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Saturday 16 December 2017

Final day dramas and how they unfolded

2005: This was the last time we had a head-to-head on the last day. After Cork City dropped points to then-champions Shelbourne, Derry City went into the last game of the season, away to Cork, needing just a point to take the title back to the Brandywell. But Derry had no response to goals from John O'Flynn and Liam Kearney, Cork won 2-0 and won the title.

OUTCOME: Cork, 2nd in the league on the morning of the final day, won the title.

1990-91: The title was - like this year - decided in a Cork-Dundalk playoff on the last day. Cork had been top of the table for most of the season but a 0-0 draw at home to Shamrock Rovers on the penultimate weekend opened the door for Dundalk. Dundalk went to Turner's Cross on the final day and Tom McNulty scored the only goal of the game to win it for the away side.

OUTCOME: Dundalk, top of the table on the morning of the final day, won the title.

1987/88: We also had a title decider on the last day. Dundalk needed a point while a win away to Dundalk would have given Brian Kerr's St Pats the first title since 1956 and when a young Pat Fenlon put the Dublin side 1-0 up in Oriel Park, it looked like the title was heading for Inchicore. Dessie Gorman then levelled for Dundalk but Dundalk fans feared the worst when Saints man Paddy Dillon scored late on but the effort was disallowed, Dundalk held on for the draw.

OUTCOME: Dundalk, top of the table on the morning of the final day, won the title.

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