2 - 1
FT

Patrick McEleney 11' -
Scored: 11'


Daniel Kelly 59' -
Scored: 59'


Scored: 13'
- Joey O'Brien 13'


League Report: Dundalk 2 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Fri, May 21 2021

Daniel Kelly who scored against the Hoops in the FAI Cup Final got the winner in Oriel Park this time around Credit: Michael P Ryan

David Wilson reports from Oriel Park

A Daniel Kelly masterclass on his 25th birthday earned a valuable three points for Dundalk at the expense of league leaders Shamrock Rovers who saw their 33-game unbeaten run come to an end where it all began back in September 2019.

Goals from firstly Patrick McEleney and then Kelly, cancelled out Joey O’Brien’s first half equalise and put Stephen Bradley’s side to the sword on a cool evening at Oriel Park.

Prior to the game starting a protest of around 150 Dundalk fans gathered outside the ground to voice their displeasure with the ownership of the club. 

The events passed off without any incident, a couple of fireworks and flares were ignited, but the Shamrock Rovers travelling contingent were allowed enter the ground peacefully. 

A rip-roaring first half of football set the tone for an entertaining clash on the pitch. 

Rovers came flying out of the blocks pressing high and playing progressively. The first ten minutes of the game was owned by the away side, coming closest after four minutes when a fantastic switch of play from Daniel Mandroiu found Sean Gannon. 

The former Dundalk star crossed to Aaron Greene who flicked his header onto the head of Liam Scales who nodded onto the bar beating a scrambling Alessio Abibi. 

However, it was the Lilywhites who took the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute. A Hoops corner was cleared by Andy Boyle toward Cameron Dummigan who in turn found Kelly wide on the left touchline right on halfway. 

Kelly drew both Gary O’Neill and Gannon in, leaving the centre of the park wide open. He managed to find the thunderous run of McEleney who controlled well, held off the last-ditch efforts of Pico Lopes and finished high beyond Alan Mannus to give Dundalk the perfect start.

Two minutes later and parity was restored. Gannon thrashed an effort across the goal toward Lopes who confused the on-rushing Abibi by glancing a header beyond the Albanian. Chris Shields attempted to clear the ball off the line but in doing so Abibi deflected the ball away from his centre half and Joey O’Brien was on hand to score the simplest of goals.

Abibi had started confidently saving well from Mandroiu and claiming a corner, but Rovers targeted the ‘keeper shooting from range and whipping crosses under his crossbar.

Dundalk’s best avenue of attack was long passes in behind to Kelly who was a livewire. He nearly got in behind from a neat David McMillan pass, but Gannon got in to stop the danger in the 25th minute. 

Just after the half hour mark another Kelly run resulted in a Dundalk chance. Lee Grace made a poor clearance to McEleney who plucked the ball out of the sky excellently. The Derry native found his county compatriot Michael Duffy at the back stick but Mannus saved well from eight yards. 

The remaining minutes of the first half were dominated in terms of ball possession by Rovers but they couldn’t create guilt-edge chances, Dundalk continued to play on the break but failed to create anything of note.

The second half was just three minutes old when a long Scales pass into the left channel beat everyone and found its way to Greene. The number nine had his mind made up with Abibi’s aggressive positioning as the striker attempted to lift the ball over the ‘keeper but unfortunately for the Hoops his effort bounced up and against the crossbar. 

Five minutes later and Rovers hit the woodwork once more. Graham Burke stood up Shields and cut in on his left where he unleashed a rasper that struck the far post and was then cleared to safety. Rovers were cursing their luck.

One minute before the hour mark, Dundalk were ahead. A lethargic Rovers build-up play was seized upon after a poor Mandroiu pass was intercepted by McEleney. The crafty midfielder drove at the Hoops defence before teeing up Kelly out wide to his right who thumped his effort first time beyond the clutches of Mannus who did not even smell it. 

Raivis Jurkovksis, Stanton and Kelly all suffered with cramp as Dundalk held on to that lead. The Lilywhites had run themselves into the ground and had pressed throughout the game vigorously. 

Shortly after going down with cramp, Jurkovksis cut inside and fired an effort that whistled past Mannus’ post with eight minutes remaining. 

A minute later substitute Mitdskogen should have wrapped up all three points for the home side. Duffy gathered a Mitdskogen knockdown before playing the Norwegian in, and from a tight angle the centre-forward smashed his effort straight art Mannus who stood up tall and kept his side in the game. 

In the final minute Rovers should have been level. Dundalk fell asleep from a quick corner taken by Rory Gaffney who fed Mandroiu. His centre found the head of an unmarked Greene five yards out but he directed his header back across goal which just shaved the post and went behind to safety from a Dundalk perspective. 

A final goalmouth scramble underneath Dundalk’s crossbar bore no fruit as Rovers suffer their first league defeat since September 2019.

Dundalk: Alessio Abibi; Cameron Dummigan, Chris Shields (c), Andy Boyle, Raivis Jurkovskis; Daniel Kelly (Ole Eirik Midtskogen 75), Wilfried Zahibo, Sam Stanton (Greg Sloggett 78) Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy; David McMillan

Subs not used: Peter Cherrie (GK), Darragh Leahy, Sean Murray, Val Adedokun, Ryan O’Kane, Han Jeongwoo, Jesus Perez

Booked: Wilfried Zahibo (40), Sam Stanton (49), David McMillan (79), Alessio Abibi (90 + 3)

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Joey O’Brien, Lee Grace, Roberto Lopes (c); Sean Gannon, Gary O’Neill, Danny Mandroiu, Liam Scales; Aaron Greene, Graham Burke (Dean Williams 86), Rory Gaffney

Subs not used: Leon Pohls (GK), Adam Wells, Darragh Nugent, Max Murphy, Dean McMenemy, Cole Omorehoman, Kevin Zefi, Aidomo Emakhu

Booked: Joey O’Brien (67)

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: 0

Extratime.com player of the match: Daniel Kelly (Dundalk)


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WJuly 29, 2021
TAL 1 - 2 Dundalk
Alessio Abibi 1
Goalkeeper
Booked: 90'
Cameron Dummigan 23
Defender
Andy Boyle 4
Defender
Raivis Jurkovskis 13
Midfielder
Michael Duffy 7
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney 11
Scored: 11'
Midfielder
© Chris Shields 5
Midfielder
Sam Stanton 8
Booked: 49'
78'
78Subbed Off: Greg Sloggett 78'
Midfielder
Wilfried Zahibo 19
Booked: 40'
Midfielder
Daniel Kelly 27
Scored: 59'
74'
74Subbed Off: Ole Erik Midtskogen 74'
Forward
David McMillan 29
Booked: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Han Jeongwoo 77
Midfield
Peter Cherrie 14
Goalkeeper
Val Adedokun 25
Forward
Darragh Leahy 15
Defender
Ole Erik Midtskogen 17
74'
74Subbed On: Daniel Kelly 74'
Forward
Sean Murray 16
Midfield
Ryan O'Kane 28
Midfield
Jesus Perez 90
Forward
Greg Sloggett 10
78'
78Subbed On: Sam Stanton 78'
Midfield
Shamrock R
LJuly 7, 2021
SLOBrat 2 - 0 Shamrock R
WJuly 13, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 SLOBrat
WJuly 16, 2021
Derry 2 - 4 Shamrock R
WJuly 23, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Galway
WJuly 30, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 1 St. Pats
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
28 Joey O'Brien
Defender
Scored: 13'
Booked: 67'
4 Roberto Lopes ©
Defender
5 Lee Grace
Defender
15 Liam Scales
Midfielder
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Midfielder
2 Sean Gannon
Midfielder
9 Aaron Greene
Forward
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward
10 Graham Burke
Forward 86'
86Subbed Off: Dean Williams 86'

Substitutes
19 Dean Williams
Forward 86'
86Subbed On: Graham Burke 86'
21 Adam Wells
Defender
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Cole Omorehiomwan
Defender
22 Darragh Nugent
Midfield
24 Max Murphy
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield
Kevin Zefi
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. May 21, 2021

Venue: Oriel Park

Referee: Robert Harvey

Attendance: Unknown

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