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Date Time League Season
23 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Drogheda upset league leading Rovers

Drogheda United beat league leaders Shamrock Rovers 1-0 in an impressive upset victory tonight at Head in the Game Park.

Rovers dominated possession and the chances as expected but Ryan Brennan’s header in the 36th minute saw Drogheda leading at the interval.

Despite the Hoops chasing an equaliser intensely, the home side defended commendably in the second-half and held on to get a huge result. Danny Mandriou’s second yellow with 10 minutes left didn’t help matters for Stephen Bradley.

Concentration and focus is how you can sum up this unprecedented victory for Kevin Doherty’s Drogs as they reach two wins on the bounce now. They were full value for their goal and proceeded to work incredibly hard to earn a great result.

To no surprise Rovers started off with purpose as Rory Gaffney and Ritchie Towell came close within two minutes. They were left scratching their heads when Sam Long magnificently saved Danny Mandriou’s free kick minutes later.

Despite being under reigns in the first half the hosts looked good when they had the ball and they played with real belief. They fouled smartly and managed the half well.

Hence when they took the lead on 36 minutes through top goal scorer Ryan Brennan you couldn’t say they didn’t deserve it. Dayle Rooney did brilliantly to beat his man and get a cross away, Brennan met it and headed past Alan Mannus.

The story of the second period was Doherty’s side defending so well to the point where Rovers didn’t look themselves and were restricted to long range efforts and deep balls. An effort from Gaffney and a Sean Hoare header was as dangerous as it got for the Claret and Blue.

Stand in centre-half Evan Weir and Keith Cowan were brilliant and got in front of everything while the rest of the team worked endlessly. Stephen Bradley’s men lacked that incision in the last play.

What didn’t help matters was Mandriou receiving a second yellow with 10 minutes left for complaining about a decision in Drogheda’s favour. A great scalp for the hosts while Bradley will reassess and be glad Derry were defeated tonight.

  • 97'

    Free-kick at the death here for Rovers

  • 90'

    Luke Heeney with a yellow

  • 89'

    The Tallaght outfit looking a bit short of invention as nine minutes are added on for stoppage time

  • 85'

    Dean Williams returns from injury to replace the goalscorer Brennan

  • 80'

    Rovers lose the head and Mandriou gets sent off for dissent and a second yellow after a decision in Drogheda's favour

  • 79'

    Brennan booked for the hosts

  • 77'

    Chris Lyons comes off and Adam Foley enters the fray

  • 70'

    Aidomo Emakhu replaces Gaffney

  • 69'

    Rooney booked for the Drogs

  • 61'

    Gary O'Neill and Aaron Greene are subbed on in place of Ritchie Towell and Barry Cotter

  • 58'

    Mandriou gets the ball on the edge with some space but side foots his effort just wide of the post

  • 55'

    The Claret and Blue defending really well at the minute and resorting Rovers to long range efforts for the time being

  • 51'

    Sean Hoare's header from the resulting corner goes just over

  • 49'

    Weir blocks efforts from Cotter and Dylan Watts as the Hoops chase the equaliser

  • Back underway here. Can the home team hold on for a big result

  • Half-time at Head in the Game Park and it is Drogheda United 1-0 Shamrock Rovers

  • 44'

    Burke booked in quick succession of his substitution

  • 40'

    Graham Burke replaces the injured Jack Byrne for Rovers

  • 36'

    Drogheda take the lead and you couldn't say its completely undeserved. Rooney finds Ryan Brennan's head with a cross and he finishes

  • 34'

    Kevin Doherty's side playing with some belief. James Clarke in the middle has been particularly impressive

  • 29'

    Mandroui with a free-kick again but this one is whipped harmlessly over

  • 25'

    Cotter goes close with a header but the linesman's flag was up

  • 23'

    A lovely one-two between Gaffney and Mandroui nearly saw the latter receive a great chance but the hosts scampered it away

  • 17'

    Sean Gannon has a go from range but stand in centre-half Evan Weir blocks it

  • 16'

    As Gaffney closed in on goal again Keith Cowan made a strong last ditch tackle to clear

  • 14'

    With about 15 gone the analysis is that it feels like a matter of time before the visitors find the net but at the same time Drogheda have looked good when they've had the ball

  • 13'

    Mandroui booked for a late one on Dylan Grimes

  • 10'

    Danny Mandroui hits a free-kick right on the edge but Long pulls off an absolutely magnificent stop for the Drogs

  • 8'

    Dane Massey comes off with an injury and Dayle Rooney comes on

  • 5'

    The Hoops go close again after a header from a corner that went wide

  • 3'

    Rory Gaffney follows up with a drilled shot that goes just wide. The Hoops threatening a lot early on

  • 2'

    Richie Towell with a great chance straight away on the six yard box but Sam Long saved and Towell was proven to be offside anyway

  • We're off here in Louth!

  • Shamrock Rovers team news: Pico Lopes is suspended and Lee Grace starts but other than that the starting 11 matches that of last week

  • Drogheda team news: Ryan Brennan starts after his impressive display off the bench last Friday while Dayle Rooney drops to the bench. Adam Foley also doesn\'t start and is still not fully fit. Sean Roughan serves his suspension this evening

  • Both sides come into this one on the back of wins against Finn Harps and UCD respectively. Nonetheless Rovers will be expected to win and enhance their lead at the top

  • Con Sheehan reporting from a wet and miserable Head in the Game Park. It's Drogheda v Shamrock Rovers tonight at 7:45 pm

Drogheda Utd

31Sam Long Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 11 Forward
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
14Dane Massey 16 Defender
19Ryan Brennan 17 Midfielder 36'
21Luke Heeney Midfielder 90'
22James Clarke Midfielder
26George Poynton Midfielder
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
12Aaron Davis Goalkeeper
11Adam Foley 9 Forward
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
16Dayle Rooney 14 Midfielder 69'
17Dean Williams 19 Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
25Killian Cailloce Forward
27Jack Supple Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
6Barry Cotter 9 Defender
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder 13'
17Richie Towell 16 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
22Andy Lyons Defender
29Jack Byrne 10 Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 6 Forward
10Graham Burke 29 Forward 44'
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
16Gary O’Neill 17 Midfielder
23Neil Farrugia Midfielder
26Chris McCann Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 3)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 36)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 24)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 18)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 6)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 13)
3 - 2
First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 2
First Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

Ground

United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for FinalWhistle.ie