Drogheda Utd continue a sparkling start to the Premier Division as Emmanuel Adegboyega’s header seals a narrow win over UCD

EMMANUEL ADEGBOYEGA’s first goal proved the difference as Drogheda United continued their glittering start by winning at UCD.

The 19-year-old headed Dayle Rooney’s free-kick in the 73rd minute to move his side into fourth place.

Emmanuel Adegboyega's first goal proved the difference as Drogheda United continued their glittering start with a win at UCD.

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Emmanuel Adegboyega’s first goal proved the difference as Drogheda United continued their glittering start with a win at UCD.

The Boynesiders saw the goal of the game for the first time after four minutes, Darragh Markey volleying over the goal. Markey and Freddie Draper then saw chances before a frantic home defense slowed the visitors down in the 23rd minute.

Midfielder Rooney whipped in a low cross for Dylan Grimes – but Evan Osam came over.

It was 26 minutes before UCD threatened, Ciarán Behan found Brendan Barr for a punch that was blocked.

Drogheda, the much better side, then sliced ​​into UCD in the 34th minute.

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Grimes and Markey connected well for the latter to put forward Draper down the inside right channel. All that was missing was the conclusion when his drive overturned.

The visitors’ half-chance fell five minutes before the break when Markey fell on a slip by Harvey O’Brien.

Jack Keaney saved the day with a superb tackle on the Drogs midfielder, whose shot deflected into a corner.

UCD finally worked on Colin McCabe in the Drogheda goal nine minutes into the second half when Mark Dignam’s low drive was caught.

Drogheda replied, with Draper missing the finishing touch after a Rooney cross.

Shortly thereafter, Keaney was there again to block another attempt by Markey’s drogs.

And Livewire Grimes seemed poised to break the deadlock in the 67th minute but swept his shot wide.

The breakthrough finally came when Rooney’s free-kick was brilliantly answered by centre-back Adegboyega.

McCabe had yet to make an excellent save from Keaney to secure the win.

SUNSTAR MAN

Dayle RooneyDrogheda

UCD: bog 7; O’Brien 7, Keaney 8, Osam 7 (Izekor 85, 6); Gallagher 6 (Norris 68, 6), Wells 7, Barr 6 (Kinsella-Bishop 77, 6), Dignam 6 (Higgins 77, 6); Kean 7; Behan 6, Nolan 6 (O’Connor 85, 76).

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DROGHEDA UNITED: McCabe 7; Ahui 6, Adegboyega 7, Keeley 7, Weir 6; Deegan 7, R. Brennan 7; Grimes 7 (Nobody 87, 6), Markey 7, Rooney 8; Draper 7.

REFEREE: K O’Sullivan (Cork) 6.

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