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Date Time League Season
21 June 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Duffy delivers for Dundalk in Louth Derby

Michael Duffy’s solitary strike was enough to bring the points back up the M1 for Dundalk as they defeated neighbours Drogheda in a tense match at Head in the Game Park.

Derby matches by definition are not ones that ebb and flow but rather showcase who has the killer instinct and Dundalk showed that. In a game of few chances Duffy added the powerful touch needed to beat the impressive David Odumosu.

Drogheda took the game to the visitors with Tim Clancy’s sides using their wingers to full use with Dundalk’s wing-backs pressing high.

Despite a series of corners in the early exchanges, Drogheda could not put Alession Abibi to the test. The midfield battles saw Chris Shields back in the centre and he was influential in breaking up any sort of attacking play. Dundalk defensively was called into action but despite some uncertain moments were able to clear their lines and avert any danger.

As the half wore on Dundalk began to get a foothold in the game and began to carve out chances of their own. Daniel Kelly looking increasingly dangerous down the right won a throw-in that led to the opening goal of the game.

Michael Duffy grabbed his seventh career goal against Drogheda when his initial header from a Patrick McEleney cross was saved by Odumosu in Drogheda goal. He was called into action very quickly to block Daniel Kelly with an excellent save by Duffy was on hand to power a shot home despite James Brown’s best attempts to block it going in.

The second half saw Dundalk begin where they left off on the front foot and the pick of the early chances fell to Daniel Kelly as a powerful long ball by Abibi is met by the winger whose first touch was excellent but he couldn't get it around Odumosu who was onrushing to close the angle and chance.

Darragh Markey had his sight on goal as he found space on the edge of the box, his strike from distance went through two Dundalk defenders but Abibi made the save. Duffy tested Odumosu from a free-kick but the Drogheda keeper was equal to it.

Drogheda nearly got the equaliser for the home side as James Clarke danced his way towards goal skipping past the attentions of both Murray and Shields but his effort went wide of the mark.

A much-needed win for Vinny Perth in his second game back as he faces his old pal Derry City and manager Ruaidhrí Higgins while Drogheda faces Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght. 

  • 90'

    Derby matches by definition are not ones that ebb and flow but rather showcase who has the killer instinct and Dundalk showed that Michael Duffy’s solitary strike was enough to bring the points back up the M1 as they defeated neighbours Drogheda in a tense match at Head in the Game Park. In a game of few chances, Duffy added the powerful touch needed to beat the impressive David Odumosu.

  • 90'

    Lyons finds himself in the area but his effort goes over the bar. Close call for Dundalk.

  • 88'

    Drogheda nearly gets the equaliser as James Clarke danced his way towards goal skipping past the attentions of both Murray and Shields but his effort goes wide of the mark.

  • 82'

    Clarke comes on for Heeney.

  • 82'

    Heeney comes off.

  • 78'

    Duffy has a strike on goal from a free-kick but it's well saved by Odumosu.

  • 72'

    McMillan comes on for Hoban.

  • 72'

    Hoban comes off for the final moments of the game.

  • 69'

    Sheilds is booked.

  • 64'

    Ronan Murray and Jordan Adeyemo come on.

  • 64'

    Double switch for Drogheda as Darragh Markey and Mark Doyle come off.

  • 63'

    Sloggett is booked.

  • 61'

    Darragh Markey finds space on the edge of the box, he strikes from distance that goes through two Dundalk defenders but Abibi makes the save

  • 57'

    Sean Murray and Cameron Dummingan come on for the two departing players.

  • 57'

    Double substitution for Dundalk: Darragh Leahy and Daniel Kelly come off.

  • 52'

    A powerful long ball by Abibi is met by Kelly whose first touch is excellent but he couldn't get it around Odumosu who was onrushing to close the angle.

  • 48'

    A corner sent in by Duffy was just waiting for a Dundalk player to attack but no one could make a connection.

  • 46'

    Drogheda restarts the game with Chris Lyons kicking us off.

  • 45'

    Half Time: Helter-skelter at times but Michael Duffy's goal is what separates the sides at the break, Drogheda looked the brighter of the sides in the earlier exchanges but Dundalk settled and looked more composed as the half wore on.

  • 45'

    Half Time: Helter-skelter at times but Michael Duffy's goal is what separates the sides at the break, Drogheda looked the brighter of the sides in the earlier exchanges but Dundalk settled and looked more composed as the half wore on.

  • 40'

    Dundalk number seven Michael Duffy's scores his 7th career goal against Drogheda. It's his 39th in the league for Dundalk that is now equaling the tally of Terry Eviston who both played and managed Dundalk.

  • 39'

    A corner sent in by Drogheda's Chris Lyons sees it fall to Massey but he heads well over the bar.

  • 35'

    Goal update: Michael Duffy’s header from McEleney’s cross is saved by Odumosu at full stretch. He then follows up with a brilliant point-blank save from Daniel Kelly but can do little about the follow up as Duffy rifles in despite the efforts of James Brown to block the goalbound shot.

  • 35'

    Dundalk take the lead, a cross sent McEleney in is met by not one but three players attacking the ball but Duffy applies the finish with power to open the scoring.

  • 30'

    Half an hour in and things have settled well here in Drogheda but neither side have made the significant breakthrough. Both sides have pressed forward in periods but just haven't shown the patience to produce a chance of note.

  • 18'

    The first sight on goal for Dundalk as a corner sent in by Duffy is headed over by Nattestad.

  • 15'

    Drogheda looking the most settled and composed in the opening exchanges in this game. Dundalk has struggled to press forward in periods when they have possession.

  • 11'

    Chris Shields is back in the Dundalk midfield tonight for the first time in 7 matches (2 of which he didn’t feature in) since the 1-0 defeat at home to Sligo Rovers on May 7th. His Dundalk debut came here in 2012. It was a 0-0 draw that night with Drogs finishing with 9 men

  • 7'

    Doyle goes down in the area under pressure from Boyle but the referee doesn't entertain the calls for the penalty. Drogheda looked dangerous from the set pieces in the previous few minutes.

  • 5'

    Opening exchanges have been very much both sides feeling this one out, a lot of Dundalk's play has been down the right with them using Daniel Kelly's pace as a means for attack. Drogheda have looked dangerous on both wings as the wing-back system that Dundalk are using is leaving the centre backs exposed a little.

  • 1'

    And Dundalk is underway, Greg Sloggett kicks us off.

  • Former Dundalk FC fan favourite Dane Massey is in the starting lineup while former player Ronan Murray is on the bench for Drogheda tonight. Dundalk did have David Odumosu was on the books at Dundalk before switching to the Boyne siders at the beginning of the 2019 season.

  • Back to where it all began: Former Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers is in Drogheda colours tonight....no he hasn't come out of retirement! He is coaching the goalkeepers for the Boynesiders.

  • Dundalk have made three changes to the side from Friday’s draw with Longford as Jurkovskis, Nattestad and Sloggett come in for Dummigan, Stanton and Murray.

  • Good Evening from an absolutely sun-drenched Head in the Game Park for this evenings Louth Derby between Drogheda United and Dundalk. Ciaran Callan here looking forward to the action and to bring it with you as it happens.

Drogheda Utd

1David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey 20 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons Forward
14Mark Doyle 17 Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 22 Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
10Dinny Corcoran Forward
16Brandon Bermingham Forward
17Ronan Murray 14 Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo 7 Forward
22James Clarke 21 Midfielder
45Mark Hughes Midfielder

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Chris Shields Midfielder 69'
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder 35'
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 63'
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
15Darragh Leahy 23 Defender
27Daniel Kelly 16 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
16Sean Murray 27 Midfielder
17Ole Erik Midtskogen Forward
23Cameron Dummigan 15 Midfielder
25Val Adedokun Forward
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Drogheda United

Ground

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