An early Dean Clarke goal was the difference as UCD climbed off the bottom of the table with a hard fought win over Bohemians.
In a game full of controversy UCD came away with all three points thanks to Dean Clarke's early goal over fellow strugglers Bohemians.
The hosts took the lead in the eighth minute when Dean Clarke was played through by Students top scorer David McMillan and Clarke with a lot to do beat Dean Delany with a brilliant finish into the bottom corner. Two minutes later Clarke nearly had a second when he mishit a cross forcing the keeper to tip the ball over the bar.
In the 17th minute Bohs had their first real chance of the game when former UCD striker Chris Lyons found space on the edge of the box but his shot was too close Conor O’Donnell who saved well.
Bohs nearly had an equaliser just before half time when Keith Buckley hit a powerful shot on the volley that looked to cause O’Donnell some problems, but UCD captain David O’Connor got a block to it and the danger was averted.
Bohs went close again minutes into the second half when David Mulcahy struck a half volley which looked destined for the corner only for O’Donnell to pull off a magnificent save.
UCD then nearly made it two when Dean Clarke got the ball and ran towards goal from the half line and pulled the ball back onto his favourite right foot and nearly beat Delany at his near post but the Bohs keeper got a strong hand to it to keep Bohemians in the game.
Chris Lyons nearly came back to haunt his former club when he found space in the box but could not beat O'Donnell with a scuffed shot. Bohemians were denied a clear penalty when a Chris Lyons shot hit Hugh Douglas’s hand in the area, but referee Padraigh Sutton gave nothing.
In the 87th minute Bohemians thought they scored a late equaliser after Mulligan crossed into the box for Kevin Devaney. The substitute headed past O’Donnell only for the linesman's flag to go up for offside.
The visitors' night went from bad to worse when Keith Buckley was sent off for an off the ball challenge with the referee giving him a straight red.
UCD hung on for the win that they needed to go above Shelbourne which could prove extremely important in their quest to survive relegation.