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Date: 7:45 p.m. July 27, 2012
Venue: United Park
Att: 995

Declan O'Brien 21' -
Scored: 21'


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94'
The Boynesiders had everyone behind the ball in those final minutes, but UCD just couldn't find a way through. To say Drogheda were lucky would be an understatement but they head to Sligo next week knowing that a win puts them in pole position. Ok, report will follow soon. From me it's goodnight.

93'

FULL TIME!

Full time here. Drogheda are one point off Sligo Rovers.

91'
Drogheda waste a minute at the corner flag but UCD are breaking now.

90'
No real chances in the last three minutes, but UCD are dominating possession. Three minutes of injury time to be played.

87'

Yellow Card

Paul Crowley is booked for Drogheda United.

87'
Three minutes to go and a nervy finish is guaranteed.

85'
UCD are waltzing through the Drogheda midfield. Corry, Belhout, Leahy all combining well but once they get in sight of the Drogheda goal they lose control and composure.

83'
Prendergast comes back on with his leg heavily strapped, but UCD played some really disciplined football until O'Connor decided to hoof the ball into the Drogheda box and wide.

82'
Drogheda with ten on the pitch as the defender recieves treatment.

80'
UCD are going two and three to the ball when Drogheda are in possession as Prendergast goes down for Drogheda, he's been hobbling for the last few minutes.

80'
UCD are going two and three to the ball when Drogheda are in possession as Prendergast goes down for Drogheda, he's been hobbling for the last few minutes.

78'
From a kick out UCD start at the back and look to move the ball that way, they are going to play their way past the Drogheda defence.

77'
UCD right back Hugh Douglas is really dangerous when he gets on the ball and the Students are very comfortable breaking from the back.

77'
UCD right back Hugh Douglas is really dangerous when he gets on the ball and the Students are very comfortable breaking from the back.

75'
Drogheda get some respite with a free out but only moments before Conor McMahon muscled onto the ball and tried to break free but once he got to the half way line he was alone and he tried to pick out Brennan but just gives the ball away such were his limited options.

74'
Conor McMahon panics as a nothing ball comes to him but he skews his attempted clearance right back at Sava's goal and concedes a corner needlessly

72'
Drogheda are playing with fire here, they are slow and way too defensive, UCD on the other hand have gone three at the back and are looking to run at every chance.

71'

Substitution

UCD Sub - Martin Russell makes his second change as Barry McCabe replaces Paul O'Conor.

70'

Yellow Card

Eric Foley plays a lazy pass and it's easily intercepted but as UCD break Alan Byrne makes a clumsy tackle and is booked.

69'
Speculative cross by Belhout is met by the head of McMillan and he heads over.

68'

Substitution

Drogheda Sub - Final sub for Mick Cooke, Tiarnan Mulvenna comes on for Cathal Brady.

65'

Substitution

Drogheda Sub - Jason Marks comes on for Sean Brennan.

64'
Drogheda break on the counter but Foley tries to ambitiously pick out O'Brien and it runs through to the keeper. It's end-to-end here.

62'
UCD are pressing but the final ball is really lacking as they look to break down what an ever diminishing Drogheda defence.

61'
Paul Corry plays a short corner trying to pick out Ledwith on the edge of the box but Crowley races out slide and block it.

59'

Yellow Card

First card of the game goes to UCD's Danny Ledwith as he blatantly dragged down Cathal Brady. Fair call.

56'
Byrne is now playing in just behind the midfield as O'Brien is left up on his own.

55'

Substitution

Drogheda Sub - Peter Hynes is called ashore as Alan Byrne comes on for Drogheda. Mick Cooke certainly wants to shore up his defence.

53'
After a poor clearance Paul Crowley picks the ball up and plays a high ball into Hynes who instantly just flicks it into the path of the on rushing O'Brien but Belhout was back to force the ball behind.

52'
Drogheda are really looking uncertain at the back, UCD should be at least level at this stage.

49'
Another great save, Belhout crossed the ball in but Paul Crowley only half cleared it into Chris Lyons and he layed the ball to Benson who turned and shot from all of eight yards out but Sava got down to fantastically palm it away and then block the follow up behind.

47'
Nervy moments for Sava, he spills a Lynos shot but gathers at the second time.

47'
Prendergast proves why he's a center back and not a center forward as he tries and audacious shot just in side the UCD half and ends up putting it closer to the corner than the goal

46'

Substitution

UCD Sub - Ciaran Nangle is replaced at half time by Chris Lyons.

46'

Second Half

And we are back underway with Drogheda playing with a breeze

45' + 2'

Half Time

The ref blows for halftime right on 45 minutes. Drogheda go in ahead but they look in danger of switching off totally while Martin Russell will be annoyed that his side have wasted so many chances.

45' + 1'
The FAI are sponsoring tonight's game in Drogheda, Fran Gavin is in attendance.

44'
UCD waste another chance, a great piece of interplay between Corry and O'Connor with the former running onto the latter's back heel sets up Ledwith who blasts well wide.

42'
Bit of keepy upp'es there as UCD fail to deal with another corner from Hand but in the end the ball drops to two Drogheda players but they fail to do anything with it.

37'
Sublime move there by Drogheda, Cathal Brady crosses to the back post where Peter Hynes powers up and knocks the ball back into the path of Crowley who fires a volley in but it comes off the outside of his boot and skews narrowly wide.

36'
Daniel Ledwith almost equalises, Drogheda concede a stupid free about 25 yards out and just in front of the goal and the left back dinks the ball over the wall and leaves Sava rooted to the ground but it scrapes the outside of the post.

35'
Philip Hand delivers another pinpoint corner and picks out Brady at the back post but the wingers header goes right across the goal and back to the left back who chips in and this time McNally heads at goal but McGinley catches it, much to the relief of the UCD support.

33'
There has been a slight lull in play but UCD are coming more and more into this game. McMillan is playing right in between McNally and Prendergast and he certainly can beat them for pace.

30'
Great save by Sava to deny Paul Corry an equaliser after some real hesitancy in the Drogheda box.

28'
Paul O'Connor wastes a chance for UCD, they win a free in the Drogheda half and he just fires it high and wide, clearly looking to put the ball in at the back post however.

27'
O'Brien tries to be a bit cheeky and spots that McGinley isn't on his line and from a free he fires a high shot but it sails well over the bar.

25'
David McMillian fires in an effort from 40 yards out which has Sava scrambling across the goal but luckily for the Drogheda keeper it goes narrowly wide. A warning shot if ever there was one.

25'
UCD are pressing now, but risk being caught on the counter.

21'
Just on that goal, Philip Hand played in a free from well inside the Drogheda half, Michael Leahy headed it out but it only went as far as O'Brien who coolly chested the ball and fired in a looping volley from the edge of the box.

21'

GOAL!

What a goal by Declan O'Brien to give Drogheda the lead.

19'
UCD win their first corner and it's headed into Sava's hands, but from his clearance O'Brien was almost released but the UCD keeper rushes off his line to head clear just outside his box.

17'
Philip Hand plays in a free for Drogheda from almost the corner flag but he fails to beat the first man and then on the break Ciaran Nangle plays through trying to pick out McMillan but the ball was too fast.

16'
Daniel Ledwith stops Cathal Brady in his tracks and then powers forward, but the defender doesn't have the confidence to keep going and plays a poor pass which gives Drogheda the ball.

15'
Philip Hand goes close with volley from 30 yards out to the left of goal, it's all Drogheda at the moment as Peter Hynes has a pop but it goes right into the hands of the UCD keeper.

13'
Alan McNally makes a massive error, the centre back is caught in posession and loses the ball to David McMillan but the Drogheda defender pushes the striker and no foul is given. UCD have a shot but it's high and over.

11'
Shouts for a peno as Michael Leahy swings out of the jersey of Paul Crowley in the box but with the ref only yards away nothing is given.

10'
Cathal Brady in a piece of skill nutmegged Paul Corry then chipped a ball aimed for Sean Brennan but there was too much pace and it ran through to McGinley.

7'
McMahon plays a pass to Hynes, but the big striker lets the ball run and it goes through to O'Brien who flicked it back to Hynes but the striker was forced wide and the effort broke down. Drogheda had the first corner of the game but the cross was headed clear to Foley who drilled it back in low and didn't do any damage.

4'
First shot of the game comes to Drogheda, Declan O'Brien with a tame effort from 30 yards out. But then down the other end Paul Corry almost released the UCD attack, but Paul Crowley managed to cut out the pass.

2'
These sides played out a nine goal thriller at the end of last season, the first meeting of the sides was 1-1 at Bellfield, there could be a few goals here tonight.

1'
Both sides lining out 4-4-2 but Drogheda look to already be playing a high line, something they used quite effectively last week in Shelbourne.

1'

GAME ON!

And we are underway in Drogheda

0'
A handful of travelling support are here, but they are massively outnumbered by the home support.

0'
Teams are coming out on the pitch, there is a lot of nervousness in Drogheda as UCD are the bogey team, will they end the Drogs run of five wins in a row?

0'
So, the Olympic opening ceremony is taking place tonight, who cares, the real action is here at HD Park, this is by far one of the biggest crowds of the season in attendance so far. And everyone is being treated to a a Hip-Hop display from local talent.

0'
Teams are just about to be uploaded for tonight's game at Hunk Dorys Park.



Photo Gallery for Drogheda United -v- UCD



Drogheda United
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Philip Hand
Defender
Conor McMahon
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Cathal Brady
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
Midfielder
Paul Crowley
87Booked: 87'
Midfielder
Eric Foley
Midfielder
Peter Hynes
Forward
Declan O'Brien
21Scored: 21'
Forward

Substitutes
Johnny Breen
Forward
Alan Byrne
70Booked: 70'
Defender
Jason Marks
Defender
Tiarnan Mulvenna
Forward
Mark O'Brien
Midfield
Stephen Quigley
Defender
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
UCD
Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper
David O'Connor
Defender
Ciaran Nangle
Defender
Mick Leahy
Defender
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Daniel Ledwith
Midfielder
59Booked: 59'
Paul Corry
Midfielder
Robbie Benson
Midfielder
David McMillan
Forward
Samir Belhout
Forward

Substitutes
Tyrone McNelis
Midfield
Barry McCabe
Midfield
Chris Lyons
Forward
James Kavanagh
Midfield
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Gary Burke
Midfield
Tomás Boyle
Defender