Date Time League Season
5 August 2021 6:00 pm UEFA Europa Conference 2021

Match Report

Draw for Dundalk in Europe

A last-minute Lois Openda goal for Vitesse Arnhem cancelled out a brilliant second half brace by Dundalk Patrick McEleney in the Netherlands tonight in the Europa League first leg.

Mary’s Boer opened the scoring in the first 20 minutes for the Dutch side. Openeda was then given his marching orders as he saw red in stoppage time. 

Vitesse had the lion share of possession in the first half providing a high tempo display of attacking, at times pinning all ten Dundalk outfielders in their own box. 

The break through however came before the 20-minute mark as The Airbourne lived up that name as they counter attacked with great pace with Slovak Matus Bero the driving force making it one nil to the Dutch side. 

It was all Vitesse as they continued to hem Dundalk in for the majority of the half, with the lilywhites venturing forward on the very rare occasion. Alessio Abibi being called to action on multiple occasions in the Dundalk goal. 

The second half was much more dramatic, the introduction of Patrick Hoban on the hour mark gave the lilywhites extra impetus and his quality was show almost instantaneously as he put himself about winning free kicks and getting his team high up the field. Hoban won the ball which created the chance for McEleney to equalise with a fine header on 65 minutes. 

The goal seemed to change the balance of play; Dundalk grew in confidence while Vitesse seemed to be in a state of shock.  

Just as it seemed The Hollywood men were likely to pin the Oriel side back, McEleney struck again. A through ball on the break, the Derry city bound player had still to beat to defenders and the keeper in the Vitesse goal. A neat pull back and a moment of brilliance, a wee flick, gave the away side the lead with just under 15 minutes of normal time to play. 

Vitesse seemed to tire and barely threatened for the rest of the game until a momentary lapse from Sonni Nattestad awarded Lois Openda the opportunity to acrobatically equalise for the home side. 

Moments later Openda was given his marching orders by Greek referee Anastasios Papapetrou, seemingly for something he said. 

Dundalk almost grabbed a winner through Michael Duffy at the death but the Dutch side held on to the draw. 

The side meet again on Thursday at Tallaght stadium, but at first Vinnie Perth and his team have to focus on St Pats in the league on Sunday. 

  • 90'

    Final Whistle sounds here at the GelreDome

  • 90'

    Vitesse just looking to see it out now and get in with the draw as they prepare for the return leg in Tallaght next week

  • 90'

    5 minutes added on here

  • 90'

    Openda sees red as he sent for an early bath

  • 90'

    Vitesse looking for a winne, as stanton receives yellow

  • 89'

    An acrobatic goal for Openda at the death levels it it for Vitesse

  • 86'

    Hoban buys himself a free kick getting his body between ball and man, dundalk managing the game well, as Duffy almost adds another

  • 85'

    Dundalk readying a double sub with Zahibo and Murray coming on for Jurkovskis and McEleney who is on a yellow

  • 81'

    Manhoef is replaced by Oroz

  • 81'

    Manhoef hobbles off the pitch for Vitesse as they currently go down to 10 men

  • 80'

    The Town are full of confidence here , really taking the game to the Dutch side with 10 minutes to go

  • 78'

    Vonmoos replaces Bazoer for Vitesse

  • 76'

    Amazing break away for Dundalk, McEleney, a pull back beats the defened Doekhi and he ficks it over the keeper. 2-1 Dundalk

  • 75'

    Tannane drives it high and wide as Dundalk have 15 minutes to hold on to another famous result

  • 74'

    Stanton gives away a free just outside the dundalk area, he is lucky not to receive a yellow

  • 72'

    A mistake by Doekhi almost allows Duffy in, but his out stretched leg puts it out for a corner

  • 70'

    Vitesse appeal for a penalty, ref says no way, in front of the Home fans in full voice

  • 69'

    Darfalou replaces Frederikson for the dutch side

  • 69'

    Tannane replaces Gboho for the dutch side

  • 65'

    McEleney equalises, a fine header loops over the Vitesse keeper

  • 61'

    Dummigan with a strike from the edge of the area, but Schubert gets down and gathers

  • 61'

    Hoban is making his presence known already winning a free just inside his own half

  • 59'

    Hoban is being readied by Dundalk , he enters in place of Mcmillan

  • 58'

    The Airbourne fans are in full voice as the stadium erupts with ole ole ole

  • 53'

    A rare chance for Dundalk as McEleney creates space for a shot, the block falls to Sloggart but his effort is tame and doesn't trouble Schubert in the Vitesse goal

  • 50'

    Gboho strikes the post from range as he was allowed time and space in front of the Dundalk goal

  • 49'

    Abibi made to work once again tipping the ball over the bar

  • 48'

    Kellys night is over as Dummigan replaces him

  • 48'

    Dan kelly receives treatment in his own box as Vitesse prepare for a corner

  • 46'

    Dundalk get us under way for the second half

  • Half time here at the GelreDome as Vitesse lead Dundalk 1 goal to nil. Can Dundalk find something in the second half? Perhaps Patching can provide something different.

  • 45'

    The 4th official shows 1 minute additional time

  • 44'

    Abibi with an incredible double save, he has been put to work so far this half

  • 42'

    Every player except the Vitesse Keeper is in the final third of Dundalks end as The Town defend with their lives to keep this tie alive

  • 40'

    5 minutes to go in this half, can Dundalk find something?

  • 36'

    McEleney booked for a foul on Bozoer

  • 36'

    Vitesse counter attack with immense pace from a dundalk corner but Abibi is equal to Frederiksens effort

  • 36'

    Openda beats the offside trap but he strikes across the goal and wide

  • 32'

    A smart free kick sees Kelly drive forward however his cross is poor and easily claimed by Schubert

  • 31'

    Vitesse come close again but Openda gets in the way of his own player and the ball goes out for a goal kick

  • 26'

    The Dutch side are looking venomous as they attack time and time again

  • 24'

    Vitesse shout for a penalty as it looks as though the ball strikes the hand of a dundalk player but the ref waves it away

  • 21'

    Dundalk almost respond with a long range effort thumping the cross bar from McEleney

  • 18'

    Corner for the lilywhites is cleared away as far as kelly who stikes straight at a vitesse who starts a counter attack, Spearheaded by Bero he slots it in to Abibis net

  • 18'

    Vitesse attack with vigour but Dundalk get bodies in the way

  • 15'

    Abibi is backtracking to stop the corner from going straight in but manages to punch clear while getting trapped in the net

  • 15'

    Dundalk flirting with the offside trap as Vitesse almost get in but win a corner instead

  • 13'

    Bazoer shoots from distance for the Airbourne but floats just over the bar

  • 12'

    Wasteful by McEleney as he floats a cross into the Vitesse goalkeeper Schuberts hands

  • 11'

    Dundalk creating their own chances now after a free kick wide on the right as they get a foothold on the game

  • 5'

    Wittek is causing problems for The Town as he attacks down the left for the Dutch side

  • 3'

    Dundalk free just inside the Vitesse half, causes little trouble for the Vitesse keeper

  • 3'

    Wittek gets a cross into the Dundalk area but he has no support to steer it goalwards

  • Vitesse get us underway

  • teams enter the field to a great cheer as Arnhem fans see their team in competitive action for the first time this season, there are also a number of Dundalk fans who have made their way to the GelreDome

  • Currently 21 degrees here in Arnhem as the Vitesse Faithfull pile into the impressive GelreDome as the noise levels increase

  • Both teams are out warming up and Patching has joined his Dundalk team mates

  • Vitesse subs: 24 Jeroen Houwen 48 Nigel Van Haveren 9 Oussama Darfalou 14 Oussama Tannane 16 Alois Oroz 17 Hilary Gong 19 Julian Vonmoos 22 Toni Domgjoni 29 Thomas Buitink 36 Patrick Vroegh 39 Enzo Cornelisse 40 Daan Huisman

  • Vitesse team: 1 Markus Schubert 3 Danilho Doekhi 10 Riechedly Bazoer 18 Tomáš Hájek 32 Maximilian Wittek 20 Yann Gboho 8 Sondre Tronstad 21 Matúš Bero 11 Nikolai Frederiksen 7 Loïs Openda 42 Million Manhoef

  • One change for The town as Duffy replaces Patching who is suffering from a stomach bug

  • Welcome to for todays coverage of Vitesse Arnhem and Dundalk in the Europa Conference League 3rd round qualifier


1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
11Patrick McEleney 19 Midfielder 65', 77'
13Raivis Jurkovskis 16 Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender
27Daniel Kelly 23 Midfielder
29David McMillan 9 Forward
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
19Wilfried Zahibo 11 Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan 27 Midfielder
25Val Adedokun Forward
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
77Han Jeong-woo Forward
16Sean Murray 13 Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder


GelreDome, Elzenlaan, Kronenburg, Elden, Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands, 6831GM, Netherlands

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