew into the game and began to dominate possession. The five-man UCD defence held strong for almost 20 minutes before Ryan Brennan opened the scoresheet.

Drogheda were causing all sorts of problems for the UCD backline down the right wing and their opener came from just there. A chip over the top found Adam Foley who picked out Ryan Brennan well with a low cross to the front post. The experienced striker produced a beautiful finish with a clever flick of the ball through his legs right into the UCD net.

The early goal provided Kevin Doherty’s side with a big jolt of confidence and they smelt blood in search of a second. They didn’t have to wait very long and doubled their lead on the 25th-minute mark.

After UCD failed to properly clear a Drogheda corner, the away side worked the ball back out to the corner taker, Dayle Rooney. The winger sent a low cross back into the congested UCD box right into the path of captain Conor Keeley. The centre-back struck the ball very nicely on the half-volley, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

The away side were very comfortable as the second half progressed. UCD struggled to get a foothold in the game and their two strikers up top in Jake Doyle and Mikey Raggett found it difficult to hold on to any forward passes out of the UCD half.

Meanwhile, Kevin Doherty’s side produced some more half-chances to keep Kian Moore on his toes in the UCD net. He was alive to a Dayle Rooney effort after a lovely through ball from Darragh Markey before Ryan Brennan almost doubled his tally with a volley that narrowly missed the target.

While UCD had a little more of the ball after the restart, the pattern of the game remained largely the same and Drogheda were comfortable for most of the second half. Plenty of substitutes also disrupted the game's flow although the away fans were delighted to welcome new signing Kyle Robinson when he took to the field midway through the second half.

If the game wasn’t beyond doubt before, Adam Foley’s 71st-minute goal secured all three points for Drogheda. Darragh Markey delivered a lovely freekick to the back post which found Adeboyega. The centre-back headed it back across goal right into the path of Foley who just needed to tap home.

UCD did manage to secure a consolation goal late on in what was their best spell of the game. Some lovely patient build-up play allowed Raggett to set Brennan down the left flank. The midfielder who spent the first half of the season at Drogheda, found Kinsella-Bishop who hammered home with a lovely finish to give the UCD fans something to cheer about.

For most of the game, however, UCD struggled to create meaningful attacks which makes their league position unsurprising. Fortunately, they take a break from league action next week as they welcome Cobh Ramblers to the Bowl in the FAI Cup First Round. Meanwhile, Drogheda host Sligo Rovers on Friday in the same competition.

UCD AFC

16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher 7 Midfielder
5Adam Wells Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
9Mikey Raggett Forward
12Daniel Babb 10 Defender
13Jesse Dempsey Midfielder
29Jake Doyle 21 Forward
36Sean Brennan Midfielder
37Adam Verdon Midfielder 86'
41Eanna Clancy 4 Defender
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
4Ryan Bowden 41 Defender
7Brendan Barr 2 Midfielder
10Ciaran Behan 12 Midfielder
18Donal Higgins Midfielder
19Sami Clarke Forward
21Danu Kinsella Bishop 29 Forward 82'
25Daniel Norris Forward
26Luke O’Regan Defender

Drogheda Utd

35Andrew Wogan Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
5Conor Keeley Defender 25'
6Emmanuel Adegboyega Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
11Adam Foley 29 Forward 71'
16Dayle Rooney 24 Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan 15 Midfielder 19'
21Luke Heeney Midfielder 69'
28Darragh Noone 22 Midfielder
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
14Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
15Kyle Robinson 19 Forward
18Jamie Egan Defender
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
22Aaron McNally 28 Forward
24Warren Davis 16 Midfielder
29Michael Leddy 11 Forward
  • 93'

    Referee blows the final whistle as Drogheda run out comfortable 3-1 winners here in Belfield. Match report coming your way shortly.

  • 91'

    Close! Almost another for UCD as Behan fires wide around the far post.

  • 90'

    Three additional minutes here at the Bowl.

  • 89'

    Mikey Raggett has been lively late on and earns UCD a corner after turning in the box. Adam Wells rises highest from the set-piece but is unable to direct it goalward.

  • 86'

    Adam Verdon is next into the book.

  • 82'

    That's more like it from the Students! Lovely build up play allows Brennan to feed Kinsella-Bishop who hammers home the consolation goal with a great finish.

  • 80'

    Warren Davis again involved as he shoots first time from 25-yards. It has Moore worried as he scrambles across goal but it goes the wrong side of the posts

  • 76'

    Another change as Davis replaces Rooney. The substitute is straight into the thick of it as he picks the ball up in shooting range but fires wide.

  • 73'

    Adam Foley's race is run as he is replaced by Michael Leddy.

  • 71'

    And that just about wraps it...if it was ever in doubt. Adam Foley adds Drogheda's third from a set-piece. Markey delivers a freekick from inside the UCD half towards the back post. He finds Adeboyega who puts it across goal in the path of the waiting Foley to make it 3-0.

  • 69'

    First card of the game goes to Luke Heeney for a strong challenge.

  • 65'

    Robinson is straight into the action on the end of a long ball before teeing up Rooney who cant quite get the space to shoot. The winger tries to return the ball to Robinson but he overcooks it and Moore collects.

  • 62'

    Barr is introduced for Gallagher for the home side. Meanwhile, its a double change for Drogheda as Aaron McNally is on for Darragh Noone while new signing Kyle Robinson replaces the goal scorer Ryan Brennan.

  • 60'

    Very little of note so far this half as Drogheda appear to taken the foot off the peddle a little since the interval. UCD with more possession but struggling to get a meaningful amount of it near the Drogheda box

  • 54'

    Ciaran Behan is introduced for the Students as he replaces Ireland under 17 international Daniel Babb.

  • 51'

    UCD have been a little better since the restart and are finding more joy when keeping the passes to feet. Nothing yet to seriously worry Wogan in the Drogheda net however.

  • 46'

    Keaney headers just over from a UCD freekick which was well delivered by Verdon but the Donegal man is unable to keep the effort down.

  • 45'

    Dayle Rooney gets us back underway as UCD make another change. Kinsella-Bishop replaces Jake Doyle.

  • 47'

    Halftime here at the Bowl its UCD AFC 0-2 Drogheda United.

  • 47'

    Drogheda avoid an embarrassment on the stroke of halftime as Adeboyega headers the ball back to Wogan after a long ball but the keeper is outside the box and has to readjust under pressure from Jake Doyle but he does enough to earn a goal kick.

  • 45'

    3 additional minutes here at the Bowl.

  • 41'

    Drogheda fans are furious after Adam Foley was picked out with a long ball over the top. Moore came bravely off his line and headed clear just before Foley reached it before making contact with the young keeper and conceding a freekick.

  • 36'

    Close! This time is Evan Weir's turn to get involved after his low shot is deflected narrowly wide of the UCD goal.

  • 34'

    This is a Drogheda side playing with bags of confidence. After some good work in the middle by Deegan, Luke Heeney is set loose down the right-wing and finds Brennan with a low cross. The striker gets a good connection on the ball but directs it wide of the post.

  • 31'

    Clever through ball from Markey after winning the ball in midfield. He picks out Rooney buts its a tough angle and Moore is able to make a comfortable save.

  • 29'

    Its a short debut for Clancy as he is replaced by Ryan Bowden, unsure at this stage if it is injury related.

  • 25'

    The visitors double their lead! UCD don't fully deal with a Dayle Rooney corner and the Drogs work the ball back out to the winger who puts in another low cross which finds Drogheda captain Conor Keeley. The centre-back shows great composure to slot the ball home and UCD have a mountain to climb already.

  • 21'

    Despite not testing Moore before the opener, the Drogs smell blood here and are now pushing forward in numbers. Heeney joins the action from fullback and his cross wins a corner but it comes to nothing as the referee brings a halt to the game for a clash of heads during the set-piece.

  • 19'

    Ryan Brennan puts Drogheda 1 up! Delightful finish from Brennan who flicks the ball between his legs at the near post after being picked out by Adam Foley. A clever finish to put the visitors in an early lead.

  • 14'

    Dayle Rooney somehow finds himself in acres of space with the ball in the UCD box but he hesitates giving Keaney time to come across and snuff out the danger.

  • 12'

    Break in play here as UCD captain Keaney gets a nasty trailing arm of Ryan Brennan to the face but eventually picks himself back up and we are back underway.

  • 7'

    Drogheda's turn to attack as Ryan Brennan wins the first corner for his side but its punched clear by Moore in the UCD goal.

  • 4'

    Adam Verdon produces an excellent cross from the set-piece that narrowly misses the head of Jack Keaney.

  • 4'

    Positive start from the students as Brennan wins an early corner with a deflected shot.

  • 1'

    Sean Brennan gets us underway at the Bowl!

  • Despite the sun shining on Belfield here before kick off, torrential rain throughout the day will make for tricky conditions for both sides defenses with kickoff less than 10 minutes away.

  • Just one goal in the 180 minutes Drogheda have played since the departure of Freddie Draper. Today is the perfect day to rack up goals against a UCD side that have conceded 11 goals in their last 180 minutes of football.

  • Three changes to the UCD side who lost 4-0 to Shelbourne here at the Bowl last time out. Michael Gallagher and Jessie Dempsey enter the side as does UCD's new signing Eanna Clancy who has taken a scholarship at the university. Meanwhile Kevin Doherty has named an unchanged Drogheda side from the one who drew 0-0 with Shamrock Rovers last week.

  • Good evening and welcome to FinalWhistle.ie coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash between UCD AFC and Drogheda United at the UCD Bowl. I'm Conor Paterson and I will be bringing you live updates throughout the game and a full match report after the full time whistle. Team news from Belfield coming to you very shortly.

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