A blistering start to the game saw the Hoops score twice in the opening 20 minutes through Ryan Brennan and Sean O'Connor. A penalty in the second-half rounded off the scoring and although Rovers won comfortably the Students were unlucky not to score a consoation as both Robert Benson and sub Kaleem Simon hit the post.
On a night of swirling rain in Tallaght the Hoops started well zipping the ball around the greasy surface and Simon Madden took only 4 minutes to cross for Brennan to head narrowly over the bar. Gary McCabe then forced a fine save by UCD keeper Conor O'Donnell with a stinging shot from all of 25 yarde.
[GOAL 1:0 - 7th min.] Gary McCabes initial corner was cleared but the ball fell to him again and this time his inswinging cross was flicked into the corner of the net at the back post by Ryan Brennan.
Madden's cross on 9 minutes almost saw McCabe direct his effort on goal while at the other end UCDs first foray into the Hoops box needed a fine tackle by Luke Byrne to keep Chris Mulhall out.
[GOAL 2:0 - 18th min.] Rovers were well on top and increased their lead when Sean O'Connor beat two players on the right edge of the box before curling a delightful shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Patrick Cregg had to retire injured after 21 minutes to be replaced by Robert Bayly. Simon Madden again sparkled down the right and this time his cross was well defended by Gareth Matthews as Brennan looked to get the vital touch in front of goal. Ryan Brennan then went close with a 20 yard shot before the same player set up Madden, who brilliantly took control of the ball before crossing into the box and the ball fell for McCabe but he volleyed over the bar.
A free-kick for the Students from a central position just outside the box saw captain Robert Benson step up to fire the ball past the wall and 'keeper Craig Hyland but his shot hit the right-hand post.
[GOAL 3:0 - 55th min.] Ryan Brennan should have made it 3-0 when he combined with Robert Bayly to race in on goal but keeper O'Donnell advanced to save. However the ball was played back into the box and Hugh Douglas was adjudged to have handled the ball and Gary McCabe stepped up to smash the spot-kick into the top left-hand corner of the net.
On 62 minutes a lovely move saw Robinson set up Madden to cross for Ciaran Kilduff in front of goal but he blasted his shot over the bar. Craig Hyland was then called on to dive and palm away Kaleem Simons curling shot. On 70 minutes Rovers sub Dean Kelly picked up a pass on the left and cut in to shoot on target but O'Donnell got a hand to the ball to keep it out.
Kelly was released into the box again on 78 minutes and this time he picked out Sean O'Connor in the box but he saw his shot cannon off both the 'keeper and a defender before Cian Kavanagh pounced on the rebound but his shot was blocked in front of goal also.
The Students had two decent chances to score a consolation goal late in the game when firstly a good break saw Benson get behind Conor Kenna to cross for Simon but Hyland was quick off his line to claim the ball. Samir Belhout then nicked the ball off Bayly to play Simon in on the right but he saw his shot beat Hyland and crash off the left-hand post.