Date Time League Season
25 June 2021 8:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Drogheda grab draw in Tallaght

Drogheda grabbed a precious 1-1 draw on their travels to Shamrock Rovers tonight as 1,000 fans watched on from Tallaght Stadium. After Waterford held St.Pats to a point, Stephen Bradley’s Hoops will feel disappointed to miss a great chance to regain top spot.

Two controversial penalties in each half decided the result. Dane Massey fouled Sean Gannon in the 18th minute and Graham Burke converted to give the home side the lead. When Darragh Markey drove at the rovers box in the 63rd minute he was fouled, and Chris Lyons tucked it away to equalise for Drogheda.

Despite a flat second half from Rovers after dominating the first, Rory Gaffney was incredibly unlucky on multiple occasions late in the game. Tim Clancy’s men showed heart and defensive discipline though to hold on and it finished all square in Dublin.

Aside from a late flurry of pressure by the hosts, it really was a game of two halves. It began in a somewhat scrappy fashion, but once Rovers found their rhythm they took control and Drogheda looked spineless.

With the visitors’ narrow midfield, Aaron Greene got bags of joy out wide and Burke was causing issues in the pockets by picking it up deep. They led comfortably at the break through his spot kick after Gannon was clipped.

Clancy must have said something right at the break, as his side faced the threat of three straight defeats at the time. The boys in claret and blue came out a new outfit, and when Clancy brought on the in-form Lyons and Mark Doyle, it felt an equaliser was inevitable.

The well-deserved leveller came just beyond the hour when Lyons calmly scored his penalty for his eighth of the season. It didn’t take long however for the Hoops’ attacking talent to look dangerous again.

Gaffney much like in the Bohs game was very unfortunate not to score. The best of his attempts being a lovely flick off the post in the 88th minute. Bradley interestingly made no substitutions even with Dylan Watts back on the bench, perhaps proving costly.

That extra freshness might have been too much for Drogheda who were able to hold out a great result in Tallaght and reward the travelling fans.

  • 90'

    Full time in Tallaght and it finishes 1-1. Rovers will be frustrated with two points dropped but what a result for Drogheda!

  • 88'

    Gaffney once again is so unlucky with a lovely flick that hits the post, Drogheda survive with just a few minutes left

  • 83'

    The hosts really putting pressure on once again. Drogheda perhaps starting to count their blessings as they sit deep with 10 to go

  • 77'

    Gaffney comes close again but David Odumosu saves well at the near post

  • 73'

    Huge chance for Gaffney as he heads just over on the six yard box

  • 68'

    James Clarke comes on for Dinny Corcoran for Drogheda

  • 63'

    1-1! Lyons tucks it home and it's all square at the Tallaght Stadium. The away side have the momentum now

  • 62'

    Penalty for the visitors this time! Good footwork from Darragh Markey as he drove into the box meant he was fouled. Big chance for the Drogs to equalise as Lyons steps up

  • 56'

    Adeyemo and Murray off

  • 56'

    Lyons and Doyle on for Drogheda

  • 50'

    Drogheda have started in a positive manner and are now getting more bodies in the Rovers half. Meanwhile Lyons and Mark Doyle warm up.

  • 45'

    The men in claret and blue get us underway in the second half as they chase an equaliser

  • 1-0 to Shamrock rovers at half-time courtesy of Burke from 12 yards

  • 42'

    The home side still look comfortable approaching the break as Drogheda's only threat so far has come from Ronan Murray's set pieces

  • 36'

    Yellow for Ronan Finn after a foul on Drogs skipper Dinny Corcoran

  • 28'

    Daniel O'Reilly booked for Drogheda after a committed challenge in the middle of the park

  • 18'

    Burke slots it home calmly for seventh of the season. 1-0 Rovers

  • 17'

    Penalty to the Hoops! Sean Gannon is fouled in the box by his former Dundalk teammate Dane Massey

  • 12'

    The hosts are starting to play it around with some swagger now. Aaron Greene is getting lots of joy on the left side

  • 9'

    No real chances as of yet, it's been a cagey affair so far in Dublin

  • Drogheda United team news: Star striker Chris Lyons drops to bench, and James Brown is out of the squad which is a big loss for the visitors. Jordan Adeyemo is up top for his first league start

  • Shamrock Rovers team news: The prolific Rory Gaffney and Graham Burke are in. Notably, Dylan Watts returns to the squad

  • Con Sheehan here providing your coverage for tonight's game in Tallaght. 1,000 fans are settling in with kick-off to come in moments

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
8Ronan Finn Midfielder 36'
9Aaron Greene Forward
10Graham Burke Forward 18'
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward
5Lee Grace Defender
7Dylan Watts Midfielder
19Dean Williams Forward
21Adam Wells Defender
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
34Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender 28'
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
10Dinny Corcoran 22 Forward
17Ronan Murray 14 Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder
20Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
21Luke Heeney Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
9Chris Lyons 20 Forward 63'
13Sam O’Brien Defender
14Mark Doyle 17 Forward
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
18Charles Mutawe Defender
22James Clarke 10 Midfielder
25Ryan O’Shea Defender
45Mark Hughes Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 13)
3 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 4)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United


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

21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for