The game has ended between Dundalk and St. Patrick's Athletic.
St Patrick's Athletic deserving of their point tonight. They worked hard and frustrated Dundalk after responding to going behind early on.
Try as they might, Dundalk just couldn't break them down at the end. Over the 90 minutes, Pats seemed hungrier with Dundalk's efforts lacklustre by comparison.
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At the death, McMillian makes a break and pulls it back, there is a momen of confusion between Daniel Kelly and Hoban, that delays Hoban getting his shot away. It's blocked and Hoban strains to keep in touch, apparently giving a goal-kick away in the process.
The referee appeared to show David McMillian a yellow card after that, I can't make out for sure, or why.
The Dundalk stadium announcer has given former Lilywhite, current Saint, Robbie Benson the Man of the Match award. There have been a few contenders - all in the black away strip.
Five additional minutes of play.
I'm anticipating Stephen O'Donnell using his remaing sub slots to run down the clock, I could be wrong.
Dan Ward forces a shot at the Dundalk goal, it's wide but narrowly so.
If there was a crowd here they would be imploring Dundalk forward to find that winner. They are lacking a bit of urgency and with less than ten minutes of normal time left, the home side needs to dig deep and find it themselves.
Phwoar - Kelly on the right fires a cross to the backpost. Duffy does well to get on it but the ball hits the underside of his foot and bounds out of play and back in such is the spin on it. A combination of Duffy being too far behind the ball and the pace of the ball conspired to deny the Lilywhites there.
Jason McClelland shoots from range for the Saints but Rogers has enough time to line it up and get his body behind it.
David McMillan replaces Patrick McEleney for Dundalk. A forced substitution for Dundalk. McEleney, who came on as a sub himself went down injured.
Daniel Cleary is booked for Dundalk.
Robbie Benson gets the ball past Cleary and seemed to take a moment to weigh up continuing on his feet, but as the ball ran away from him, he hits the deck. Cleary is understandably upset at that decision.
Rory Feely is booked for St. Patrick's Athletic.
Feeley hacks at Michael Duffy. The resulting free is delivered by the same and under pressure from Hoban Brendan Clarke comes for it but spills it. A free out rather than a corner is awarded.
Dundalk on top at the moment. Pats scramble it out oftheir box before Daniel Ward fouls Gannon out by the sideline, the resulting free almost sees Sloggett put Dundalk back in front: he got his head on the ball in the six yard box but it rises up and over. That was the best chance of the half.
Dundalk have a free twenty yards from the box in the dead centre of the pitch while Jamie Lennon is told off for his pull on Micheal Duffy. He's on a yellow, he needs to be careful.
Chris Shields shoots from outside the box but it's over, but not by that much. Goals from there wouldn't be his hallmark but that was close.
It's a much more even affair this past few minutes. Vinny Perth will be hoping his subs will help inject a bit of urgency into Dundalk's play.
David Titov wins a free in his own half and Dan Ward boots it forward. It finds Jordan Gibson who looks to be offside but it's not called, he gets a shot away before he is closed down and it's wide. The two new signings having an impact in this game for sure.
Jamie Lennon is booked for St. Patrick's Athletic. Lennon tries to take the sting out of a Dundalk break.
St Pats quick off the mark. Titov makes a nuisance of himself on the left before finding Dan Ward who forces a save from Gary Rogers. The corner has been and gone but Dundlak haven't managed to get the ball out of their half.
It is half-time between Dundalk and St. Patrick's Athletic.
The away side retreat into the main stand and the home side leave the field off to the opposite side of the pitch to the YDC.
Not for the first time, Cleary gets caught by Benson in a dangerous position. In the scramble to get the ball back a free is awarded. Jamie Lennon takes for Pats and Sloggett clears it for Dundalk. St Pats are asking questions of the Dundalk defence, but they are gifting the visitors chances at times with sloppy play.
Good Dundalk chance: Colovic receives it from Cleary on the halfway line and twists and turns, he looked to have overplayed his time on the ball but then pulls out a daisy of a pass to find Michael Duffy running into the Pat's box - Duffy strikes it first time on the volly and it screams over. That was almost a stunning goal.
Dan Ward hits the post. Gary Rogers fluffs a clearance which falls to Ward. The Dundalk netminder comes out to try and close the angle but Ward almost managed to get it round him and in. A let off for the Champions who need to be a little sharper clearing the defensive lines.
Stephen Kenny is in attendance at Oriel Park. The managers of either side are protégés of his.
The substitues are sat spaced out in the stand rather than pitch side - there is only room for The managers and three each of the backroom team. There won't be any snap swaps with this set up.
Benson tries to play Shane Griffin down the right but Griffin is miles off. That equaliser has thrown Dundalk off balance a little and put the Saints' tails up; the visitors redouble their efforts at pressing Dundalk and the Lilywhites are having difficulty breaking them down.
Griffin collected a pass from Dan Ward and pulled the ball back from the byline for Robbie Benson to fire home from close range. An instant riposte for the men from Inchicore!
Robbie Benson scores for St. Patrick's Athletic. And Benson with a close range finish at the other end from Shane Griffin's cross, Benson had more to do than Hoban, there were bodies around, but he found the net okay. Quite a respons from the Saints. 1-1
Colovic with a tidy pullback to set up Hoban for his sixth league goal of the season.
Patrick Hoban scores for Dundalk.
The Hobinator's 100th goal for Dundalk and he couldn't have missed. Colovic squared it from the right leaving Hoban mere yards out and the 'keeper wrongfooted. That chance spawned from a poor Rory Feely backpass that Colovic latched onto.
A Dundalk passage of play is interrupted and what looks like a hopeful punt forward by Jamie Lennon sees Jordan Gibson edge the ball ahead of Andy Boyle and manage a shot away, it was over...but it had a lot of pace behind it. Good effort.
Boyle will have to put paid to social distancing and watch him closely.
Without a crowd to muffle Stephen O'Donnells frequent profanities, it becomes abundandly obvious he isn't happy with a decision from the referee. He's cautioned by the fourth official
Dangerous play from the home side. Daniel Cleary dailies on the ball and has his pass blocked by Robbie Benson, it skids down the line and Gary Rogers takes too long to get his angle right for a pass back to Cleary and almost gifts Benson posession in the box.
David Titov causes some trouble when he gets into the Dundalk box, his shot is blocked and goes out for a corner. Dundalk clear the ball but a free out is called allowing them to clear their lines anyway.
The balance of play has been with the Lilywhites for the past few phases, but thus far, Pat's have been able to deal with it.
Dundalk have two corners in a row from the away terrace corner. Duffy swings the first in but it's headed out and away from the arriving Sloggeth by Rory Feely. Take two is cleared.
A quick swap from left to right looked to have left Gannon in space with time to maraude into the Pat's box, but the ball took a bobble and an eternity to reach him allowing Pats to regroup.
Greg Sloggett ceeds possession and gives away a free kick about halfway into Dundalk's half. Chris Forrester takes it and it looks like he was hoping for someone to run onto it, nobody is on that wavelenght and it dribbles harmlessly out.
The visitors have had most of the ball thus far. There have been no chances generated although a sliced clearance from Brendan Clarke in goals could have had hypothetical hearts in mouths but it was dealt with by Lee Desmond.
Both sets of players, and the match officials, kneel before play begins.
The pre football preamble made all the more sombre by the silence around the ground.
There will be a moment's silence before the kick-off to honour the late Harry Taffe. There is a banner paying tribute to Harry, an avid fan and great contributor to the club above the shedside stand. Rest in peace Harry. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Hello and welcome back to action! I'm Ciarán Fisher and I'm in place to bring you the action from Oriel Park as champions Dundalk face visitors St Patrick's Athletic.
The team sheet has been sanitised and handed to me. Dundalk have made three changes since their last competitive match, all those moons ago, against Finn Harps. St Pats have made five switches from the team that bettered Cork in March - I'm not sure that the continuity carries over that length of time. Stephen O'Donnell is giving a start to both new signings; David Titov and Jordan Gibson. Georgie Kelly is unavailable for selection against his parent club.