McMillian gets the ball from a throw in and takes it into the corner to shield. Dundalk win a corner and take it short, and it's more of the same. The Drogs get the ball out in what surely will be the last chance of the game...but they only make it as far as the halfway line and the whistle is blown.
Raivis Jurkovskis (Dundalk) is booked. That booking raised a few eyebrows - the ref complains about Jurkovskis' positioning for a throw in, makes him march back all of three feet to take it, and then books him for time wasting.
James Clark dances past two Dundalk shirts and finds himself in shooting distacne, it has real power but swerves wide - Chris Lyons was running into the six yard box and almost gagued the trajectory of the shot come cross. He'd have surely scored if he'd gotten anything on that.
Conor Kane skips past Murray and Dummigan on the left and gets a cross in, but it's a tad overhit and treacles out for a goal kick.
Dundalk have a free in shooting territrory. Duffy and McEleney standing over it. Duffy hits it and it's on target - but it's saved and gathered by the man between the sticks.
A good move from Dundalk comes undone when Shields' pass is cut out. Neither side managing to find that killer ball. Both sides trading possession regularly here at Head in the Game Park.
James Brown whips a cross into the box and it evades everyone, inclusing the outstretched Alessio Abibi. With the 'keeper on the ground there's a scramble for the ball but it's a Dundalk shirt that gets there first.
It's been a half lacking in any real moment of note or moment of quality, so far. That said, Drogheda have sprung into life in the last few minutes and are trying to get a ball into Dundalk's box. Sonni Nattestad and Abibi have cut out two menacing looking deliveries in as many minutes.
Abibi comes and punches it from the head of Adeyeme.
Greg Sloggett (Dundalk) is booked. A bit over-zealous in the chase and we have our first booking.
Something of a needle has entered the game, a few firm challenges have flown in. We may have our first booking of the game in the near future.
Mark Doyle fizzes one at Abibi from distance but it's comfortably gathered by the Albanian.
Dundalk on the front foot here now, Jurkoviskis tries a cross but it's beaten out for a corner. The resulting cross looks to have Odumosu at Sea but, it finds its way out of the box and the danger passes.
A ball over the top is taken down by Daniel Kelly who bears in on goal. It takes him through for a potential 1 V 1 with the 'keeper but he's running out of pitch to get his shot away. With no player in support there isn't a cross available and he elects to flick it behind him to stop it from running out of play. Drogheda pick up possession. That was a fortuitious bounce of the ball away from being a second for the visitors.
Drogheda get their first corner of this half and their 8th of the game. Abibi collects it in the air for the visitors.
Chris Shields wins a header and a free at an important juncture for his side. Dundalk were looking a bit scrappy and inviting the Drogs onto them. The Lilywhites will want to take this lead into half time and regroup.
Mark Doyle dinks his way into the box and forces Jurkovskis to put it out for another Drogheda corner. Dane Massey meets it but it's up and over.
Michael Duffy (Dundalk) scores.
McEleney crossed into the box and Duffy headed it goalwards, a fine save from Odumosu kept things equal but it spills to a Dundalk shirt and blasted back into the box by Kelly, Duffy adds to it, it looks like O'Reilly might just keep it out, off the line, but it goes through his legs.
Dundalk have their first real sustained passage of play in the game. Duffy and McEleney conspire on the left and from the resulting Duffy cross Dundalk have a corner.
Duffy takes the corner and Odumosu comes to punch it clear, it lands in his own box with bodies abound and there are cries of handball from some Dundalk players, but the ball is hoofed clear and the crisis averted.
Dundalk look to be on a break and get some respite from their beseiged half but the ball gets stuck under Shields' foot and in the ensuing tussle between the Dundalk captain and Heeney, the ref gives the home side a free.
The Boynesiders have another cross blocked down and win their 6th corner of this first half. It's well overhit by Luke Heeny and loops out for a Dundalk goal-kick.
Lyons drills one from distance and it hits a white shirt and goes out for another corner. Drogheda's 5th of the game. It's headed clear but the Drogs pick up possession again. The Lilywhites have been on the defensive for a long spell now.
Down at the other end, Drogheda have a corner of their own. It's sprayed over the crowd in the box to Killian Phillips who heads it into the frame of Andy Boyle. It's a good header but simply too many bodies between him and the net for a downward header to do much damage.
Dundalk have their first corner of the game. It's met by the head of Sonni Nattestad, he looks like the kind of fellah who should be good in the air, but he can't direct it down and it's up and over.
Dundalk have had arguably the two beset chances of the game so far. That early effort from Kelly and Hoban's stifled effort a moment ago. But Drogheda have been the first side to settle and have looked sharp. They have certainly had more possession in the final third.
Duffy threads McEleney through on the left and the ball is floated into Hoban in the box. He and keeper, David Odumosu, race for it and Hoban does seem to get a first touch on it but Odumosu smothers it as soon as. A good chance that, the 'keeper did well.
Drogheda have another corner on the left - this one is headed clear.
Marke Doyle goes down under attention from Boyle and feels he has a penalty shout. The referee doesn't see it that way and it's play on.
Drogheda United with the first corner of the game. Killian Philips' progress on the left is haulted by Kelly tracking back. He gets on the end of the corner swung in by Luke Heeney too. Which leads to another corner, although it was unclear what Dundalk player it hit. The follow up corner, is punched clear.
A good tempto to this game so far. Possession has swapped back and forth rapidly.
Daniel Kelly with an early chance - the ball is crossed in and Kelly, just to the right of the goal, catches it on the volly but he can't get it on target and it crosses the face of the goal.
The last competitive Louth derby match was back in June 2017. Dundalk ran out comfortable 6-0 winners on that occasion. The gap in competitive matches of course due to Drogheda's relegation.
Drogheda have returned this season and currently sit well above Dundalk in the table. The 100 fans in attendance today for the Drogs will fancy avenging thta 2017 hiding. Some of the fans enjoyed a cheeky 'Dundalk are going down' chant, that will give you an indication of how they rate their chances.
Hello - we are just over half an hour out from kick-off here at Head in the Game Park. The Louth derby awaits.
Teams are in for Dundalk; three changes from Friday night's side that drew with Longford: Sonni Nattestad, Greg Sloggett and Raivis Jurkovskis return to the fold. Stanton, Dummigan and Dummigan take the bench because of that rotation.
Drogheda have made just two changes from the side that lost 5-0 to Bohemians last time out: Killian Philips and Luke Heeney. Ronan Murray is on the bench. No Jake Hyland on the team-sheet either at all tonight, he started on Friday.
Ciarán Fisher here taking you through the action.
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 21, 2021