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Date Time League Season
18 June 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Dundalk draw as Perth returns

The return of Vinny Perth will see mixed feelings for Dundalk; as his side could only collect a point against Longford, who got their first point in five games.

Each sides to their credit had chances to win the game only for both keepers to be called into action at the opportune time to ensure the point was confirmed.

A fantastic volley by Aaron McNally gave the visitors the lead only for it to be cancelled out by a bullet Chris Shields header from a corner.

The tale of the second half was the keepers as Alessio Abibi – sometimes Oriel Parks pantomime villain did excellently to save from Aaron Dobbs while Lee Steacy saved Longford on more than one occasion to deny Patrick Hoban from the spot.

In a game that saw both sides trading blows, it was the away side who looked more cutting edge in attack as they looked to take it to the hosts.

Both Michael Duffy and Aaron McNally had early chances but neither tested the respective defences but it was the away side to took the lead. Longford forged in front with an excellently taken goal, a cross from the left was met on the volley by McNally and his effort flew past Abibi.

‘The Town’ nearly added a second as Dean Byrne's curling effort cannoned off the crossbar and moments later Dundalk were level. A corner sent in from the right was met by a cannon header from Chris Shields which flew past Steacy.

The second half was slow to start but in periods Dundalk attack began to show its teeth as they laid siege on the visitors. Michael Duffy struck a low effort that was toe-poked goalwards by Hoban that was well saved by Steacy who was the busier of the custodians. He once again denied Hoban as Dundalk were awarded a penalty which he stuck low and Steacy guessed right to get down to save, the ball fell to Hoban but his follow up was weak and saved well.

Alessio Abibi was called into action as substitute Aaron Dobbs - only seconds on the pitch; had a chance to win it for Longford, only for the Albanian to save excellently with his feet.

Duffy had a chance to give Perth the late winner he craved – a staple of his previous tenure but his volley flashed wide.

Honours even at Oriel in a thrilling contest at times, a derby awaits Dundalk in the next match while Longford is at home to Waterford. 

  • 90'

    The return of Vinny Perth will see mixed feeling for Dundalk as his side could only collect a point against Longford who got their first point in five games. Both sides to their credit had chances to win the game only for both keepers to be called into action at the opportune time to ensure the point was ensured. A fantastic volley by Aaron McNally gave the visitors the lead only for it to be cancelled out by a bullet Chris Shields header from a corner. The tale of the second half was the keepers as Alessio Abibi – sometimes Oriel Parks pantomime villain did excellently to save from Aaron Dobbs while Lee Steacy saved Longford on more than one occasion to deny Patrick Hoban from the spot.

  • 90'

    What a chance for Dundalk a cross sent in was met by Duffy on the volley but it goes wide!

  • 79'

    Sam Stanton who has been excellent tonight is replaced by Midtskogen.

  • 77'

    What a great save! Abibi does well to stop a close-range effort from Dobbs with a diving save with his feet.

  • 75'

    Substitute for Longford as Rob Manley is replaced by Aaron Dobbs.

  • 73'

    Hoban with the penalty! He misses, Steacy does excellent to save and then saves again from Hoban.

  • 73'

    Penalty to Dundalk. A corner sent in hits off the arm of the defender and the referee points to the spot.

  • 71'

    Daniel Kelly is replaced by Val Adedokun after he becomes injured.

  • 70'

    Sam Stanton with an excellent through ball to Kelly whose effort flashes wide.

  • 68'

    How did that not go in, Duffy weaving his magic and hits a low effort that is toe-poked by Hoban but Steacy does excellent to save it.

  • 64'

    Sloggett and Jurovskis come on in straight swaps for the two departing players.

  • 64'

    Double substitution for Dundalk as Dummigan and Murray comes off.

  • 62'

    For pulling McEleney\'s shirt, Dervin gets a yellow card.

  • 57'

    Absolutley brilliant defending for Sam Stanton. Dylan Grimes breaks free of the attention of Boyle and with the onrushing Abibi he slotted it past him and Stanton cleared it off the line.

  • 56'

    First chance on goal of the half as Sean Murray with a quick pass to Hoban but his effort is deflected for a corner.

  • 55'

    It has been a quiet half so far, Dundalk still pressing a lot more high in this half as Longford look to counter attack on the break. So far this is fairly even so far.

  • 46'

    And we are back underway for the second half. Longford restarts the game.

  • 45'

    Half Time and its honours even here at Oriel, a fantastic volley from McNally was cancelled out by Chris Shields bullet header from the corner. An evenly matched contest that is in the balance. As this game wears on I expect more goals and action to come.

  • 33'

    A 20th career goal for Shields that who has now equalled the best goalscoring season of his career (2018) with what is his 3rd goal of the season

  • 28'

    Captain's goal! An inch-perfect cross from the corner was met by Shields at the back post and it flies into the back of the net.

  • 25'

    Nearly 2-0 here as Dean Byrne on the edge of the area hits a fantastic curling effort first time and it cannons off the corner of the goal frame.

  • 21'

    The corner came in and Steacy was about to gather on the second attempt only for Chris Shields to head in ahead of him and head it towards Hoban but too many bodies were in front of the goal to get a shot away. Steacy is now down and is getting attention.

  • 19'

    A gifted chance for Patrick Hoban as the ball lands to him in the area but he blazes over the bar, in fairness it came to him late and he did well to evade his defender.

  • 13'

    And out of nothing Longford take the lead, a cross from the left is met on the volley by McNally and it flew past Abibi.

  • 11'

    A speculative effort from McEleney forces Steacy to tip it around the post, a lot more urgency in this Dundalk side. It seems the side is chomping at the bit here.

  • 7'

    Fantastic save by Steacy as Leahy sends in a low cross to Kelly whose powerful shot could only be punched away.

  • 5'

    Longford get a sight on goal by McNally's effort flashes well wide of the goal.

  • 3'

    The first shot in anger falls to the home side, Michael Duffy's pass is met by Daniel Kelly on the volley but it goes over the bar.

  • And we are underway at Oriel Park, Sean Murray kicks us off.

  • A banner is unfurled out at Oriel Park by supporters outside the ground 'Vinny Perth - The Prince that became king'

  • For the numbers, people out there: It has been 309 days after taking charge of his last game at Oriel Park which was a 2-2 draw with Waterford and now Vinny Perth is back in the home dugout. It’s the 44-year-old’s 44th league game in charge of the club tonight.

  • Alessio Abibi, Sam Stanton and Chris Shields are the only three members of tonight’s starting eleven signed at a time when Vinny Perth was not part of the club. The latter has obviously featured heavily during his previous tenure at the club though.

  • Dundalk's side sees four changes from last week’s defeat to Waterford with Shields, Leahy, Kelly and Murray in for Nattestad, Adedokun, Midtskogen and Sloggett. Has a more 'Vinny Perth' feel to it, tried and trusted to suit the 4-5-1 system that the players at Dundalk have been used to at the club.

  • Weather conditions are perfect here in Oriel, the sun is out in what is excellent for summer football.

  • The team news coming from Longford Town is that Callum Warfield is still out recovering from his long-term injury while Shane Elworthy is doubtful with a concussion ahead of tonights game.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, it's back to the future with Vinny Perth back at the helm with his Dundalk charges taking on a Longford side that is in desperate need of a win. Vinny wants to get back to winning ways, in his last full season as manager which was at Dundalk he won 27 of the 36 games on offer. Daire Doyle needs a win to have some hope of clawing away from that last placed position in the league.

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Chris Shields Midfielder 28'
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 17 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 10 Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan 13 Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 25 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
10Greg Sloggett 16 Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis 23 Defender
17Ole Erik Midtskogen 8 Forward
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
25Val Adedokun 27 Forward
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
3Paddy Kirk Defender
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes 25 Midfielder
8Rob Manley 9 Forward
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 62'
19Karl Chambers Forward
20Dean Byrne 4 Midfielder
21Aaron McNally Defender 13'
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
4Aaron Robinson 20 Midfielder
9Aaron Dobbs 8 Forward
11Callum Thompson Midfielder
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
22Joseph Manley Defender
25Conor Davis 7 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 9)
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Ground

Oriel Park
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, 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.