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Date Time League Season
11 June 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Deise deliver against Dundalk

Waterford moved from off the bottom spot of the table with a win over Dundalk which told more of Dundalk failure to convert ample possession into chance compared to Waterford clinical and ruthless finishing.

A brace from John Martin and a Shane Griffin goal saw the blues take the three points back to the RSC in what was Marc Bircham’s first win in charge of Waterford for their third victory of the season overall.

Patrick Hoban’s penalty was the only highlight of what was a difficult night for the Lilywhites which left more questions to be answered at Oriel Park.

Dundalk were the more dominant side in the first half, with ample possession and half-chances on goal it looked as if it was only a case of being patient for the opener.

The best of those chances in the first 45 minutes fell to both Greg Sloggett and Michael Duffy, but neither tested Barry Murphy in the Waterford goal.

A penalty goal saw the hosts take the lead, after Ole Mistskogen was manhandled in the area with his arm being held, the referee pointed to the spot. Patrick Hoban despatched the penalty with ease despite Murphy diving the right way.

Dundalk, despite continuing to press couldn’t make the ample possession turn into chances and goals, and that was as good as it got for the hosts.

The wind would be taken out of the Lilywhites sails shortly after as the away side took control of proceedings. John Martin got the first of his brace of goals, after he calmly slotted under Abibi following a clever pass into the area just before half-time.

With Waterford in the ascendancy they continued to press forward in the second half, they continued to test the Dundalk defence with the Louth men going close with counter-attacks, but it was the away side who converted the chances presented.

Shane Griffin capitalised on some poor goalkeeping positioning as a break down the right saw the ball fall to him and he turned and shot from close range to score. It was to get better for Marc Bircham’s men as John Martin put the game to bed as a corner was not dealt with by the Dundalk defence and Martin headed past Abibi from close range.

This win was much needed for Waterford under new ownership and the perfect start for the new era at the club, with rumours circulating tonight over the possibility of a PEAK6 exit from Dundalk FC.

It means the club is at a massive crossroads. European qualification is now becoming increasingly unlikely with every passing game. Failure to do so could see the fragile deck of cards begin to topple. 

  • 90'

    Waterford moved from off the bottom spot of the table with a win over Dundalk which told more of Dundalk failure to convert ample possession into chance compared to Waterford clinical and ruthless finishing. A brace from John Martin and a Shane Griffin goal saw the blues take the three points back to the RSC in what was Marc Bircham’s first win in charge of Waterford and only their second of the season overall. Patrick Hoban’s penalty was the only highlight of what was a difficult night for the Lilywhites which left more questions to be answered at Oriel Park.

  • 88'

    Jesus Perez comes on.

  • 88'

    McEleney comes off for the final moments of the game.

  • 85'

    Kavanagh comes on for the last five minutes.

  • 85'

    Griffin got the all-important lead goal and he will be happy with his performance.

  • 80'

    Molloy comes on for the last ten minutes.

  • 80'

    Prince comes off after an impressive performance up front.

  • 75'

    And that would you have to say is that! John Martin with his second goal of the evening heading past Abibi from close range. This will be a massive win for Waterford.

  • 71'

    Murray comes on to bring a more attacking poise to the game.

  • 71'

    Sloggett comes off

  • 70'

    Fantastic effort from McEleney and an even better save from Brian Murphy to deny him, Dundalk earn a corner.

  • 65'

    Daniel Kelly comes into the game.

  • 65'

    Ole Midtskogen comes off.

  • 62'

    And Waterford take the lead, a break down the right sees the ball fall to Griffin and he turns and shoots in the area to score with ease.

  • 60'

    Hoban just a fraction offside and he does slot the ball in the net but it does not count.

  • 54'

    Hoban breaks free and cuts into his left foot but he curls his effort over for a corner.

  • 50'

    Quiet opening here with not much to report, lots of niggling fouls as both teams try to get into a rhythm.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel Park, Waterford on the early attack.

  • 45'

    Despite being in complete control for large periods of the game, Dundalk find themselves all square at the back thanks to John Martin's cool finish.

  • 43'

    It's all level here in Oriel Park, a fantastic ball to Martin on the edge of the area and he slots it calmly under the onrushing Abibi.

  • 38'

    A lot of joy for Dundalk since the break, they are still pushing for a second and are having plenty of the ball, however, the final touch in the area is just letting them down so far. This game is for the taking if they want it.

  • 29'

    For the foul leading to the penalty, Evans is yellow carded.

  • 29'

    Off the butt of the post and in! Dundalk opens the scoring thanks to Patrick Hoban.

  • 29'

    PENALTY DUNDALK! Ole Mistskogen is manhandled in the area and the referee points to the spot.

  • 26'

    Duffy hits a low effort that is blocked off the defenders, Dundalk starting to press and ask questions of Waterford's defence right now.

  • 20'

    For a foul on Hoban, Griffin is the first player in the book.

  • 14'

    Clever lay off from Patrick Hoban to Greg Sloggett who lets one fly from the edge of the area, it goes over the bar but with a bit more of direction it could have caused Murphy some issues.

  • 8'

    Prince Mustwunguma charges down on goal and beats the attention of Dummingan however he clashes with Abibi and it's a free-kick to Dundalk.

  • 2'

    There has been a change to the lineup, David McMillan is out of the starting lineup and is replaced by Ole Erik Midtskogen, the Norwegian is playing up front with Patrick Hoban.

  • 1'

    We are underway at Oriel Park, Waterford kick off us off and will be shooting towards the 'Carrick Road' end of Oriel Park.

  • Waterford has faced Dundalk in three promotion/relegation playoffs in the Premier Division. The questionable signing of Linfield amateur Jeff McNamara prematch saw him score a brace in the final match while in 2006 a dramatic night in the RSC saw Trevor Vaughan score the winner in a game where Dundalk thought they had gained promotion and in 2012 when a brace from Michael Rafter sealed the win for Dundalk which paved the way for a certain Stephen Kenny to become manager of Dundalk in 2013.

  • In the twenty-three matches in all competitions since then Waterford have won three of them all at the RSC with Dundalk shading the head to heads with 17 wins

  • It's 6,722 and over eighteen years since Waterford last came to Oriel Park and won. That was back in January 2003 when Daryl Murphy who is on the club's books scored the only goal in the 81st minute.

  • And another first for Dundalk: Random and some would say fairly useless fact but this is Dundalk’s first time in their history playing a competitive game on June 11th.

  • Tonight’s referee is a Roscommon man by the name of John McLoughlin. He may make a wish as he has never refereed a Dundalk game before but his last Premier Division game was in Waterford when he took charge of the Blues’ 1-0 defeat at home to Derry City on May 21st.

  • Conditions here in Oriel are absolutely perfect for football. A balmy summers evening of 18 degrees but as is always the case the stand can be cold! But all in all we are just awaiting the teams to come out to warm up.

  • Teams news from Oriel Park is that Sonni Nattestad has returned from injury in place of the injured Chris Shields for just his 3rd league appearance for Dundalk. Cameron Dummigan returns from suspension in place of Raivis Jurkovskis who has been on international duty and will not feature in tonights squad.

  • Good evening and you are very welcome from Oriel Park for tonights match between Dundalk and Waterford. New managers at the helm with Jim Magilton now instilled as the new boss at Oriel and Marc Bircham at Waterford means that both sides and manager are looking to make an impression with one hundred fans allowed into the home of football for the first time since last year.

Dundalk

1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 29'
10Greg Sloggett 16 Midfielder
11Patrick McEleney 90 Midfielder
17Ole Erik Midtskogen 27 Forward
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
25Val Adedokun Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray 10 Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward
90Jesus Perez 11 Midfielder
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward

Waterford

1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender 29'
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
7Shane Griffin 10 Midfielder 62'
20'
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
12John Martin Forward 43', 75'
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
15Jamie Mascoll Defender
23Prince Mustwunguma 20 Forward
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
10Cian Kavanagh 7 Forward
16Katlego Mashigo Midfielder
20Eric Molloy 23 Forward
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
26Callum Stringer Midfielder
31Liam Kervick Midfielder
34Cian Browne Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 8)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Dundalk

(Series 17)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Dundalk

(Series 8)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Waterford

(1st Round)
1 - 0
FAI Cup
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Waterford

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.