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Date Time League Season
12 August 2021 8:00 pm UEFA Europa Conference 2021

Match Report

Dundalk dejected as Europe run ends

Dundalk’s Europa Conference League campaign came to an end following a spirited effort against Vitesse Arnhem as the Lilywhites lost 2-1 in a contest that Dundalk will feel they left something behind on the Tallaght Stadium pitch.

First-half goals from Matus Bero and Yann Gboho gave full advantage to the visitors as Dundalk were left to rue a plethora of missed chances despite Patrick Hoban’s giving the fans and the side hope in the second half the efforts were futile as the experienced Dutch side saw the game out despite the late rally from the home side.

It looked as if Dundalk were in dreamland after just 40 seconds when Michael Duffy broke free and slotted under Markus Schubert that sent Dundalk fans in delirium. However, it was short-lived as the effort was ruled out for offside. Dundalk continued to press but it was the away side who were more composed and assured on the ball and began to show their quality. Dundalk had two great chances to go ahead, Pat Hoban’s shot on the edge of the area following by Patrick McEleney saw Schubert deny them both with fine saves.

The away side then took control of the tie with two goals put them in cruise control. Nikolai Frederiksen initial shot was blocked down by Boyle and Abibi could only parry it back and the ball was tipped in by Matus Bero at the back post. While the first had some fortune to it, the second was routine as Vitesse collected the ball down the wing and Yann Gboho slotted it calmly past Abibi.

The second half saw Dundalk make initial inroads but to no avail, Will Patching’s cross was met at the back post by Duffy but it went wide followed by McEleney going close from a corner. However, Vitesse looking to close the game down deployed more defenders to see the game out. It looked as if the game was going to run out in a damp squib only for it to spring into life. Duffy was fouled in the area and the referee pointed to the spot, Hoban stepped up and despatched the penalty with ease.

Schubert would deny Duffy again as he tipped his excellent effort over the bar and from the resulting corner it looked as if Jurkovskis had scored only for Schubert to deny him on the line. McMillan had a chance right on the 90 as he slid in to try and convert Kelly’s cross but it just missed him by inches. That was the chance that will haunt the side. 

  • 90'

    Dundalk’s Europa Conference League campaign came to an end as a spirited effort against Vitesse Arnhem as the Lilywhites went 2-1 in a contest that Dundalk will feel they left something behind on that Tallaght pitch. First-half goals from Matus Bero and Yann Gboho gave full advantage to the visitors as Dundalk were left to rue a plethora of missed chances despite Patrick Hoban’s giving the fans and the side hope in the second half the efforts were futile as the experienced Dutch side saw the game out despite the late rally from the home side.

  • 90'

    McMillan with an unbelievable chance as Kelly cross was sent in with speed and McMillan sliding just missed it. Inches!

  • 86'

    Mc Millan had a free header on goal only for Schubert to save on the line again. Dundalk with all hands to the pump here!

  • 83'

    What a save! Schubert denies Duffy as he tips it over the bar and from the corner it looked as if Jurkovskis had scored only for Schubert to deny him on the line!

  • 83'

    Toni Domgjoni is on for Doekhi as Vanmoos gets booked for kicking the ball away.

  • 80'

    McMillan turns and lets one fly from thirty yards but it flies wide, from my angle it probably looked closer that it was!

  • 77'

    For a late challenge, Kelly is booked.

  • 75'

    Million Manhoef is booked for time-wasting.

  • 72'

    Double sub for Dundalk as David McMillan and Raivis Jurkovskis on for Will Patching and Sonni Nattestad

  • 70'

    As the man says....HERE WE GO! Patrick Hoban has brought us back to a goal in the contest.!

  • 69'

    Tronstad booked for a foul on Duffy.

  • 69'

    PENALTY DUNDALK!

  • 63'

    Gboho and Frederiksen come off for Vitesse as they switch to a more defensive formation.

  • 63'

    Tomáš Hájek and Julian Vonmoos are coming on for Vitesse

  • 57'

    And on comes Daniel Kelly.

  • 57'

    The first change of the game sees Stanton comes off.

  • 55'

    Another half-chance goes begging as a ball sent in sees Schubert and Duffy contest for the ball and it falls to Leahy who tries to head it - albeit from the edge of the area - into the net but it goes wide.

  • 50'

    Dundalk has their tails up a little as a corner is sent in and Vitesse fail to clear, the ball falls to both Duffy and McEleney whose efforts were blocked down.

  • 49'

    The first chance of the half falls to Dundalk as Will Patchings cross is met at the back post by Duffy but it goes wide.

  • 46'

    Thanks to James Rogers for this: It's 12 years ago this week since Dundalk came from 2 goals behind to win a game.... tonight's as good a night as any to end that run

  • 46'

    We are back underway, Dundalk have 45 minutes to salvage this but it\'s a tall task to ask of them.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: After a fine start and chances aplenty it's the visitors who are in front thanks to a brace of goals from Matus Bero and Yann Gboho. Very disappointing for the home side who looked to have Vitesse well and truly rattled in the opening exchanges.

  • 45'

    One added minute here.

  • 43'

    Down the other end, a high ball was mistimed by Markus Schubert and it nearly falls to both Hoban and Duffy with the goal gaping. That was close for the visitors.

  • 43'

    A comfortable save by Abibi to save the headed down effort from Daraflou.

  • 41'

    A snapshot by Sloggett as the ball came to him quickly from a Duffy pass.

  • 36'

    And that you have to say is that, Vitesse collect the ball down the wing and Yann Gboho slot it calmly past Abibi. Dundalk has a massive hill to climb if they are to claw their way back into this tie.

  • 27'

    GOAL VITESSE! Nikolai Frederiksen shot is blocked down by Boyle and Abibi can only parry it back and its tapped in by Matus Bero.. 3-2 to the Dutch side.

  • 22'

    What a save! Hoban breaks down right and cuts inside and lets a vicious shot fly and Schubert does brilliant to save, from the corner the ball falls to McEleney and his shot is saved, then Sonni heads over from the third corner. Three great chances from Dundalk!

  • 14'

    A fantastic ball sent into the area and it comes to Patrick Hoban who just cant get the vital touch, a big chance for Dundalk.

  • 10'

    Ten minutes in and you have to say it's the visitors who have settled into this game better, after conceded the early offside goal they have doubled up on Duffy to block his threat and are hunting in packs when they want to turn over the ball. Similar pattern to last week.

  • 4'

    The first corner of the game goes to Vitesse after Sonni concedes cutting out a cross, the ball is punched down in the area by Abibi and the ball is cleared but only as far as Doekhi whose, half volley goes over the bar.

  • 1'

    The ball is in the back of the net but Michael Duffy's well taken effort is ruled out for offside, close call for Vitesse.

  • 1'

    Here we go! We are underway in Tallaght, big game, big crowd, big occasion!

  • And here come the teams! You can get the feeling that this is an occasion now, the noise has just lifted here in Tallaght.

  • Captain Andy Boyle before the game: "We've had some good nights in Tallaght over the years and we hope Thursday night is another. These are the nights you want to play football."

  • No two ways about it the Dundalk fan in attendance behind the goal are making themselves heard, it's the one thing you miss in an empty stadium. It really does add to the occasion and I am sure the players will rise to the occasion.

  • Dundalk’s number 18 Will Patching makes his 18th appearance for the club this evening. He missed the first leg with a stomach bug but has 3 goals in 4 European appearances so far for the club since returning from a loan spell at Derry City last month

  • Vitesse subs: 24 Jeroen Houwen 48 Nigel Van Haveren 17 Hilary Gong 18 Tomáš Hájek 19 Julian Vonmoos 22 Toni Domgjoni 29 Thomas Buitink 36 Patrick Vroegh 39 Enzo Cornelisse 40 Daan Huisman

  • Two changes for Vitesse with Alois Oroz coming in for Tomáš Hájek, who was outjumped by Patrick McEleney for Dundalk's equaliser last week, while Oussama Darfalou comes in for the suspended Lois Openda

  • Vitesse team: 1 Markus Schubert 42 Million Manhoef 10 Riechedly Bazoer 3 Danilho Doekhi 16 Alois Oroz 32 Maximilian Wittek 21 Matúš Bero 20 Yann Gboho 8 Sondre Tronstad 11 Nikolai Frederiksen 9 Oussama Darfalou

  • Vinny Perth makes three changes from last week’s first leg in Arnhem with Cameron Dummigan, Will Patching and Patrick Hoban coming in for Raivis Jurkovskis, Daniel Kelly and David McMillan.

  • Good Evening from a sun-drenched Tallaght Stadium, Dundalk FC are ninety minutes away from yet another playoff in UEFA competition but they first have to take on and defeat a Vitesse Arnhem side.

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sonni Nattestad 13 Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 27 Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 70'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
18Will Patching 29 Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
13Raivis Jurkovskis 6 Defender
19Wilfried Zahibo Midfielder
25Val Adedokun Forward
27Daniel Kelly 8 Midfielder 77'
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 18 Forward
30Niall Brady Goalkeeper
77Han Jeong-woo Forward
16Sean Murray Midfielder

Past Meetings

(3rd Qualifying Round)
UEFA Europa Conference
GelreDome

Ground

Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 XC9W

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.