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Date Time League Season
2 September 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk and Shels share the points in stalemate

Although there were countless opportunities for both teams, Dundalk and Shelbourne were forced to settle for a draw in Casey's Field.

Both goalkeepers for their respective teams, Nathan Sheppard and Brendan Clarke, were required to step up more than once in a game that was full of incidents and ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Shane Farrell and John Martin, who on other days would have converted their chances and will be regretting the wasted opportunities they failed to take in a game that had plenty of give and take.

Shane Farrell broke down the right after a ball that split the Dundalk defence, and despite O'Kane's attention, he managed to get a good shot away on goal, but Sheppard did well with a low stop. Jack Moylan's great effort down the left side pushed Nathan Sheppard to make a save, which he could only parry and which he succeeded in making saving on the second try.

Ryan O'Kane outran his defender to cross the ball for Dundalk, but John Martin's attempt to score was stopped by a block. Martin was given a pass into the area a few seconds later, and although he was outstretched, his shot somehow missed the target. Keith Ward charged into the area as the home side kept up the pressure, and it appeared as though his jersey had dragged him down, but the referee waved away the calls for a penalty.

Following the break, Keith Ward's free kick for Dundalk was headed goalward by Mountney, but it bounced off the crossbar. O'Kane cut to his right and struck a low effort that Brendan Clarke had to be certain of to save after Ward beat the offside trap and supplied the ball to him.

The home team kept up the pressure as David McMillan dove to convert a free kick from Ward that narrowly missed him. McMillan appeared to have won the tie after latching onto a deft pass, but Clarke expertly stopped his low effort.

Conor Kane appeared to sustain a serious injury as he went down and needed to be carried away in the closing seconds. Dundalk will feel they have really lost ground tonight in the race for second place because of Derry City’s win and they could only muster a point. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Although there were countless opportunities for both teams, Dundalk and Shelbourne were forced to settle for a draw in Casey's Field. Both goalkeepers for their respective teams, Nathan Sheppard and Brendan Clarke were required to step up more than once in a game that was full of incidents and ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Shane Farrell and John Martin, who on other days would have converted their chances and will be regretting the wasted opportunities they failed to take in a game that had plenty of give and take.

  • 90'

    Aaron O'Driscoll replaces Conor Kane.

  • 90'

    Conor Kane is down and judging by the reaction and by the concern from the players on both sets on the pitch it looks as if this is a serious issue. The stretcher has been called and the medical services are attending to him.

  • 90'

    Three added minutes here at Oriel Park - Ryan O'Kane is the man of the match here at Casey's Field.

  • 87'

    SAVE: What a save Brendan Clarke! McMillan latched onto a clever pass and McMillan's low effort was brilliantly saved.

  • 82'

    Paul Doyle comes on for Lewis Macari

  • 81'

    Damien Duff is also booked

  • 81'

    Sam Bone is booked for a foul on Matty Smith.

  • 75'

    Keith Ward is replaced by recent signing Runar Hauge. The Norwegian turned 21 yesterday.

  • 75'

    A curling cross from the right saw McMillan and Adams go close but neither can make a connection.

  • 73'

    Tonight's attendance at Casey's Field is 2,343

  • 66'

    Kameron Ledwidge comes on for Brian McManus for Shelbourne's first change of the evening.

  • 63'

    CLOSE: A free kick from Ward is nearly met by the diving David McMillan but it just evades the striker.

  • 63'

    A double change for Dundalk sees David McMillan on for John Martin and Joe Adams on for John Mountney.

  • 62'

    Farrell once again gets a sight on goal but his shot takes a deflection and goes wide. The resulting corner is eventually caught by Sheppard.

  • 57'

    Keith Ward beats the offside trap and feeds the ball to O'Kane let cuts onto his right and hits a low effort that Brendan Clarke had to be sure of to save.

  • 53'

    CHANCE: A free kick for Dundalk taken by Keith Ward and was headed towards goal by Mountney and it cannons off the cross bar.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: We are back underway - it's lashing now in Oriel Park. This could make things interesting.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: It took a while for Dundalk to warm up but when they did Shelbourne were under the cosh for a good bit of that half. A penalty call, a yellow card and plenty of goal chances. Not bad for a 0-0 draw in Casey's Field.

  • 43'

    John Martin looked to clean through on goal and was taken down by Gavin Molloy en route and despite massive protests, he only gets a yellow card. Compared to Monday night's match they looked very similar in terms of context.

  • 42'

    An excellent counter attach sees Keith Ward break down the right and his cross is met by Bradley on the half volley but it goes wide.

  • 39'

    Some excellent play from Dundalk with Ryan O'Kane's stock rising with every game. A very impressive run as he tries to pick Shelbourne's lock down the right. He is getting some room now and is looking threatening.

  • 36'

    PENALTY CALL: Keith Ward bursts into the area and it looked as if he was dragged down by his jersey but the referee waves away the protests.

  • 33'

    SHOT: John Mountney picks the ball up from an Alfie Lewis pass and he strikes from range and Clarke is forced to tip it over.

  • 30'

    CHANCE: HOW DID HE MISS IT!!! John Martin is gifted a pass into the area and he was outstretched and somehow his shot goes wide! What a chance.

  • 29'

    CHANCE: Ryan O'Kane beats his man and gets a cross in and John Martin looks to send the ball home only for it to be blocked down.

  • 28'

    Kane lets one fly from just inside the Dundalk are but it goes just wide, Damien Duff's game plan in part seems to be striking long-range efforts to try and beat Sheppard.

  • 24'

    CHANCE: First sight on goal for Dundalk sees Stephen Bradley cut inside to that left foot of his and let one fly - its just curls over Clarke's cross bar.

  • 23'

    SAVE: An excellent effort from Jack Moylan down the left forced Nathan Sheppard to a save that he could only parry, he finally got it on the second attempt.

  • 18'

    CHANCE: Shelbourne look as if they had broken through the Dundalk defence only for a last-ditch tackle to put the ball wide for a corner, the resulting corner had to be collected by Nathan Sheppard on the second ball.

  • 15'

    Dundalk and Shelbourne playing a tight game here as neither side can get a meaningful breakthrough as of yet - Shane Farrell's strike is the only chance of note in what has been a quiet game so far.

  • 8'

    SAVE: Shane Farrell breaks down the right after a defence-splitting pass - despite the attentions of O\'Kane he gets a good attempt on goal but Sheppard does well with a low save.

  • 5'

    In terms of action - very little to report so far. Dundalk starts the more positive and John Mountney begins tonight\'s game at left back - a position he hasn\'t filled in for Dundalk since 2012 under the then manager Sean McCaffrey.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: Here we go! Shelbourne kick us off with Brian McManus kicking off proceedings.

  • Good reception for Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell ahead of tonight's game - there is going to be a minute's silence now for Des Casey.

  • Ref news: Damien MacGraith will not now be reffing tonight's game having suffered an injury. Paul McLaughlin is stepping in for him

  • Having started his first game back with the club in Sligo on Monday, John Mountney starts a match at Oriel as a Dundalk player for the first time in almost 2 years since the 0-0 draw with Finn Harps here on October 4th 2020. Andy Boyle is the sole survivor tonight from that one

  • Keith Ward makes his 100th appearance in Dundalk colours tonight - more than 11 years on from his first. Ward has assisted twice against Shels this season – Patrick Hoban’s goal at Tolka Park back in March and John Martin’s winner at Oriel Park in April.

  • This is the 302nd meeting of Dundalk and Shelbourne tonight in all competitions and the 175th league game. In all competitions against Shelbourne, Dundalk’s record reads W128, D66 and L107. In the league, it is W76, D39 and L59.

  • There are also some changes on the bench too from Monday night with Robbie Benson and Robbie McCourt, both amongst the subs at The Showgrounds now are not in the squad tonight.

  • TEAM NEWS: Stephen O’Donnell makes two changes as Sam Bone and Keith Ward come back in. It's Keith Ward's 100th appearance for the club and Darragh Leahy is suspended for tonight's game.

  • Damien Duffy Shelbourne's head coach spoke ahead of tonight's contest: “In the games, we’ve had so far this season, they’ve been tight, our last visit to Oriel Park we put in a decent performance, we were unlucky not to leave with anything. “In every game you want the two teams to be the only factor in the outcome and with some of the decisions that day, it wasn’t the case which is frustrating. Consistency is what we want, from our players, and staff, and we’d expect the same thing from the referee and officials too. The last time we were in Dundalk, that wasn’t the case. We were down to 10 men, should’ve won the game, I was sent off, poor decisions all night.” Duff added.

  • Stephen O'Donnell the Dundalk FC head coach ahead of tonight's game: “We’ve had two draws against them at Tolka Park and John Martin scored with a last-minute goal in the game here earlier in the season. They were very competitive against Derry on Monday night and they are very competitive in all of their games. They have a great team spirit and it’s going to be a tough game but one we are really looking forward to.”

  • Also making its first appearance tonight at Casey's Field is a brand new scoreboard. Statsports who took over Dundalk FC in the winter along with local businessman Andy Connolly have installed it in recent days.

  • Good Evening from Casey's Field - Dundalk FC rebranded its home ground for the Lilywhites in honour of Des Casey for the rest of the year. Ciaran Callan here reporting as the camera crews roll in for a big game against Shelbourne FC.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari 21 Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Alfie Lewis Midfielder
6Sam Bone Defender 79'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
11John Martin 29 Forward
16Steven Bradley Forward
17Keith Ward 22 Midfielder
23John Mountney 20 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
30Mark Byrne Goalkeeper
3Brian Gartland Defender
20Joe Adams 23 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 2 Midfielder
22Runar Hauge 17 Midfielder
29David McMillan 11 Forward

Shelbourne

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
3Conor Kane 4 Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
7Brian McManus 32 Midfielder
10Jack Moylan Midfielder
15Matty Smith Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
17Shane Farrell Forward
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder 43'
23Luke Byrne Defender
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
4Aaron O’Driscoll 3 Defender
8Josh Giurgi Defender
12Jad Hakiki Forward
14Daniel Carr Forward
22Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
28Stephen Negru Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge 7 Defender
36Lewis Temple Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 21)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Dundalk

(Round 12)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shelbourne

(Round 5)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Dundalk

(Series 11)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shelbourne

(Series 2)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Dundalk

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinBrian Fenton
Chris Campbell
Derek Tomney

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.