Date Time League Season
28 May 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Patching perfect as Derry deliver in Drogheda

Derry City took all three points at Head In The Game Park against Drogheda United after plenty of drama tonight.

Two Will Patching free kicks either side of a Mark Doyle penalty secured the three points for the Candystripes. Both sides were also reduced to ten men late on after Darren Cole and Jordan Adeyemo both received second yellow cards.

Derry took an early lead after ten minutes through a Patching free kick. He looked certain to cross but fooled everyone including Drogheda ‘keeper, David Odumosu by going for goal. 

An injury to Killian Phillips after 18 minutes saw him replaced by Luke Heeney and forced Tim Clancy to reshuffle his side by changing formation. This seemed to unsettle the Drogs who were struggling to create any real chances against the Derry defence.

The start of the second half was a scrappy affair with both sides struggling to take control of the ball. A penalty shout from James Akintunde was the only memorable moment of the first 15 minutes of the second period but it was waved away by the officials.

The home side got back into the game after a cross was handled by Cameron McJannett in the 62nd minute. Mark Doyle stepped up to score his seventh goal of the season and drew his side level. Doyle is now top scorer in the division.

Patching popped up again with another wonderful set piece which flew past Odumosu, hit the crossbar and bounced over the line. Derry were ahead once more, but the drama was far from over.

Less than ten minutes later Darren Cole received two yellow cards and was dismissed, giving Drogheda some hope that they could pull the game back. However, just two minutes after Cole’s dismissal, Jordan Adeyemo also received a second yellow and both sides were reduced to ten men.

Nathan Gartside was forced into a great save late on to keep his side ahead and he was more than equal to it.

This result sees Drogheda miss out on their chance to leap-frog St. Patrick’s Athletic after their loss to Dundalk. 

Derry on the other hand are level on points with the Lilywhites on 17 points as we head into the mid-season break.

  • A game full of drama but nothing can be taken away from Derry who defended extremely well in the second half

  • Full Time: Drogheda United 1-2 Derry City

  • 94'

    Gartside makes a great save to keep his side ahead

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time

  • 84'

    Both sides are down to ten men

  • 84'

    Adeyemo is off after receiving a second yellow for simulation

  • 82'

    Darren Cole is off after receiving a second yellow card

  • 80'

    Darren Cole is booked

  • 74'

    Patching puts Derry ahead again from a free kick

  • 69'

    Adeyemo and Thompson are booked for a scuffle

  • 62'

    We are level at Head In The Game Park

  • 62'

    Mark Doyle slots it away

  • 62'

    PENALTY for Drogheda after handball by McJannet

  • 61'

    James Clarke on to replace Ronan Murray

  • 56'

    Jordan Adeyemo on to replace Chris Lyons

  • 54'

    Akintunde goes down in the Drogheda box but his penalty claim is brushed away

  • 47'

    Murray lets fly from distance but his shot rolls wide

  • 46'

    Drogheda get us underway

  • The players are back on the pitch for the restart

  • Derry have looked the better side but Drogheda will be expected to come out fighting for the start of the second half

  • Half Time: Drogheda United 0-1 Derry City

  • 44'

    Daniel O'Reilly is booked for stopping a Derry counter attack

  • 39'

    Ronan Boyce picks up a yellow card

  • 30'

    James Akintunde breaks through on the Drogheda goal but pulls his shot wide from close range

  • 29'

    The ball falls to Massey after a Drogheda corner but the defender could not keep his shot on target

  • 20'

    Ronan Murray cannot capitalise and hits the Derry wall

  • 20'

    Markey wins another free kick in a dangerous position for Drogheda

  • 18'

    Replaced by Luke Heeney

  • 18'

    Phillips comes off

  • 15'

    A stoppage in play as Killian Phillips receives attention following a clash with David Parkhouse

  • 10'

    Very clever play by the man on loan from Dundalk

  • 10'

    Patching puts Derry ahead after catching Odumosu from a free kick

  • 8'

    Dane Massey stings the palms of Nathan Gartside who pushes the ball over

  • 7'

    A free kick won for Drogheda in a dangerous area by James Browne

  • 3'

    A shot from Darragh Markey is deflected wide

  • 2'

    A strike from Will Patching hits the target but Odumosu gets down well to save

  • 1'

    Derry City get us underway

  • The teams are coming onto the pitch ahead of kick off

  • We are just under twenty minutes away from kick off

  • At the moment it is 12 degrees celsius in Drogheda with some cloud cover overhead

  • Meanwhile, the Candystripes drew 2-2 against St Patrick's Athletic at the Ryan McBride Brandywell

  • On Monday, the Drogs put in a convincing 4-1 win against Longford Town at Head In The Game Park

  • And both managers have made no changes from their games on Monday

  • The team news for both sides is in

  • Both sides will be looking for wins to improve their league standings before the competition's two week break

  • Head In The Game Park is the venue for tonight as 4th place Drogheda play host to 8th place Derry

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Drogheda United and Derry City

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender 93'
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender 44'
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 20 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward 62'
17Ronan Murray Forward
19Killian Phillips 21 Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
13Sam O’Brien Defender
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward 69'
21Luke Heeney 19 Midfielder
22James Clarke Midfielder
25Ryan O’Shea Defender
26Donovan Troy Midfielder
27David Samson Midfielder

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
6Eoin Toal Defender
8Joe Thomson 20 Midfielder 69'
9David Parkhouse 7 Forward 45'
10Will Patching Midfielder 10', 74'
11James Akintunde 31 Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender 39'
21Cameron McJannet Defender 62'
24Danny Lafferty 29 Defender
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
7Will Fitzgerald 9 Midfielder
20Darren Cole 8 Defender 80'
23Danny Lupano Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
29Jack Malone 24 Midfielder
31Patrick Ferry 11 Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 5)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Drogheda United

(2nd Round)
0 - 2
United Park

Drogheda United v Derry City


United Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

A journalist with an interest in sports. BA in Multimedia Journalism from the University Of Wolverhampton.