Shamrock Rovers 3 UCD 1
Shamrock Rovers needed late goals from Karl Sheppard, Ronan Finn and Billy Dennehy as they laboured to beat UCD at Tallaght Stadium this evening, though the result moved them a point clear at the top of the table.
Sheppard finally broke UCD's resistance on 69 minutes when he put Rovers in front with a terrific shot after good approach play by Enda Stevens and Dennehy.
Three minutes later, in-form former Student Finn beat the offside trap onto Gary O'Neill's ball to score for the third time in four games.
College hit back with perhaps the goal of the game on 81 minutes from substitute Robbie Benson's long-range shot.
But Rovers responded immediately when Dennehy made it 3-1 a minute later when his deflected shot beat Ger Barron.