Date Time League Season
10 April 2021 6:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Doyle Drives Drogheda to Defeat Longford

Drogheda United left Bishopsgate with all three points tucked firmly under their collective arms after a 'Tour De Force' performance from Mark Doyle saw them hit Longford Town for four goals - three of them coming in 16 second-half minutes, to secure the away victory for Tim Clancy's team.

Longford had the better of the early exchanges with Dylan Grimes peppering Drogheda United's goal with a decent long range efforts. His free kick put Drogs keeper Colin McCabe under pressure, but the former Shelbourne man made a vital intervention and thwarted the attack.

In a sign of what was to come for the majority of the game Chris Lyons threw himself at a low drilled cross from Mark Doyle on the left wing, but his lunge falls just short of the ball.

From that early showing it was all Drogheda as Doyle, Lyons and Darragh Markey as they grew into the game with another fantastic ball from Doyle finding the feet of Markey in a little bit of space in the Longford penalty area. It took a great block from Aaron Bolger to stop the attack as his team mates regrouped and cleared the immediate danger.

Grimes once again proved to be the biggest threat for the hosts, with two long range efforts in quick succession but these efforts just blazed inches past the post and McCabe's crossbar.

The deadlock was finally broken on 35 minutes when released by Markey, Doyle cut through the defensive cover on the edge of the Longford box, he cut the ball back and a save from Steacy forced the ball up in the air where Chris Lyons sent it goalward.

Clipping the crossbar it fell to Markey, who was a yard out but couldn't force it home. However, Doyle followed up by powering the ball to the back of the net in the resulting goalmouth scramble.

Each side created one further chance, and both were from very predictable sources. Grimes forced a top notch save from McCabe; before Doyle got on the end of a move he started himself, but the legs of Steacy blocked and smothered the ball for the home side. This ensured just a single goal separated the sides at the interval.

Any hopes Longford had of getting something out of the game were ended early after the restart when Lyons got himself on the end of a great cross from James Browne. Decent work from Doyle and Markey released Lyons and he aimed his cross into the Longford penalty area.

Lee Steacy misread the flight of the ball and came to gather but when an outstretched foot from Lyons made contact with the ball it was simply to guide it into the empty net.

Longford felt they had pulled one back when Joe Manley got his head on a corner at close range. When the group of players dispersed, McCabe was holding the ball on the line. The referee waved away the strong appeals from the home side that the ball had crossed the line.

On 56 minutes the game was over as a contest. In a mirror image of the build up of the third goal Drogheda United's other wing back, Conor Kane, wanted to show that he could match Browne's forward threat. He latched onto a loose ball, tore down the wing and sent a pinpoint accurate cross to the head of Doyle who buried the opportunity.

Hugh Douglas put the icing on the performance when he got his head on the end of Ronan Murray's free kick to add another to the scoreboard, in the highest scoring performance in the Premier Division so far this year.

Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy will be delighted with the performance of his attack with Lyons, Markey and particularly Doyle unplayable at times this evening.

  • 90'

    Drogheda United take the victory here with a clinical display of finishing in Bishopsgate against Longford Town and move up to 4th place on the league table. 4-0 the final score.

  • 84'

    Longford have been searching for their consolation goal but just having been able to find a finish as Drogheda defend resolutely.

  • 75'

    James Clarke & Dinny Corcoran enter the game as Mark Doyle and Ronan Murray make way for the side who lead 4-0.

  • 73'

    Karl Chambers makes way for Callum Thompson

  • 67'

    Ronan Murray's free kick is met by the head of Hugh Douglas who extends the score for Drogheda. Fantastic finishing from the Drogs here.

  • 67'

    Luke Heeney replaces the injured Conor Kane for Drogheda United.

  • 59'

    Jake Hyland replaces Darragh Markey for Drogheda United.

  • 57'

    Ronan Murray earns a booking for the challenge on Aodh Dervin

  • 56'

    Easily the best player on the pitch this evening Mark Doyle meets Conor Kane's cross after a surging run and Doyle's header nestles in the back of the Drogheda United net and virtually ensures all three points will be headed back to Drogheda this evening.

  • 54'

    Great work from Grimes gets an crossing opportunity for Kirk to swing in a cross but it's knocked out for a corner. Two quickfire corners sees a Longford head meet the cross and questions over whether the keeper kept the ball from crossing the line. Not too many appeals from Longford and the referees signals play on.

  • 51'

    Chris Lyons doubles the advantage for Drogheda as fantastic work in down the right hand side between Markey, Doyle and Browne sees the full back cross the ball and a positioning error from Steacy gives Lyons an easy finish under no pressure from the edge of the box.

  • 45'

    And we're back up and running at Bishopsgate. 45 minutes for the home side to get back into things here.

  • 45'

    Doyle almost grabs his second. Great work from Deegan to steal possession and a combination of the lively Markey and Doyle set the goalscorer free by Lee Steacy makes the save and smothers the effort from the Drogheda United forward.

  • 42'

    Grimes has finally found his on target shooting boots as his most recent effort stings the palms of the Drogheda keeper but it's been knocked away for a throw in at the corner flag.

  • 35'

    Mark Doyle makes a great run down the Drogheda left hand side and his cross causes consternation in the Longford defence before it arrives at the feet of Doyle himself who buries it from close range.

  • 34'

    Shane Elworthy replaces Aaron McNally

  • 29'

    A long hopeful ball from Douglas sees a unusual header from the impressive Mark Doyle to the bouncing ball almost finding the net over the outstretched arm of Lee Steacy. The ball lands just to the left of the right hand post.

  • 24'

    Longford's centre half Aaron O'Driscoll picks up a booking for a robust challenge.

  • 23'

    Grimes is really finding his distance from long range efforts. A powerful effort fizzes over the Drogheda crossbar. The Longford winger is in fine form this evening.

  • 20'

    Dylan Grimes was just inches away from his second goal of the season with a decent effort from distance which had McCabe scrambling but it just went past the post.

  • 16'

    Fantastic through ball from Mark Doyle to create a yard of space for Markey in the Longford box but a lunging challenge from Aaron Bolger is enough to keep Longford level.

  • 13'

    Chris Lyons almost opens the scoring but his slide just can't get on the end of Mark Doyle's low cross from the left wing a few yards out from Lee Steacy's goal.

  • 12'

    Dylan Grimes sends his free kick just wide and right of the Drogheda United goal. Longford are edging this so far, but relying on set pieces to generate opportunities.

  • 10'

    Colin McCabe is called into action from a long range Longford free kick which gets parried back out for the first meaningful attack of the game.

  • 4'

    Free kick to Longford Town puts pressure on the Drogs defence, eventually booted wide by Rob Manley.

  • Referee Graham Kelly gets the game underway on a chilly evening at Bishopsgate. The hosts are wind assisted.

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
3Paddy Kirk Defender
7Dylan Grimes Midfielder
8Rob Manley Forward
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender 24'
14Aaron Bolger 4 Midfielder
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 11 Forward
21Aaron McNally 2 Defender
22Joseph Manley 25 Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy 21 Defender
4Aaron Robinson 14 Midfielder 89'
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Aaron Dobbs Forward
10Sam Verdon Forward
11Callum Thompson 19 Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
25Conor Davis 22 Forward

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane 21 Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
6Hugh Douglas Defender 67'
7Darragh Markey 11 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons Forward 51'
14Mark Doyle 10 Forward 35', 56'
17Ronan Murray 22 Forward 58'
41Dane Massey Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
4Jack Tuite Defender
10Dinny Corcoran 14 Forward
11Jake Hyland 7 Midfielder
16Brandon Bermingham Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
21Luke Heeney 3 Midfielder
22James Clarke 17 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 11)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Drogheda United

(Series 2)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Longford Town


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Graham KellyDarren Corcoran
Trevor Cotter
Paul McLaughlin


Bishopsgate, Longford
City Calling Stadium, L50021, Mullolagher, Cloondara ED, Longford Municipal District, County Longford, Leinster, Ireland

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