Date Time League Season
30 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Drogs dig deep for victory

An 83rd minute strike from substitute Armando Junior Quitirna proved to be the difference as Waterford came away 2-1 winners over Drogheda United at Head In The Game Park.

Marc Bircham’s mission to keep the Blues from relegation is looking more likely.

The first half was one of very few chances. Both sides struggled to work the goalkeepers.

Drogheda’s first opportunity of note came as Mark Doyle was picked out with a wonderful ball. He spotted Waterford ‘keeper Brian Murphy off his line and tried to loop the ball over him. However, his effort was just over the bar.

Cian Kavanagh got Waterford’s first real chance as he was put in behind the home side’s back line but could not keep his strike on target as he was under a lot of pressure from the Drogheda defence.

As both teams went into the dressing rooms at half-time it was a very evenly matched affair.

It was Waterford who eventually went ahead in the 51st minute. Shane Griffin whipped a free-kick into the box and John Martin was there to glance it into the top corner giving David Odumosu no chance in the Drogheda net.

The home side drew themselves level less than 20 minutes later when Daniel O’Reilly’s long ball found the run of Ronan Murray in behind the Waterford defence. Murray took a great touch and squared it to Jake Hyland who easily dispatched into an empty net.

The visitors went ahead again in the 83rd minute through substitute Armando Quitirna Junior who received the ball in the box. The ball was behind the winger but he did well to turn and let his shot go finding the net and securing the three points for his side.

Anthony Wordsworth received a red card late on for what seemed to be dissent.

Marc Bircharm will be delighted that his side were able to continue their recent form and pick up another win.

Tim Clancy will be disappointed that Drogheda could not hold on and get a point especially considering that they were at home.

  • 95'

    It looks as if Anthony Wordsworth has been sent off

  • 94'

    Drogheda awarded a late free-kick

  • 93'

    Prince hits the crossbar from the edge of the box

  • 89'

    Adeyemo goes down in the box but the ref waves it away

  • 83'

    Armando Junior Quitirna does well to finish inside the box

  • 83'

    Waterford get their second

  • 80'

    Conor Kane has an effort deflected wide

  • 68'

    A ball into the box is controlled by Murray and played across to Jake Hyland who taps it in

  • 68'

    Drogheda are level

  • 61'

    Griffin causes more problems for Drogheda from a set-piece as they do well to clear the ball

  • 59'

    Ronan Murray's effort does not trouble Murphy

  • 58'

    Drogheda free-kick just outside the Waterford area

  • 54'

    Odumosu makes a wonderful one on one save

  • 51'

    John Martin got on the end of Griffin's whipped free-kick and headed it home

  • 51'

    The ball is in the net

  • 50'

    Free-kick for Waterford in a dangerous position

  • 49'

    Darragh Markey goes through but his effort is straight at Murphy

  • 46'

    Drogheda get the second period underway

  • The players are back on the pitch ahead of the second period

  • HALF-TIME: Drogheda United 0-0 Waterford

  • 45'

    A Deegan shot is deflected wide

  • 43'

    Cian Kavanagh is put through but he cannot keep his shot on target

  • 40'

    Corcoran with a strike on the half volley from outside the box is off target

  • 36'

    Shane Griffin receives a booking

  • 30'

    Doyle is picked out and cleverly heads the ball over Brian Murphy but it also goes over the bar, very unlucky

  • 19'

    Gary Deegan is booked for a dangerous tackle

  • 18'

    Doyle misses a wonderful opportunity after the ball was played across goal

  • 16'

    Niall O'Keefe receives the first yellow of the game after a late challenge

  • 13'

    Mark Doyle with a great run but sees his effort trickle past the far post

  • 3'

    Dinny Corcoran has a great chance but does not connect with the ball cleanly

  • 1'

    The game is underway

  • O'Reilly is back from suspension and Hyland captains the side

  • Massey and Brown miss out through suspension while Lyons, Douglas and Hughes are out through injury

  • The Drogheda line up is in

  • Marc Bircham will be hopeful that they can come away with a win again tonight

  • The Blues also saw their FAI Cup game go to penalties but it was them who came out winners over Athlone Town

  • Tim Clancy will be hoping his side can bounce back with a win tonight

  • The Drogs come into this one on the back of a loss to Derry City in the FAI Cup on penalties

  • Head In The Game Park is the venue for tonight's match

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League game between Drogheda United and Waterford

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 19'
10Dinny Corcoran Forward
11Jake Hyland Midfielder 68'
14Mark Doyle Forward
17Ronan Murray Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 20 Midfielder
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
12Aaron Davis Goalkeeper
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
16Brandon Bermingham Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo 21 Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender
6Kyle Ferguson 19 Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder 36'
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder 95'
10Cian Kavanagh 23 Forward
12John Martin Forward 51'
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder 16'
20Greg Halford Defender
Phoenix Patterson 11 Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
5George Forrest Defender
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder 83'
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
17Max Hutchison Defender
19Jack Stafford 6 Midfielder
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi Midfielder
23Prince Mustwunguma 10 Forward
Jamal Dupree Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 10)
0 - 7
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Drogheda United

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

Drogheda United v Waterford


United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

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