|21 June 2021||7:45 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2021|
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.
|United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland|