Date Time League Season
3 November 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2023

Match Report

Shels Stage Stunning Comeback To Claim Fourth

A dominant second-half performance sees Shelbourne overcome the challenge of the ten men of Drogheda United in a 4-2 win at Weaver’s Park this evening, securing fourth place in the Premier Division table.

A brace from Jack Moylan on his final game for the Reds and goals from Will Jarvis and Paddy Barrett were crucial as Damien Duff’s side fought back from two goals down with the home side leading through first-half goals from Dayle Rooney and Adam Foley.

The game had few highlights in the opening period of the first half, although Hull loanees Harry Wood and Will Jarvis linked up on multiple occasions to create half chances for their side.

The most clear-cut chance of the game also came from the work of Wood and Jarvis, with Wood turning and playing a beautiful defence-splitting through ball into the path of the onrushing Jarvis. The young winger looked certain to score but a combination of a lacklustre effort and Andrew Wogan standing strong meant the scores remained level.

After growing into the game thanks to some tidy passages of play from Darragh Markey and Dayle Rooney that ultimately led to nothing, the Boynesiders broke the deadlock.

Rooney collected the ball just outside the Shelbourne box and clipped the ball into the penalty area with his weaker right foot. Adam Foley looked to head the ball but failed to make contact and Kyle Robinson did the same, but the chaos in the box meant that Rooney’s initial cross was able to bounce past Kearns and gave the home side the lead.

Minutes after the restart, Drogheda were two to the good thanks to Adam Foley.

Rooney delivered from a free-kick similar to where he scored the opener and delivered this time with his left. Although the ball was headed away initially, the clearance was poor and fell to Foley who smashed a first-time volley past the helpless Kearns to double his side’s advantage.

The second half started off with a flurry of incidents before the hour-mark which saw Shelbourne draw level and Drogheda reduced to 10 men.

Minutes into the second half the Reds got the ball out to the left wing where Jarvis clipped it to last week’s hero, Jack Moylan. Moylan spun to create space for himself after controlling the delivery and fired past Wogan to cut Drogheda’s lead to one goal.

Right after the restart, Kevin Doherty’s 11 men became 10 as Luke Heeney made a reckless lunge on Jarvis, sparking an unsurprisingly angry reaction from Shelbourne staff and players as Heeney was shown his second yellow of the game.

In the 55th minute of the game, Shelbourne levelled the game through the efforts of Will Jarvis. Shane Farrell tried on two occasions to smash the ball past the wall of Drogheda players, the second of which fell to Jarvis. Jarvis, with the help of a slight deflection, directed the ball past Wogan into the bottom corner.

The comeback was complete in the 64th minute when Jack Moylan notched his second of the day and his fifth in two games. Wood was again involved as he managed to work the ball into the box, and as it rolled through the defence and out the other side, Moylan was on hand to pass the ball home giving his side the first lead of the day.

The Reds scored their fourth goal of the game when Wood swung a corner in towards Paddy Barrett who towered over everyone as he headed powerfully past Wogan with 10 minutes remaining and the game would finish with this scoreline.

The game changed after the red card, but Shelbourne had already scored and were gaining momentum by that stage. Shelbourne fans will now be looking for St. Patrick’s Athletic jerseys to loan for next week’s FAI Cup final, and judging by the celebrations at full-time, the Reds believe in the side from Inchicore

Drogheda Utd

35Andrew Wogan Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
5Conor Keeley Defender
7Darragh Markey 28 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Kyle Robinson 17 Forward
11Adam Foley 24 Forward 35'
14Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder 31'
21Luke Heeney Midfielder 41'
22Aaron McNally 18 Forward 6'
12Colm Cox Goalkeeper
17Jarlath Jones 9 Defender
18Jamie Egan 22 Defender
19Ryan Brennan Midfielder
20Emre Topcu Midfielder
24Warren Davis 11 Midfielder
28Darragh Noone 7 Midfielder
29Michael Leddy Forward
37Luke Wade-Slater Midfielder


1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
5Shane Griffin Defender
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
8Mark Coyle Midfielder
10Jack Moylan Midfielder 48', 64'
13Tyreke Wilson Defender
16Harry Wood 2 Midfielder
17Shane Farrell 27 Forward
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
29Paddy Barrett Defender 74'
36Will Jarvis 12 Forward 55'
19Harry Fisk Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson 16 Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
12Jad Hakiki 36 Forward
15Euclides Cabral Defender
23Luke Byrne Defender
26Gbemi Arubi Forward
27Evan Caffrey 17 Forward
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender
  • 90'

    FULL-TIME: Drogheda United 2-4 Shelbourne

  • 90'

    Jarvis and Wood are replaced by Hakiki and JR Wilson

  • 90'

    Three minutes of additional time will be played.

  • 84'

    Griffen is replaced by Luke Byrne.

  • 81'

    Farrell is replaced by Caffrey.

  • 76'

    McNally is replaced by Egan for the home side.

  • 74'

    Paddy Barrett heads home from a Wood corner to double his side's lead. Shels are going to finish fourth barring a monumental momentum shift.

  • 72'

    Farrell has the chance to make it a two goal lead for his side but Wogan saves well.

  • 71'

    Unsurprisingly the game is well and truly in Shelbourne's control now. The away side have all the momentum and are bossing the ball

  • 66'

    Davis and Noone replace Foley and Markey.

  • 64'

    Jack Moylan gives Shelbourne the lead! Harry Wood is again involved as he plays a ball into the Drogheda penalty area with evades everyone bar Moylan who slots the ball home.

  • 55'

    2-2! Jarvis levels the game after Farrell\'s deflected effort falls nicely for him outside the box. The wide players effort looked to have taken an touch to bring it out of Wogan\'s reach.

  • 52'

    Jones comes on in place of Robinson to shore up the defence after Heeney's exit

  • 49'

    Heeney is sent off for a reckless tackle on Jarvis. A crazy start to the second period.

  • 48'

    2-1! Moylan grabs a goal back for Shels as he spins in the box to fire home past Wogan

  • 46'

    Shelbourne get us underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Drogheda United 2-0 Shelbourne

  • 35'

    2-0 to Drogheda! No doubt about this one. Rooney delivers from a free-kick outside the Shelbourne box and although the initial danger is headed away, Foley catches the ball on the volley giving Kearns no chance. Who would have had this score after 35 minutes?

  • 31'

    Disaster for Shelbourne as Drogheda take the lead! Dayle Rooney clips a ball into the Shelbourne box to Foley. The ball misses both Foley and Robinson and clips the post as Kearns stays rooted to the line. Robinson celebrated and Foley half celebrated but it didn't seem to get a touch on its way into the goal. 1-0 to Drogheda.

  • 28'

    Jarvis and Wood link up again as Wood deftly sends Jarvis behind the Drogheda defence. Wood tries to get onto the end of the long one-two but can only get a slight touch on the ball as Drogheda clean up the mess.

  • 24'

    Markey is played into the Shelbourne box and fires a pass across, but a crucial touch from Griffen is enough to divert the ball away from its intended target.

  • 19'

    Shelbourne are looking like their usual resolute selves in this game, but apart from the Jarvis chance, they have created very little in the opposition's half.

  • 12'

    The two Hull loanees link up and almost score as Wood plays a defence-splitting pass towards Jarvis who can only direct his effort at Wogan in the Drogheda goal. Huge chance for the away side.

  • 7'

    The ball in from Wood was a dangerous one but Heeney does enough to scramble the ball out for a corner. The resulting set play from Wood is nowhere near as dangerous as the ball sails over everyone and out for a goal kick.

  • 6'

    Aaron McNally picks up the game's first booking for a foul on the corner of his own box.

  • 3'

    Wood finds Jarvis who drills the ball across the Drogheda box, the ball evading Farrell at the back post.

  • 3'

    Markey wins an early corner for the home side but the delivery doesn't beat the first man

  • 1'

    Drogheda kick-off to start the final match of the year in Weaver's Park

Past Meetings

(Round 19)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne FC 3-2 Drogheda United FC

(Round 13)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Weavers Park

Drogheda United FC 1-1 Shelbourne FC

(Round 1)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne FC 0-0 Drogheda United FC

(Round 35)
6 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne 6-0 Drogheda United

(Round 27)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Weavers Park

Drogheda United 3-1 Shelbourne

(Round 15)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Drogheda United

(Round 2)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Weavers Park

Drogheda United v Shelbourne

4 - 0
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Weavers Park
United Park, Cross Lane, Fair Gate, The Borough District of Drogheda, County Louth, Leinster, A92DKR0, Ireland

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