Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. June 16, 2017
Venue: United Park
Ref: Derek Tomney
Att: 1,691

Thomas Byrne 31' -
Red: 31'


Scored: 36'
- David McMillan 36'

Scored: 39'
- David McMillan 39'

Scored: 44'
- Patrick McEleney 44'

Scored: 58'
- Michael Duffy 58'

Scored: 83'
- Ciaran Kilduff 83'

Scored: 85'
- Ciaran Kilduff 85'



League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Dundalk

Fri, Jun 16 2017

Dundalk's Niklas Vemmelund competes with Drogheda United's Gavin Brennan during the previous meeting at Oriel Park. Credit: Larry McQuillan

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United head into the second Louth Derby of the season at home to Dundalk (kick-off 7.45pm) on the back of three successive scoreless draws before the mid-season break.

 

The Boynesiders currently sit ninth in the league but could see themselves as high as seventh or as low as 11th by the end of this game week, such is the competitive nature of the league this season.

 

Drogheda have failed to win any of their last seven games and have not scored in any of their last five, with manager Pete Mahon stating that has all too common this year.

 

"It’s been the story of our season. We haven't scored enough goals even though we've had no problems creating chances,” Mahon told www.droghedaunited.ie.

 

“It's been particularly prevalent in the last three games where we should've won at least one of them.”

 

Drogheda will again be without the injured defensive duo of Kevin Farragher and Lloyd Buckley while Gavin Brennan is also sidelined with a foot injury.

 

However, Killian Brennan and Richie Purdy are both again fit to lineup in Drogheda’s midfield.

 

 

DUNDALK

Dundalk will be hoping to make it two Louth Derby victories for the season and get back to winnings ways as the league returns from the midseason break.

 

The Lilywhites had been on a four game unbeaten run which included three victories and four clean sheets before Sean Maguire’s hat-trick at Oriel Park handed Cork City a 3-0 victory in the last match before the break.

 

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has said that it is important his side bounce back with a good performance against Drogheda but acknowledged that his side have to earn the right to win.

 

“Derbies tend to be frenetic affairs. We have to earn the right to win. We know that. We have to earn the right to win every game and this week is no different.,” Kenny told www.dundalkfc.com.

 

“The players trained well last week and they are in good form. We are looking forward to the derby and we want to get the victory.”

 

Steven Kinsella is the only absentee for Dundalk as he recovers from a back injury. Shane Grimes and John Mountney have both recovered from injuries and are again available.

 

 

Referee: Derek Tomney

 

 

MATCH STATS

Drogheda United are the lowest scoring team in the league, having scored just 13 goals in 17 league games so far this season – and have failed to score in their last five games.

 

In comparison, Dundalk have scored 31 times in the same number of games and failed to score in just two – in a recent draw against Derry City and the defeat to Cork before the break.

 

Drogheda’s last victory over Dundalk came in the opening game of the 2014 season as the Boynesiders won 4-1. Since then, Dundalk have won five of the six fixtures, with the other, also in 2014, ending in a 1-1 draw.

 

 

BETTING

Drogheda United 7/1; Draw 7/2; Dundalk 2/5.

 

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 1 – 2 Dundalk

 

 

Drogheda United

Injured: Kevin Farragher, Lloyd Buckley, Gavin Brennan.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Dundalk

Injured: Steven Kinsella (back).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Drogheda United
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Colm Deasy
64Booked: 64'
Defender
Stephen Dunne
Defender
Luke Gallagher
Defender
CiarĂ¡n McGuigan
Defender
Sean Brennan
39Booked: 39'
89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Midfielder
Ryan McEvoy
Midfielder
Thomas Byrne
31Sent off: 31'
Forward
Ryan Masterson
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Forward
Adam Wixted
Forward

Substitutes
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Mark Doyle
89'
89Subbed On: 89'
Forward
Stephen Elliott
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Forward
Marc Griffin
Forward
Conor Kane
Defender
Richie Purdy
Midfield
Sean Thornton
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
68Booked: 68'
Midfield
Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Sean Gannon
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Dane Massey
Defender
Niclas Vemmelund
Defender
Robbie Benson
Midfielder 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
58Scored: 58'
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
44Scored: 44'
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfielder
David McMillan
Forward
36Scored: 36'
39Scored: 39'
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Thomas Stewart
Forward

Substitutes
Paddy Barrett
Defender
Conor Clifford
Midfield
Sean Hoare
Defender
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
83Scored: 83'
85Scored: 85'
Jamie McGrath
Midfield
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Chris Shields
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'


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