2 - 1
FT

Steven Bradley 56' -
Red: 56'


Daniel Kelly 63' -
Scored: 63'


John Martin 86' -
Scored: 86'


Red: 45'
- Shane Griffin 45'

Peno Scored: 80'
- Shane Farrell 80'


League Report: Dundalk 2 - 1 Shelbourne

Fri, Apr 22 2022

Credit: Ben Whitley

A late John Martin goal rescued three points for the Lilywhites in a fixture where tempers flared at Oriel Park. The Lilywhites edging out the Reds 2-1. 

This was almost a real game of two halves. The fixtures came alive at the end of a tepid first half, devoid of any moments of brilliance, when the Reds saw red, seconds before the half-time whistle.

Shane Griffin was sent off for a second yellow. Damien Duff was given yellow number one and two and sent off for his complaints from the sideline. 

It was to prove a real turning point as the second half had a real needle and tempo to it, albeit without much real quality from either side. 

Prior to that; with five minutes of the half remaining, Dundalk had gotten two yellow cards in quick succession. Paul Doyle was booked and Patrick Hoban landed a yellow for his protests amidst some handbags. 

As the red mist descended, it looked like it would play into Shels’ hands. A riled up Mark Connolly, allowed a ball to go over his head as he jostled with Griffin, allowing Daniel Carr to swan into the box to gift Shelbourne their best chance of the half. Fortunately for Stephen O’Donnell’s side, Carr couldn’t convert. 

Dundalk were on top in terms of possession but without fashioning many guilt edge chances. Greg Sloggett took a fine ball down in the box early on but couldn’t pull the trigger. Steven Bradley did manage to test Brendan Clarke with a snap shot, but the Shels custodian was equal to the danger. 

Hoban nearly rubbed salt in the wounds of the visitor’s when his free kick from Griffin’s red, fizzed narrowly wide. It was to be the last action of the half.

The second half opened with a bang with Dundalk piling on the pressure at first, but the Reds fought their way back and almost nicked a goal on the counter attack ten minutes after the restart and had a penalty shout turned down on 50 minutes. 

Parity would be soon be restored after another spate of cards. Sloggett picked up a yellow before Shane Farrell was yellow carded and then, after consultation between the officials Bradley received his marching orders.

Dundalk’s numerical advantage at the start of the half, undone with an hour to go.

Oriel Park was a cauldron after all of that. Daniel Kelly helped ease tensions when he converted from Paul Doyle’s cross to put the home side deservedly in front. But the man in the middle would be centre stage once more with ten minutes remaining, when he awarded a penalty.

Paul McLaughlin seemed to have dismissed John Wilson’s penalty claim, before pointing at the spot. The travelling Shels supporters got a good view of Farrell’s conversion to level the game and smooth over any grievances they may have had up to that point. 

Not for the first time this season, it looked like Dundalk were going to surrender two points to Shelbourne courtesy of a late penalty. 

Shels made three subs in the second half and Dundalk four as they chased a now helter skelter game that threatened to go either way.

Perhaps a few eyebrows were raised at the subbing of Hoban for John Martin with six minutes left to play, but any qualms were squashed when Martin scored with his first touch of the game three minutes after his introduction, to put Dundalk back into the lead. Needless to say Oriel erupted.

The five minutes of additional time must have felt like an eternity for Dundalk fans, as Shels peppered the box in the hope of one final chance – but it wasn’t to be. Dundalk’s good home record held out against Shels’ impressive away one. 

Dundalk: Nathan Shepperd; Mark Connolly, Andy Boyle, Darragh Leahy, Lewis Macari (David McMillan 83); Paul Doyle (Sam Bone 74), Steven Bradley, Greg Sloggett (Keith Ward 54); Joe Adams, Patrick Hoban (John Martin 83), Daniel Kelly.
Subs not used: Peter Cherrie, Mayowa Animasahun, John Mountney, Ryan O'Kane, Mark Hanratty.
Booked: Paul Doyle (40), Patrick Hoban (41), Greg Sloggett (53), Mark Connolly (67).
Sent off: Steven Bradley (56).

Shelbourne: Brendan Clarke; Shane Griffin, Luke Byrne, Conor Kane (Sean Boyd 70), Aaron O'Driscoll, John Ross Wilson; Shane Farrell, Aodh Dervin (Jordan McEneff 78), Mark Coyle, Jack Moylan; Daniel Carr (Kameron Ledwidge 46).
Subs not used: Lewis Webb, Gavin Molloy, Adam Thomas, JJ Lunney, Stanley Anaebonam, Jad Hakiki.
Booked: Shane Griffin (19) ,Aodh Dervin (40), Shane Griffin (45) ,Shane Farrell (56).
Sent off: Shane Griffin (45), Damien Duff (45).

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.
Attendance: 2,427
extratime.com Player of the Match: Mark Connolly


Dundalk
WApril 29, 2022
Dundalk 4 - 1 Drogheda
DMay 6, 2022
UCD 2 - 2 Dundalk
WMay 13, 2022
Dundalk 3 - 1 Bohs
WMay 20, 2022
Derry 1 - 2 Dundalk
WMay 23, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk
Nathan Shepperd 1
Goalkeeper
Mark Connolly 5
Booked: 67'
Defender
Andy Boyle 4
Defender
Darragh Leahy 15
Defender
Lewis Macari 2
83'
83Subbed Off: David McMillan 83'
Defender
Paul Doyle 21
Booked: 40'
74'
74Subbed Off: Sam Bone 74'
Midfielder
Steven Bradley 16
Sent Off: 56'
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett 10
Booked: 53'
54'
54Subbed Off: Keith Ward 54'
Midfielder
Joe Adams 20
Forward
Patrick Hoban 9
Booked: 41'
83'
83Subbed Off: John Martin 83'
Forward
Daniel Kelly 7
Scored: 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Hanratty 25
Midfield
Peter Cherrie 14
Goalkeeper
Sam Bone 6
74'
74Subbed On: Paul Doyle 74'
Defender
Mayowa Animasahun 24
Defender
John Martin 11
83'
83Subbed On: Patrick Hoban 83'
Scored: 86'
Forward
David McMillan 29
83'
83Subbed On: Lewis Macari 83'
Forward
John Mountney 23
Midfield
Ryan O'Kane 28
Midfield
Keith Ward 17
54'
54Subbed On: Greg Sloggett 54'
Midfield
Shelbourne
LApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
WMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shels
WMay 23, 2022
Shels 2 - 0 UCD
1 Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
5 Shane Griffin
Defender
Booked: 19'
Booked: 45'
Sent Off: 45'
23 Luke Byrne
Defender
3 Conor Kane
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: Sean Boyd 70'
4 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
2 John Ross Wilson
Defender
17 Shane Farrell
Midfielder
Booked: 56'
Peno Scored: 80'
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Booked: 41'
78'
78Subbed Off: Jordan McEneff 78'
8 Mark Coyle
Midfielder
10 Jack Moylan
Midfielder
14 Daniel Carr
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Kameron Ledwidge 46'

Substitutes
9 Sean Boyd
Forward 70'
70Subbed On: Conor Kane 70'
19 Stanley Anaebonam
Midfield
12 Jad Hakiki
Forward
32 Kameron Ledwidge
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Daniel Carr 46'
6 JJ Lunney
Midfield
22 Jordan McEneff
Forward 78'
78Subbed On: Aodh Dervin 78'
Gavin Molloy
Defender
15 Adam Thomas
Defender
25 Lewis Webb
Goalkeeper

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 22, 2022

Venue: Oriel Park

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Attendance: Unknown

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