Date Time League Season
5 August 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

LOI PD Report: Dundalk FC v Derry City

Dundalk left it to the late late show but Patrick Hoban was the hero to level in the 90th minute as his towering header broke the stubborn Derry defence to claim a vital point at Oriel Park.

Derry City had taken the leads thanks to a well-placed strike from James Akintunde in the first half but the second half belonged to the Lilywhites. Dundalk piled continuous pressure on the visitors and got their just reward with a last-minute goal from Dundalk’s trusted number 9. 

The opening chance of the game was generated by Dundalk following a deft pass from Sloggett to Bradley. Although it appeared as though the winger would shoot after switching to his left foot, he elected to chip the ball to the back post, where Hoban was outstretched and narrowly missed the cross.

Derry would score the opening goal, which was superbly delivered. After Sloggett was dispossessed, James Akindtunde took possession of the ball on the left side and bore into the area. He then bobbed and weaved to open up space before slipping the ball past Sheppard on the six-yard line.

When Joe Thompson avoided the offside trap and got past the Dundalk defence with only the goalkeeper to beat, it appeared as though he would add a second. To smother the ball at the Derry players' feet required bravery from Nathan Sheppard and the Welsh Under 21 keeper did just that.  As Dundalk broke free, Patrick Hoban set up Ryan O'Kane, who sent a beautiful low curling shot that Maher deflected away.

The second half belonged to Dundalk as Sam Bone, who weaved his way into the area and fired a well-placed shot that narrowly missed the post as he nearly levelled for Dundalk as they controlled the second half. The Lilywhites persisted in pressing, and a superb pass from Hoban found Stephen Bradley cutting inside before he fired a shot that narrowly missed the target. Ryan O'Kane's low effort had to be finger-tipped and saved by Maher after a superb ball was delivered in by both Ward and Bradley. It appeared as though they were about to draw level.

The man who is always in the right position at the right time finally came up trumps, ensuring that the home side got their full rewards for their persistence. Hoban received a cross from Bradley, and he leapt highest to drive the ball home. That goal can be more valuable than anyone is aware of.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Patrick Hoban was the hero in the 90th minute as his spectacular header broke through the tenacious Derry defence to earn Dundalk a crucial draw at Oriel Park. James Akintunde's well-placed goal gave Derry City the lead in the first half, but the Lilywhites dominated the second. Continuous pressure from Dundalk on the visitors paid off as the club's reliable number 9 scored in the dying seconds.

  • 90'

    HOBAN!!!!!!!! Right place at the right time! A cross from Bradley is met by Hoban and he rises highest to hammer the ball home.

  • 90'

    Five added minutes here at Oriel Park. Still life in this game it won't limp out.

  • 86'

    Daniel Lafferty comes on for the injured Joe Thompson.

  • 80'

    CHANCE: An excellent ball was sent in by both Ward and Bradley and Ryan O'Kane's low effort was finger-tipped saved by Maher.

  • 78'

    SAVE: Sheppard does excellently to deny Michael Duffy with an excellent catch from the Derry winger's free kick.

  • 77'

    Greg Sloggett is booked for hauling down Duffy after giving up possession to him

  • 76'

    SUB: Michael Duffy and Brandon Kavanagh come on for Declan Glass and Ryan Graydon

  • 74'

    A continued period of pressure here as a corner sent in is cleared but Ward's second ball had to punch clear as Hoban was the intended target.

  • 72'

    Double change for Dundalk: Robbie Benson on for Lewis Macari and Keith Ward on for Joe Adams

  • 66'

    Dummigan is given a yellow card for a foul on Ryan O'Kane.

  • 65'

    James Akintunde is off and Jamie McGonagle is on

  • 63'

    Brian Maher is given a yellow card for time delay.

  • 63'

    CHANCE: A fantastic ball from Hoban feeds Stephen Bradley who cuts inside and strikes a well-placed shot that just goes wide. Dundalk starting to knock on the door a little bit more now.

  • 61'

    SAVE: A cross from Macari is sent into Hoban who tussles with Connolly but the referee blows for a free but that doesn't stop Maher from pulling off a finger tip save.

  • 59'

    Joe Adams goes under a challenge and Derry continues to attack and is rewarded with a corner - Glass sends the ball in but Dundalk clears but the secondary ball is back with Derry but they cannot make it count.

  • 57'

    Hoban sets O'Kane off who does well to fend off the attention to feed the ball to Leahy but Leahy's cross is well gathered by Maher.

  • 54'

    Not much to report here at Oriel, a real midfield tussle between the sides as Dundalk look to exert their dominance in the game. They have come out the better for this second half.

  • 47'

    CHANCE: Sam Bone danced his way into the area and struck a well-placed shot that just went wide of the post!

  • 46'

    We are back underway for the second half, a big half for both sides.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: This has been tense and tight from the start but Derry is in the lead thanks to James Akintunde's early strike that separates the sides.

  • 45'

    SAVE: What a save from Brian Maher - Dundalk broke free and Hoban set Ryan O'Kane off and the winger hit a lovely low curling effort that he tipped away.

  • 45'

    Four added minutes here at Oriel Park.

  • 44'

    A dangerous cross was sent into the Dundalk area but Sam Bone could only clear still in his area and Joe Adams picks up the second ball.

  • 40'

    A fantastic run from Ryan O'Kane as he lays the ball off to Lewis Macari. His into the area was headed behind by Connolly but the referee awards a goal kick.

  • 38'

    Derry City was excellent on the attack here and some patient build-up play finds Glass on the edge of the area but his shot curls over the bar.

  • 35'

    WHAT A SAVE! Joe Thompson beats the offside trap and breaks free of the Dundalk defence with just the keeper to beat. Sheppard does absolutely brilliantly to get down and smother the ball.

  • 26'

    Ryan O'Kane the young Dundalk winger is set to come on - he will replace Kelly.

  • 25'

    More concern for Dundalk as Daniel Kelly jumped for a ball and has gone down in a heap - another muscle injury concern for Dundalk.

  • 21'

    Alfie Lewis a July signing for Dundalk FC comes on to make his Dundalk FC debut for Paul Doyle.

  • 20'

    It looks like Alfie Lewis is set to come on for his debut for Dundalk.

  • 19'

    Paul Doyle is down injured and there is some concern amongst the Dundalk bench - O'Donnell calls his players over as does Higgins for Derry. This is a no holds barred contest thus bar with first blood going to the away side.

  • 13'

    GOAL: What a good goal for the away side, James Akindtunde collects the ball on the left-hand side and bore into the area - he bobs and weaves and makes an opening before slotting the ball past Sheppard on the six-yard box.

  • 10'

    CHANCE: A clever ball from Sloggett to Bradley and it looked as if he was going to pull the trigger after going onto his left foot, he however chips the ball to the back post but Hoban outstretched just missed the cross.

  • 8'

    For a foul on Joe Adams - Declan Glass gets a yellow card.

  • 7'

    Two corners by Declan Glass are sent into the Dundalk area, while the first was handled well the second required Greg Sloggett to clear at the second attempt.

  • 4'

    Patrick Hoban and Mark Connolly have a stranglehold on each other and Hoban goes down and it's a free kick - it's hooked by Adam's towards Sam Bone but it's cleared. This tussle will be the tale of the night.

  • 3'

    A free kick from Patrick McEleney was cleared by Sam Bone but the ball fell to Cameron Dummigan but his high curling effort sails over the bar.

  • 1'

    We are underway here at Oriel Park - Dundalk kick us off.

  • And here comes the teams - Dundalk FC takes to the field alongside Derry City. Full coverage of the big one is coming up next.

  • Ex-Dundalk players Mark Connolly, Patrick McEleney and Cameron Dummigan all start for Derry City tonight with Michael Duffy amongst the subs

  • Dundalk have the best home record in the league with 10 wins and 2 draws from their 12 games to date. That equates to 32 points – the same number as Shamrock Rovers but with a better goal difference of +20 compared to +16.

  • Tonight's game is the 50th meeting between the sides at Oriel Park in all competitions. Ben Hannigan scored the only goal when they first met here in the Blaxnit Cup back in May 1968.

  • Tonight is the 99th meeting between Dundalk and Derry City tonight. Dundalk won the first contest 1-0 in the Inter-City Cup way back in 1944 and they also won the last 2-1 at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in May with Robbie Benson and Patrick Hoban on the scoresheet.

  • News from the Derry Camp - one of the many former Dundalk players in the Derry squad is not set to be selected for tonight - we will have official confirmation as it happens.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park - it's good to be back! Ciaran Callan is here to cover the biggest game of the weekend. Derry City has travelled to Oriel Park in a battle between 3rd and 2nd in the League.


17Keith Ward 20 Midfielder
4Andy Boyle Defender
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 77'
29David McMillan Forward
7Daniel Kelly 28 Midfielder
8Robbie Benson 2 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
9Patrick Hoban Forward 90'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
21Paul Doyle 5 Midfielder
18Robbie McCourt Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
11John Martin Forward
28Ryan O’Kane 7 Forward
5Alfie Lewis 21 Midfielder
1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
20Joe Adams 17 Midfielder
16Steven Bradley
2Lewis Macari 8 Defender
22Runar Hauge Midfielder

Derry City

24Danny Lafferty 8 Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder 66'
7Michael Duffy 21 Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
11James Akintunde 9 Forward 13'
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
8Joe Thomson 24 Midfielder
20Brandon Kavanagh 19 Midfielder
26Brian Maher Goalkeeper 63'
16Shane McEleney Defender
29Cian Kavanagh Midfielder
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward
6Mark Connolly Defender
38Liam Mullan Midfielder
15Sadou Diallo Midfielder
19Ryan Graydon 20 Midfielder
21Declan Glass 7 8'

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Round 1)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 36)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 24)
1 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 18)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 6)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 10)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk v Derry City


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.