Date Time League Season
7 November 2021 5:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Hoban and Murray keep Dundalk in Euro hunt

Dundalk's quest for a top-four finish took a significant step closer as second-half goals from Patrick Hoban and Sean Murray gave them a comfortable 2-0 victory over Longford Town.

This win means they will go into the final day of the season with the coveted fourth spot in the league still in their sights.

As things stand Derry, Bohemians and Dundalk are all on 48 points in what will be a dramatic end to this season. There is so much that has yet to be decided in this box office season.

Longford's defensive set-up meant that for a long time they frustrated the hosts. It was only a matter of when as opposed to if when the men from Oriel would score.

The opening half was a rather irritating affair as the Lilywhites, despite having plenty of possession and creating several chances; didn't make a breakthrough.

The visitors nearly caused a shock as Rob Manley’s header was cleared off the line from a corner in the early period of the game.

From then on it was one-way traffic towards the Carrick Road end.

Dundalk began to attack in waves against a resolute Longford defence with Patrick Hoban getting the ball on the edge of the area and hitting an inch-perfect shot that forced Steacy down to save. The home side continued to press with Michael Duffy balancing the ball on his head before taking it down to strike a low effort that Steacy could only parry.

While the chances went begging in the first, they were converted with a flourish in the second.

After the interval, Dundalk continued their surmounting pressure on The Town and it paid off almost immediately. Michael Duffy whipped an early cross into the box and Hoban rose highest to nod the ball past Lee Steacy and got the home fans on their feet at last.

They didn't have to wait long to be up again as Sean Murray added a second moments later. In what was an excellent attack the ball found its way to Will Patching as he slipped it to Murray who rifled his effort off the post to put the game in full Oriel control.

Longford had Lee Steacy to thank to keep the score-line to just two as pulled off several fine saves to deny Duffy and Andy Boyle but in the end, Vinny Perth's men secured their first win of the season over their Midland rivals.

The same side that results were left to be rued earlier on this year. 

  • 90'

    Aaron Robinson hits the bar with a free-kick from the edge of the box.

  • 90'

    Three added minutes here, as things stand: Dundalk, Derry and Bohemians are all on 48 points.

  • 77'

    another fantastic effort from Michael Duffy is stopped by Steacy, Longford have their keeper to thank this hasn't been a lot more .

  • 72'

    Substitution for Dundalk as Sean Murray comes off for Sami Ben Amar

  • 71'

    Duffy breaks down the left and he puts the ball onto his right but his effort goes wide.

  • 70'

    A free-kick from Duffy is parried initially by Steacy and it bobbles in the area with Andy Boyle having the final touch that Steacy does well to save.

  • 63'

    Leahy latches onto the cross from Dummigan but his effort hits the outside of his boot and goes wide.

  • 61'

    Karl Chambers comes on for Dylan Grimes.

  • 59'

    Daniel Kelly is off and David McMillan comes on

  • 57'

    David McMillan on the way for Dundalk.

  • 55'

    Kelly almost makes it three as a Leahy cross into the area was met by the winger but it goes over the bar.

  • 55'

    More on the Murray goal: An excellent attack found its way to Will Patching and he slipped it to Murray who rifled his effort off the post and in.

  • 52'

    AND THATS TWO! The dummy from Hoban and Murray hits a low fantastic effort that Steacy cannot stop, it hits off the post and into the net.

  • 50'

    An absolutely superb save from Lee Steacy to deny Duffy a second for his side, Dundalk well and truly have a bit between the teeth now.

  • 48'

    More on the goal: Michael Duffy whips a cross into the box, and Hoban rises highest to nod past Lee Steacy and get the second half off to a perfect start!

  • 47'

    AND FINALLY! The ball floats into the area and Hoban slams it past Steacy with a header!

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel Park, Sean Murray restarts the game.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel Park, Sean Murray restarts the game.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: This has been a mix of the end of the season and a pre-season contest, fans have been frustrated and you can sense it all over the ground, an early goal in the second half could open things up. Longford playing four at the back with an arch of three covering it does not help matters.

  • 45'

    Duffy balanced the ball on his head, took it down and hit a low effort that Steacy could only parry its cleared by the Longford defence.

  • 45'

    Two added minutes here, Dundalk huffing and puffing but cannot blow Longford's house down.

  • 44'

    Spoke too soon he is good to continue.

  • 43'

    Dundalk will be forced maybe to make another sub, it looks as if Sean Murray's race is run also.

  • 41'

    McDonnell had an excellent chance to put his Longford side ahead but he mistimed his cue as the ball fell to him in the area.

  • 32'

    This has all the hall marks of what way the Drogheda game went, Dundalk with large periods of possession but will have to maybe leave it late (if it comes) with a goal. Longford playing very deep but are dangerous when they do break forward.

  • 27'

    Hoban gets the ball on the edge of the area and hits an inch-perfect shot that Steacy has to save.

  • 25'

    You would be forgiven that this would be regarded as a 'nothing' end of season game but the scoreline at Dalymount have blown this whole thing of the fourth place becoming a reality wide open. Dinny Corcoran may be owed a thank you or two come to the end of the season from Dundalk fans if things go their way.

  • 21'

    Kelly rises highest from a Leahy cross however it just skims over his head. Corner to Dundalk.

  • 20'

    Dundalk still pushing for an opener and Longford are playing very deep, the atmosphere is also the quietest I've heard in a long time.

  • 13'

    Sean Murray's free-kick is met by andy Boyle but a push in the back in the build-up is called and it's a free-kick to Longford.

  • 11'

    Sloggett shakes his head, it looks as if he just wasn't fit enough to start the game. Sam Stanton comes on for the departing Sloggett

  • 11'

    It looks as if Vinny Perth is making an early change here, Sam Stanton is on the touchline poised to come on.

  • 9'

    Longford from a corner has a huge opening chance as Rob Manley’s header is cleared off the line from a corner.

  • 7'

    An attack that starts with a long ball to Duffy sees the wingers run cut out and a cross from Leahy into the area is gathered by Steacy. Dundalk looking positive in this opening period of the game.

  • 5'

    Hoban collects the ball and turns on the edge of the area but his shot takes a wicked deflection and Steacy is at full reach to make sure it doesn't go out for a corner.

  • 3'

    The corner is sent into the back post and Andy Boyle attacks it but it is cleared by the Longford Town defence.

  • 1'

    And we are underway at Oriel Park, Dundalk are attacking towards the Carrick Road end of the ground.

  • There was a minutes silence before the match in tribute to the father of Raivis Jurkovskis who passed away in Latvia this week.

  • Longford Town is out on the pitch and we are just awaiting Dundalk. Darude and Sandstorm are blasting the speakers here in Oriel Park.

  • Dundalk captain Andy Boyle starts his 250th game in the Lilywhite shirt this evening. As it stands, he is the only member of the starting 11 contracted to remain at Oriel Park next season.

  • Dundalk’s number 14 Peter Cherrie makes his 14th league appearance of the season. It’s league start number 190 in Dundalk colours tonight for the Scot, who is looking for his third clean sheet in-a-row

  • Dundalk and Vinny Perth make one change from the side that beat Drogheda Utd on Thursday night with Greg Sloggett in for Sam Stanton, who drops to the bench in place of his fellow Scot Cameron Yates.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, the sun is shining but it's sharp and cool as Dundalk look to keep the hunt for fourth place alive today against a Longford Town side that lost their manager last week.


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 47'
10Greg Sloggett 8 Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 17 Midfielder 52'
18Will Patching Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 29 Midfielder
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
8Sam Stanton 10 Midfielder
17Sami Ben Amar 16 Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 27 Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Paddy Kirk Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes 19 Midfielder
8Rob Manley Forward
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
14Darragh Nugent 25 Midfielder
15Dean Williams 17 Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien 15 Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 7 Forward
20Dean Byrne Midfielder
21Aaron McNally Defender
22Joseph Manley Defender
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
25Conor Davis 14 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 27)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Dundalk

(Series 16)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Longford Town

(Series 9)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Dundalk


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.