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

Match Report

Shels hit Drogheda for six in Tolka

It was all too easy for Shelbourne as they put six past a poor Drogheda Utd side at Tolka Park. Sean Boyd scored a brace from the penalty spot while Jack Moylan and JR Wilson were also on target as Shels went in at the break 4-0 in front.

Matty Smith scored their fifth in the 64th minute and substitute Aodh Dervin got the sixth two minutes from normal time. Drogheda just couldn’t contain Shels. They allowed the Dublin side to play all the football. Brendan Clarke had a quiet game in the Shels goal and was rarely called on. 

Shels took the game to Drogheda right from the start. Colin McCabe put Smith’s effort out for a corner in the seventh minute. Shane Farrell took the corner, it was flicked on by Stephan Negru to Moylan who headed home at the back post. 

Shels doubled their advantage in the 15th minute; Moylan did well to find the space to play the ball into Wilson and he fired to the net from a tight angle. That was his first goal of the season.

Drogs offered very little and things got worse for them in the 21st minute when Shels got a third goal through Boyd. Keith Cowan hauled Luke Byrne down in the box and Boyd made no mistake with his spot-kick.

Cowan had a chance for his side but he headed over in the 24th minute. The game was over as a contest in the 31st minute when Shels got a fourth goal; Boyd again from the spot after Dylan Grimes pushed Smith over in the box. It was Boyd’s 15th goal of the season. Two minutes later Farrell brought a fine save out of McCabe as Shels were relentless. 

Farrell had a chance to get a fifth for Damien Duff’s side after the break but his effort was poor as he tried to pick a spot. Shels did get a fifth goal in the 64th minute; Cowan cleared a ball but it fell at Smith’s feet and he made no mistake.

Sub Dervin sealed a fine win for Shels with his first goal of the season in the 88th minute.

  • 88'

    Aodh Dervin with a nice finish

  • 85'

    Moylan with the ball in but Negru's effort goes well wide

  • 76'

    It's all Shels

  • 75'

    Dylan Molloy with the kick but it floats over the bar

  • 74'

    Free to Shels on the edge of the box

  • 73'

    Aodh Dervin's effort is deflected out for a corner

  • 69'

    Ryan Brennan goes off

  • 69'

    Victor Arong comes on

  • 68'

    JJ Lunney is off

  • 68'

    Aodh Dervin is on

  • 68'

    Sean Boyd is off

  • 68'

    Daniel Carr is on

  • 64'

    Keith Cowan cleared the danger but only to Smith and it was simple for him

  • 63'

    Matty Smith makes it 5-0

  • 63'

    Shane Farrell off

  • 63'

    Mark Coyle is on

  • 63'

    JR Wilson is off

  • 63'

    Brian McManus is on

  • 58'

    Poor pass from Smith who was trying to find Boyd

  • 57'

    Darragh Markey makes way

  • 57'

    Stefan Stanic-Floody is on for Drogs

  • 53'

    Shels are playing good football. Drogs seem to be standing off players

  • 51'

    Shane Farrell with a great chance to get a fifth for Shels but hits his effort wide

  • 50'

    The ball hits Matty Smith\'s hand as he takes a shot

  • 49'

    Shane Griffin does well to win the ball off Markey

  • 48'

    Shels were relentless in the first half. Will they be the same in the second?

  • 46'

    Dayle Rooney is off

  • 46'

    Dylan Molloy on for Drogs

  • 46'

    Luke Byrne is off

  • 46'

    Kameron Ledwidge is on for Shels

  • 45'

    Half-time here and it literally has been all Shelbourne

  • 45'

    Free to Shels

  • 42'

    Matty Smith is receiving attention. Seems to be ok now

  • 40'

    Sean Boyd picks up the ball but unable to get a decent shot

  • 35'

    Shels are dangerous on the attack. Drogs can't handle them

  • 33'

    Shane Farrell with the shot and a fine save from McCabe

  • 33'

    Darragh Markey with a cross into the box but it's cleared by Wilson

  • 32'

    Some Drogheda fans are already leaving.

  • 31'

    A second goal from the penalty spot for Boyd. Good finish

  • 30'

    Another Shels penalty. Dylan Grimes pushes Matty Smith over in the box

  • 28'

    Chris Lyons who is injured goes off

  • 28'

    Dean Williams on for Drogs

  • 27'

    Drogheda are all over the place

  • 24'

    Keith Cowan's corner goes over the bar.

  • 21'

    Sean Boyd puts the spot-kick away. 14th goal of the season

  • 20'

    Penalty to Shels. Keith Cowan hauled down Luke Byrne in the box

  • 19'

    Jack Moylan with some great play. Twists and turns and shows some skills

  • 16'

    Jack Moylan does well to get past the Drogs midfield, plays the ball into Wilson and he fires to the net from a tight range. That's his first goal of the season

  • 15'

    JR Wilson makes it 2-0

  • 15'

    Shels doing well defensively

  • 12'

    No repeat of the first corner

  • 11'

    A second corner for Shels

  • 8'

    That corner came after McCabe failed to hold onto Matty Smith's effort

  • 8'

    Shane Farrell\'s corner is headed on by Stephan Negru and it\'s headed home at the backpost by Moylan

  • 8'

    Jack Moylan puts Shels ahead

  • 4'

    Shels have started brightly

  • 3'

    Dane Massey with a high ball in but Brendan Clarke comes out to gather

  • 1'

    JR Wilson's shot appeared to come off Keith Cowan but the referee gives a goal-kick to Drogs

  • 1'

    Free kick for Shels

  • 1'

    We are underway at Tolka

  • Emre Topac is making his first competitive start for Drogs tonight. Five academy players are on the bench

  • It's two wins for Shelbourne over Drogheda this season. Drogs have defeated Damien Duff's side once.

  • It's 7th v 8th. A win for Drogheda and they leapfrog Shelbourne.

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Shelbourne v Drogheda Utd from Tolka Park. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson 7 Defender 15'
5Shane Griffin Defender
6JJ Lunney 16 Midfielder
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward 21', 31'
10Jack Moylan Midfielder 8'
15Matty Smith Forward 64'
17Shane Farrell 8 Forward
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
23Luke Byrne 32 Defender
28Stephen Negru Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
7Brian McManus 2 Midfielder
8Mark Coyle 17 Midfielder
8Josh Giurgi Defender
14Daniel Carr 9 Forward
16Aodh Dervin 6 Midfielder 88'
22Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
32Kameron Ledwidge 23 Defender
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
7Darragh Markey 16 Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
16Dayle Rooney 25 Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan 29 Midfielder
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder
14Dane Massey Defender
Callum Ralph Defender
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
16Stevan Stanic-Floody 7 Forward
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
25Dylan Molloy 16 Defender
27Jack Supple Midfielder
29Victor Arong 19 Forward
41Fiachra Pagel Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 27)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shelbourne

(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


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland