Monday 18 December 2017

Dundalk put dent in Pats' hopes

Dundalk's third victory on the bounce, came by virtue of goals from Brian Gartland and a David McMillan brace but Pat's boss Liam Buckley will feel his side hit the self-destruct button with both Conor McCormack and Killian Brennan being sent off.

As things stand, Pat's are six points adrift of Dundalk and, bearing in mind that Stephen Kenny's side lost just three games on the way to the title last year, that gap could prove to be insurmountable, even at this early stage of the season.

The visitors enjoyed a brief spell of pressure towards the end of the half that saw Chris Forrester denied by a fine Gary Rogers save but just as Buckley was preparing to finalise his half-time team talk, McCormack picked up a second yellow card for a barge on Dane Massey. Newly promoted Galway United picked up their first points of the campaign at Eamon Deacy Park last night despite playing with ten men for three quarters of the game.

Centre-half Sam Oji was sent off after 25 minutes for fouling Tiarnan Mulvenna after a poorly executed back-header from Oji.

Tommy Dunne's men got the perfect start when Enda Curran turned superbly and shot into the bottom right corner after just three minutes.

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