Date Time League Season
16 April 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Candystripes grab first league point

Derry City’s hopes of avoiding a relegation fight this season remain intact after Ronan Boyce’s 39th minute equaliser against Drogheda United at the Ryan McBride Stadium.

City were on the backfoot early on as James Browne got on the end of a cross in the 24th minute to ensure the visitors took an early advantage.

Boyce headed in Will Patching’s fine cross from a corner kick on 39 minutes to make it 1-all.  This came after a series of efforts from the hosts, including a long-range effort from Brendan Barr in the 31st minute but Colin McCabe was a safe pair of hands between the posts for Drogheda United.

A minute later Derry City had a chance to redeem themselves, but a Patching corner failed to land to any homeside attackers.

It had seemed Drogheda United would take all three points after Browne’s goal. It was a very impressive first half for both sides and at the break the talk was of who would be able to up it that extra gear in the closing 45 minutes.

Drogheda United had a chance to go top if they pulled off a victory, but they failed to make an impact in the second half to seek out a winner! 

Hugh Douglas had a brave opening half, where he pulled strings at the back, but was believed to have been an injury concern and went off at half time for the visitors.

This draw leaves Derry City seventh, four points behind on goal difference from Dundalk who have a game in hand.

Despite the absence of Douglas in the second half Drogs didn’t have to worry much, with Jack Tuite coming on.

The visitors were certainly playing for lower stakes than City and with the pressure off they started the second half brightly with Brandon Bermingham coming on in the 58th minute.

The Brandywell outfit did really well to turn away his influence from helping get a United winner. However Ronan Murray went off early after a few attempts where he pushed forward he was unable to break through for Drogheda.

  • 90'

    Full time: Derry City 1 Drogheda United 1! Derry City have gotten their first point of the campaign as Drogheda United have managed to get a point against both teams in the North West in the form of both FInn Harps and Derry City.

  • 80'

    Darragh Markey comes off!

  • 80'

    Luke Heeney comes on!

  • 76'

    Jordan Adeyemo comes on!

  • 76'

    Lyons comes off!

  • 58'

    Boyce comes off!

  • 58'

    Thomson comes on!

  • 58'

    Ronan Murray is off!

  • 58'

    Brandon Bermingham is on!

  • 58'

    James Akintunde is off!

  • 58'

    David Parkhouse is on!

  • 45'

    The second half commences as both teams are going to come out hunting a winning goal after an impressive second half from both teams playing good!

  • 45'

    Jack Tuite is on!

  • 45'

    Hugh Douglas is off!

  • 45'

    Half time: Derry City 1 - Drogheda United 1! It was a very impressive first half for both sides but whoever takes it up a notch in the second will come out as winners! Drogheda United will be top of the table tonight if they manage to win against Derry City but they have a crucial 45 minutes coming up now away!

  • 39'

    Ronan Boyce manages to get an equaliser from a corner kick for Derry City.

  • 32'

    Will Patching had his corner kick failing to gather a Derry City shot at goal!

  • 31'

    Colin McCabe managed to get a good save off a fantastic shot from Brendan Barr.

  • 24'

    James Browne goal!

  • 1'


  • 1'

    Kick off!

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
15Ronan Boyce 8 Defender 40'
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
36Brendan Barr Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
8Joe Thomson 15 Midfielder
9David Parkhouse 11 Forward
23Danny Lupano Defender
31Patrick Ferry Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
35Micheal Glynn Defender

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender 24'
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
6Hugh Douglas 4 Defender
7Darragh Markey 21 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 20 Forward
11Jake Hyland Midfielder
14Mark Doyle Forward
17Ronan Murray 16 Forward
41Dane Massey Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
4Jack Tuite 6 Defender
16Brandon Bermingham 17 Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
20Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
21Luke Heeney 7 Midfielder
22James Clarke Midfielder
25Ryan O’Shea Defender

Past Meetings

(2nd Round)
0 - 2
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City


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