0 - 1

Scored: 35'
- Michael Duffy 35'

League Report: Drogheda United 0 - 1 Dundalk

Mon, Jun 21 2021

Darragh Leahy in action for Dundalk against Drogheda United this evening Credit: Larry McQuillan

Ciaran Fisher reports from Head in the Game Park

Dundalk  edged out Drogheda United by one goal to nil in the Louth Derby, thanks to a first-half goal from Micheal Duffy. There wasn’t much between the sides in a tight encounter at Head in the Game Park.

The visitors almost had a goal in the first minute, when Duffy’s cross found Daniel Kelly in the box. Fortunately for David Odumosu in nets, his shot flashed across the face of goal. It would serve as an apt warning of how Dundalk can rapidly conjure chances.

The Lilywhites far from had it their own way in this game. Drogheda settled quickest and dominated proceedings for large spells of the first half.

The home side had ample possession in the first half. The corner count from the first half was noticeably seven to two in Drogheda’s favour. Dane Massey and Kilian Phillips managed two connect well with two in the first 45, but couldn’t get their efforts on target.

At times, the Drogs had the Dundalk backs at sixes and sevens, encircling the visitor’s box, Mark Doyle went to ground on the 7th minute with a penalty shout, with Andy Boyle in close attention, but it was waved away. The contingent of fans allowed in, swelled with hope that they would eventually break the hoodoo of their local rivals.

Ultimately, Drogheda lacked that quality moment in the final third. Their first-half dominance was punctuated with Dundalk offences and the second big chance of the game fell to the visiting side: Patrick Hoban got on the end of a Duffy cross, only for his effort to be smothered by Odumosu when it had scarcely left his foot.

Clinical isn’t quite the right word to use for Dundalk’s opener. They converted their third (and the game’s third) real chance of the game, but it took three attempts to get it in the net. McEleney collected the ball from a throw and crossed an inviting ball for Micheal Duffy to head goal-wards, forcing a good save from the Drogs’ netminder.

From there, a bit of luck would have the ball spill to Daniel Kelly, who fired it back the way it came, producing another save, only for it to pinball once more to Micheal Duffy. The winger made it third time lucky with his second effort, albeit with a generous helping of fortune. He powered it into the net with his right foot, though the legs of Daniel O’Reilly who looked like he might just have positioned himself well to nick it off the line.

The second half was more even, but it was a dull affair with limited chances of note. The ferocity of the challenges started to increaser, but at the expense of the quality. A booking seemed inevitable, and Greg Sloggett was the recipient of the game’s first yellow just after the hour mark, for an over-zealous challenge as Drogheda tried to break. It did settle things somewhat.

The Boynesiders were restricted to crosses into the box, that eluded claret shirts and shots from distance.  One almost came good for them on the 87th minute when a wicked shot-come-cross from James Clarke almost connected with the onrushing Chris Lyons.

In the dying embers of the game Raivis Jurkovskis picked up a yellow card for time-wasting from a throw in and the Dundalk striker David McMillian, perhaps wisely, was more intent in getting the ball out to the corner flag to shield, than to get it into the box.

The Railwaymen weathered the storm to see out their local rivals and give Vinny Perth his first win since his return as manager. 


Drogheda United: David Odumosu; Daniel O'Reilly, Dane Massey (Jordan Adeyemo 65), Conor Kane, James Brown (c); Killian Phillips, Darragh Markey, Luke Heeney (James Clarke 82), Gary Deegan; Chris Lyons, Mark Doyle (Ronan Murray 65).

Subs not used: Charles Mutawe, Colin McCabe, Mark Hughes, Dinny Corcoran, Brandon Bermingham.

Dundalk: Alessio Abibi; Sonni Nattestad, Darragh Leahy (Cameron Dummigan 59), Raivis Jurkovskis, Andy Boyle; Greg Sloggett, Chris Shields (c), Patrick McEleney (Sam Stanton 88), Daniel Kelly (Sean Murray 59), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (David McMillan 73).

Subs not used: Ryan O'Kane, Ole Erik Midtskogen, Han Jeongwoo, Peter Cherrie, Val Adedokun.

Booked: Greg Sloggett (63) Raivis Jurkovskis (90).


Referee: Graham Kelly

Attendance: 100.

extratime.com Player of the Match: Micheal Duffy (Dundalk).

LAug. 6, 2021
Derry 3 - 0 Drogheda
LAug. 15, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 1 Shamrock R
WAug. 20, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 2 Drogheda
DSept. 3, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 0 Sligo
WSept. 10, 2021
Drogheda 3 - 2 Bohs
David Odumosu 23
Daniel O'Reilly 5
Dane Massey 41
65Subbed Off: Jordan Adeyemo 65'
Conor Kane 3
© James Brown 2
Killian Phillips 19
Darragh Markey 7
Luke Heeney 21
82Subbed Off: James Clarke 82'
Gary Deegan 8
Chris Lyons 9
Mark Doyle 14
65Subbed Off: Ronan Murray 65'

Charles Mutawe
Ronan Murray 17
65Subbed On: Mark Doyle 65'
Colin McCabe 1
Mark Hughes 45
Dinny Corcoran 10
James Clarke 22
82Subbed On: Luke Heeney 82'
Brandon Bermingham 16
Jordan Adeyemo 20
65Subbed On: Dane Massey 65'
DSept. 3, 2021
Waterford 1 - 1 Dundalk
LSept. 11, 2021
Longford 1 - 0 Dundalk
LSept. 14, 2021
Sligo 2 - 1 Dundalk
DSept. 17, 2021
Harps 3 - 3 Dundalk
WSept. 21, 2021
Dundalk 3 - 1 Harps
1 Alessio Abibi
6 Sonni Nattestad
15 Darragh Leahy
Defender 59'
59Subbed Off: Cameron Dummigan 59'
13 Raivis Jurkovskis
Booked: 90'
4 Andy Boyle
10 Greg Sloggett
Booked: 63'
5 Chris Shields ©
11 Patrick McEleney
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: Sam Stanton 88'
27 Daniel Kelly
Midfielder 59'
59Subbed Off: Sean Murray 59'
7 Michael Duffy
Scored: 35'
9 Patrick Hoban
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: David McMillan 73'

8 Sam Stanton
Midfield 88'
88Subbed On: Patrick McEleney 88'
28 Ryan O'Kane
16 Sean Murray
Midfield 59'
59Subbed On: Daniel Kelly 59'
17 Ole Erik Midtskogen
29 David McMillan
Forward 73'
73Subbed On: Patrick Hoban 73'
77 Han Jeongwoo
23 Cameron Dummigan
Defender 59'
59Subbed On: Darragh Leahy 59'
14 Peter Cherrie
25 Val Adedokun


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. June 21, 2021

Venue: United Park

Referee: Graham Kelly

Attendance: Unknown