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

Match Report

Gibson delivers for Sligo

Dundalk suffered defeat at home to 10-man Sligo as Jordan Gibson’s solitary strike, in a game of little clear cut chances; proved to be decisive tonight at Oriel Park.

Despite losing a man early in the second half, as Garry Buckley was shown red for two yellow card offensives the Bit O'Red looked the more comfortable.

Dundalk had plenty of opportunities and possession, but they rarely tested Ed McGinty in the Sligo goal until the dying minutes of the game.

This result sees Dundalk nine points adrift of Sligo as now the mountain to climb is the race for Europe. Even at this early stage of the season.

The opening exchanges saw both sides test the hands of the respective goalkeepers. Walter Figueria hit a speculative effort on the edge of the area that rattled off the crossbar, but the effort left Peter Cherrie rooted to the spot.

Dundalk responded with Han who did brilliantly to win the ball back, and he laid it off to Junior but his shot was straight at McGinty. Johnny Kenny broke free of the Dundalk defence but the effort from the 17-year-old was well saved by Cherrie.

In a game of limited opportunities, it was always going to take something special to break the deadlock and it came thanks to Jordan Gibson. Dundalk lost possession as Boyle advanced for the ball, and Sligo capitalised with Gibson turning excellently and letting fly from 30 yards - that left Cherrie with no chance.

Sligo were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for Garry Buckley on the restart. This gave Dundalk some licence to push forward, however Liam Buckley’s side were organised to stop all that came in their wake.

Sean Murray laid the ball off to Daniel Kelly, but his effort went over the bar. Micheal Duffy had an excellent opportunity to equalise but it went wide.

Dundalk did test McGinty in the dying minutes of the game, as Zahibo had two opportunities for the Lilywhites; but both were handled excellently, as the away side held firm to take the three points back to the Showgrounds.

Dundalk once again are left with plenty to ponder, as to how to get a winning run together as they hope to maintain some sort of push at the top of the table. 


  • 90'

    WHAT A SAVE! A corner from Duffy was met by Zahibo but its excellently saved

  • 90'

    Duffy's cross was met by Zahibo and McGinty does well to save but it was routine but Zahibo knows he should have done better.

  • 90'

    The goalscorer gets man of the match for tonight.

  • 90'

    And Figueira tried his luck from distance and it had the pace and height but it went wide of the mark.

  • 85'

    A high ball sent into the area was headed down by Duffy but McGinty was equal to it.

  • 80'

    Junior comes off for the final ten minutes.

  • 80'

    Ole enters the field of play.

  • 79'

    For a clash on McGinty, Kelly goes into the book.

  • 76'

    Murray on the volley but his effort was always rising, Dundalk have failed despite possession and attacking to test McGinty in the goal this half.

  • 73'

    Kenny comes off and the young player had a great opportunity in the first half.

  • 73'

    Horgan comes on for defensive cover for Sligo.

  • 68'

    A cross from the right was met by Duffy but his effort went wide of the post.

  • 65'

    McEleney comes on in a more attacking threat for Dundalk

  • 65'

    Shields comes off in a surprising move.

  • 61'

    Big chance for Dundalk as Sean Murray lays the ball off to Kelly but his effort goes over the bar.

  • 55'

    In a straight swap, Kelly comes on.

  • 55'

    Han comes off.

  • 54'

    Parkes is the player to come off.

  • 54'

    Blaney comes on for defensive cover due to the sending off.

  • 52'

    For a high book on Junior, Buckley is sent off and Sligo are down to ten.

  • 46'

    And we are back underway at Oriel Park.

  • 45'

    That's half time with Sligo taking the lead thanks to a goal from Jordan Gibson. Dundalk needs a bit of magic in the second half in order to get back to this.

  • 38'

    And Sligo takes the lead, Dundalk loses posession through Boyle and Sligo advance the ball forward with Gibson lets fly from about thirty yards and leaves Cherrie with no chance. Great strike for the away side.

  • 36'

    Chris Shields also booked for his reaction to the challenge

  • 35'

    For a late challenge on Adedokun, Buckley goes into the book. You could hear the contact from up here.

  • 30'

    Golden chance as Johnny Kenny breaks through but the 17-year-olds effort is well saved by Cherrie, the angle was tight but he rook his effort very well.

  • 23'

    This has been a bit quiet here as we approach halfway through the first half. Both sides have had chances but Figueria's rattling the crossbar was the pick of the chances.

  • 18'

    Han gets the lay off from Sean Murray and he does test McGinty at the near post.

  • 15'

    Dundalk carve out a chance of their own as Han does brilliantly to win the ball back and he lays it off to Junior but his shot is straight at McGinty.

  • 10'

    Figueria on the edge of the area hits an excellent shot that rattles off the crossbar. Peter Cherrie was left rooted to the spot and the follow up goes out for a corner.

  • 3'

    A special visitor to Oriel Park tonight. Dermot Keely is here and is a former manager of both these sides, Dermot, unfortunately, lost his son Alan this week who was a former League of Ireland player, there was a minute silence for his son before this evenings game.

  • 1'

    And we are underway at Oriel Park. Kenny gets us underway.

  • And the teams are out, Dundalk in the usual black and white and Sligo in the red strip.

  • Chris Shields comes into the game having scored in back to back matches, a feat very rare in itself. His first Dundalk appearance under Stephen Kenny came in a 3-1 defeat here against Sligo in March 2013 as a 69th-minute sub for one of the men in the dugout tonight, Stephen McDonnell.

  • We are lead to believe that Johnathan Hill the new CEO of the FAI will be in attendance tonight, already sitting in the dugout is St. Patricks Athletic head coach Stephen O'Donnell taking a look at his former side and the side he drew with last week in the league.

  • Conditions today are unusually cold for a May Day in Oriel although I have always said that Oriel Park operates in its own eco-system! The sun is out and not a bit of wind blowing across the pitch.

  • For Dundalk FC there are two changes from the side that came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in Longford on Monday. Han Jeong-woo and Wilfried Zahibo have come in for Patrick McEleney and Greg Sloggett, who are now among the subs. Val Adedokun a surprising addition to the side on Monday makes his full home debut at left-back.

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park Ladies and Gentlemen and you are most welcome to tonight's coverage of Dundalk FC vs Sligo Rovers. Ciaran Callan from FinalWhistle to take you through tonight's action. The teams are in and are now live on the website lineups.


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
19Wilfried Zahibo Midfielder
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Chris Shields 11 Midfielder 36'
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
16Sean Murray Midfielder
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 17 Forward
21Dan Cleary Defender
25Val Adedokun Forward
77Han Jeong-woo 27 Forward
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
17Ole Erik Midtskogen 20 Forward
2Enda Douglas Defender
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
11Patrick McEleney 5 Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
27Daniel Kelly 77 Midfielder 79'
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
90Jesus Perez Midfielder

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
5Robbie McCourt Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jordan Gibson Forward 38'
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
10Walter Figueira Forward
21John Mahon Defender
24Johnny Kenny 3 Forward
26Garry Buckley Midfielder 35'
27Romeo Parkes 14 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan 24 Defender
9Ryan DeVries Forward
14Shane Blaney 27 Defender
19Regan Donelon Defender
20Darren Collins Forward
22David Cawley Midfielder
23Scott Lynch Defender
25Cillian Heaney Forward

Past Meetings

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(Series 1)
Premier Division
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(Series 18)
Premier Division
Oriel Park

(Series 9)
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The Showgrounds


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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.