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

Match Report

Rooney strikes late to seal points for Drogs

A last minute winner from substitute Dayle Rooney handed Drogheda United a massive three points against 10-man Bohemains at Dalymount Park

The win is the side’s first league win since mid-August, ending a run of four league games without a win.

The hosts started well and looked dangerous in the opening stages with winger Kris Twardek constantly getting down the right-hand side and delivering good crosses that couldn’t be steered past Colin McCabe.

McCabe was called in to action when James Clarke had an effort that he had to push away. However, the visitors grew into the game after 15 minutes when they began to create their own half chances.

First, Darragh Markey who was at the heart of everything the visitors did well in the first half, had a left footed effort that Tadhg Ryan had to parry away. Markey found himself in a nice position moments later 25-yards out, but his wayward effort went safely over the bar.

Adam Foley was next to have a pop for the away side, but his effort from outside the area went just wide of the post. Twardek tried to do his best with more crosses into the box, but the home side hadn’t any runners from midfield arriving.

The hosts next big opportunity came when Ciaran Kelly played a lovely pass over the top, beating Keith Conan in the air, which fell to Ethon Varian who controlled well, however he opted not to shoot, and the opportunity was eventually squandered.

The visitors then had two free kicks in quick succession yet failed to test Ryan. Bohs captain Jordan Flores was first to be booked and he was quickly followed by teammate Kelly. The last decent chance of the first half fell to Adam Foley who done very well to win his flick on and knocking it past Kelly, before firing the ball just past the far post.

The second half sprung into life when Jordan Flores was booked for a second bookable offence following a tackle on Darragh Nugent with 70 minutes gone on the clock.

A flurry of substitutes from both sides really disrupted the tempo of the game, with the visitors struggling to create anything clear cut.

When the game seemed to be heading towards a stalemate, in the dying embers, substitute Dayle Rooney controlled the ball inside the Bohs penalty area before volleying home into the near corner with a great strike.

In truth, it was a poor showing from the hosts apart from the opening stages of the first half, who looked flat and seemed to lack confidence. It went from bad to worse with the sending off.

Drogheda now move onto league leaders Shamrock Rovers next Sunday week, whilst Bohemian’s move onto a Dublin derby next Friday evening, when they travel to Inchicore to face St. Patrick’s Athletic.

  • 90'

    Full-time 1-0 Drogheda.

  • 90'

    Goal for the visitors and it is Dayle Rooney who sends the away end into delirium with a half volley that flies into the near corner. 1-0 Drogheda.

  • 90'

    3 minutes of additional time.

  • 88'

    Gary Deegan is booked for a foul on Burt.

  • 85'

    Colin McCabe sends Burt back to Glasgow with a nice little Cryuff turn in his own area. Drogheda's two subs combine up front as Rooney sends Williams through but Kelly does well to recover and block it out for a corner. The following set piece comes to nothing.

  • 80'

    Bohs have a corner but the referee blows for a free out. Drogheda struggling to create anything since the sending off.

  • 77'

    Adam Foley is replaced Dayle Rooney for the away side.

  • 75'

    A flurry of substitutes and Flores's red card has disrupted the play of the game in the last few minutes.

  • 72'

    Dean Williams replaces Chris Lyons for Drogheda.

  • 72'

    James McManus replaces Declan McDaid for Bohs.

  • 69'

    Jordan Flores is sent off for a second bookable offence for a tackle on Darragh Nugent.

  • 68'

    Darragh Noone replaces the injured Luke Heeney for Drogheda.

  • 68'

    First few changes of the evening as Varian and Mullins are replaced by Liam Burt and Ali Coote for Bohs.

  • 65'

    Three successive corners for the away side ends in Massey winning the near post flick on to Lyons at the back post who heads onto the crossbar, and Bohs clear. Nugent has an effort from distance that rolls wide.

  • 60'

    A Drogheda corner comes to nothing. Nugent finds Lyons with a nice through pass but the striker can't make use of the situation. It hasn't been Lyon's best night. The visitors doing well to limit Bohs to little.

  • 55'

    Andrew Quinn does well to mop up a mistake from Markey. Deegan gives away a very cheap free kick right on the edge of Drogheda's box. Flores takes but the wall stands firm and it goes out for a corner. The resulting set piece has to be tipped over by McCabe. A delivery to the back post is headed into the side netting from Kelly.

  • 50'

    Doherty does well to deliver a great cross to the back post which lands to McDaid but he can't connect with his volley and the Drogs clear. The visitors take a quick throw-in to Nugent who looks to square a cross but is blocked for a corner. A terrific Grimes delivery is nearly headed into his own net by Twardek. The following corner is played short to Markey who delivers, but asks a lot of Massey who heads comfortably into the hands of Ryan.

  • 45'

    The visitors get us restarted here for the second half.

  • 45'

    Halftime Bohemians 0-0 Drogheda.

  • 45'

    Adam Foley does well to win his own flick on, before knocking it past Kelly, but he volleys just wide. Right on half time, a looping ball in from Massey is headed by Conan but it goes straight at Ryan and the referee blows for half time.

  • 43'

    Ciaran Kelly joins his teammate Flores in the referee's book.

  • 42'

    Jordan Flores is first to be booked.

  • 40'

    The visitors win another corner. Again it's Grimes who delivers but it comes to nothing. A poor clearance from McCabe falls to the feet of Twardek who races down the lune before delivering, however Nugent does well to defend and the ball eventually lands into McCabe's arms.

  • 35'

    Murphy finds Varian at the edge of the area but he doesn't connect with a volley. A stop-start last five minutes.

  • 30'

    A complete mis-hit from Heeney sees the ball go out for a corner. Bohs do well to keep the corner alive and following a nice one-two, Foley does well to step in and clear, winning his side a free kick in the meantime. A strong run from the back from defender Andrew Quinn eventually leads to a corner. Grimes takes and delivers to the back post to Massey who heads back across goal, but Bohs clear. A nice pass from Ciaran Kelly beats Conan in the air and is taken down well by Varian, however he opts not to shoot inside the box and the Drogs eventually clear.

  • 25'

    A free kick in a good position for Drogheda is again wasted by Deegan who blazes over. Markey and Foley link up down the right and a good cross in from Markey is headed away, but only to the feet of Deegan who volleys wide.

  • 20'

    Some nice play between the Drogs midfield sees Nugent try find Grimes inside Doherty full the full back does well to read the situation and anticipate the pass. It's another good opportunity for the Dorgs. Markey drives with the ball infield and lays it to Adam Foley who, from just outside the box, shoots wide of the post - a poor effort. Mullins finds Tawrdek down the right who after a stepover, delivers but there is no one coming in late to attack it.

  • 15'

    A good cross from Doherty down the right for Bohs is well defended by Heeney at the back post. The visitors go down the other end of the pitch for the first time with Grimes finding Markey whose left foot effort is saved by Tadhg Ryan. Again, Gary Deegan pinches the ball inside the Bohs half and releases Nugent who finds Markey, but the midfielder doesn't get a hold of his strike and it goes comfortably over. Better from the visitors.

  • 10'

    Another big chance for the hosts as Clarke does well to stab a ball down the line for Twardek who delivers but his cross is cleared away for a corner. The referee blows for a free out from the following set piece. Bohs find themselves again in the Drogs penalty area, Twardek sets Clarke who strikes at goal but McCabe is equal to it. Good start from the home side but the visitors haven't started yet.

  • 5'

    Kelly finds McDaid down the left for Bohemians who loops a ball into the box that is mis-hit but has to be pushed over the bar by Colin McCabe. Bohs take the resulting corner and a flicked on header goes across the face of goal and can't be met by any on-comers.

  • 1'

    The hosts get us underway. Lovely evening for a game.


25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
5Ciaran Kelly Defender 44'
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
7Declan McDaid 28 Midfielder
12Max Murphy Midfielder
15James Clarke Midfielder
18Ethon Varian 11 Forward
21Jordan Flores Midfielder 42'
22Jamie Mullins 8 Midfielder
23Kris Twardek Midfielder
99Reece Byrne Goalkeeper
8Ali Coote 22 Midfielder
10Chris Lotefa
11Liam Burt 18 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
27Cian Byrne Defender
28James McManus 7 Midfielder
30Nickson Okosun Forward
32Derin Adewale

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
14Dane Massey Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 87'
21Luke Heeney 28 Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
11Adam Foley 16 Forward
35Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
16Dayle Rooney 11 Midfielder 93'
16Stevan Stanic-Floody Forward
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
28Darragh Noone 21 Midfielder
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
27Callum Ralph Defender
26George Poynton Midfielder
41Fiachra Pagel Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 24)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Bohemian FC

(Round 18)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Drogheda United

(Round 9)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Bohemian FC

(Series 34)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Drogheda United

(Series 27)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Bohemian FC

(Series 16)
5 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Drogheda United

(Series 9)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Bohemian FC


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Final year Journalism student in DCU. St. Pats reporter. Celtic supporter.