Rusk takes the biscuit for Students
THE Students broke Drogheda hearts with three goals in the last ten minutes to take this nine-goal thriller at Belfield on Saturday.
Headers from Paul Corry (22) and Samir Belhout (27) gave UCD a seemingly commanding advantage.
Philip Hand then missed a 37th minute penalty for Drogheda, but the plucky visitors ploughed on defiantly, hitting four goals either side of the interval.
Gavin Brennan commenced the Drogs revival with a 45th minute strike and that was followed after the restart by efforts from Jordan White (59), Hand (61) and Lee Lynch (64).
UCD poured forward in the dying stages and the Students' desire was rewarded as Darren Meenan (80), Robbie Creevy (84), and substitute Graham Rusk (89) ensured they moved four points clear of Drogheda in the table.
UCD -- McGinley; Harding (Douglas 51), Boyle, Leahy, Ledwith; Marshall, Corry, Creevy, Meenan; Belhout (Rusk 79), O'Connor.
Drogheda United -- Duggan; Quigley, McNally, Gannon, Hand; O'Brien, Lynch, Mulvenna, (Dolan 43), McMahon (Fitzgerald 71); White (Corcoran 75), Brennan.
REF -- N Doyle (Dublin).