UCD 0 GALWAY UNITED 2
Before this crucial encounter in Belfield at the UCD Bowl, Galway United manager John Caulfield spoke about the relevance of momentum in the SSE Airtricity League.
A four match winning sequence suggests United are briskly moving in the right direction with an assured triumph over the Students ensuring the maroon team left the capital heartened.
UCD's class as a club enabled a passionate collection of United supporters entry and a warm welcome to a fixture that carried importance.
United hit the front in the 29th minute when Ruairi Keating slammed a delightful effort into the back of the UCD net.
With Conor McCormack once again supplying the midfield guile, United performed impressively.
There was plenty to admire in UCD's approach, but United defended in resolute fashion.
Two minutes after the restart Wilson Waweru mined a splendid second for the visitors', who continued to manage the game smartly.
That was chiefly due to the industry of McCormack, Gary Boylan, and David Hurley, who controlled the tone and tempo.
UCD: Healy; Kearney, Todd, Osam; Gallagher (Farrell, 75 ), Brennan, Doyle, Keane (Kinsella Bishop, 75 ), Weir (Behan, 70 ); Kerrigan (Higgins, 75, Lennon, 78 ), Whelan.
GALWAY UNITED: Kearns; O’Keeffe, Nugent, Brouder, Murphy (Horgan, 90 ); McCormack, Boylan (Duggan, 75 ), Hurley (Rowe, 90 ); Place (Doherty, 75 ), Waweru (Cunningham, 67 ), Keating.
REFEREE: David Keeler.