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Date Time League Season
20 April 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Derry and Dundalk still chasing first win

A win still eludes Derry and Dundalk as the sides shared the points in a tough and tight contest in the Brandywell.

It looked as if Dundalk’s strength and depth would come to the fore with a goal from David McMillan.

Cameron McJannett snatched a point for Derry as he capitalised on Alessio Abibi’s hesitant moment in the Dundalk goal.

Despite Dundalk putting massive pressure on the hosts towards the end of the match, Derry’s defence and high tempo gave the just rewards for a point.

The opening exchanges saw an eager Dundalk, as Sam Stanton sent in a clever cross from the left and Hoban's near-post header just flashed wide.

Dundalk continued to pressure the Derry defence, and an excellent ball sent in by Patrick McEleney saw Junior head towards goal but it went over the bar.

The best chance of the half for Dundalk came when Michael Duffy sent in an excellent cross to McEleney, who chested it down and he struck a shot with the outside of his boot, but it flashed wide of the post.

Derry responded when they had a good effort from a set-piece, as Lafferty's free-kick was sent into the area and Akintunde rose highest to head just over the bar.

34 minutes in and the visitors were forced to make a change, with David McMillan replacing Hoban, and Derry nearly went ahead as Dundalk were not switched on from the sub and Will Fitzgerald broke free of Andy Boyle and his low shot was saved by Abibi.

Dundalk upped the tempo in the second half and they got their just rewards as A fantastic breakaway ball that began with Abibi saw McEleney feed the ball to Michael Duffy and cross was met by McMillan at the near post and he smashed it past the keeper.

Derry were forced to defend deep as Dundalk continued to press as a fantastic through ball set Stanton free and his effort forced Gartside to save smartly.

Dundalk went close to adding a second with an almost carbon copy of the first goal attempt as McMillan nearly scored again as Duffy's low cross is met by the striker but he lost his footing at the last second.

Derry equalised as a free-kick was sent into the area, and Abibi spilt the ball that was headed goalwards and he tried to clear it from the area and Cameron McJannett pounced to put it past the keeper from close range.

Dundalk had a great chance to go back into the lead as McMillan struck an effort on the volley but it went wide. Derry dropped deep into their area and Dundalk tried to apply a grandstand finish with a series of chances.

Michael Duffy’s first shot on the edge of the area had it blocked down, McMillan once again had a chance; but he forced an excellent save from Nathan Gartside on a what could have been a certain goal. With Derry City holding firm, the ball fell to Cameron Dummigan on the edge of the area, but his effort smashed off the bar.

That was as good as it got for Dundalk but Derry must be given credit for their defensive resolve.

Both sides now look to this weekend for another chance to grab their first three points of the season. Dundalk must turn ample possession and chances into goals. Derry’s counter-attack needs to be more clinical.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: A win still eludes Derry and Dundalk as the sides shared the points in a tough and tight contest in the Brandywell. It looked as if Dundalk’s strength and depth would come to the fore with a goal from David McMillan it was Cameron McJannett who snatched a point for Derry as he capitised on Alessio Abibi’s hesistant moment in the Dundalk goal. Despite Dundalk putting massive pressure on Dundalk towards the end of the match, Derry’s defence and high tempo gave the just rewards for a point.

  • 90'

    Malone gets a yellow card for a foul.

  • 87'

    OFF THE BAR! Derry City holding firm but the ball fell to Cameron Dummingan and his effort smashes off the bar!

  • 86'

    McMillan once again with a chance but he forced an excellent save from Gartside on what a certain goal.

  • 85'

    Dundalk is piling on the pressure in the final minutes with a series of crosses into the area, the best attempt fell to Duffy on the edge of the area but it's blocked down.

  • 78'

    A great chance for David McMillan as the cross sent in fell to McMillan he struck it on the volley but it goes wide.

  • 75'

    Akintunde comes off for the last period of the game.

  • 75'

    McLaughlin coming on for his fourth Derry City appearance.

  • 72'

    Chris Shields gets a yellow card for a foul

  • 70'

    Sean Murray comes on for his first game for Dundalk this season.

  • 70'

    McEleney comes off in his home town

  • 65'

    Ole comes on in Derry.

  • 65'

    Junior has come off.

  • 65'

    Stanton comes off.

  • 65'

    Zahibo comes on for his debut

  • 61'

    Lafferty comes off.

  • 61'

    Barr comes into the game.

  • 60'

    A free-kick sent into the area and Abibi spilt the ball as he tried to clear it from the area and McJannett hit it past the keeper from close range.

  • 57'

    An almost carbon copy of the first goal attempt McMillan nearly scores again as Duffy\'s low cross is met by the striker but he loses hit footing at the last second and it is cleared.

  • 55'

    A fantastic through ball is sent to Sam Stanton and he hits a smashing effort that Gartside did very well to save.

  • 53'

    Dundalk take the lead! A fantastic breakaway ball from McEleney who feeds Duffy and his smashing cross is met by McMillan at the near post and he smashed it past the keeper!

  • 48'

    For a clash with Shields, Parkhouse gets a yellow card.

  • 46'

    And we are back underway in Derry, no changes at the half. Dundalk was forced to make a change in the first half with Patrick Hoban coming off and David McMillan entering the game.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Dundalk and Derry will be happy with the first-half performance, David Parkhouse looks dangerous for Derry and Dundalk can take comfort from the performances of Patrick McEleney and Michael Duffy. Big second half to come.

  • 45'

    One added minute here in Derry.

  • 40'

    David McMillan of Dundalk makes his 200th appearance for the club. The striker has scored more goals at the Brandywell than any other opposition venue in his League of Ireland career

  • 37'

    Daniel Cleary gets a yellow card for his consistent protests to the referee over the awarding of a free kick.

  • 35'

    Dundalk were not switched on from that sub and Will Fitzgerald breaks free of Boyle and the low shot is saved by Abibi and its a corner for Derry City.

  • 34'

    On comes David McMillan who has a purple patch knack of scoring against Derry.

  • 34'

    Hoban is coming off after picking up an injury.

  • 33'

    Looks as if Hoban's night is over. He is limping off and has the socks down, his race is run.

  • 30'

    Half an hour played and it's honours even, the best chance of the game has fallen to Patrick McEleney but Akintunde came close to Derry with a header from a freekick.

  • 30'

    Lafferty tries to take on a free-kick himself but it crashes against the wall and it goes out for a throw-in.

  • 25'

    Andy Boyle is booked for a foul on Akintunde.

  • 16'

    A good chance for Derry as Lafferty's free-kick is sent into the area and Akintunde rises highest to head just over the bar.

  • 14'

    Fantastic chance for Dundalk FC as Michael Duffy sends in an excellent cross and McEleney chests it down and hits it with the outside of his boot but it flashes wide of the post.

  • 7'

    Excellent ball sent in by Patrick McEleney sees Junior in the area heading towards goal but it goes over the bar.

  • 6'

    A tweet just posted by former Dundalk First Team manager Shane Keegan: "Not exactly the view I wanted to have tonight but that doesn’t change where the heart is. Come on the Town "

  • 2'

    Sam Stanton sends in a clever cross from the left and Hoban's near-post header flashes wide.

  • 1'

    And we are underway. Patrick McEleney kicks us off and it's game on!

  • The teams are out, Dundalk in their away 'GNR' strip of gold and black. Derry City will wear the familiar red and white striped kit.

  • We are just under five minutes to kick off. A massive night for both teams searching for their first win of the season.

  • The last time Dundalk lost a league match at the Brandywell was back in October 2012 when Derry ran out 4-0 winners courtesy of goals from David McDaid, Patrick McEleney, Ryan Curran and Dermot Caffrey. Since then they've beaten Dundalk twice, once in Oriel Park in April 2013 and then in March 2017 at Maginn Park. The scoreline in both those matches was 3-1 to the Candystripes and was the last goal scored by the late Ryan McBride. Also that night in Maginn Park this reporter travelled all the way up to Derry only to discover he forgot his coat and nearly succumbed to the elements!

  • Ole Midtskogen is sporting a face mash on the pitch tonight during warm-ups, he had a nasty clash just before half time in Oriel last Saturday and received medical attention post-match. Looks like he might have broken his nose or damaged it in some manner.

  • The WatchLOI app has kicked off, who needs that European Super League eh?

  • Including his cap for Ireland, Andy Boyle makes the 400th appearance of his career tonight.

  • They are playing at home and they are making landmarks for the two Derry men in the Dundalk side tonight. Patrick McEleney starts game number 325 of his career tonight It’s the 300th appearance of his career for Michael Duffy.

  • Will Patching will not feature tonight as per the loan agreement with Dundalk.

  • There have been two changes for Dundalk for tonight\'s game with former Derry City players Patrick McEleney and Junior who come in for Ole Midtskogen and Han Woo. There are two other former Derry City players on the Dundalk bench tonight, as well as new signing Wilfried Zahibo.

  • Well, the big news coming out of Dundalk this week has been the departure of both Filippo Giovagnoli and Shane Keegan. The popular Italian is probably the first man in charge of Dundalk to have spent his entire managerial career never to have played in front of a crowd of fans. One hundred fans were allowed in for the game vs Shamrock Rovers last year but when you consider he managed the team in both a historic FAI Cup and Europa League fun it must have been a difficult period for him not to endear himself to Dundalk fans.

  • Nine years ago today Dundalk was in the Brandywell and claimed their first away win of the season when they beat Derry City 2-1 courtesy of goals from Michael Rafter and Shane O'Neill. Ruaidhrí Higgins pulled one back but despite Chris Shields being sent off late on Dundalk held on.

  • Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen and you are very welcome to tonight's live coverage of Derry City FC and Dundalk FC live from the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. I'm Ciaran Callan and a win tonight will see the first three points collected for either Derry City or Dundalk and both sides are winless thus far after five games.

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
6Eoin Toal Defender
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
9David Parkhouse Forward 48'
11James Akintunde 32 Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender
21Cameron McJannett Defender 61'
24Danny Lafferty 36 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
25Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
22Mark McFadden Midfielder
23Danny Lupano Defender
31Patrick Ferry Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin 11 Forward
35Micheal Glynn Defender
36Brendan Barr 24 Midfielder

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender 25'
5Chris Shields Midfielder 73'
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 17 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
11Patrick McEleney 16 Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 19 Forward
21Dan Cleary Defender 37'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
17Ole Erik Midtskogen 8 Forward
19Wilfried Zahibo 20 Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 11 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward 53'
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 10)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Dundalk

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Oriel Park

Dundalk 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.