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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dundalk sink Saints to stretch lead at top

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan
Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan

Ten points clear with just nine games to play, Dundalk are edging closer to retaining the SSE Airtricity League title for the first time in the club's history.

This ruthless display against St Patrick's Athletic, coupled with Cork City's 3-0 defeat in Tallaght, means that Stephen Kenny's are firmly in the driving seat.

Now 12 points adrift, the result kills off any lingering hopes that Pat's had of mounting a late title charge.

The breakthrough arrived in the sixth minute.

Daryl Horgan's corner from the left was met by Brian Gartland and he thumped a header past Brendan Clarke.

The natives continued to display a real cutting edge and their pressure told again in the 13th minute. A beautiful passage of play ended with Finn slipping David McMillan in behind the Pat's back four and he made no mistake.

Smoke

Any hopes of a comeback looked to have gone up in smoke on 31 minutes.

Horgan's pass steered McMillan to the left of the penalty area but the former Pat's striker rifled a fine drive across Clarke to take his tally to 11 for the season.

Chambers pulled one back in the 38th minute when he bent a free-kick around the wall, but Dundalk restored their three-goal cushion going into the break.

Finn to drive towards the penalty area and roll the ball across the face of goal for Horgan to tap home.

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