Date Time League Season
20 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk grab away win in Derry

Goals from Robbie Benson and Patrick Hoban earned Dundalk a vital 2-1 victory away to Derry City.

Benson’s early screamer was cancelled out by a flying header from substitute James Akintunde on 74 minutes. But Hoban tucked a precise, left-footed strike beyond Brian Maher with nine minutes to play that ultimately proved to be the winner.

The result extends Dundalk’s unbeaten run to five games whilst Derry are now winless in four. 

After a scrappy opening ten minutes, Dundalk opened the scoring in spectacular style. Sam Bone prodded the ball into the path of Benson and the midfielder lashed a sweet strike from the edge of the D beyond the dive of home keeper, Brian Maher. 

The Candystripes were creating little in the way of clear cut chances. Will Patching and Jamie McGonigle both put dangerous crosses but no one was there to apply a touch. An audacious bicycle kick by Joe Thomson straight at Nathan Sheppard was the closest they came in the first half. 

Derry started the second half strongly with an increased tempo. Yet the Lilywhites were comfortable until an inspired substitution from manager Ruaidhri Higgins. 

Striker James Akintunde replaced right back Ronan Boyce and a barraging run from Akintunde drew a foul by Darragh Leahy on the edge of the box. It proved costly as Brandon Kavanagh’s lethal cross was thumped home by Akintunde’s header. 

Dundalk seemed rattled and with Brandywell rocking, Derry would have hoped to go and get the win. Yet it was the visitors who snatched it, Hoban drilling an unerringly accurate finish past Maher after substitute James Martin played him through. 

In the fracas afterwards visiting manager, Stephen O’Donnell was dismissed from the touchline for protesting a yellow card. In six minutes of added time, Higgins' men pushed hard and came agonisingly close to equalising via a Patching free kick that rattled the crossbar in the 94th minute. Sheppard was routed to the spot. 

A bitter pill for Derry to swallow but their lacklustre first half was published by Dundalk’s unbelievably calm finishing. 

  • 66'

    James Akintunde comes into the action for Boyce.

  • 60'

    It looks like Derry are gonna need an impact sub of their own if they're to take anything they're not troubling Dundalk at all still one nil.

  • 57'

    Keith Ward for Kelly

  • 54'

    Second half underway at the Brandywell and Derry have come out looking like they are a bit more up for the fight. Will Patching with a free kick that came to nothing. And Joe Thomson made a vital block for the Derry defence to deny Steven Bradley a goal. Dundalk still looking comfortable.

  • Dundalk have had to work hard since their early strike to keep their lead. Robbie Benson had a shot from long range, which is arguably the best chance since, but Derry piled the pressure on before half time. Joe Thomson had an audacious bicycle kick straight at Nathan Sheppard. And just before half-time. Darragh Leahy got a crucial touch to deny Boyce. One nil to Dundalk at halftime.

  • Half-time at the Brandywell where the visitors lead 1-0

  • 44'

    Dundalk's Mark Connolly picks up a yellow card for obstructing McGonigle.

  • 34'

    Derry are on top of the moment, Will Patching had a corner that Cameron Dummigan kept in play, and from it Patching fire over. Jamie McGonigle has been a pest - he scuffed a shot wide, but Dundalk still posing a threat although mainly from Derry's erratic passing at the back.

  • 26'

    Yellow card for Derry's Matty Smith following a mistimed tackle on Sloggett.

  • 15'

    Five minutes later Derry themselves go close. Jamie McGonigle did fine on the right hand side and Joe Thomson had a shot well shovelled away. by Nathan Shepherd. The corner came too nothing for Derry.

  • 10'

    Dundalk open the scoring with a screamer from Robert Benson. Sam Bone played him in on the edge of the area and the Dundalk man fired home a fantastic shot that Brian Maher couldn\'t get across too. Dundalk ahead the Brandywell within the opening 10 minutes.

  • 10'

    Just under 10 minutes played so far not much chances don't talk that a few corners but pretty even possession good atmosphere at the Brandywell.

  • We're underway

  • There's a minutes silence here before the game, and then we'll have kick-off.

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
17Cameron McJannet Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
2Ronan Boyce 11 Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
14Will Patching Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle Forward
12Matty Smith Forward 26'
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll Defender
11James Akintunde 2 Forward 74'
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
38Liam Mullan Midfielder


1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender 44'
6Sam Bone Defender
7Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
8Robbie Benson Midfielder 10'
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward 81'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender 73'
16Steven Bradley Forward
21Paul Doyle 11 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
11John Martin 21 Forward
17Keith Ward 7 Midfielder 72'
20Joe Adams Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward 82'

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 36)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 24)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 18)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 6)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 10)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 1)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City


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Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

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