| SSE Airtricity League - Tallaght Stadium - Tuesday 30th September
| Brennan 7' Sean O'Connor 18'
McCabe pen. 55'
|Rearranged game from Friday 19th September
|Ga Match Photographs here|
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.
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.
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.
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.
A double pack of stats for this week's games v U.C.D on Tuesday. and Derry City on Sunday.
Team news ahead of Tuesday night's game home to U.C.D.
YOUTHS UP THE ANTE TO SEE OFF HOOPS
Paddy Coad to be honoured with a blue plaque in his home town in Waterford.