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Date Time League Season
17 June 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

 

Drogheda secure draw with Derry

Drogheda United battled hard to earn a 1-1 draw with Derry City at the Brandywell this evening.

Matty Smith opened the scoring but Derry, not for the first time this season, had several chances to extend their lead. And their profligacy was punished when slack defending led to a penalty for the visitors, converted by Dean Williams.

The draw extends Derry’s winless run to seven games.

The Candystripes started strongly with good chances for Jamie McGonigle and Cameron Dummigan, in particular. Their first half positivity drew dividends just after the half hour.

Will Patching conducted the move, concerted pressure led to Patching’s chipped cross, McGonigle’s header was pushed out by Drogheda keeper Colin McCabe and Matty Smith was on hand to tuck the rebound away.

The teams exchanged yellow cards either side of the interval, but the home crowd were desperate for a second, nerve-settling goal. Patching almost provided it with a 25yard zinger that drifted just wide.

And the nerviness of Derry’s desire for a win became evident as Drogheda were gifted a couple of chances from astray passes. Brandon Kavanagh’s poor backpass was spared by Shane McEleney’s goal-saving tackle on Dayle Rooney.

Then, youngster Caoimhin Porter who had a fine game, denied Williams in the penalty area with a superb tackle.

Drogheda were the calmer, more coherent side and Patrick McEleney, retuning from injury, was put in trouble by Joe Thomson’s slack header. McEleney fouled Ryan Brennan, who admittedly made the most of the contact and Williams kept his cool to make it 1-1.

A late penalty appeal and McGonigle agonisingly striking the side netting from close range were the home side’s best late chances for a winner.

More frustration for Ruaidhri Higgins and Derry must add a ruthless, clinical edge if they are to record a win soon. They are at bottom side UCD next week whilst Kevin Doherty’s Drogheda, undoubtedly happy with a point here, host Sligo Rovers.

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  • 90'

    full time: 1-1!

  • 90'

    Only two minutes of time added on

  • 84'

    The hosts seem a bit unsure now as to how to reply. Drogheda have sat back, content to take a point home

  • 78'

    Drogheda draw level! Sloppy defensive play eventually results in Patrick McEleney nudging Brennan who makes the most of the contact. In the aftermath, Williams keeps his cool and makes it 1-1, with just over 10 minutes remaining!

  • 72'

    Akintunde is harshly booked for going in slightly late on Massey

  • 67'

    Drogheda's second change sees Clarke depart and Darragh Markey take his place

  • 67'

    Drogheda's second change sees Clarke depart and Darragh Markey take his place

  • 65'

    Its a double change as James Akintunde replaces Kavanagh

  • 65'

    Its a double change as James Akintunde replaces Kavanagh

  • 65'

    Porter departs to a standing ovation, replaced by Joe Thomson

  • 65'

    Porter departs to a standing ovation, replaced by Joe Thomson

  • 61'

    Porter now gets back tremendously to tackle Dean Williams, very well timed challenge from the youngster

  • 53'

    Brandon Kavanagh times a backpass badly and Dayle Rooney would have had a 1on1 chance if not for Shane McEleney's brilliantly timed last ditch tackle. Has arguably prevented a goal for Drogheda

  • 47'

    Patching curls one agonisingly wide from 25 yards out, Derry will want a second goal

  • 45'

    Back underway

  • 45'

    Half time, Derry 1-0 up courtesy of Smith's strike. Join us for the second half shortly

  • 41'

    Ciaran Coll gets Derry's second booking tonight for fouling Darragh Nugent

  • 40'

    Dylan Grimes forced off and is replaced by Adam Foley

  • 40'

    Dylan Grimes forced off and is replaced by Adam Foley

  • 38'

    Drogheda's James Clarke now goes in the book for a cynical foul on the twinkle-toes Patrick McEleney

  • 36'

    The returning Dummigan lunges in late on George Poynton and collects the first yellow card of the evening

  • 33'

    Derry open the scoring! Will Patching conducts the move, asserting pressure sees Patching chip a cross in, McGonigle's header is repelled by McCabe but Matty Smith is there to lash it into the net!!

  • 23'

    Drogheda's best chances coming from free kicks and through Ryan Brennan. He sets up Dane Massey who hits wide before Brennan then lashes widly over the crossbar

  • 13'

    And now Matty Smith fizzes the ball in, it runs to Will Patching who rushes and lifts his shot over

  • 11'

    The hosts should be ahead. First, McGonigle draws a sharp save from visiting keeper Colin McCabe. And from the corner, Cameron Dummigan's header is somehow scrambled clear.

  • 5'

    Very purposeful start from Derry. Caoimhin Porter scampers down the right and delivers a golden cross but Jamie McGonigle- the man they'd want on it,- miscues

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  • Good evening, I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to tonight's coverage of Derry City vs Drogheda United here on FinalWhistle.ie

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender 41'
16Shane McEleney Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
3Caoimhin Porter 8 Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder 36'
14Will Patching Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
12Matty Smith Forward 33'
20Brandon Kavanagh 11 Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle Forward
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
8Joe Thomson 3 Midfielder
11James Akintunde 20 Forward 72'
24Danny Lafferty Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
34Orrin McLaughlin Forward
37Daithi McCallion Defender
38Liam Mullan Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
14Dane Massey Defender
10Dylan Grimes 11 Midfielder
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan Midfielder
22James Clarke 7 Midfielder 38'
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder
26George Poynton Midfielder
17Dean Williams Forward 77'
12Aaron Davis Goalkeeper
5Keith Cowan Defender
7Darragh Markey 22 Midfielder
11Adam Foley 10 Forward
Hamzat Salam
28Evan Haddock Defender
18Charles Mutawe Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 11)
1 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Round 6)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Drogheda United

(Series 32)
1 - 0
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Series 23)
3 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Drogheda United

(1st Round)
1 - 1 (2-4 on pens)
FAI Cup
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Series 14)
1 - 2
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Series 5)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Drogheda United

(2nd Round)
0 - 2
FAI Cup
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

Ground

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

QUB Student, passion for Sports Journalism