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Date Time League Season
6 August 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Derry deliver over Drogheda

Jamie McGonigle’s starting goal and a brace from wing-back Danny Lafferty compounded Drogheda United to another defeat as Derry City ran out 3-0 in a comfortable win at the Ryan McBride Stadium.

While McGonigle’s effort was one that showed skill in his execution, Lafferty’s second goal a long-range effort was the one that had the home fans on their feet with a stunning effort. This win gives City a realistic chance of building towards fourth place come to the end of the season.

The home side took the game to the visitors from the outset and McGonigle was instrumental in the early series of attacks.

He had the first shot on target with a low effort that was well saved by David Odumosu who would be the busier of the goalkeepers during the match. United had Gary Deegan to thank for not conceding early as he made a headed goal-line clearance following a dangerous free-kick that was sent into the area.

Derry got their just rewards for their attacking prowess as McGonigle, following an excellent ball sent in by Joe Thompson saw him cut inside onto his right foot and curl it past Odumosu, that was his first goal as a starter for Derry. Thompson nearly added a second just before halftime as a loose ball from Deegan fell to the Derryman whose shot on the edge of the area was well saved by Odumosu.

Drogheda came out the second half with intent and Darragh Markey looked to get the away side back on level terms but his low effort was saved by the outstretched Nathan Gartside. They continued to press and a fantastic free-kick sent in from Hyland curled past everyone and Massey tried to head it back into the area but it was cleared.

Following an excellent save from Odumosu to deny Thompson he could do nothing to stop Danny Lafferty’s first goal of the night as the wing-back took the ball down and slotted it past the Drogheda keeper from close range. While his first goal was about precision his second was about accuracy and excellence as he had the fans on their feet with the ball fell coming to him forty yards from goal his high curling strike nestled to the top right-hand corner. A goal worthy and fitting to win any game.

A professional performance from Derry who play Dundalk next week and will be hoping to catch them on a European hangover, for Drogheda this loss could see them dragged into the relegation quagmire as Tim Clancy has much to ponder from his side. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Jamie McGonigle’s starting goal and a brace from wing-back Danny Lafferty compounded Drogheda United to another defeat as Derry City ran out 3-0 in a comfortable win at the Ryan McBride Stadium. While McGonigle’s effort was one that showed skill in his execution, Lafferty’s second goal a long-range effort was the one that had the home fans on their feet with a stunning effort. This win gives City a realistic chance of building towards fourth place come to the end of the season.

  • 88'

    OFF THE POST! Lafferty breaks down the left and he passes to Fitzgerald and his low effort cannons off the post.

  • 83'

    Ferry comes on to replace Akintunde.

  • 83'

    Akintunde comes off for the final minutes of the game.

  • 78'

    Heeney comes on for Deegan.

  • 78'

    Deegan comes off for the last ten minutes of the game

  • 76'

    Fitzgerald comes on.

  • 76'

    McGonigle comes off after an impressive first start for Derry.

  • 75'

    What another strike! The ball fell to Danny Lafferty and he hits a fantastic long-range effort that sails into the top corner.

  • 71'

    McLaughlin and Cole come off for the last twenty minutes of the game.

  • 71'

    Bastien Hery comes on for his debut as does Darren Cole.

  • 69'

    Clarke comes on.

  • 69'

    Hyland the captain comes off.

  • 65'

    And it's 2-0!! A corner is sent in and the ball falls to Danny Lafferty to takes control and hits it low and this time Odumosu can do nothing to stop it!

  • 64'

    What a save! The corner was sent in and the ball falls to Joe Thompson who hits it first time on the volley and Odumosu palms it over the bar.

  • 63'

    Great chance for Drogheda as Doyle makes his way into the area and he hits a low effort at the near post but it hits the side netting.

  • 59'

    A fantastic free-kick sent in from Hyland curls past everyone and Massey tries to head it back into the area, if it had been attacked in any shape or form it could have caused Gartisde some issues.

  • 52'

    Joe Thompson breaks free from a McGonigle through ball but he takes one touch too many and his low effort is well saved. McGonigle is just everywhere tonight!

  • 49'

    Darragh Markey hits a low effort that Gartside has to get down to save, Drogheda has started the brighter in this half.

  • 46'

    Dinny Corcoran comes on for Murray.

  • 46'

    Ronan Murray is replaced at halftime.

  • 46'

    Drogheda restarts the game with Jake Hyland kicking off the second half.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Derry has been the better side as Tim Clancy will have to ensure his Drogheda side do more pushing forward in the second half. Jamie McGonigle's goal has lit of the night on Foyleside with a clever touch and curling effort to put the home side in the lead.

  • 45'

    It could have been two there as Deegan's loose pass falls kindly to Thompson, he hits it first time on the outside of the boot and it's well saved by Odumosu.

  • 38'

    And Derry take the lead! But what a goal from McGonigle, a perfect ball came in and Jamie takes an initial first touch, he cut inside onto his right foot and curled it past Odumosu, that is his first goal as a starter for Derry City.

  • 33'

    Hyland got caught by Akintunde who had his feet raised and the referee gives a yellow card.

  • 27'

    Absolutely fantastic goal-line clearance from Gary Deegan, the ball is drifted into the Drogheda area and when McGonigle heads it towards goal Deegan at the back post heads it over the bar otherwise it was goalbound.

  • 26'

    Conor Kane after being fouled a few minutes ago now commits a foul and is booked for his efforts.

  • 23'

    A late challenge sees Malone given a yellow card. Conor Kane is back on his feet, with Drogheda only able to name four outfield players on the bench they cant to afford any injuries.

  • 20'

    Killian Phillips with a snapshot that Gartside was equal to, there was no one in the area for Drogheda which made the Drogheda forward to take on the shot.

  • 14'

    McGonigle gets the ball around 25 yards out and hits a low effort which was well saved, first shot on target but it was at a comfortable height for Odumosu to save.

  • 8'

    Jack Malone clips the ball into Jamie McGonigle whose effort just dipped over the bar, Massey mistimed the run and McGonigle nearly made the defender pay for it.

  • 5'

    The first attack by Derry sees Thompson float a free-kick to McJannett but it is cleared by the Drogheda defence.

  • 2'

    There is a delay in play as Drogheda defender Daniel O'Reilly is down injured.

  • 1'

    We are underway! Akintunde kicks us off and Derry attacks early.

  • Over 1,000 fans in the stadium tonight, it's great to see stadiums beginning to get back to normal and fill up with fans. Slowly getting back to normality.

  • For the away side Chris Lyons is expected to miss out for Drogheda United, while Mark Hughes is a doubt having picked up a knock last weekend.

  • Derry team news is that they welcome back Ciaron Harkin from suspension but meanwhile, Marc Walsh is expected to be a doubt.

  • Ruaidhri Higgins is pouring cold water on talk of his side coming in the top four positions this season: “It's funny, when you lose a game as a manager it ruins your weekend and when you win a game as a manager you're straight away thinking about the next game,” Derry boss Higgins told the Derry Journal.

  • And despite a good start to the season, Drogheda United's defeat last week’s has seen manager Tim Clancy declare his side are in a relegation battle this season.

  • Derry City will be looking to build on last weekend’s comfortable 2-0 win away to Longford Town while after falling to defeat last time out against Waterford, Drogheda United will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight.

  • Good Evening and you are welcome to tonight's coverage of Derry City and Drogheda. Ciaran Callan here reporting from the FinalWhistle HQ.

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle 7 38'
11James Akintunde 31 Forward 33'
15Ronan Boyce Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender 65', 75'
25Evan McLaughlin 21 Defender
29Jack Malone 20 Midfielder 23'
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 10 Midfielder
9David Parkhouse Forward
20Darren Cole 29 Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
31Patrick Ferry 11 Forward
33Michael Harris Midfielder
21Bastien Hery 25 Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender 26'
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan 21 Midfielder
11Jake Hyland 22 Midfielder
14Mark Doyle Forward
17Ronan Murray 10 Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
10Dinny Corcoran 17 Forward
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
21Luke Heeney 8 Midfielder
22James Clarke 11 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(1st Round)
1 - 1 (2-4 on pens)
FAI Cup
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Series 14)
1 - 2
Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

(Series 5)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Drogheda United

(2nd Round)
0 - 2
FAI Cup
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City

Ground

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

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.