Drogheda United

Dundalk

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Friday, 3rd July 2015 | KO: 8:05 pm

United Park

  • by Robert O'Reilly

    There was late derby heartbreak for Drogheda United as they lost 2-1 to Dundalk at United Park.

    A deflected 90th minute free kick from substitute John Mountney decided a thrilling game of football after Lee Duffy had cancelled out Darren Meenan’s opener.

    Drogheda United manager Johnny McDonnell made one change from the side that won away to Bohemians last week as Sean Brennan replaced the injured Adam Whelan.

    The hosts almost made the perfect start as Joe Gorman’s long ball found the run of Duffy who nutmegged Brian Gartland on the byline before firing into the side netting with only Gary Rogers to beat.

    In what was a blistering opening to the game, Dundalk struck the woodwork on 14 minutes when Dane Massey’s deflected free kick came back off the post and away from danger.

    Dundalk were denied once again when Schlingermann parried the ball into the path of Dave McMillan but the striker’s goal bound effort was cleared off the line by Sean Brennan.

    While the home side looked dangerous going forward, they struggled at times to keep the Dundalk midfield at bay as on Schlingermann denied Meenan whose strike was heading for the far corner.

    The breakthrough for the league leaders seemed inevitable and it finally arrived on 55 minutes as Meenan and Finn exchanged passes on the edge of the box with the former having a yard of space to find the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

    Drogheda responded brilliantly to going behind and they were level three minutes later as Jason Marks dispossessed Ronan Finn in midfield as Brennan played an inch perfect through ball for Duffy who out paced the Dundalk defence before rounding Gary Rogers to equalise.

    Dundalk seemed determined to leave with all three points but they struggled to find a way past the irrepressible Schlingermann as he saved Andy Boyle’s bullet header from Meenan’s corner.

    The Mayo man was in action again two minutes later as he raced off his line to smother Finn’s shot from 12 yards as the Lilywhites threatened to cut through the Drogheda defence at will.

    While Drogheda had defended admirably all game, they seemed to tire in the final quarter as a quick switch of play saw Richie Towell find Sean Gannon unmarked but Schlingermann once again saved the defender’s close range strike.

    The most likely avenue for a winner seemed to be from a set piece as Towell’s fiercely struck drive was parried by Schlingermann as the game entered its dying embers.

    There was to be one final twist though as a cheap foul presented Dundalk with a free kick from 25 yards took a cruel deflection to wrong foot Schlingermann in goal.

    Despite the result, Drogheda can take many positives from the game as they matched the reigning league champions from start to finish in a typically pulsating derby.

    Drogheda will be back in action in a fortnight’s time when they entertain St Patrick’s Athletic at United Park.

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Match Facts
Date
Friday, 3rd July 2015
Venue
United Park
Attendance
1, 961
Referee
Dave McKeown
Man of the Match
Stephen Maher
Team Lineups
Drogheda United
Dundalk

Micheál Schlingermann
Mick Daly
Alan Byrne
Robert O’Reilly
Joe Gorman
Stephen Maher
Sean Thornton
Cathal Brady (Tiarnan Mulvenna 72),
Sean Brennan (James Daly 82)
Jason Marks
Lee Duffy

Gary Rogers
Sean Gannon
Brian Gartland
Andy Boyle
Dane Massey
Darren Meenan
Stephen O’Donnell
Richie Towell
Daryl Horgan (Chris Shields 90)
Ronan Finn (kurtis Byrne 82)
Dave McMillan (John Mountney 82)

Subs not used

Evin Farrell
Manuel Kaguako
Carl Walshe
Lloyd Buckley
Fionn Reilly

Gabriel Sava
Shane Grimes
Paddy Barrett
Jake Kelly

Goal Scorers

Lee Duffy 58

Darren Meenan 55
John Mountney 90

Bookings

Sean Brennan
Robert O’Reilly

Daryl Horgan
Stephen O’Donnell

7 May 16 02:51 pm

Drogheda United F.C.
@DroghedaUnited

RT @DundalkFC : FT- Dundalk U19 2 @DroghedaUnited U19 0. Good win for the home side who took their chances well. Match report will be online…

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