Afternoon everyone. Barry Landy here. I’m in situ in the LouthNow.ie newsroom, with my live feed of Dundalk FC vs Derry City on my monitor, ready to talk you through the game as-it-happens. I don’t know about you, but having seen some of the photos from the inter-squad 11v11 game that took place last Friday, I had forgotten half of the players even played for the Lilywhites!
Nathan Oduwa, Josh Gatt, Stefan Colovic, Will Patching, Taner Doogan, Cameron Dummigan – anyone?
Kick off is at 4pm. Stay with us.
We’re awaiting the stream, as being provided by the club. Hopefully we’ll have it and team news, soon.
The stream has appeared. There was a funky video for a few minutes. That has now ended and we await actual match coverage. This is exciting.
/ TEAM NEWS
DUNDALK FC / Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Darragh Leahy, Chris Shields, Jordan Flores, Stefan Colovic, Will Patching, Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban.
No messing from Vinny Perth today. That’s strong although there’s – I’d estimate – three players on the bench who will justifiably feel they should be considered among the team’s best XI.
Hurrah! The stream is live. Adrian Taaffe and Gavin McLaughlin are on commentary duty. Kick-off is a couple of minutes away, probably. Nice blue sky over Oriel, if a few clouds too.
For those wondering who the three players from the bench I alluded to, they are Sean Murray, Dane Massey and Greg Slogett. There may be more. We’re just kicking off.
Derry have kicked-off. Conor McCormack and Conor Clifford, the former a Louth native and the latter a former Lilywhite, are in the Derry team as selected by Declan Devine.
Jozsef Keaveny leads the line for Derry. The trialist is a Leicester-born, Republic of Ireland Under -17 international, formerly of Cypriots AEK Larnaca.
Five minutes in, but no chances in the game. Two crosses into the box from Dundalk’s right, but ex-Dundalk man Peter Cherrie hasn’t been troubled.
Lovely strike from Walter Figueira to give the visitors the lead. After a Gary Rogers clearance goes out for a throw near the Dundalk touchline, the Candstripes work it really well. Keaveny held the ball up well and found Figueira who made a dart into the area, where he got past Sean Gannon and curled the ball past Rogers and inside the far post.
At the other end, Colovic almost gets in behind but his attempted lob is touched behind by Cherrie. Nothing comes from the corner. 1-0 Derry City lead after nine minutes.
Dundalk have really stepped it up since Derry took the lead. Hoban has just gone close at the end of a fine move which saw Duffy drift out to the right and drill a low cross into the area where Hoban stretched for it but he couldn’t connect.
Just to give you a flavour of things in Oriel Park, all of the substitutes and most team staff are located in the stand behind the dugout here at Oriel. Only four in the dugout area.
Dundalk enjoying most of the possession here, with 20 minutes played. But chances at a premium here until the hosts create a really good chance opening. Shields found Duffy on the left. He ran at McCormack, who was very standoffish, and delivered a pull back for Colovic who didn’t connect as well as he would like from 15 yards out. He dragged his shot wide of Cherrie’s left hand post.
On 22 minutes, we’re having a water break. The players move to the sideline to take on water and receive a quick debrief from messers Perth, Reynolds and Gill. Physio Danny Miller is also there, wearing his face mask.
Will this water break prove helpful for Derry, who have been second best for the last 10 minutes? If the Premier League is anything to go by, perhaps. It is a momentum-killer in that league.
Action is back underway. Michael Duffy, fresh from a tight new haircut, is looking very lively indeed. He’s hugged the touchline on the left and helped Dundalk to stretch Derry.
I did mention the blue skies earlier so inevitably, it has started to rain on the Carrick Road. Not that you can see from the footage. I’ll take co-commentator Gavin McLaughlin’s word for it.
Decent chance from Dundalk. Colovic passes square to Patching who lets fly from 20 yards out. It’s goalbound and swerving but Cherrie dives to his right and saves. Looks good, but it is a routine save from the man who kept goal for the Lilywhites in their 2014 title winning campaign, under Stephen Kenny.
Dundalk have just had a free kick and two corners but nothing comes from any of them. Then, Darragh Leahy can’t capitalise from a Hoban flick-on at the back post and Cherrie saves with his leg from a Flores shot. That came after Ally Gilchrist’s error.
It’s all Dundalk now. An equaliser is inevitable, surely.
We’ve just seen Derry’s first real effort since the ninth minute opener. Just shy of 40 minutes, Harkin’s shot is straight at Gary Rogers.
/ HALF TIME
That’s the break and it’s 0-1 to Derry. Decent game this. Walter Figueria’s goal in the ninth minute was very well taken and it separates the teams. Dundalk have been better, overall though. They’ve had chances through Flores, Hoban, Leahy and Patching. There’s 520-odd people watching, by the way. A number made of season ticket holders, club members and media.
If you’re interested on social distancing – and who isn’t?! – Derry are using the changing rooms under the main stand while the home team are using the Lilywhites Training Centre, as they do for training.
There will likely be substitutions at half time, or later in the second half, so pray for this live blogger trying to keep up. In the meantime, I’m off for a cup of tea. Stay here for updates from Oriel Park throughout the second half.
Dundalk vs Derry City - Last Five Meetings
Here’s how the teams have compared in their recent – competitive – meetings.
As we await the second half, kudos to everyone at Dundalk, especially Gavin McLaughlin and Darren Crawley – as well as the extended team – who deal with content and media for the quality of the show this afternoon. It’s a slick, polished production. No Sky Sports, but a very well put together internal effort in difficult circumstances.
The second half is underway. Will Patching, formerly of Man City, kicks us off. It looks like – remarkably – no substitutes.
Stefan Colovic, pictured below with teammate Josh Gatt at last week’s squad friendly, looks a player. He’s been good so far today.
Meanwhile, there have been two Derry City substitutes. Patrick Ferry and Colm Horgan – brother of Dundalk favourite Daryl – have replaced Keaveny and Ciaran Coll.
CLOSE! Darragh Leahy almost produces a strike similar to one John Egan scored for Sheffield United a few days ago, cutting across a loose ball in the Derry area and Cherrie was forced into a diving save.
What a strike! From around 25 yards out, Jordan Flores takes aim and it flies into the top corner. Cherrie didn’t even move. He was given far too much space, but take nothing away from the strike. A beautiful left foot strike.
Pat Hoban has just gone close now. He almost turned Sean Gannon’s low cross in with a cute flick but Cherrie read it and was down to save. Hoban, unquestionably, is a great goalscorer. Flores is a scorer of great goals.
Shamrock Rovers, Cork City, add Derry City to the list.
Flores has just hit a free kick over the bar. Can’t do it all the time. And here come some substitutes.
Dan Kelly, Dane Massey, Nathan Odowa and Greg Sloggett are on for Michael Duffy, Darragh Leahy, Stefan Colovic and Chris Shields. Straight swaps, one-and-all.
We're back. Jordan Flores has just sent a thunderbolt into the top corner from 25 yards. Average by his standards.
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) July 10, 2020
Declan Devine making another change. Gerado Bruma is on for Joe Thompson.
And Dundalk bring on John Mountney and Georgie Kelly come on for Will Patching and Pat Hoban. It’s been all Dundalk in this second half. Training match or not, they should hammer home their superiority with, y’know, another goal.
One thing you would say is that there are lots of players on the pitch now with points to prove. There’s lots of players in this ever expanding squad, all vying for one spot.
Strangely enough, Greg Slogett is wearing Brian Gartland’s number three shirt. I can’t see whether Slogett’s name is on it. Have they changed numbers or just shirts for the day? Gartland is hardly a number 10 type. No offence, Brian.
Conor McCormack has just got down the right and crossed to the front post but Ciaron Harkin slashes it it and it goes well wide of Rogers’ post. They have offered nothing of note for a long time.
Josh Gatt is on for Jordan Flores. Cameron Dummigan, back on loan from Crusaders, has replaced Sean Gannon. Derry have also made a couple of more changes. Very difficult from watching the feed – with commentary which is very Dundak-centric, naturally, to know exactly who is on and off.
Today’s referee seems to have forgotten about the second half water break. I’m not complaining, nor are the players.
Josh Gatt is an interesting signing. Brought to the club by chairman Bill Hulsizer, he is a full United States international. He won two caps, the last of which was seven years ago. Those were while Gatt was at Molde, making 74 appearances and scoring 12 goals while winning three Tippeligaen titles under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He has suffered two very bad knee injuries in his career, but now at 28-years-old, he’s an intriguing prospect.
The substitutes have affected this game. Can either side find a winner? I wouldn’t bet on it – but you never know.
For any Derry City fans who may be watching, Walter Figueira and Ciaron Harkin are off Ronan Boyce and, someone else, is on.
There’s a little over three minutes of normal time remaining here. Nathan Oduwa just had a little run by the touchline in the area, but he couldn’t keep it in.
Away from this game, some news you may be interested in:
The SSE Airtricity League 2020 season fixture list will be released on Monday, July 13 at 6pm.
The season is set to restart on Friday, July 31 after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed all football activities in March.
The remaining fixtures for the truncated 2020 season will be released on Monday with two rounds of matches in total, including games played to date, and promotion/relegation as scheduled at the start of the 2020 season.
Ahead of the release of the 2020 season fixture list, the Extra.ie FAI Cup first round draw will take place at FAI HQ, Abbotstown at midday on Monday.
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Dundalk get a corner in the final minute. John Mountney takes it from the left. George Kelly and Gatt were in there. It fell to Daniel Kelly on the edge of the box but his shot strikes a defender and is away.
/ FINAL WHISTLE
Decent chance. Good play from Gatt on the left who digs a cross out. Georgie Kelly meets it at the front post but can’t connect.
And that’s it. The referee blows the whistle, cue fist bumps between the players and coaching staff. That’s a decent workout. It has finished 1-1.
That was Dundalk’s first 90 minutes since March 6 against Finn Harps. Ahead of the season restart on July 31, that is a decent start.
Jordan Flores long range stunner secured the draw after Walter Figueira’s opener early on. Keep it on LouthNow.ie for a match report later.