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27 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Kelly delivers for home win for Dundalk

Dundalk secured the crucial three points and moved into second position in the league thanks to a solitary Daniel Kelly goal that proved to be the difference in a tense night at Oriel Park.

In a game that was played at times at a frantic tempo, there was little or no give between the teams, but Kelly's broke the tie, but it was Nathan Sheppard's outstanding performance in goal that will be remembered.

The first sight of goal came when Joe Adams battled multiple times to maintain the ball on the edge of the area for the home side, but his final effort lacked power and was comfortably saved by Anang. The visitors then attempted to break the Dundalk defence with a glancing header from Eoin Doyle on the edge of the area, but it was easily held by Sheppard.

Dundalk was to take the lead with their next opportunity, which came at a bad time for the Saints' defence as Daniel Kelly beat the offside trap. It appeared as if the threat was about to be snuffed, but Sam Curtis' header pulled his own player out of the equation, and Kelly took up the ball to round Anang and put in his fifth goal of the season.

The away side had the first chance of the second half, with Chris Forrester hitting a low volley from the edge of the area that went inches wide.

After that, the home side had two chances in quick succession, with Greg Sloggett hitting a superb effort from outside the box that was superbly saved by Anang, and a recycled ball falling to Robbie Benson, who fired it from distance but it didn't drop at the correct time.

Nathan Sheppard's recent performances have been lauded, as he has been in command of his area throughout the game as the Saints attempted to play a more expansive game in the second half.

As the Welsh Under 21 international ensured that his goalline was not breached, he made a series of match-winning saves. The best save came from Eoin Doyle's lower header, which the Dundalk goalkeeper clawed off the line to preserve the three points and the clean sheet.

Derry City's persistent stumbles following their Tallaght defeat have been an unexpected twist in this league season's tale, but Dundalk FC going into the break second with a six-point cushion illustrates exactly what Stephen O'Donnell and Dundalk FC are developing. The word "phoenix" comes to mind when you think of this revival. 

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  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Thanks to a solitary Daniel Kelly goal that proved to be the difference in a tense night at Oriel Park, Dundalk secured the crucial three points and moved into second position in the league. In a game that was played at times at a frantic tempo, there was little or no give between the teams, but Kelly's broke the tie, but it was Nathan Sheppard's outstanding performance in goal that will be remembered.

  • 90'

    Five added minutes here at Oriel Park.

  • 88'

    Darragh Leahy is replaced by Sam Bone.

  • 84'

    An unbelievable set of saves from Nathan Sheppard, the Welsh Under 21 is definitely saving Dundalk's skin in these last few minutes.

  • 78'

    John Martin and David McMillan are on the way for Dundalk to replace Patrick Hoban and Robbie Benson.

  • 75'

    Sheppard's performances these past few weeks have been full of praise, he has been commanding his area all night as the Saints look to play a more expansive game.

  • 73'

    Paul Doyle isn't long on but he's really struggling - still managed to make a great intervention there to deny Pat's a shot at goal

  • 70'

    CHANCE: Following the corner, the recycled ball falls to Robbie Benson who strikes it from distance but only for it not to dip at the right time.

  • 65'

    Keith Ward continues to endear himself to the Dundalk home faithful with a pace bursting run but the ball just ran out of the touchline.

  • 63'

    Greg Sloggett with a fantastic effort from outside the area that is well saved from Anang.

  • 60'

    CHANCE: A cross from the left is almost met by Hoban but Curtis cuts it out at the last second for a corner.

  • 58'

    Dundalk makes their first changes that see Paul Doyle and Keith Ward come in for Joe Adams and Steven Bradley.

  • 56'

    Triple change for the away side as Burns, King and Mark Doyle replace Bermingham, McClelland and Owolabi.

  • 55'

    Very little in terms of action here, plenty of passes of play but not much in terms of goal action. Dundalk looking the more potent on the ball so it will be a case if they get to extend their lead.

  • 49'

    CHANCE: Chris Forrester strikes a low volley from the edge of the area that goes inches wide.

  • 48'

    Adam O'Reilly goes down under a challenge from Joe Adams and Sam Rice the St. Pats physio is on to give him treatment.

  • 46'

    We are back underway for the second half, no changes to either side as of yet.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Dundalk is in the lead thanks to an excellently taken goal from Daniel Kelly, all to play for in this match that has been tense from the off.

  • 45'

    One added minute here.

  • 40'

    Darragh Leahy has a snapshot on the edge of the area but it just curls wide of the post at the wrong time.

  • 34'

    Another great chance for Dundalk as Daniel Kelly's late run from Leahy has to be punched clear by Anang.

  • 28'

    CHANCE: Another terrific chance for Dundalk as Macari's cross from the right is met by Hoban who heads his effort just wide.

  • 23'

    GOAL! A bad moment for the defence for the saints as Daniel Kelly beats the offside trap. It looks like the danger is about to be snuffed out but Sam Curtis' header takes his own player out of it with Kelly taking up the ball again to round Anang and slot in his 5th of the season

  • 17'

    CHANCE: A curling cross from Lewis Macari was met by Daniel Kelly who tried the spectacular with a scissors kick in the area but it goes over the bar.

  • 12'

    A smart ball sees Eoin Doyle on the edge of the area strike a glancing header only for it to be well caught by Sheppard.

  • 10'

    Joe Adams battles more than once to retain the ball on the edge of the area but his final effort had little pace to it and its easily saved by Anang.

  • 7'

    Robbie Benson and Daniel Kelly link well down the left but his cross is cut out for a corner, Dundalk getting a few passages of play together now.

  • 2'

    SAVE: A cross deep into the back post is headed by Eoin Doyle and his effort is well tipped over by Sheppard.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: We are underway at Oriel Park with St. Patricks Athletic kicking us off.

  • And here come the teams and in a surprising turn of events: Dundalk are wearing the third 'GNR' strip for tonights contest.

  • Tonight’s referee is Mullingar man Ray Matthews. He has already refereed both these sides this campaign – taking charge of St Pat’s 2-0 win over UCD on March 14th and Dundalk’s 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on April 18th when he sent off Brian Gartland.

  • Prior to the 0-0 draw at Richmond Park earlier this season, St Pat’s had won the last three games in all competitions against Dundalk – a 4-1 league win at Oriel last August, the 3-1 FAI Cup semi-final win at Richmond last October and a 1-0 league win in Inchicore 3 days later.

  • It’s the 228th meeting between St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk this evening. Dundalk has won 95, drawn 54 and lost 78 of the previous 227 meetings.

  • Dundalk FC manager Stephen O'Donnell has made four changes to the side that defeated Finn Harps in Ballybofey on Monday. Mark Connolly, Robbie Benson, Steven Bradley and Joe Adams are coming in to today's squad for Bone, Doyle, Martin and Ward.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, Dundalk vs St. Patricks Athletic is our game tonight as the two sides are looking to keep momentum on the top two. Ciaran Callan here perched in the upper echelons of the old stand taking in tonight's contest.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
7Daniel Kelly Midfielder 23'
8Robbie Benson 11 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy 6 Defender
16Steven Bradley 17 Forward
20Joe Adams 21 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
6Sam Bone 15 Defender
11John Martin 8 Forward
17Keith Ward 16 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 20 Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham 15 Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle Forward
11Jason McClelland 14 Forward
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
19Anto Breslin Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi 17 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
14Mark Doyle 11 Forward
15Billy King 3 Forward
17Darragh Burns Forward
17Kyle Robinson 45 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
20James Abankwah Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 9)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 32)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Semi Final)
3 - 1
FAI Cup
Richmond Park

St. Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 23)
1 - 4
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 14)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 5)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 15)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 6)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, 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.