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Date Time League Season
30 September 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk take Louth bragging rights with win at home to Drogheda United

Dundalk FC claimed the last of the bragging rights in the Louth Derby as Runar Hauge scored the opening goal from the penalty spot for Dundalk FC, while Dane Massey scored an own goal for his former employers to give the Lilywhites a 2-0 victory at Casey's Field.

With the confidence-boosting victory and other results, Stephen O'Donnell's team has not only maintained their good home form but has also established a five-point lead over St. Patricks Athletic in fourth place.

Dundalk did a lot of the early running with a cross going into the Drogheda area and it nicked off a Dundalk player in the box but it just went wide. For Drogheda, they had a cross to the back post and it did make a connection with Darragh Nugent but the ball was already out so the goal would not have stood.

Dundalk was to go in front when Runar Hauge was taken down by Dylan Rooney with the referee awarding the home side a penalty. Hauge brushed himself off and despatched the penalty sending McCabe the wrong way.

Dane Massey was very much a Dundalk hero for many years and tonight he was Drogheda’s villain as he turned the ball into his own net but it was all about Greg Sloggett who did superbly on the right to drill a vicious ball in that Massey tried to block but the ball crept past McCabe at his near post.

In the second half, Ryan O'Kane broke free of the Drogheda back four and found himself one on one with the McCabe but his effort was blocked on the edge of the area.

Drogheda had a bit of a purple patch as they tried to get back into this contest but their series of efforts on the Dundalk goal came to nothing.

Following a delay in play, it was the added time of nine minutes that added to the drama of the contest. Ryan Brennan was sent off as the Drogheda midfielder hauled Robbie Benson to the ground and the referee gave him a straight red card.

It looked as if Keith Ward was to add some gloss to the scoreline as he collected the ball in his half spotted McCabe off his line and he went for broke with an effort that McCabe had to tip over the bar.

Not a game for the purist but the result is massive as Dundalk have one hand it seems on Europe for next season. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Dundalk FC claimed the last of the bragging rights in the Louth Derby as Runar Hauge scored the opening goal from the penalty spot for Dundalk FC, while Dane Massey scored an own goal for his former employers to give the Lilywhites a 2-0 victory at Casey's Field. With the confidence-boosting victory and other results, Stephen O'Donnell's team has not only maintained their good home form but has also established a five-point lead over St. Patricks Athletic in fourth place.

  • 90'

    From the corner, Bradley collects the ball and strikes a well-placed shot that just goes wide.

  • 90'

    HOW! Keith Ward in his own half spots McCabe off his line - goes for broke and he has to tip it over the bar!

  • 90'

    Bradley turning on the style with the over steps before shifting onto his left foot but his effort goes over the bar.

  • 90'

    SUB: Keith Ward and David McMillan on for Joe Adams and John Martin

  • 90'

    Ryan Brennan is sent off as the Drogheda man hauls Robbie Benson to the ground and the referee gave him a straight red card.

  • 88'

    Luke Heeney puts in a teasing cross but it is well caught by Sheppard

  • 87'

    The game is back underway here at Oriel Park.

  • 81'

    The game is halted here as a medical emergency is declared over in the Shed side of the club, physios and doctors have headed over to assist the medical team already present.

  • 76'

    WHAT A CHANCE! Ryan O\'Kane breaks free of the Drogheda back four and he is one on one with the keeper but his effort is blocked on the edge of the area.

  • 75'

    Darragh Nugent is booked

  • 74'

    Luke Henney is given a yellow card for a foul on Ryan O'Kane

  • 71'

    Drogheda have a bit of a purple patch here as they try to get back into this contest, Dundalk still a but unsure at the back and are conceding a few corners in quick succession.

  • 66'

    Sam Bone is booked

  • 66'

    Drogheda Sub: Chris Lyons on for Dean Williams.

  • 64'

    Robbie Benson is on for Greg Sloggett.

  • 64'

    Triple change for Drogheda: Ryan Brennan on for Adam Foley, Luke Heeney on for Darragh Noone, Dylan Grimes on for Darragh Markey.

  • 61'

    It looks like Greg Sloggett could be coming off after treatment - Robbie Benson is replacing him.

  • 58'

    It's one Hibernian player for another as Stephen Bradley comes on for goalscorer Runar Hauge

  • 55'

    Dundalk continuing to push with the best chances so far saw a cross from the right fall to John Martin but his ball down to Ryan O'Kane is nicked off the young winger's foot.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: Dundalk are back underway!

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Well there were scary moments but Dundalk has a commanding 2-0 thanks to a penalty and an own goal. Runar Hague gets his first goal for Dundalk while Dane Massey has scored some important goals for Dundalk in the past but tonight is one he will want to forget as he scores an OG.

  • 45'

    More on the goal: Dane Massey turns the ball into his own net but it was all about Greg Sloggett who did superbly on the right to drill a vicious ball in that Massey tried to block but it crept past McCabe at his near post.

  • 45'

    GOAL DUNDALK! Dane Massey puts it into his own net as a cross into the area takes a deflection and into the back of the net.

  • 45'

    Four added minutes here in Oriel Park.

  • 44'

    Alfie Lewis is booked for a challenge on Dean Williams.

  • 42'

    Runar Hauge with his first goal for Dundalk. He becomes the first Norwegian to score for Dundalk since Ole Erik Midtskogen away to Finn Harps in May 2021. It's his 6th career goal and his first since scoring for Stjördals Blink in a 2-2 draw at home to FK Jerv last October

  • 39'

    GOAL: Runar Hauge converts the penalty and it\'s 1-0 to Dundalk!

  • 38'

    PENALTY DUNDALK! Runar Hauge is taken down by Dylan Rooney and its a penalty to Dundalk.

  • 34'

    Drogheda have a cross to the back post and it does make a connection but the ball was already out so the goal would not have stood.

  • 33'

    Not much to report in terms of action - both sides are tense as it seems the first blink and it could lead to a goal. Dundalk feeling a bit more pressure as the fans have gotten a little tenser.

  • 24'

    Dale Rooney comes on for the injured Evan Weir who is stretchered off.

  • 22'

    For a confrontation with the fourth official Kevin Doherty goes into the book - it looks like Evan Weir is actually in a bit of trouble here as he is being stretchered off. Doherty was not happy with the challenge on his player.

  • 19'

    Ryan O'Kane breaks down the right his cross evades the advancing John Martin - Greg Sloggett gets the secondary ball but is deemed to have fouled Evan Weir in his challenge for the ball.

  • 17'

    For a push on Runar Hauge - former Dundalk player Dane Massey enters the book.

  • 15'

    Dundalk starting to get their foot under the ball a bit here and getting some passages of play - Drogheda have smashed and grabbed results this season in the Derby but it doesn't look like it will happen tonight.

  • 10'

    CHANCE: A cross goes into the Drogheda area and it nicks off a Dundalk player in the box but it just goes wide. Big opportunity for the home side to put themselves ahead.

  • 7'

    Williams looked like he could have been in when Sheppard mistimed his run off the goal-line and Bone and Leahy combine to clear the danger but not before a few heartbeats skipped here in the main stand.

  • 6'

    A big bursting run from Greg Sloggett down the middle evades the tackles of Dane Massey but his cross is just wide and it's a goal kick to Drogheda.

  • 1'

    And we are underway at Oriel Park - and Drogheda United right from the kick-off break and take on the Dundalk defence however the effort from Williams is well over the bar.

  • Since playing Derry here at the start of August, they've been at Oriel - now Casey's Field- just once against Shels a run of one home game in 56 days

  • And here comes the teams: Dundalk FC comes out to a blaze of red and flags from the shed as the supporters show what the club means to them on Derby Day!

  • There will be minutes of applause before the game for supporters Terry Curtis, Patsy McCabe and Calvin Curley-Gray who have all sadly passed away over the past number of weeks. Calvin who was just 12 died following an accident in Dundalk in recent weeks.

  • It's always good from this reporter's perspective to see a legend back at Oriel Park/Casey's Field and Drogheda captain Dane Massey is just that. 291 appearances and 24 goals for Dundalk – 5 league titles, 3 FAI Cups, 3 League Cups

  • It’s the 171st Louth Derby match tonight. Dundalk have won 92, Drogheda have won 38 while there have been 40 draws. It’s the 101st league meeting between the Louth rivals. Dundalk have won 54, Drogheda 21, while there have been 25 draws.

  • Game number 101 in management tonight for Stephen O’Donnell in what is the 101st league meeting between Dundalk and Drogheda.

  • TEAM NEWS: Stephen O’Donnell has made five changes from the side which lost in Waterford a fortnight ago with Bone, Leahy, Hauge, Adams and O’Kane in for Macari, Gartland, Benson, Doyle and Bradley

  • Good Evening from Casey's Field and its Derby Night in Dundalk. Ciaran Callan to bring you the action as Dundalk FC look to get back to winning ways and gather some of the bragging rights against Drogheda United.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Alfie Lewis Midfielder 44'
6Sam Bone Defender 66'
10Greg Sloggett 8 Midfielder
11John Martin 29 Forward
15Darragh Leahy Defender
20Joe Adams 17 Midfielder
22Runar Hauge 16 Midfielder 39'
23John Mountney Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
8Robbie Benson 10 Midfielder
16Steven Bradley 22 Forward
17Keith Ward 20 Midfielder
18Robbie McCourt Defender
29David McMillan 11 Forward
30Mark Byrne Goalkeeper

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir 16 Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
7Darragh Markey 10 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
11Adam Foley 19 Forward
14Dane Massey Defender 17'
45'
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder 75'
28Darragh Noone 21 Midfielder
35Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
10Dylan Grimes 7 Midfielder
16Dayle Rooney 3 Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan 11 Midfielder 90'
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 28 Midfielder 74'
23Stevan Stanic-Floody Forward
26George Poynton Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 23)
1 - 0
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Dundalk

(Round 13)
4 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Drogheda United

(Round 7)
1 - 0
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Dundalk

(Series 35)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Dundalk

(Series 25)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Drogheda United

(Series 17)
0 - 1
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Dundalk

(Series 7)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Drogheda United

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
John McLoughlinChris Campbell
Darren Carey
Ben Connolly

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.