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Date Time League Season
8 October 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Dundalk grab vital win over Rovers

A performance that was both persevering and tireless Dundalk have left a mark on the second half of their season as they claimed an important victory over Shamrock Rovers.

A solitary goal by Sean Murray midway through the first half was the pivotal moment that showed that taking the one chance presented is what is the key to winning games such as this. Shamrock Rovers while impressive in possession squandered chances aplenty but were denied a certain goal courtesy of a fantastic save by Peter Cherrie.

This was a game that was tense from the off, with both sides not letting an inch to spare on Oriel Park.

Shamrock Rovers almost grabbed an early opener as Richie Towell latched onto Ronan Greene's pass but it flashed wide of the mark. The clubs continued to carve out chances but the home support went into raptures thanks to a fantastic team goal from Murray.

Michael Duffy and Pat Hoban linked up on the left hand and Hoban with the clever of passes found Murray who as cool as you like slotted it past Mannus to open the scoring. The away side continued to press and Dundalk pinned back threw bodies on the line to deny Richie Towell on two occasions to equalise.

The key turning point in the game came when Dylan Watts right on the stroke of halftime was denied by Cherrie as the veteran shot-stopper tipped the ball around the post with a fantastic save.

The second half while high in tension was low on clear chances, Rory Gaffney collected the ball on the edge of the area however it went high over the bar. Dundalk in rare attacks the home side broke quickly with Murray, Stanton and Dummingan linking up but Dummigan's cross was put over for a corner. As the game reached its end Sami Ben Amar found himself on the edge of the area with Mannus at his mercy but his effort went high over the bar.

The scenes at the end of the game show the passion and endeavour of this Dundalk side are there for all to see but it won't change that Rovers will be champions come seasons end, this only prolongs the inevitable. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: A performance that was both persevering and tireless Dundalk have left a mark on the second half of their season as they claimed an important victory over Shamrock Rovers. A solitary goal by Sean Murray midway through the first half was the pivotal moment that showed that taking the one chance presented is what is the key to winning games such as this. Shamrock Rovers while impressive in possession squandered chances aplenty but were denied a certain goal courtesy of a fantastic save by Peter Cherrie.

  • 90'

    Mayowa Animasahun on for Patching

  • 90'

    As Patching came off he was booked

  • 89'

    Sam Stanton booked here late on.

  • 84'

    What a chance! Sami Ben Amar unmarked hits it high over the bar. That should have been two.

  • 80'

    Aidomo Emakhu is on for Aaron Greene

  • 76'

    Gaffney gets the ball on the edge of the area and lets one fly however it goes over Peter Cherries bar.

  • 68'

    Dundalk breaks quickly with Murray, Stanton and Dummingan linking up but his cross is put over for a corner.

  • 67'

    Rory Gaffney has come on for Gary O'Neill

  • 63'

    A fantastic free-kick sent in by Duffy falls to Stanton but it is blocked down on route to goal.

  • 60'

    Another corner sent in that sees a free header that goes wide for Rovers.

  • 57'

    A rare Dundalk attack sees Hoban's cross take a deflection off Sean Hoare that Mannus had to be smart to save. The home side have been pushed into their own half for most of this period.

  • 54'

    Neil Farrugia has come on for Barry Cotter

  • 50'

    Massive round of applause here as Sam Stanton tackles Richie Towell, both sides looking to test each other early in this half.

  • 46'

    Back underway at Oriel Park and it looks as if Shamrock Rovers have come out angry, this could be one of these halves.

  • HALF TIME: Dundalk are in the lead thanks to Sean Murray and despite Rovers best efforts have been denied at every turn. There is more to come from this game.

  • 45'

    I don't know what else to say...what an incredible save from Peter Cherrie to deny Dylan Watts with a curling effort.

  • 45'

    One added minute here at Oriel Park, Rovers really turning the screw.

  • 44'

    A great cross from Watts was met at the back post by Greene but a fantastic save from Cherrie denied him, however the flag was up for offside.

  • 42'

    A corner for Rovers is cleared at the back post, Dundalk holding firm defensively, Daniel Cleary and Danny Mandriou clash in the area but the referee waves play on.

  • 35'

    Dundalk at sixes and sevens here for a moment, Cotter's cross was initially blocked on the line and Richie Towell twice is denied.

  • 34'

    Robert Harvey books Daniel Cleary.

  • 33'

    AND DUNDALK TAKE THE LEAD!!!! Michael Duffy and Pat Hoban link to and the clever of passes to Sean Murray who cool as you like slots it past Mannus.

  • 30'

    Very little between these sides here at Oriel Park, you feel if one gets a goal it will open the game up but for which side remains to be seen, while there have been chances neither keeper have been tested to the full extent of their abilities.

  • 26'

    Hoban has a snap shot that takes an awkward bounce on the pitch and nearly caught Mannus off guard.

  • 21'

    Sean Murray breaks free but his final touch leads the ball away from him.

  • 20'

    We are at the twenty-minute mark and Rovers are having a good spell here, Dundalk pinned back a little but always look threatening on the break.

  • 17'

    Cotter is on the end of the corner for Shamrock Rovers but it goes wide of the mark.

  • 15'

    Sam Stanton hits one from the edge of the area but it goes well wide of the mark.

  • 12'

    Almost an opening for Shamrock Rovers as Richie Towell latches onto Ronan Greene's pass but it flashes wide of the mark.

  • 11'

    Dundalk making most of the early runs and pressing very high, Daniel Cleary is doing a lot of coverage in defence, he will have his hands full with Aaron Greene.

  • 7'

    WHAT A SAVE! Some clever build-up play sees Duffy and Leahy combine but Leahy's shot is cleared off the line and over the bar. There is now a corner to Dundalk.

  • 1'

    The first phase of play of the night sees Cameron Dummigan slipping the ball through to Hoban but he can't divert it on target.

  • 1'

    We are underway at Oriel Park, both sides have early exchanges but nothing of note as of yet.

  • The teams are out, we are ready to go. Sean Gannon getting some colourful language hurled towards him.

  • Protest banners being readied in The Shed against Peak6 - 'Support the Team, Not the Regime', 'Bill Out' and 'We Want our Club Back' amongst them

  • Patrick Hoban comes into the game on the back of eight goals in six matches. He has scored eight career goals against tonight's opponent's Rovers, including one apiece in the last three matches he has played against them but he has finished on the losing side in all three.

  • Dundalk captain Andy Boyle makes the 325th league appearance of his career this evening between his time in Ireland, England and Scotland. His league debut for Dundalk came exactly eight years and seven months ago today in a 0-0 draw here at Oriel Park against Rovers back in March 2013.

  • It's a welcome back to Richie Towell who makes his first return as a player to Oriel Park since departing at the end of 2015 as PFAI Player of the Year. That season he scored 54 goals in 126 appearances for Dundalk. That included 4 against his current employers Shamrock Rovers. He left that night after scoring two goals en route to a 4-0 win. He would then go on to score the winner in the FAI Cup Final a week later before securing a move to Brighton.

  • News from the Shamrock Rovers camp: Cotter & Finn are being deployed as wing-backs, O’Neill & Towell will anchor the midfield with Aaron Greene leading the line up front.

  • The teams are in and Dundalk have named an unchanged side for the first time in eighteen games.

  • The hottest ticket in town and the biggest show in town! Dundalk vs Shamrock Rovers is the only game in the league tonight as the champions look to put on hand on that trophy with a victory over Dundalk FC tonight, Ciaran Callan here from Oriel Park giving you up to date action as it happens from a sold-out Oriel Park.

Dundalk

14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy 77 Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder 89'
9Patrick Hoban Forward
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
18Will Patching 24 Midfielder
16Sean Murray 17 Midfielder 33'
21Daniel Cleary Defender 34'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
12Cameron Yates
17Sami Ben Amar 16 Forward
22Ebuka Kwelele Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun 18 Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
37Enda Douglas Defender
77Han Jeong-woo 7 Forward

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
6Barry Cotter 23 Defender
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
8Ronan Finn Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 38 Forward
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill 20 Midfielder
17Richie Towell Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
20Rory Gaffney 16 Forward
23Neil Farrugia 6 Midfielder
26Chris McCann Midfielder
28Joey O’Brien Defender
32Cole Omorehiomnan Defender
38Aidomo Emakhu 9 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 19)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 12)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 3)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(President's Cup)
1 - 1
President's Cup
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Final)
2 - 4
FAI Cup
Aviva Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 13)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
3 - 2
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Robert HarveyAllen Lynch
Darragh Keegan
Ben Connolly

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.