The game has ended between Dundalk and Waterford.
Dundalk looked like they had enough to take this game but they were winded by an equaliser on the cusp of half time and then rolled over by a plucky Waterford team. That's football eh! But for Dundalk fans, the horror season continues.
Marc Bircham, the Waterford manager, is shown a yellow card for mouthing from the sideline. That has been coming.
Dundalk sub on Jesus Perez. I'm going to avoid the low hanging fruit and not make a pun about a miracle needed. There is a sense of inevitability about this result despite 3 minutes of added time about to be announced.
Duffy, on the left, squares to McEleney on the edge of the box, who connects well - but Kyle Ferguson dives and gets his body in the way. Good block.
Dundalk looked to be comfortable at 1-0. Certainly looked to have another goal in them. Do they look like they have two goals in them to save a point now? Not really.
There are about ten away fans here I should mention, what seemed like a novel pilgrimage, is turning out to be a rare win in Oriel for them.
John Martin (Waterford) scores. Jamie Mascrol is given too much time and too little attention to swan down the left wing, he can pick his pass and he crosses backpost, over the capped Andy Boyle and Soni Nattestad, to John Martin who converts uncontested.
Patrick McEleney takes down a ball over his right shoulder and is in on goal, it's a tight angle but he goes for it and forces a save and corner from Murphy. He perhaps could have held off for an onrushing player, but he can be forgiven. Dundalk need a goal.
The Lilywhites have gifted Waterford two chances and find themselves a goal down with less than half an hour left, despite looking like they were in the driving seat for large spells. As things stand, this would lift Waterford off the bottom of the table. The 100 fans in Oriel might not be so lucky after all.
Shane Griffin (Waterford) scores.
And just like the last goal, it comes heavily against the run of play and stings Dundalk for sloppy play at the back. That pressure spawned from Sloggett getting caught in possession and cumilated with a ball that should have been cut out before Griffin poked it home.
It's been predominantly Dundalk again this half. Waterford's possession coming from Dundalk mistakes. Greg Sloggett dallies on the ball and gets caught.
Kyle Ferguson almost gets caught in possession as the last man back by an onrushing Patrick Hoban. He boots the ball, which ricochets off the Dundalk striker and towards the goal. Fortunatley for the defender, it seems to have caught Hoban in the face and temporarily stunned him, or he'd be through on goal.
Brian Murphy, the Waterford goalie, is living a charmed life at the moment. Dundalk have peppered the box with crosses for the last hour of play - but to no avail. They look menacing, but so far, they have not been effective.
Hoban takes a crossfield ball down in the box with his right, there are defenders between him and the goal, he turns onto his left and fires one away. The 'keeper pushes it over.
Duffy nips a ball through to Midtskogen, who makes a good touch to get it under control. He's wide of the goal and on the endline, but manages to get a cross away, it flashes past the face of the goal, but there is nobody there to convert.
Duffy makes another fine cross from the left that evades the two target men in the box. While I still think the Lilywhites will muster a goal from this in the end, a through ball from the middle of the park needs to be considered.
Abibi has a kickout and elects to go long. With Hoban and Midskogen up top, this could be an effective outlet. Midskogen takes it down but it's nipped away from him before he can play Hoban through.
It is half-time between Dundalk and Waterford.
John Martins makes me eat my words on the cusp of half time. He beats Andy Boyle to a ball trickling back to the Dundalk goal and converts. It's the Blue's first real chance of the half but it means, for all of Dundalk's pressure, the teams go into half-time on level terms.
The litany of dangerous crosses with no connection contiues - Duffy is played through by Val and he pokes a ball across the goal, out of the reach of the netminder. There are white shirts in there, but somehow it evades them all. Waterford will be glad to hear the halftime whistle at this rate.
A wicked cross is looped into the visitor's box, this time from the right and by Cameron Dummigan. Michael Duffy is one shoe size away from getting his toe on it and making it two-nil.
Midskogen gets the ball wide of the Blue's box, in his haste he almost trips himself by standing on the ball but he recovers, he manages a pass to Michael Duffy on the edge of the box, but it's played just behind him and he can't fire a shot away.
Another cross from the left for Dundalk, this time from Val, but it's overhit. Something has to come from those crosses eventually.
Midskogen - who was supposed to be starting from the bench - has been quiet. But he's just won a penalty for his side! Hoban plays a curved ball into the Norwegian's path, with plenty of backspin on it and he's guarded by Cameron Evans, but his first touch takes him away towards the goal and Evans makes a last ditch effort to halt his progress, fouling the Dundalk player and giving a way a penalty.
Just under twenty minutes remaining of this first half now, it remains 0-0 but Dundalk have been turning the screw. Micheal Duffy was freed on the left thanks to the quick link up of Patrick Hoban and Val Adeodkun, but yet again a dangerous looking cross goes a-begging. Moments later, Duffy gets on it again outside the box and has a go, forcing a save from Brian Murphy.
Dundalk break via Patrick McEleney, he's chopped down on the run and Dundalk have a free. The ball is crossed in and looks inviting for both Patrick Hoban and Andy Boyle (both good in the air). - Andy Boyle connects and it just rises over. That was a nervy moment for the away side.
And as soon as Dundalk get the ball back, they give Waterford a free for a silly push of their own. It's on the treshold of shooting, a tad far methinks - it's played wide and crossed in but the danger is cleared.
The home side looked to be settling into a grove of sorts have just made a number of errors in possession in their own half and invited Watefrord onto them. They have a throw in out by the corner of the away terrace - but Dundalk are gifted a free out for a silly push.
A bit of sustained pressure from the home side, The Railwaymen (yes I'm resurrecting that name) play a number of passes around the Waterford box before Greg Sloggett has a pop. His shot is over and wide, but not by much.
Patrick Hoban is gifted a ball on the wide left, there is a lot of distance between him and goal but he makes headway and manages a cross into the box. It's a dangerous looking ball, the kind you'd like Patrick Hoban in the box for, but there's nothing added to it and it skims out for a throw.
It's been scrappy so far. Dundalk have tried to put a stamp of order on the game but their passing looks good to a point, until a wayward pass lets them down.
Prince and Sonni have another dual for a through ball, and it looks like the former had won possession in the Dundalk box, with just the 'keeper to beat, when Alessio Abibi came out to claim it low. That would have been (another) disaster goal to conceed for Dundalk.
Dundalk's first chance comes from a quick ball to youngster Val Adeokun on the wing, he races clear and wide and he played a dangerous looking square ball, but there was no white shirt to get on the end of it for the Lilywhites.
Nattestad has made his presence known to Prince Mutswanguma early on, he brushed him aside to win a header in the box and then was first to a long through ball. Waterford with the ball at the moment, as it has been so far. But they look limited in ideas for he moment.
It would appeaer, contrary to the team-sheet, that Ole Erik Midtskogen starts in the place of David McMillian. That has raised a few eyebrows, hopefully he's okay.
The team news for Dundalk: Chris Shields is out serving a one-game ban. Ravis Jurkoviskis is on international duty with Latvia. Wilfred Zahibo is out due to quarantine protocols after he played a part for the Central African Republic in a brace of friendly matches against Rwanda. The CAR lost 2-0 and 5-0.
Cameron Dummigan and Sonni Nattestad return to the fold
I'm having a leaf, or scroll rather, through the DundalkFC Magazine which continues to be put together by the club and is available for free at the moment through their website - it's a credit to all involved.
Hello everyone. We're getting ready for the 7.45 KO here and the teams are in. It's a glorious day for football. I'm sure the beer gardens around Dundalk are full at the moment. It's a shame Oriel won't be, but there will be a limited amount of fans allowed in to cheer on their side tonight. A lucky 100 are dotted around the groud for this evening's affair. Ciarán Fisher here, to take you through the action as it happens.
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 11, 2021