Dundalk Continue Winning Ways With Drogheda Win
Dundalk continued their preparation for the return of competitive action with a 1-0 win over Drogheda United at Oriel Park.
Daniel Cleary’s tenth minute header was the difference between the sides in an entertaining Louth derby.
Dundalk were on the front foot early on and Patrick Hoban glanced Nathan Oduwa’s cross from the left goalwards but it cleared the crossbar with Ross Treacy rooted to the spot.
It wouldn’t be long until the Lilywhites would take the lead and it was Daniel Cleary with a wonderful header past Treacy from Stefan Colovic’s corner in the tenth minute.
The game got scrappy after that and neither team were able to take control with a few late tackles from the visitors signalling their intent.
Hoban got free on goal but scuffed his shot and it was straight at Treacy while Colovic also tried his luck from an acute angle but Treacy was equal to it.
A flurry of corners caused issues for Drogheda but they regrouped with Chris Lyons having two chances in quick succession.
The first was a free-kick which was deflected wide and then the frontman got beyond the defence but the angle was just too tight, although he did force a good save from Gary Rogers.
Just before the break Hoban had the chance to double the advantage but he couldn’t get enough on Oduwa’s through ball and Treacy gathered.
Colovic almost started the second half in perfect fashion when he converted Mountney’s cross but he was ruled to be offside.
Hoban had a chance from close range before Patching’s free-kick from the edge of the area was cleared twice by the visitors.
Adam Wixted dragged a shot wide for Drogheda when he had space before Josh Gatt blazed over the crossbar from 20 yards.
Georgie Kelly had the ball in the net but he was ruled offside after he followed in Gatt’s shot which was parried by Treacy.
Oduwa was proving to be impressive on the night and he showed quick feet to evade three players and curled a shot goalwards however Treacy got his fingertips to it to deny him.
That was to be the final action of note on the night behind closed doors and referee Derek Tomney blew the full-time whistle after 90 intriguing minutes.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Cameron Dummigan, Daniel Cleary (Andrew Quinn) Andy Boyle (Dane Massey), Darragh Leahy Chris Shields (Taner Dogan), Will Patching (Josh Gatt); John Mountney (Sean Gannon), Stefan Colovic (Daniel Kelly), Nathan Oduwa; Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Jimmy Corcoran (GK)
DROGHEDA UNITED: Ross Treacy; James Brown, Hugh Douglas, Jack Tuite, Conor Kane; Jake Hyland (capt), Mark Doyle, Brandon Bermingham, Jordan Adeyamo, Luke Heeney; Chris Lyons.
Substitutes: David Odomusu (GK), Luca Gratzer (GK), Derek Prendergast, Adam Wixted, Sean Brennan, Richie O’Farrell, Stephen Meaney, Killian Philips, Frank Cabraley, Kevin Mohammed, James Clarke, Ryan O’Shea, Mark Hughes.
Referee: Derek Tomney