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Date Time League Season
11 March 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk and Shels share the spoils in Tolka

Dundalk and Shelbourne claimed a share of the spoils in a game that while it took time to come alive when it marked a piece of history.

Damien Duff's side is still without a home win in what was a packed Tolka Park, it was the away sides number nine who etched his name into history as Patrick Hoban's second-half strike was goal number 100 in his Dundalk career.

Sean Boyd spoiled the celebrations as he despatched a penalty after falling under a heavy challenge with just minutes to spare to earn the Reds a point.

For much of the first half, the game was played in midfield as neither side could come to grips with the battle for possession.

The best of the chances for either side came in the latter ends of the second half as the game began to open up with Sam Bone's strike on the edge of the area was well saved by Lewis Webb. For Shelbourne JR Wilson had the goal at his mercy as he latched onto a Kameron Ledwidge cross but his effort was always rising.

The second half was a much more enthralling affair with both sides pushing forward to take a stake in the game. JR Willson's attempt to put his side in the lead took a wicked deflection as it bounced off Daniel Kelly, Mark Connolly however was alert to the danger and cleared the ball as Sheppard was rooted to his line.

Keith Ward almost put the Lilywhites ahead with a spectacular overhead kick, Webb was equal to the effort that a few inches higher could have cased the Shels number one a spot of bother.

Dundalk was to take the lead moments later after Robbie Benson was fouled, Keith Wards resulting free-kick was headed past Webb to notch goal number 100 for Dundalk. It looked as if the game was set and match for the North Louth men only for a final moment flashpoint to change the fortunes for the Tolka Park outfit.

Nathan Sheppard closed down on Sean Boyd and tangled with the Reds forward, the protests were just and Shelbourne were awarded a penalty. Boyd dusted himself off to grab a precious point. A home win still evades Damien Duffy, Dundalk go back to Oriel still unbeaten this season. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Dundalk and Shelbourne claimed a share of the spoils in a game that while it took time to come alive when it marked a piece of history. Damien Duff's side is still without a home win in what was a packed Tolka Park, it was the away sides number nine who etched his name into history as Patrick Hoban's second-half strike was goal number 100 in his Dundalk career. Sean Boyd spoiled the celebrations as he despatched a penalty after falling under a heavy challenge with just minutes to spare to earn the Reds a point.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes here.

  • 86'

    Sean Boyd equalises from the spot. Shepperd went the right way but it crept just under him into the bottom left hand corner

  • 84'

    Nathan Sheppard is booked for the foul on Sean Boyd.

  • 84'

    PENALTY SHELBOURNE!

  • 82'

    Dundalk chance as Lewis Macari on for John Martin

  • 80'

    CHANCE: From my angle I'm not sure how close he was but a free kick sent in was nearly met by Sean Boyd at the back post.

  • 80'

    Dervin sends in a deep cross but nothing comes of it as Sheppard gathers the ball. Despite the lead Dundalk are still pushing for more but are leaving space in the back.

  • 77'

    Shelbourne continue to press with Daniel Carr rising highest but his effort was tame and is well saved by Sheppard.

  • 75'

    Paul Doyle comes on for Keith Ward, who was very impressive this evening.

  • 73'

    A landmark night for Patrick Hoban. That's the 100th league goal he has scored in his Dundalk FC career

  • 69'

    GOAL! From the free-kick that was sent in by Keith Ward sees Hoban rising highest to head it past Webb.

  • 67'

    For a foul on Benson, Aaron O'Driscoll is booked.

  • 67'

    Looks as if Daniel Carr is about to enter the game.

  • 63'

    Ward trying the spectacular with an overhead kick from the edge of the area that is well saved by Webb.

  • 60'

    Double change for Dundalk as Joe Adams on for Dan Kelly and Daniel Williams on for Sam Bone

  • 59'

    For a foul on Mark Connolly, Sean Boyd is booked.

  • 57'

    Things have died down here, Dundalk continuing to press with ample possession at the moment but no breakthrough.

  • 49'

    That was close for Shelbourne! JR Willson's attempt took a wicked deflection and it bounced off Daniel Kelly but Mark Hanratty was alert to the bounce and cleared it as Sheppard was stuck to his line.

  • 47'

    A decent start for Dundalk as they are pressing down the left with Keith Ward and Robbie Benson pulling the strings. Shelbourne holding firm for now.

  • 46'

    A half time sub here for Dundalk as Daniel Kelly comes in for Steven Bradley.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Very little give in this contest as Shelbourne and Dundalk both had chance to take the lead, the best fell to Sam Bone whose effort was saved by the home goalkeeper Lewis Webb with JR Wilson going closest for the hosts with his effort blazing over from close range. All to play for here.

  • 45'

    Two added minutes here in Tolka Park.

  • 44'

    Keith Ward breaks free and bares down on the Shelbourne goal, he skips across the defensive line but he is disposed of the ball as he turned back to pull the trigger.

  • 42'

    Tense few minutes here, very little give between the sides as Dundalk look to press for an opener before halftime. Mark Hanratty deputising for Lewis Macari is looking very comfortable in the back four.

  • 37'

    CHANCE: Big chance for the home side, an excellent cross into the area evaded the Dundalk defence and it found its way to John Ross Wilson but he got too much under it and it blazed over that bar.

  • 33'

    Sam Bone is booked for the tackle.

  • 32'

    A clash between Sam bone and Sean Boyd seems to have angered both sets of fans, both are down receiving treating but Bone did appear to have his feet raised.

  • 24'

    Sam Bone collects the ball after some initial good work from Keith Ward his shot is well saved by Lewis Webb.

  • 20'

    Another corner for Dundalk, Benson's cross falls to Ward but just as he is about to pull the trigger it strikes his hand and it's a free-kick.

  • 16'

    Promising build-up for Dundalk which saw Benson start the move before linking up both Ward and Hoban, Hoban collects the ball on the edge of the area but his shot goes well wide of the mark.

  • 14'

    Dervin takes down Hanratty and it's a free-kick to Dundalk, taken by Hoban it takes a deflection off the wall for a corner.

  • 9'

    A pacy corner sent in by Shelbourne sees Nathan Sheppard only punch the ball clear but the referee blew his whistle for an infringement and it's a free-kick for the away side.

  • 8'

    Shelbourne enjoying a period of posession here, While Dundalk has been patient in their build-up they haven't clicked in the final third at present. Shelbourne looks more potent in attack.

  • 4'

    Boyd and Hanratty clash and Boyd comes down the worst of it but he looks like he will be ok to continue.

  • 2'

    Keith Ward starts the first game of his third spell at Dundalk tonight. It was on this day 11 years ago – March 11th 2011 – that he made his league debut for Dundalk in a 3-2 victory over Galway Utd at Oriel Park. Mark Quigley, Jason Byrne & Shane Guthrie got the goals that night

  • 1'

    It’s the fifth start in Dundalk colours tonight for Mark Hanratty but a first in the league. An 18th appearance in total for the 19 year old who made his debut back in 2019

  • 1'

    We are underway at Tolka Park! Pat Hoban kicks us off.

Shelbourne

25Lewis Webb Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
7Brian McManus Midfielder
9Sean Boyd Forward 86'
59'
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
17Shane Farrell 14 Forward
22Jordan McEneff Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
12Jad Hakiki Midfielder
14Daniel Carr 17 Forward
15Adam Thomas Defender
19Stanley Anaebonam Forward
20Kyle O’Connor Midfielder
24David Toure Defender
Stephen Negru Defender
Gbemi Arubi Forward

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
6Sam Bone 19 Defender 33'
8Robbie Benson Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 69'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
11John Martin 2 Forward
16Steven Bradley 7 Forward
17Keith Ward 21 Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari 11 Defender
7Daniel Kelly 20 Midfielder
19Daniel Williams 6 Midfielder
20Joe Adams 7 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 17 Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 11)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shelbourne

(Series 2)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Dundalk

Officials

RefereeAssistants
Derek TomneyDarren Corcoran
Michelle O’Neill

Ground

Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.