Higgins cautioned along with Tim Clancy.
That was the game! Doyle finds the surging run of Brown down the right, he sets up Adeyemo who just had Gartside to beat but hits straight at Gartside, massive chance!
4 added minutes.
Thomson whips the ball into the danger area but Toal heads over.
Clock is ticking Derry still threatening, corner now for the Candystripes.
Coll whips a ball right onto the six but Junior can't get contact and direct it goalwards, massive chance goes begging.
Simon whips a great ball in and its headed away by McJannett, Hery fouls Doyle on the follow up and its a free kick to the home team.
Junior flicks on to McGonigle who hits it first time but goes wide of the post. Still 1-0.
Long throw into the box comes to nothing, Derry struggling to break the home side down.
Another corner for Derry, Drogs been super from set piece so far.
Derry have a corner as they continue to press forward, but the home side are defending really well and giving nothing away.
Heeney flashes over after some good Drogheda build-up play.
A free kick on the right for Derry is cleared by Deegan as Derry continue to press forward.
A massive chance for Derry, Thomson dances inside and finds Akintunde who squared it to Junior but he bent his effort wide.
McGonigle springs in behind but can't power his effort beyond Odumosu.
Markey volleys from 12 yards at a tight angle, but Gartside gets down and parries well. Drogheda are out of the blocks quickly!
Great start as a ball from the right from Markey finds Doyle who twists and turns and shoots but McJannett had blocked well.
2 added minutes
Thomson absolutely smacks the free kick but it flashes wide of the post.
Free kick for Derry just on the edge of the box, Junior looked to have slipped while attempting a Cruyff turn but ref gives a free kick anyway.
All of a sudden the home side now in the ascendency, Lyons crosses dangerously, but doesn't find anybody. Kane crosses from the far side to Markey who directs his header over.
Totally against the run of play, a goalmouth scramble fell to Phillips who nodded beyond Gartside giving the home side the lead.
A long diagonal causing all sorts of trouble from the home side, Toal tried to find McGonigle but Odumosu came charging out of his goal anf fluffed an attempted punched clearance, Odumosu took O'Reilly his own defender out, the ball didn't land at the feet of a Derry attacker and Drogheda could clear.
Massive chance for Derry, Thomson swivels and turns and found Coll. Coll played a great ball into McGonigle's feet but he couldn't control under pressure from Redmond, but McLaughlin continued his run and got in behind the Drogheda defence wide on the left. McLaughlin shot across goal but could not find the corner, Derry been the better side opening 25.
Coll takes a quick throw and receives the ball back before crossing first time to Akintunde who controlled, spun and skied his effort well off target.
Brief heart in the mouth moment for Drogheda as O'Reilly thumps a clearance off Deegan's face but Odumosu is able to gather.
Toal covers well after Doyle tries to play in Markey, Drogheda started to come into the game.
First signs of a Drogheda attack as Kane crosses from the left, the cross is low and its cleared by Derry.
Junior hits free kick harmlessly over.
Junior links up with McGonigle and buys a free kick off Markey. Free kick 25 yards out.
Boyce meers the corner but its blocked by Deegan, good chance for the away side. Still 0-0.
Corner for Derry.
Redmond goes through the back of Junior, free kick wide left for Derry.
Thomson plays a one-two with Junior but then subsequently find McGonigle. Goal kick Drogheda.
Both sides lining up in a 3-4-2-1, nothing of note to happen so far. Scrappy start.
Welcome to Head in the Game Park, where Drogheda finds itself basking in sunshine.
A sizeable travelling Derry contingent have made the trip down as capacities return to 100%.
United have picked a strong team which features Dane Massey and Gary Deegan, as they face a tough run in of fixtures with 4 away games and this being their second last home one.
The candystripes will aim to move further away from the relegation play off spot with three points today.
David Wilson here to take you through this afternoon's proceedings, enjoy the game!
Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 2021