1 - 0
FT

Robbie Benson 80' -
Scored: 80'


Red: 82'
- Ronan Finn 82'


League Report: Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock Rovers

Fri, Jun 17 2022

Robbie Benson proved the match winner for the Lilywhites on Friday Credit: Paul Dolan

Ciarán Fisher reports from Oriel Park

A Robbie Benson goal ten minutes from time gave Dundalk a deserved breakthrough at Oriel Park. They edged out this top-of-the-table clash against Shamrock Rovers 1-0 to move within five points of the league leaders with a game in hand.

Dundalk were deserved winners but it was a game that could have gone either way. Dundalk enjoyed the lion's share of the ball without etching out too many chances while Rovers kept Dundalk on their toes with quick moving counter attacks. 

Rory Gaffney and Danny Mandriou were lively in the first half and both had chances to put Rovers ahead after catching out the Dundalk defence, but neither could direct their efforts on target. 

Andy Boyle and Patrick Hoban both headed efforts wide either side of the Hoops goal in the first half and there were a number of deliveries that may well have been turned home with a slight touch.

That said, Alan Mannus had a quiet enough shift, his only save in the first half was attending to a cross turned shot via a deflection off Sean Kavanagh’s toe.

Scoreless at the break, the second half settled into a similar pattern; Dundalk largely on top bar occasional forays forward by the visitors.

Paul Doyle and Greg Sloggett helped Dundalk win the battle in the middle against a formidable Rovers midfield, stacked with former Lilywhites Richie Towell and Ronan Finn. But the breakthrough just wouldn’t arrive. The home side racked up three yellow cards in the second half as their frustration grew. 

To Rovers' credit, Dundalk were short on clear-cut chances despite their dominance. It was going to take a moment of magic. And ten minutes out, the Lilywhites would manage just that.

Lewis Macari delivered a ball from play into the box that Robbie Benson slipped between the defenders and doing remarkably well to get onto, he volleyed it into the roof of the net at full stretch for his third of the season.

Hoops skipper Finn received his marching orders soon after the goal following a second yellow for his late challenge on Darragh Leahy.

Finn walked off to the tunnel without even looking up to see referee, Neil Doyle’s, reaction. That seemed to mark the end of Rovers' fight as the game was seen out somewhat comfortably by the home side after they nosed in front. 

The Hoops remain at the summit of the table but the Lilywhites have closed the gap to the top and increased their margin to three points over third placed Derry City who dropped points at home to Drogheda United.

Stephen O’Donnell is reluctant to even speak of a title challenge, citing Dundalk as going through a rebuilding phase. But the table makes for pleasing reading this evening for Dundalk fans after a hectic pre season. The remain undefeated in the league at Oriel Park this year.

For Rovers, who were missing the injured Jack Byrne and Graham Burke, it was their fourth defeat of the season - all coming away from home - and the champions must now refocus for the visit of Bohemains to Tallaght next Friday night.

Dundalk: Nathan Shepperd; Lewis Macari, Darragh Leahy, Mark Connolly, Andy Boyle; Daniel Kelly, Paul Doyle (Sam Bone 76), Steven Bradley (Joe Adams 85), Robbie Benson, Greg Sloggett; Patrick Hoban (John Martin 85).
Subs not used: Peter Cherrie, Mayowa Animasahun, Mark Hanratty, Ryan O'Kane, David McMillan.
Booked: Darragh Leahy (50), Patrick Hoban (66), Paul Doyle (68).


Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Kavanagh, Sean Hoare, Lee Grace, Pico; Ronan Finn, Daniel Mandroiu, Gary O'Neill, Richie Towell, Dylan Watts (Chris McCann 64); Rory Gaffney (Aaron Greene 81).
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Andy Lyons, Sean Gannon, Neil Farrugia, Barry Cotter, Justin Ferizaj, Aidomo Emakhu.
Booked: Ronan Finn (22 and 82).
Sent off: Ronan Finn (82).

Referee: Neil Doyle.
Attendance: 3,409
extratime.com Player of the Match: Paul Doyle (Dundalk)


Dundalk
WMay 20, 2022
Derry 1 - 2 Dundalk
WMay 23, 2022
Harps 0 - 1 Dundalk
WMay 27, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 St. Pats
WJune 17, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
DJune 24, 2022
Shels 0 - 0 Dundalk
Nathan Shepperd 1
Goalkeeper
Lewis Macari 2
Defender
Darragh Leahy 15
Booked: 50'
Defender
Mark Connolly 5
Defender
Andy Boyle 4
Defender
Daniel Kelly 7
Midfielder
Paul Doyle 21
Booked: 68'
76'
76Subbed Off: Sam Bone 76'
Midfielder
Steven Bradley 16
85'
85Subbed Off: Joe Adams 85'
Midfielder
Robbie Benson 8
Scored: 80'
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett 10
Midfielder
Patrick Hoban 9
Booked: 66'
85'
85Subbed Off: John Martin 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Ryan O'Kane 28
Midfield
David McMillan 29
Forward
John Martin 11
85'
85Subbed On: Patrick Hoban 85'
Forward
Mark Hanratty 25
Midfield
Peter Cherrie 14
Goalkeeper
Sam Bone 6
76'
76Subbed On: Paul Doyle 76'
Defender
Mayowa Animasahun 24
Defender
Joe Adams 20
85'
85Subbed On: Steven Bradley 85'
Forward
Shamrock R
WMay 19, 2022
UCD 0 - 3 Shamrock R
LMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
WMay 27, 2022
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Shels
LJune 17, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
WJune 24, 2022
Shamrock R 1 - 0 Bohs
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
11 Sean Kavanagh
Defender
3 Sean Hoare
Defender
5 Lee Grace
Defender
4 Pico
Defender
8 Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Booked: 22'
Booked: 82'
Sent Off: 82'
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Midfielder
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
17 Richie Towell
Midfielder
7 Dylan Watts
Midfielder 64'
64Subbed Off: Chris McCann 64'
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward 81'
81Subbed Off: Aaron Greene 81'

Substitutes
9 Aaron Greene
Forward 81'
81Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 81'
2 Sean Gannon
Defender
Justin Ferizaj
Midfield
23 Neil Farrugia
Midfield
38 Aidomo Emakhu
Forward
6 Barry Cotter
Midfield
22 Andy Lyons
Defender
26 Chris McCann
Midfield 64'
64Subbed On: Dylan Watts 64'
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. June 17, 2022

Venue: Oriel Park

Referee: Neil Doyle

Attendance: Unknown

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