2 - 0
FT

Darragh Markey 52' -
Scored: 52'


Mark Doyle 66' -
Scored: 66'



League Report: Drogheda United 2 - 0 Longford Town

Fri, Oct 15 2021

Darragh Mackey of Drogheda celebrates his goal with teammates during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Drogheda United and Longford Town at Head In The Game Park, Drogheda on 15 October 2021. Credit: Ben Whitley

Second half goals from Darragh Markey and Mark Doyle saw Drogheda Utd claim three vital points to leapfrog their great rivals Dundalk in the table and also to relegate Longford Town.

After two defeats in a row Drogs had slipped down the table and were hovering above the play-off spot. This win moves to four points clear of 9th place Waterford with six huge games to play.

For Town, it had been a matter of when not if, they were going to get relegated. Just two wins this season, so far, (both at home) and 20 defeats. Their problem at both ends of the field was evident on Friday night; their goal difference is -37. 19 worse off than Waterford.

Town started brightly and in the third minute a free from Dean Byrne was punched away by Drogheda keeper David Odumosu. Shane Elworthy’s delivery from crosses caused problems but nothing to really trouble the home side.

Drogheda had started sluggishly and took a while to get into the game. James Brown and Conor Kane on both wings started to cause problems. Kane was taken down by Elworthy on 26 minutes; Gary Deegan played the free short to Darragh Markey but he wasted a good chance.

On 28 minutes Mark Doyle’s shot came off the post and came out to Brown but he should’ve done better with his effort. On 32 minutes Steacy was forced into making an excellent save by Doyle as the home side piled on the pressure. From a corner on 37 minutes Dane Massey blasted the ball over the bar.

Seven minutes into the second half and the home side broke the deadlock; a shot from Mark Doyle wasn’t gathered properly by Steacy and it fell to Darragh Markey, he found the back of the net from a tight angle.

The home side doubled their advantage on 66 minutes; after his initial cross was blocked, Markey found the head of Doyle with his second attempt, and he headed home from close range.

Town couldn’t muster up anything in terms of chances to test Odumosu as he kept his goal intact. With Drogheda well on top and Town knowing their fate was sealed the game played at a pedestrian pace in the final 10 minutes. Right at the end a free from substitute James Clarke met the head of Killian Phillips but his effort was saved by Steacy.

Drogheda Utd: David Odumosu; Joe Redmond, Daniel O’Reilly, Dane Massey; James Brown (James Clarke 90+1), Darragh Markey (Luke Heeney 72), Gary Deegan, Killian Phillips, Conor Kane; Mark Doyle, Chris Lyons (Jordan Adeyemo 72).

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dinny Corcoran, Mohammed Boudiaf, Ronan Murray, Kaleem Simon, Ahu Obhakham

Longford Town: Lee Steacey, Mick McDonnell, Aaron O’Driscoll, Ben Lynch; Aodh Dervin, Aaron Robinson; Rob Manley (Conor Davis 68), Darragh Nugent (Aaron McNally 84), Dean Byrne (Dylan Grimes 61); Dean Williams.

Subs: Mick Kelly, Paddy Kirk, Dean Zambra, Matthew O’Brien, Karl Chambers, Joe Manley.

Referee: John McLoughlin (Athlone)

extratime.com Player of the Match: Mark Doyle (Drogheda Utd)


Drogheda
LOct. 29, 2021
Sligo 2 - 0 Drogheda
DNov. 1, 2021
Harps 0 - 0 Drogheda
LNov. 4, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 1 Dundalk
LNov. 7, 2021
Bohs 2 - 1 Drogheda
LNov. 19, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Drogheda
David Odumosu 23
Goalkeeper
Conor Kane 3
Defender
© James Brown 2
90'
90Subbed Off: James Clarke 90'
Defender
Dane Massey 41
Defender
Daniel O'Reilly 5
Defender
Joe Redmond
Defender
Gary Deegan 8
Midfielder
Darragh Markey 7
Scored: 52'
72'
72Subbed Off: Luke Heeney 72'
Midfielder
Killian Phillips 19
Midfielder
Mark Doyle 14
Scored: 66'
Forward
Chris Lyons 9
72'
72Subbed Off: Jordan Adeyemo 72'
Forward

Substitutes
Luke Heeney 21
72'
72Subbed On: Darragh Markey 72'
Forward
Dinny Corcoran 10
Forward
James Clarke 22
90'
90Subbed On: James Brown 90'
Midfield
Mohammad Boudiaf
Defender
Jordan Adeyemo 20
72'
72Subbed On: Chris Lyons 72'
Forward
Colin McCabe 1
Goalkeeper
Ronan Murray 17
Forward
Ahu Obhakhan 31
Forward
Kaleem Simon
Midfield
Longford
LOct. 29, 2021
Longford 1 - 4 St. Pats
LNov. 1, 2021
Sligo 1 - 0 Longford
LNov. 7, 2021
Dundalk 2 - 0 Longford
DNov. 13, 2021
Longford 1 - 1 Waterford
LNov. 19, 2021
Harps 5 - 0 Longford
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender
Ben Lynch
Defender
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
5 Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Darragh Nugent
Midfielder 84'
84Subbed Off: Aaron McNally 84'
4 Aaron Robinson
Midfielder
20 Dean Byrne
Forward 61'
61Subbed Off: Dylan Grimes 61'
8 Rob Manley
Forward 68'
68Subbed Off: Conor Davis 68'
Dean Williams
Forward

Substitutes

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 2021

Venue: United Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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