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Back-to-back defeats for Dundalk after loss in Cork

Back-to-back defeats for Dundalk after loss in Cork

Dundalk FC suffered back-to-back league defeats for only the second time under Vinny Perth after going down 1-0 away to Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.

Daire O’Connor’s 44th minute strike decided the contest after he raced onto Ben O’Brien-Whitmarsh’s pass to slot past Aaron McCarey.

The result means Dundalk, who already have the title wrapped up, have lost two games on the spin having also gone down 2-1 away to Bohemians the previous week.

The visitors were unlucky not to have a penalty early on when Patrick Hoban was bundled over in the box.

Jamie McGrath had a great chance to equalise shortly after his introduction in the second half but was denied by Tadhg Ryan, who also thwarted Robbie Benson and Dane Massey in the closing stages.

Next up for Dundalk is their final league game of the season at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night when the trophy will be presented.

Cork City: Tadhg Ryan; Conor McCormack, Conor McCarthy, Dan Casey, Ronan Hurley; Gearoid Morrissey, Alec Byrne; Daire O’Connor, Garry Buckley, Karl Sheppard; Ben O’Brien Whitmarsh (Eoghan Stokes 83).

Dundalk: Aaron McCarey; Sean Gannon, Sean Hoare, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Daniel Kelly (Georgie Kelly 77), Sean Murray (Jamie McGrath 56), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.

Referee: Rob Hennessy (Limerick).