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Drogs finally edge UCD

DROGHEDA UNITED's new management got off to a dream start thanks to Alan McNally's second-half header.

The centre-half was the only man to take his chance in a game full of opportunities, giving his side just their third win of the season and their first over UCD in five attempts.

Paul Lumsden was set to be appointed as Drogheda boss today, with Darius Kierans the new director of football, and they watched from the bench as Corie Treacy cleared a Ciaran Kilduff effort off the line, before Paul Corry should have done better with a free header from the resultant corner.

The breakthrough should have come from the hosts when Alan Kelly awarded them a penalty. But Joe Kendrick's well-struck spot-kick hit the outside of the post.

Kilduff was again denied, Murphy reacting well to snuff out the striker's threat in first-half injury time. Scoreless at the break, United's new managerial team made two changes. And one of those introduced, Colm Smith, almost broke the deadlock with a downward header from Kendrick's cross, but Brennan produced a fine save.

McNally was the unlikely figure to finally make the breakthrough, meeting Kendrick's delivery with a glancing effort that flew past Brennan.