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Date Time League Season
16 October 2022 5:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shamrock Rovers drop vital points away to 10-man Drogheda

10-man Drogheda United earned a hard fought 1-1 against Shamrock Rovers this evening at Head in the Game Park, taking points off the Hoops for the third time in 2022.

Rovers dominated early possession as expected and got a lot of joy through Neil Farrugia on the right flank. After 26 minutes this joy became end product when Farrugia’s cross found Graham Burke in the box who slotted home calmly.

The Drogs responded brilliantly though and equalised in the 40th minute when Chris Lyons tapped home on the rebound of an Adam Foley shot. Gary Deegan was sent off late in the second half for a challenge on Jack Byrne but Drogheda held on to frustrate the Hoops in the title race.

A huge result for the Drogs but also for what is left of the season as Derry are given the chance to tighten the gap on the league leaders. The phrase European hangover is more than overused but Rovers were certainly off the pace in Louth tonight.

They started brightly though and immediately placed pressure on Colin McCabe's goal. Farrugia seemed to have the run on Massey and if someone was going to open up Drogheda’s defensive banks it looked like him.

This would be the case when his pull back found Burke on 26 minutes and Burke finished coolly. However Rovers enjoyed their opener a little too much and Kevin Doherty’s men responded intensely.

Dayle Rooney was a constant threat on the break, while Lyons and Foley both looked dangerous for the next 15 minutes. With five left in the half, Foley tried his luck from range and as Mannus spilled the shot, Lyons tapped in the rebound.

With 8th being an inconsequential place in the table, it feels like Drogheda’s purpose this year has been to annoy the big sides. That’s exactly what they did in the second-half, taking the sting out of the game but staying positive on the counter.

Rovers had an abundance of half chances through the likes of Burke and Gaffney but never had the killer pass available. Doherty was forced twice to bring on 19s players due to injuries for Foley and Rooney, which really put the broader situation of the two competing clubs into perspective.

However the added youth had no effect on the work rate of the home side, who worked tirelessly. Deegan was sent off with around 10 minutes left after he came in late on Byrne, somehow making the defensive task more difficult.

However with the help of a commanding performance in goal by McCabe, the Drogs held on to once again frustrate Stephen Bradley and add fire to the title race.

  • Full-time here. Drogheda United 1-1 Shamrock Rovers

  • 94'

    Burke with a great attempt on the volley but McCabe with yet another great stop

  • 91'

    Rooney forced off now and Callum Ralph of the 19s replaces

  • 89'

    Byrne also receives a card for a push on Massey

  • 89'

    Massey booked for time wasting meanwhile Rooney suffers from cramp

  • 86'

    A final throw of the dice by from Bradley sees Sean Gannon and Aaron Greene replace Watts and Cleary respectively

  • 83'

    Dean Williams on for Lyons

  • 82'

    Hoare with a volley from the edge but its deflected out for an away corner

  • 78'

    Gary Deegan sent off as he comes in late on Byrne on the touch line. A tough 10 minutes or so ahead for the hosts

  • 74'

    Dylan Watts with a big chance but his shot is deflected wide

  • 72'

    The youngster Topcu puts in two excellent challenges to start a counter-attack but the Drogs can't capitalise on the eventual Markey cross

  • 67'

    Foley is forced off after that knock so 19s player Emre Topcu comes on in his place

  • 65'

    Huge opportunity for Rory Gaffney as he's slipped through but he drags his effort wide

  • 64'

    Foley down at the minute struggling after a thorough challenge in the middle of the park

  • 60'

    Mannus off with an unprovoked injury here so Leon Pohls comes on for the Dubliners

  • 57'

    The pace of the game has slowed down in the second period but Rovers still struggling to really threaten McCabe's goal

  • 51'

    Ball drops nicely for Rooney on the edge but he gets under it and strikes well over

  • 47'

    The claret and blue picking up where they left of and starting sharply here in the second half

  • 45'

    Stephen Bradley making one change at the interval as Richie Towell replaces Gary O'Neill

  • Back underway here

  • Half-time here. Drogheda United 1-1 Shamrock Rovers

  • 45'

    The home side almost take a shock lead right before the break. Rooney again causing problems and finds Foley at the back stick. Foley's diving header is brilliantly saved by Mannus however

  • 40'

    Equaliser for Drogheda and its no more than they deserve. Foley volleys from range awkwardly and Mannus can't deal with it. Lyons latches onto the rebound and taps home for 1-1

  • 38'

    Dan Cleary booked for a late challenge on Grimes

  • 36'

    Big chance again for Drogheda. Darragh Markey gets in behind and sharply tees up Chris Lyons in the box who can't turn his body in time to direct the ball on goal. Rovers really took their foot off the gas since the opener

  • 33'

    The Drogs still posing a threat on the break. Rooney gets down the left and whips across goal but the resulting shot from Adam Foley is saved. Moments later Grimes has a go from the edge of the area but doesn't get enough purchase on the effort

  • 29'

    Big opportunity for the hosts on the counter attack but Dayle Rooney's attempted reverse pass fails and the move slows down

  • 26'

    Goal for Rovers! Farrugia jinks cleverly past his man on the right wing and pulls it back for Graham Burke who slots it calmly into the bottom corner

  • 24'

    Hoare meets it again but heads harmlessly over from Jack Byrne's free-kick

  • 21'

    Kevin Doherty will be content so far as his side contain the league leaders through organised defending

  • 16'

    Dylan Grimes with a valiant effort from a free-kick but Alan Mannus had it covered

  • 12'

    A brilliant Colin McCabe stop prevents Rovers going ahead. Andy Lyons ghosted into the box to meet a Neil Farrugia cross but McCabe parries away

  • 10'

    Drogheda just maintaining tight shape so far in two banks of four but the Hoops dominating possession as expected

  • 7'

    Decent chance for Sean Hoare following a Rovers corner but he blazes over on his weaker side

  • 3'

    The visitors applying early pressure and intensity here knowing its a must win game

  • And we're off here in Louth!

  • Rovers team news: Alan Mannus is in goal while Andy Lyons and Neil Farrugia occupy the flanks. Rory Gaffney, Graham Burke and Jack Byrne make up the attacking threat. Simon Power is the only unavailable player

  • Drogheda team news: Dane Massey leads the line as usual, last week's hero Rooney starts as well as summer signing Darragh Noone. Ryan Brenna and Evan Weir are out

  • Drogheda brought an end to their recent struggles last week with a dramatic stoppage time at Bohemians, and now face the stern test of the league leaders. Rovers will hope to bounce back from the European loss to Molde on Thursday while continuing their consistent form domestically. 600 Hoops have made the trip North for this clash

  • Con Sheehan here reporting as Drogheda United prepare to take on Shamrock Rovers in the Premier Division. Kick-off is 5pm at Head in the Game Park

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 78'
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward 40'
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
11Adam Foley 20 Forward
14Dane Massey Defender 89'
16Dayle Rooney 27 Midfielder
28Darragh Noone Midfielder
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
20Emre Topcu 11 Midfielder
23Stevan Stanic-Floody Forward
26George Poynton Midfielder
27Callum Ralph 16 Defender
41Fiachra Pagel Goalkeeper

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus 25 Goalkeeper
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
6Daniel Cleary 2 Defender 38'
7Dylan Watts 9 Midfielder
10Graham Burke Forward 26'
16Gary O’Neill 17 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward
22Andy Lyons Defender
23Neil Farrugia Midfielder
29Jack Byrne Midfielder 89'
25Leon Pohls 1 Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon 6 Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 7 Forward
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
17Richie Towell 16 Midfielder
18Viktor Serdeniuk Midfielder
21Justin Ferizaj Midfielder

Past Meetings

(2nd Round)
1 - 2
FAI Cup
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 25)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Round 17)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Round 3)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 36)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

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

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 18)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

(Series 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 13)
3 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United

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21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for FinalWhistle.ie