Morrison shocks Drogs
Drogheda 0 UCD 1
UCD just about deserved all three points on offer in Drogheda last night thanks to Cillian Morrison's 80th-minute strike, but they had to work hard to get them.
Martin Russell would have been viewing the season opener as a great opportunity to get a win in the bag, but his opposite number Mick Cooke put out a side to stymie a creative Student threat.
New manager Cooke opted to play it safe from the start, putting five across the middle of the park and, for the most part, they looked pretty solid, but seven minutes in Dean Marshall snuck in behind them to provide Morrison with a delightful through ball.
The striker settled himself, but was ultimately denied by the feet of David Quirke in the Drogheda goal.
Yael Haro -- who switched from Drogheda's defence to UCD's in the off-season -- was caught napping on the half-hour mark, but Dinny Corcoran could only manage to steer the resulting chance to the left of Ger Barron and wide.
Morrison came up with the crucial winner with 10 minutes on the clock when he bundled in Ciaran Nangle's cross to stun the home support.
Drogheda United -- Quirke; Gannon, McNally, Whelan, Quigley; Freeman, McCrossan, Lester, O'Brien, Hand (Skelly 79); Corcoran (Hanaphy 58).
UCD -- Barron; Harding, Leahy, Haro, Nangle; Marshall (Meenan 66), Creevy, Corry, O'Callaghan (O'Conor 66); Rusk, Morrison.
Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).