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Date Time League Season
21 May 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Dundalk end Rovers Runaway Run

Records are meant to be broken and that is exactly what happened to Shamrock Rovers tonight as Dundalk got a morale-boosting victory to end the current league champions thirty-three league win streak at Oriel Park.

A goal from Patrick McEleney and birthday boy Daniel Kelly sealed the victory and cancelled out Joey O'Brien's equaliser. Dundalk saving Alessio Abibi's blushes in a win much needed for all at the club.

In an opening period that saw Dundalk having to contain a high pressing Shamrock Rovers front line, Graham Burke having the first sight on goal from a short-taken corner it was the hosts who took the lead much to the surprise of the visitors.

On the break, Daniel Kelly laid an excellent through ball to Patrick McEleney and despite the attentions of Lopes, he kept him at bay to rifle a shot into the top right-hand corner. The celebrations were short-lived as Rovers were level within 90 seconds.

A freekick conceded by Cameron Dummingan from the restart was sent in by Burke and Alessio Abibi spilt the ball which trickled to the back post where despite Chris Shields best effort O’Brien slotted home with ease.

The away side continued to press with Gaffney and Gannon all having attempts in quick succession, however all were handled well as the Dundalk defence stood firm. The Louth side responded with a brilliant move from McEleney who fed a beautiful curling ball into Michael Duffy but Mannus did excellently to save the effort.

On the restart the away side took it to the hosts and struck the post twice in the early exchanges. Aaron Greene thought he had got his side back in the lead after he expertly lobbed Abibi only for the post to deny him. Graham Burke also hit the goal frame as his high curling effort cannoned off the post, they would soon rue those missed chances.

Daniel Kelly put Dundalk back into the lead when he latched onto a clever pass and hit an unstoppable shot past Mannus that hit the roof of the net. Despite pressing high it was Dundalk who had the better of the chances as the games neared its conclusion. Jurkovskis cut onto his right and hit an excellent effort that just went wide.

Greene had another guilt edge chance flash wide as it bounced past the wrong side of the post in the final minutes. Despite a late rally, the away side couldn't get the breakthrough needed as Dundalk take the win and the vital three points. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Record are meant to be broken and that is exactly what happened to Shamrock Rovers tonight as Dundalk got a morale-boosting victory to end the current league champions thirty-three league win streak at Oriel Park. A goal from Patrick McEleney and birthday boy Daniel Kelly sealed the win and cancelled out Joey O'Brien's equaliser. Dundalk saving Alessio Abibi's blushes in a win much needed for all at the club.

  • 90'

    We are into the final seconds and there will be four added minutes here in Oriel Park.

  • 88'

    Aaron Greene has another guilt edge chance flash wide as it bounced past the wrong side of the post. That was a big opportunity for the away side.

  • 84'

    Williams comes on to replace him.

  • 84'

    Burke comes off in Rovers first sub of the night, he had a shot saved and another cannon off the post tonight.

  • 82'

    Ole Erik Midtskogen gets in behind the Rovers defence and his effort is well saved by Mannus.

  • 81'

    That wasn't far off, Jurkovskis cuts onto his right and hits an excellent effort that just goes wide.

  • 78'

    Abibi does excellently pushing the ball around the post for a corner, Dundalk currently with all hands to the pump as Rovers are pushing a high line to get back into this game.

  • 76'

    Sloggett comes on for the final fifteen minutes.

  • 76'

    A solid performance in the middle for Stanton, you feel he could make an impact this season as he grows into his role.

  • 73'

    On comes Ole Erik Midtskogen who will add a physical and height presence for the final quarter of the game.

  • 73'

    Daniel Kelly comes off at what was his first start of the season and he left quite the impression. An excellent performance topped off with a great goal.

  • 71'

    Duffy with a low effort on the edge of the area that Mannus was equal to. Dundalk still pushing for a third goal as they now look to the bench to make changes.

  • 66'

    O'Brien fouls Kelly and he get a caution.

  • 60'

    On his 25th birthday, Daniel Kelly has just hit a screamer for what is his 25th career goal.

  • 57'

    Now then! Now then!! Out of nowhere, Daniel Kelly latches onto the ball on the right-wing and he rifles an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Happy Birthday Daniel indeed!!

  • 51'

    Absolutely fantastic shot on goal by Graham Burke but once again the frame of the goal denies Rovers. Abibi was diving but was getting nowhere near that effort but in reality, his defence should not have allowed Burke to turn the ball onto his left foot.

  • 49'

    Sam Stanton booked for a foul.

  • 47'

    It's nearly 2-1 to Rovers her as Aaron Greene does excellently to lob Abibi but the ball hits the crossbar and away, big let off for the home side.

  • 46'

    We are back underway for the second half here, big half for both sides.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Dundalk took the lead thanks to an excellent goal from Patrick McEleney only to be outdone by a goalkeeping error some ninety seconds later. Both sides have played to their strengths but by all accounts, this could be anyone\'s game.

  • 39'

    Zahibo gets a yellow card for a reckless tackle, the player had felt he was fouled a few minutes back.

  • 31'

    Absolutely brilliant move from McEleney who fed a beautiful curling ball into Michael Duffy who beat Sean Gannon to the ball but Mannus does excellently to save the effort. That was a sweeping move that saw the two Derry men link up brilliantly.

  • 23'

    Daniel Kelly goes down in the area clutching his ankle but the protests for a penalty are waved away.

  • 20'

    Shamrock Rovers lining up to take shots on goal with Greene, Gaffney and Gannon all having attempts in quick succession however all were handled well by the Dundalk defence

  • 13'

    And just like that Rovers are level, from a free-kick Abibi spills the ball and it falls kindly to O'Brien at the back post who stabs home.

  • 12'

    And Dundalk are in the lead, on the break McEleney latches onto a Daniel Kelly pass and he beats off the attention of the defender to rifle it past Mannus!

  • 5'

    OFF THE BAR, a header from Rory Gaffney beats Abibi and it cannons off the cross bar, it is all Shamrock Rovers in the opening period. It's evident that they know that Abibi is a weak point in Dundalk's defence with his preference to punch the ball clear as opposed to catching it so they are trying to force errors from the keeper.

  • 4'

    Shamrock Rovers with two early corners here, the first was short that Abibi pushed away and the second he caught and forced Alan Mannus to head the ball clear.

  • 1'

    And we are underway, Shamrock Rovers kick us off with Danny Mandriou.

  • 1'

    And we are underway, Shamrock Rovers kick us off with Danny Mandriou.

  • And here comes the teams, Dundalk and Rovers is a game that usually wets the appetite of any Dundalk fan, lets see how this game goes.

  • It’s the first start of 2021 for birthday boy Daniel Kelly tonight. He turns 25 today and makes his 50th league appearance for Dundalk. It’s also the 75th start of his career.

  • Sean Gannon makes his return to Oriel Park following to close season move back 'home' to Tallaght. He began his career at Shamrock Rovers before moving to St Patricks Athletic and then onto Dundalk in 2014. The defender was an integral part of the golden era here at Dundalk.

  • Chris Shields back in the side and will play at centre half. The last game he played there was also against Shamrock Rovers last September when a weakened Dundalk side lost 4-0 at Oriel Park ahead of their Europa League play-off with KÍ Klaksvik.

  • There are six changes to the Dundalk team from last week with the welcome return to David McMillan to the starting lineup.

  • Rob Harvey will referee the Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers game tonight. He was also the man in the middle when the two sides met in last December\'s FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium

  • The last time Dundalk beat Shamrock Rovers in the league was back in September 2019 in a night that was lit by Michael Duffy's thunderstrike to pave the way to Dundalk's fifth title in six years. A remarkable turnaround in fortunes since then.

  • Conditions for tonight's match are perfect, a little bit on the chilly side but all in all dry and settled conditions with very little wind. Stephen Bradley and his backroom staff are out on the pitch inspecting proceedings as we speak.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, Ciaran Callan here reporting live for Final Whistle. The Shamrock Rovers team have just arrived to the ground as the Champions look to send a message of intent this evening as they take on a Dundalk side under mounting pressure from all sides.

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Chris Shields Midfielder
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 10 Midfielder 49'
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder 12'
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
19Wilfried Zahibo Midfielder 39'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder 57'
29David McMillan Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
10Greg Sloggett 8 Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray Midfielder
17Ole Erik Midtskogen 27 Forward
25Val Adedokun Forward
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
77Han Jeong-woo Forward
90Jesus Perez Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace Defender
9Aaron Greene Forward
10Graham Burke 19 Forward
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward
28Joey O’Brien Defender 13'
66'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
19Dean Williams 10 Forward
21Adam Wells Defender
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
32Cole Omorehiomnan Defender
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder
47Dean McMenamy Midfielder
37Kevin Zefi Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 3)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(President's Cup)
1 - 1
President's Cup
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Final)
2 - 4
FAI Cup
Aviva Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

(Series 13)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
3 - 2
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

Ground

Casey's Field (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.