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Date Time League Season
12 August 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Drogheda beat Shelbourne at home

Drogheda came from behind to grab a huge 3-1 victory over Shelbourne tonight at Head in the Game Park, as Dayle Rooney and Ryan Brennan haunted their former team.

Shels started brightest as Jack Moylan dispossessed George Poynton with seven minutes gone and broke through to slot the ball home. However, Drogheda quickly found their rhythm and Brennan’s excellent finish in the box on 30 minutes had the game level at the break.

An exciting second-half would see the Drogs go ahead through a goal of the season contender from man of the match Dayle Rooney, who rifled a volley into the top corner approaching the hour mark. Brennan then added a third with a volley of his own after a brilliant diagonal switch from Andy Quinn with just over 10 left.

A statement victory for Kevin Doherty’s Drogs where the initiative of Rooney and Brennan rubbed off on the whole squad as they fearlessly brushed aside their M1 rivals. Conceding an early goal has often been Drogheda’s kryptonite, but their comeback this evening said otherwise and prevented three consecutive wins for Damien Duff’s men.

It was the Reds who started brightest though when sloppy play from Poynton put Moylan in on goal early on, and Moylan made no mistake when one-on-one with Colin McCabe. Shels looked more hungry as they pressed high, and it felt like it was going to be a dull night for the hosts.

However the first half refused to ebb and flow as numerous players went down with injuries in the next 15 minutes or so, halting the Dubliners’ momentum and causing starman Sean Boyd to leave the fray. Shels’ lack of depth meant they were forced to change shape, and as the game picked up pace again Drogheda became the aggressor.

Rooney was a menace on the left wing as Darragh Markey’s intelligence complimented the latter’s direct play. Rooney would find Brennan in the box on 30 minutes, as Brennan slotted home on the half-volley.

The second-half took a cagey approach early on, but Drogheda’s second goal couldn’t have ended this more emphatically. Rooney had an attempt blocked, but thundered the rebound into the top corner to put the hosts ahead.

From here, Drogheda’s intentions to rectify two previous losses to Shels this year were undeniable. On 77 minutes Brennan connected with a tremendous Quinn long ball and volleyed the ball into the ground and over Brendan Clarke before celebrating in front of Duff to know coincidence.

With the rivalry between the teams this was a massive result for Drogheda and showed them at their adventurous best. Shels showed quality in glimpses but lacked a leader when things didn’t go their way and ultimately their lack of depth didn’t come cheaply.

  • Full-time here. Drogheda 3-1 Shelbourne

  • 92'

    Darragh Noone replaces Markey for the winning side

  • 90'

    Six added on here

  • 87'

    Dane Massey comes on for Cowan

  • 77'

    Brennan haunts his former employers once more with a volley of his own as the hosts close in on a big win. He meets a quality switch of play from Andy Quinn and volleys past Clarke from just inside the box

  • 72'

    Kevin Doherty makes a sub of his own. Darragh Nugent comes on for Grimes

  • 68'

    Duff makes further changes as Dan Carr and Josh Giurgi replace Moylan and Conor Kane

  • 65'

    Farrell receives the game's second yellow immediately after

  • 64'

    Dylan Grimes booked for stopping a Shels counter

  • 63'

    Brennan threatens for a second with a brilliant header that goes just over and wide

  • 57'

    JJ Lunney replaced by Brian McManus

  • 55'

    Drogheda take the lead and no one deserved to score it more than Rooney. His initial volley was blocked on the edge of the area but he lashed the rebound into the top right corner in some style. 2-1

  • 53'

    A really good chance for Smith after Farrell broke through the middle and played him in on goal. However the Scotsman fluffed his lines and blazed the shot over

  • 51'

    A scrappy first five minutes or so here. Both sides cancelling each other out at the moment

  • 45'

    Back underway in Drogheda

  • Half-time at Head in the Game Park. Drogheda United 1-1 Shelbourne

  • 43'

    Its been an entertaining affair with the interval approaching. It seemed like Shels were more up for it but later in the half Drogheda came into the game, mainly due to the link-up play of Darragh Markey and Rooney down the left

  • 40'

    Moylan dribbles down the right and gets a shot off in a good position but scuffs the effort

  • 31'

    The Drogs get a deserved equaliser as former Shels duo Rooney and Ryan Brennan link up. A Rooney cross from the left trickles through to Brennan who finishes excellently. The home side revitalised currently

  • 28'

    Matty Smith causing some problems for the Drogheda back line and his deflected only just stayed over the bar. The hosts come up the other end then and go close after a bit of a scramble in the box. Game picking up its pace again from the early minutes

  • 23'

    Shane Farrell is the next player to need attention. A very stop-start affair so far

  • 20'

    Both players ok to continue

  • 18'

    Moylan and Keith Cowan also down now after a distressing head clash in the air

  • 16'

    A big blow for Damien Duff as Sean Boyd is forced to leave the pitch through injury. John Ross Wilson replaces him as the team adjusts shape

  • 13'

    Drogheda finding their rhythm now. Dayle Rooney is looking like a right menace down the left wing

  • 10'

    Shels on top here and well worth the lead, playing with more hunger and intensity so far

  • 7'

    The visitors lead already after sloppy play from George Poynton. He failed to deal with the pressure of Jack Moylan, who dispossessed Poynton, broke through on goal and slotted it home

  • 2'

    Dylan Grimes tests Brendan Clarke early on with a commendable effort from range

  • We're off in Louth!

  • Shelbourne Team News: Matty Smith starts up top alongside Sean Boyd having recently joined on loan from Derry City. Gavin Molloy, Shane Farrell and JJ Lunney make up a midfield three for the Reds

  • Drogheda Team News: Luke Heeney and Adam Foley are out but Keith Cowan starts despite being an injury doubt pre-match. U19s player Callum Ralph gets a first appearance in the squad

  • Shelbourne travel up the M1 in search of a third consecutive win in the Premier Division. Drogheda will be eager to get a positive result as they sit four points off Shels and with three more games played

  • Con Sheehan here reporting on the game between Drogheda United and Shelbourne at Head in the Game Park. Kick-off is 7:45pm

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan 14 Defender
7Darragh Markey 28 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
10Dylan Grimes 24 Midfielder 64'
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder 55'
17Dean Williams Forward
19Ryan Brennan Midfielder 30', 77'
26George Poynton Midfielder
35Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
9Chris Lyons Forward
14Dane Massey 5 Defender
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
23Stevan Stanic-Floody Forward
24Darragh Nugent 10 Midfielder
28Darragh Noone 7 Midfielder
41Fiachra Pagel Goalkeeper

Shelbourne

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
3Conor Kane 14 Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
6JJ Lunney 7 Midfielder
9Sean Boyd 2 Forward
10Jack Moylan 8 Midfielder 7'
15Matty Smith Forward
17Shane Farrell Forward 65'
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson 9 Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
7Brian McManus 6 Midfielder
8Josh Giurgi 10 Defender
12Jad Hakiki Midfielder
14Daniel Carr 3 Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
36Lewis Temple Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 15)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Drogheda United

(Round 2)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shelbourne

4 - 0
eLOI Group D
Online Event

Drogheda United v Shelbourne

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