Date Time League Season
15 August 2021 3:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

First home Derry win over Dundalk since 2012

Derry City earned their first home win over Dundalk since 2012 after they beat the Lilywhites 1-0 at the Brandywell today in the SSE Airtricity League.

Jamie McGonigle’s 50th minute penalty strike gave the Candystripes all three points as Dundalk saw three men go off injured.

The home side came out running at the opposition and created several early chances.

McGonigle came close but headed over early in the game while Danny Lafferty, ever the menace with his runs down the left-side, also had a chance but opted to cross rather than shoot but found no teammates in the visitor’s box.

Evan McLaughlin also hit a decent effort from outside the area but directed it straight at Dundalk keeper Abibi.

Derry’s high work rate was successful in disrupting any attempt by Dundalk to hold possession and it took nearly 15 minutes for the visitors to play with any confidence.

Things changed as Dundalk’s Derry native Patrick McEleny began to orchestrate play for the Lilywhites, bringing Michael Duffy and Daniel Kelly, who had a good chance saved by Derry keeper Nathan Gartside, into the game.

McEleny didn’t last much longer however, going off injured in the 27th minute while Daniel Kelly followed 10 minutes later, having also sustained an injury on the Brandywell’s artificial surface.

Both sides each had good spells as the half wore on but neither really threatened until late in the half.

David McMillan had two decent efforts saved by Derry’s Gartside while Joe Thomson came very close at the other end, hitting the post before the sides went in level at the break.

Derry came out strongly again in the second 45 and were soon rewarded when Dundalk defender Andy Boyle was deemed to handball in the box in an effort to dispossess McGonigle.

A penalty was awarded and McGonigle stepped up to hit it into the right corner to put the hosts 1-0 up.Dundalk tried for the rest of the game to get even but an attacking threat was distinctly absent and the visitors could not better the Candystripes defence.

It was Derry who always looked the more likely to score again and excellent hold up play by James Akintunde up front saw the home team’s forward balls often stick in the Dundalk half. Things were made even more stark for the visiting side when striker David McMillan became Dundalk’s third casualty of the game and went off injured in the 84th minute and Dundalk had to finish the game with 10 men.

Several minutes of added time didn’t concern Derry City whatsoever as Dundalk continued to look anything but sharp going forward, and the home side finally got one over the Louth club at the Brandywell.

  • 97'

    Full-Time at the Brandywell. Derry earn their first home win over Dundalk since 2012. Derry City 1 - 0 Dundalk thanks to Jamie McGonigle's 50th minute penalty.

  • 97'

    Goal-kick Derry. Real lack of threat by Dundalk in the final stages of this game

  • 95'

    Derry continuing to venture into the visitor's half. Dundalk can't hold the ball

  • 93'

    Derry win a corner

  • 91'

    7 minutes added

  • 89'

    Dundalk pushing for an equaliser

  • 87'

    McJannett booked for foul on Dundalk\'s Abibi

  • 84'

    David McMillan is Dundalk's third injury of the game. the visitors will finish the game with 10 men

  • 76'

    Abibi awarded a free kick after he goes into a challenge with Will Fitzgerald. Derry crowd call for a penalty

  • 75'

    Thomson's shot goes right and wide as Derry look to score a second

  • 72'

    Duffy's header is saved by the Derry keeper

  • 72'

    Fitzgerald replaces McGonigle

  • 71'

    Goal-scorer McGonigle is subbed off

  • 71'

    Dundalk seeing most of the ball but can't get the better of the Derry defense

  • 65'

    Yellow for Harkin

  • 62'

    Murray comes off for Dundalk

  • 62'

    Patrick Hoban comes on for Murray

  • 62'

    Bohs loanee Bastien Hery replaces McLaughlin

  • 62'

    McLaughlin comes off for Derry

  • 58'

    Gartside collects a Dundalk cross as the visitors begin to apply pressure

  • 57'

    Duffy's shot is deflected and wins the visitors a corner

  • 56'

    Dundalk settling and holding possession

  • 52'

    Dummigan's effort goes high over the Derry goal

  • 50'

    GOAL!!!! McGonigle sends his penalty into the right corner to open the scoring. Derry 1-0 Dundalk

  • 49'

    Referee awards a Derry penalty for an Andy Boyle handball!

  • 45'

    Derry City get the second half underway!

  • 48'

    Half-Time at the Brandywell. Things sparking into life as the half ended but neither side could capitalise on decent chances. Derry City 1-1 Dundalk

  • 47'

    Thomson's effort come s off the right post!

  • 45'

    3 minutes added

  • 44'

    Gartside saves two decent attempts from McMillan as the visitors begin to look dangerous

  • 42'

    Free kick to Dundalk to the right of goal outside the box

  • 41'

    Both sides attacking the other but no clear chances

  • 38'

    Daniel Kelly goes off as Dundalk's second injury of the first half

  • 38'

    Greg Sloggett comes on to replace the injured Daniel Kelly

  • 35'

    Lafferty\'s free goes well over

  • 34'

    Jurkovskis booked for that foul on Thomson

  • 34'

    Derry City looking for a penalty after Thomson goes down in the box. Referee awards a free to Derry outside the box

  • 29'

    Derry loanee Will Patching replaces McEleny for Dundalk

  • 27'

    McEleny forced off due to injury

  • 26'

    Dan Cleary booked for Dundalk

  • 26'

    McEleny down injured

  • 25'

    Brave save by Gartside from Daniel Kelly's attempt, ball goes loose but cleared eventually by the Derry defense

  • 24'

    McEleny's shot goes high and wide over the Derry City goal

  • 20'

    McEleny starting to orchestrate things for Dundalk. Great ball to McMillan in the box but his shot is deflected

  • 17'

    Dummigan's cross goes high and wide after nice build-up play by the visitors

  • 15'

    Derry win a corner

  • 13'

    Dundalk enjoying a good spell now

  • 10'

    McLaughlin's shot goes straight into the hands of Abbibi

  • 9'

    Derry with high workrate so far, preventing Dundalk from getting any time on the ball

  • 6'

    No one on the end of Lafferty's ball into the visitors box. Dundalk failing to find a foothold in the game so far

  • 5'

    Derry well on top so far, McGonigle forcing a corner

  • 3'

    McGonigle's header goes wide from Boyce's dangerous ball into the Dundalk box

  • 2'

    Derry have started strong, with a number of advances into Dundalk territory

  • 1'

    Dundalk get the game underway at the Brandywell!

  • Both sides warming up - 10 minutes 'til Kick-Off!

  • The home side will be looking to continue their push for the top 4 this afternoon with a positive result

  • Derry City team in; Fullback Danny Lafferty will hoping for his fourth goal in four games for the Candystripes today!

  • Having been knocked out of Europe on Thursday, the Lilywhites will be looking to get their league campaign back on track at the Brandywell this afternoon, a ground where they have been unbeaten since 2012.

  • Derry and Dundalk have met twice already this season. They played out a 1-1 draw at the Brandywell in April, while the Lilywhites were 2-1 the victors at Oriel Park in June.

  • Dundalk team news in; Dan Cleary makes his first start in 3 months today after recovering from a serious hip injury.

  • Hello and welcome along as Derry City take on Dundalk at the Brandywell. My name is Jack Joy and I will be taking you through today's clash. Kick-Off is at 3pm!

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder 65'
6Eoin Toal Defender
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle 7 50'
11James Akintunde Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 10 Midfielder
20Darren Cole Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
31Patrick Ferry Forward
33Michael Harris Midfielder


1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
11Patrick McEleney 10 Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender 34'
16Sean Murray 9 Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender 26'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 10 Midfielder
29David McMillan Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
9Patrick Hoban 16 Forward
10Greg Sloggett 27 Midfielder
10Will Patching 11 Midfielder
19Wilfried Zahibo Midfielder
25Val Adedokun Forward
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 18)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City

(Series 6)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 10)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Derry City


The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

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