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

Match Report

Mandriou magic revs Rovers

Danny Mandriou delivered late for Shamrock Rovers, with the games only goal, and his second of the season, as the Dublin side claimed a hard-earned win away over Drogheda United.

In a game that ebbed and flowed and at times, tempers flared, it was the Rovers team who, yet again, pushed right until the end of the game who finally broke Drogheda resistance with a header from Mandriou five minutes into extra time.

Gary O’Neill started the game brightly in the centre of midfield, and alongside Ronan Finn; they dropped deep to act as a type of quarter-back looking for that key pass from midfield.

Dylan Watts was dangerous from general play, and he whipped in a great cross which was just slightly too high for the waiting Aaron Greene in the penalty area.

Drogheda, who had set up in a very organised fashion, were quiet for the first ten minutes until Mark Doyle intercepted a loose pass in midfield and drove at the Rovers’ defence. However, his cross was deflected into the arms of Alan Mannus. 

Drogheda had dangerous phases of play, epitomised by a brilliant cross from the impressive James Brown on the right hand side right for the hosts, which almost found the head of Mark Doyle just before the interval.

A common feature on the night for Rovers was a crossfield switch of play, which aimed to stretch the Drogheda defence out of position.

Sean Gannon got in behind the Drogs rear-guard with one such pass in the opening half, but his first-time cross was easily caught by Colin McCabe.

Later, the keeper came out for a high ball which broke free to Rory Gaffney whose shot was cleared off the line by Ryan O’Shea.

The best passage of play for Rovers in the first half was a great dribble from Gaffney on the left wing, linking with Finn who crossed the ball across goal to Gannon whose shot was cleared wide for a corner. 

Rovers had a let off early in the second half, as a backpass from Kavanagh was not anticipated by Liam Scales who had dropped off. This almost allowed Lyons in on goal.

As Rovers pushed harder to find the net, Mandriou was brought on in the 73rd minute, and he almost had an immediate impact.
His lovely pass found Graham Burke in space in the box, but the keeper smothered the shot and Rovers won a corner.

The visitors exerted further pressure with Dylan Watts, who played well all game, whipping in a cross from the right and put it in front of Greene in the box but he failed to connect.

As the clock wound down to what appeared to be a draw, there was a rash challenge by Dane Massey on his former team-mate Sean Gannon, before Watts delivered an inch perfect cross for Mandriou to head home.

The Rovers bench and players were ecstatic. The Drogheda players were crestfallen, having brought so much energy and quality to the contest.

  • 95'

    What a finish!! A beautiful cross from Watts yet again is headed into the back of the net by the sub Danny Mandriou!!

  • 84'

    Greene had to score!! A good move finished with Watts swinging in a cross from the right and puts it in front of Greene in the box but he fails to connect.

  • 80'

    Mandriou almost has an immediate impact as his lovely pass finds Burke in space in the box but the keeper smothers the shot and Rovers win a corner.

  • 75'

    Markey comes on for Heeney with 15 minutes to play.

  • 73'

    Shamrock Rovers are starting to change around their team, bringing on Mandriou and Grace for Finn and Kavanagh. Can either side get a winner?

  • 67'

    Brandon Birmingham comes on for Chris Lyons.

  • 65'

    Chris Lyons is down and wins a free for Drogheda in a dangerous area near the corner after a tackle from Finn.

  • 65'

    With 25 minutes to play, Graham Burke is on to try to add a little but of X factor for Rovers.

  • 61'

    Chris McCann comes on for Gary O'Neill.

  • 59'

    This game is becoming a little more feisty as other players collide in the middle of the pitch.

  • 55'

    Watts earns a yellow card for allegedly leading with his elbow.

  • 55'

    Rovers win a corner-kick. As the ball bobbles in the air, both Lopes and McCabe go for it and they exchange pleasantries after.

  • 53'

    A backpass from Kavanagh was not anticipated by Liam Scales who had dropped off and that almost allowed Lyons in on goal.Let off for Rovers.

  • Second half is underway here with no changes from either side.

  • 45'

    Half-time here. It is all square at the break.

  • 45'

    Deegan has a good left-footed shot but MAnnus saves it easily.

  • 41'

    An awkward looking challenge from Lopes leaves Chris Lyons on the floor but the ref gives no free.

  • 40'

    With five minutes to go, Drogheda will be happy enough as they have created good chances, while Rovers are always dangerous and have had a shot cleared off the line, so fairly even so far.

  • 40'

    Approaching the 40th minute, Rovers win a corner kick after sustained possession.

  • 35'

    Sean Hoare had a good chance with a header from a corner-kick but he headed wide.

  • 30'

    Drogheda have two dangerous phases of play as Doyle had a great chance to shoot and just beforehand, Phillips, was just too late arriving for a brilliant cross from the right,yet again.

  • 25'

    Scales jumps highest from the corner kick and heads against the crossbar, but the ref adjudges him to have fouled the keeper.

  • 24'

    Great dribble from Gaffney on the left wing and he links with Finn who crosses the ball across goal to Gannon whose shot was cleared wide for a corner. Best spell of play from Rovers today.

  • 20'

    McCabe came out for a high ball but it broke free to Rory Gaffney whose shot is cleared off the line. Lucky break for the Keeper.

  • 18'

    James Browne on the right wing for Drogheda delivers a brilliant cross into the box but it was probably too early for his attack.

  • 15'

    Watts again displays his great range of passing, and puts a great cross field pass to Sean Gannon whose cross is caught easily by McCabe.

  • 11'

    Just as I speak, Mark Doyle intercepts in midfield and starts an attack but his cross was deflected into the arms of Mannus in goal.

  • 11'

    Finn and O'Neill are dropping deep in central midfield, almost playing like a quarter-back style as Rovers have Drogheda pinned in so far.

  • 9'

    Good play started by Finn in midfield, led to a great cross from Dylan Watts off the left wing but it was just slightly too high for Aaron Greene in the penalty area.

  • 5'

    In a start with a few tough tackles, play has been paused as Gary O'Neill is down after a tough fall.

  • The teams are out on the pitch and there is a minute silence for Peggy Clancy, mother of Dundalk's Tim Clancy.

  • We are twenty minutes away from kick-off right now. Shamrock Rovers have made changes from their game against Longford, bringing in Gaffney, Watts, O'Neill and Hoare into their starting lineup.

  • Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen and you are very welcome to tonight's live coverage of Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers, live from Head in the Game Park. I'm Paul Regan and a win tonight for the home side would see them leap ahead of Rovers in the table while a win for the visitors would see them maintain top position, depending on goal difference after a full round of games tonight in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
6Hugh Douglas Defender
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 16 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward 70'
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 7 Midfielder 70'
25Ryan O’Shea 4 Defender
41Dane Massey Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
4Jack Tuite 25 Defender
7Darragh Markey 21 Midfielder
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
16Brandon Bermingham 9 Forward
17Ronan Murray Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender 70'
7Dylan Watts Midfielder 55'
8Ronan Finn 14 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene Forward
11Sean Kavanagh 5 Defender
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill 26 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 10 Forward
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
5Lee Grace 11 Defender
10Graham Burke 20 Forward
14Daniel Mandriou 8 Midfielder 90+5'
19Dean Williams Forward
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
26Chris McCann 16 Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 13)
3 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United


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

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