Date Time League Season
19 November 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Derry finish fourth after win in Dundalk

Derry City clinched three points and by virtue of results elsewhere has meant they leapfrogged into the coveted fourth place in the final league standings, as they defeated Dundalk at Oriel Park.

Ciaron Harkin and Jamie McGonigle scored minutes apart on each side of the break to secure their first win in North Louth since 2013.

Dundalk started the game in earnest as both sides had chances to put the game in their favour. A fantastic break down the right saw Raivis Jurkovskis cross into the area that initially met Patrick Hoban, his thundering effort cannoned off the defender with the second ball falling to Sean Murray, whose effort went over the bar.

The Candystripes responded in kind as Joe Thompsons free-kick whipped towards the Dundalk goal at pace saw the low effort cleared by Cameron Dummigan.

Dundalk had another sight on goal with Patrick Hoban breaking free of the Derry defence, just as he was about to pull the trigger he succumbed to a heavy challenge. Hoban was once again the mastermind for another Lilywhite attack as he laid the ball to Darragh Leahy with David McMillan going just wide.

Dundalk did open with a goal of real class just after the half-hour mark as Sean Murray broke from the right into the middle of the Derry half and unleashed an unstoppable effort past Gartside. If the Dundalk goal was good, City's equaliser was even better.

Right on the stroke of 45 minutes, Ciaron Harkin hit a speculative effort from 40 yards that left the Dundalk defence flat-footed, taking the slightest of deflections that misstepped Cherrie the ball snuck past the Dundalk keeper at his near post.

Derry took an early lead after the interval courtesy of Jamie McGonigle. He collected the ball on the edge of the area evading Leahy to hit a low curling effort past Cherrie.

The North Louth men thought they had it back on level terms as Sam Stanton's cross was met by McMillan with his shot blocked and the ball falling to the feet of Sean Murray.

The crowd were already cheering only for a last-second clearance off the line.

Dundalk continued to press forward for a leveller late on with Sean Murray and Daniel Cleary going close but they both failed to make Gartside work as Derry's defence held firm.

The Lilywhites notorious for grabbing late goals couldn't muster one in this contest as, despite opportunities, they couldn't make them count as Patrick Hoban's diving header flashed just wide at full time.

With a season starting with an Italian coach from Apecchio that had much change and turmoil, it ended tonight with a man from Tallaght coming to save Dundalk’s season. A new dawn is upon the club, its fans are now full of hope and expectation.

But for Michael Duffy and Patrick McEleney with others in the squad, it could be like Filippo Giovagnoli before them: "Tempo di salutarsi"

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Derry City clinched the three points and the virtue of results elsewhere has meant they leapfrogged into the coveted fourth place in the final league standings as they defeated Dundalk at Oriel Park. Ciaron Harkin and Jamie McGonigle scored minutes apart on each side of the break to secure their first win in North Louth since 2013.

  • 89'

    Double sub for Dundalk as Hanratty and Animasahun come on for Murray and Dummigan. Looks like we won't see Michael Duffy on the Oriel pitch again.

  • 85'

    Five minutes to go here, as things stand Derry are in fourth, Dundalk in sixth. Hoban skips into the area and his effort is cleared at the last second!

  • 83'

    A great cross from Ryan O'Kane into the area is sent behind for a corner.

  • 82'

    A Dundalk player is down and getting some attention and it seems to worry his fellow players as they have gathered around him.

  • 77'

    Massive shouts for a penalty here as Dundalk continue to press, Daniel Cleary is deemed to have been fouled in the area, it however is waved away.

  • 75'

    A strange scenario here with Michael Duffy still an unused sub (assume he's fit if named on the bench) against the club he's joining after this match. As it stands, Derry will finish fourth so Duffy is being spared an awkward situation. Young Ryan O'Kane was introduced in his regular spot.

  • 73'

    Dundalk is on the hunt for a leveller with Sean Murray striking once again but this time it goes well wide.

  • 67'

    Substitution for Dundalk: David McMillan replaced by Ryan O'Kane

  • 63'

    Vinny Perth and the fourth official having words here and Neil Doyle issues the Dundalk manager with a yellow card.

  • 60'

    I'm sorry but...HOW DID THAT STAY OUT!! Sam Stanton's cross met McMillan his shot was blocked and it looked as if Murray was going to tap it in only for a clearance off the line!

  • 55'

    If the results remain the same: Derry will clinch the all-important fourth place, Bohemians will settle for fifth and will take their shot at Europe in the cup final and Dundalk will end the season in sixth three points ahead of Drogheda.

  • 52'

    Substitution for Dundalk: Sami Ben Amar and on comes Daniel Kelly.

  • 51'

    And Oriel is silenced! Jamie McGonigle on the edge of the area collects the ball he beats Leahy and hits a low curling effort past Cherrie, an excellent effort and Derry lead.

  • 49'

    Thomson sensing that Cherrie doesn't like long-range efforts tries his luck from the edge of the area that just goes wide.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel Park with Dundalk restarting the game.

  • 45'

    Half time here and it's been quite the half of football, Sean Murray's thunderbolt is cancelled out by Ciaron Harkin's deflected wrong range effort.

  • 45'

    My word what a goal! Harkin from distance hits a low thundering effort from distance and it flies past Cherrie, game on here!

  • 43'

    A great cross from the right sees Cleary clear the ball over the bar as Cherrie was under pressure. Corner to the away side.

  • 37'

    Fantastic stop by Peter Cherrie to cut out the cross with Joe Thomson ready to pounce.

  • 35'

    Almost a second! Jurkovskis cuts inside onto his left and his strike cannoned off Coll but its just whistles past the post.

  • 33'

    Now thats how you score! Sean Murray from the right breaks down into the middle and unleashes an unstoppable effort past Gartside.

  • 29'

    That was close! Sean Murray's inch-perfect free-kick is met by Gartside who tips it over the bar!

  • 29'

    There are some Ironic cheers from the home stand as the referee awards Dundalk their first free on 29 minutes

  • 20'

    Sean Murray is booked for a foul.

  • 17'

    Things have calmed down a little here in Oriel, needless to say, the crowd are getting their ticket prices worth, this Dundalk side have turned up.

  • 13'

    Another Dundalk chance goes begging! Hoban lays it off to Leahy and the slightest of touches from McMillan three yards out goes wide.

  • 11'

    Hoban breaks free of the Derry defence and is ready to pull the trigger but he goes down heavy under the challenge. This game is tense at the moment its great you can't take your eyes off it.

  • 9'

    Big shouts here for a penalty as Sami Ben Amar goes down in the area under a challenge of Ciaran Coll but the referee plays on.

  • 6'

    Thompson's free-kick is whipped in at pace and is a low effort but it's cleared by Dummigan. Dundalk held tight there with Derry ready to pounce.

  • 5'

    A fantastic break down the right sees Ravis's cross meet Hoban, his thundering effort cannons off the defender and falls to Murray whose effort goes over the bar. The first sight on goal for the home side.

  • 1'

    We are underway! Under a cloud of smoke here as Derry City kick us off here in Oriel Park.

  • We are all set here in Oriel Park, - a banner for the new owners and Dundalk fans is unfurled 'Good Times Are Back in Sight'

  • There's no start for Michael Duffy on his Oriel Park farewell against the club he is set to join. David McMillan comes into the side along with Jurkovskis, Ben Amar and Stanton Wilfried Zahibo is amongst the subs

  • It's also the 79th league meeting between the sides. Dundalk won the first league game between the pair at Oriel back in November 1987 with goals from Dessie Gorman and Barry Kehoe. The record in the league reads: P78 W36 D22 L20

  • It's the 96th meeting between Dundalk and Derry. Dundalk were winners of the first game in the Inter-City Cup back in April 1944 on a 1-0 scoreline courtesy of an Arthur Cullen goal. The record between the sides reads: P95 W45 D24 L26 F131 A109

  • This evening is Vinny Perth's 10th time managing against Derry. He has won 6, drawn 2 and lost once in the previous nine encounters.

  • News coming from Oriel Park, Michael Duffy who is in his last matchday squad for Dundalk this season as he leaves for Foyleside in the close season is a sub.

  • Good Evening from a busy press box in Oriel Park, familiar faces and familiar sounds as the new era begins at Dundalk FC following the departure of previous owners Peak6 to local owners. Ciaran Callan here in the hot seat as Derry City have the chance to clinch European football next season, as for Dundalk - well they would need a favour plus a 20-0 scoreline to clinch fourth place!


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 31 Midfielder 33'
17Sami Ben Amar 27 Forward
21Daniel Cleary Defender
23Cameron Dummigan 24 Midfielder
29David McMillan 28 Forward
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
19Wilfried Zahibo Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun 23 Defender
27Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane 29 Forward
31Mark Hanratty 16 Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder 45'
7Will Fitzgerald 29 Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle 23 Forward 51'
11James Akintunde Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender
20Darren Cole Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
16Mark McChrystal Defender
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
23Bastien Hery 10 Midfielder
25Evan McLaughlin Defender
28Michael Harris Midfielder
29Jack Malone 7 Midfielder
31Patrick Ferry Forward
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 24)
1 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(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


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.