Dundalk And Derry Play Out Draw
Dundalk returned to action on Friday in a behind closed doors friendly with Derry City.
Walter Figueira put the visitors in front early on however Jordan Flores hit a thunderous second half strike to level things and the contest didn’t see any more goals.
It was a quiet opening with neither side in control however Derry City took the lead after 9 minutes.
A throw-in from Ciaran Coll found Walter Figuiera and he played a one-two with Josef Keaveny, who backheeled into the number 10’s path, and he finished brilliantly past Gary Rogers when through on goal.
The Lilywhites hit back almost immediately when Stefan Colovic played a clever ball in behind to Michael Duffy who evaded all defenders and squared it for Patrick Hoban however a combination of Jack Malone and Peter Cherrie kept it out.
Duffy began to get more joy down the left hand side as the half wore on and it was his run and quick feet which allowed him to pull back for the waiting Colovic however he couldn’t direct his effort on target when free on the edge of the area.
Dundalk began to press and Colovic fed Will Patching who shot from 30 yards but his shot was palmed away Cherrie.
Hoban then had a chance when he found space on the edge of the area but it was once again saved by the goalkeeper.
Ciaron Harkin broke the Dundalk dominance with a shot just before the break however it was straight at Rogers.
Dundalk continued where they left off in the second half as Darragh Leahy’s strike was well saved by Cherrie.
It wouldn’t be long though until we were level when some patient build up play saw the ball fall to Flores who unleashed a stunning shot from 30 yards into the top corner to give Cherrie no chance…and add to his already impressive 2020 collection.
Hoban got on the end of Sean Gannon’s cross after he was laid in behind by Chris Shields but his flick was straight at the goalkeeper.
Flores tried from a free-kick but the ball flew over the bar while at the other end Figueira tried to double his contribution but he fired over the bar from distance.
Daniel Kelly had one more late chance to get the second but he blazed over and that was the final action as the match ended in stalemate.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Darragh Leahy; Chris Shields, Jordan Flores; Stefan Colovic, Will Patching, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes: Aaron McCarey (GK), Greg Sloggett, John Mountney, Georgie Kelly, Andrew Quinn, Dane Massey, Cameron Dummigan, Josh Gatt, Lido Lotefa, Jimmy Corcoran (GK)
Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Ciaron Harkin, Conor McCormack, Joe Thomson, Conor Clifford, Walter Figueira, Eoin Toal, Jack Malone, Ally Gilchrist, Josef Keaveny.
Substitutes: Nathan Gartside, Colm Horgan, Gerardo Bruna, Mark McChrystal, Michael Harris, Patrick Ferry, Lifumpa Mwande, Ronan Boyce.