The Hoops gained another welcome three points with a good display against the Students. A goal in each half from Gary Twigg and Gary McCabe secured the win. Ronan Finn and Stephen Rice ran tirelessly in midfield as the Rovers defence chalked up another clean sheet.
[GOAL 0:1 - 5th min.] Rovers had the perfect start when Ronan Finn raced down the right wing and crossed low into the box for Gary Twigg who took a touch to control the ball and slotted home past McGinley via the left-hand post.
The Students were stunned but Jansson had to be alert to punch away a dangerous Correy cross on 7 minutes but at the other end Stephen Rice played Twigg in on the left-hand side of the box and he back-heeled the ball for McCabe but he got under his shot and the ball went wide.
The game settled down and UCD gradually saw more of the ball and when an attack wasn't properly dealt with by the Hoops defence on 23 minutes the ball fell nicely for Chris Lyons but Jansson was quick off his line to take the ball off the toe of the UCD striker.
A good run by Stephen Rice on the half-hour set up Twigg with a chance but his shot was blocked for a corner. Leahy then defended well under pressure from Craig Sives following Finn's cross. Jansson easily saved Ledwith's free-kick from a dangerous position just outside the box on 34 minutes.
Killian Brennan replaced the injured Chris Turner and UCD 'keeper McGinley punched his free-kick clear in the 40th minute. On 43 minutes a diagonal ball from Sives was headed on by Twigg to McCabe and he raced into the area to cross low for Ronan Finn but his shot missed the target when it looked like the Hoops would go two up.
The Hoops had the first chance of the second-half on 52 minutes when McCabe crossed for Kavanagh but his shot missed the target. David McMillan then shot from distance and Jansson was relieved to see the ball just go over the bar. Tommy Stewart made his return to the Hoops team after 55 minutes and three minutes later he met a Brennan cross but directed his header wide.
A Killian Brennan free-kick on 68 minutes saw 'keeper McGinley dive to his left to push away his shot.
[GOAL 0:2 - 69th min.] Gary McCabe picked up the ball on the left-hand side and ran at the UCD defence before curling a fine shot past McGinley and into the right-hand corner of the net.
It was the insurance goal the Hoops needed and on 72 minutes McCabe almost setup Stewart in the box but a defender got back to clear. Oscar Jansson made a fine catch from a cross as the Students desperately tried to get back into the game. Stephen Rice was on hand to head clear from a free-kick as the game entered the final 10 minutes.
A Killian Brennan cross on 83 minutes saw Twigg head down for Stewart but he couldn't get his shot inside the box. Jansson then punched away a dangerous cross before the final chance of the game saw Finn whip in a fine cross in front of the UCD goal and although Stewart met the ball he could only head wide from six-yards out.
Gary Twigg opens the scoring for Rovers......photo by George Murphy