Dundalk open up seven-point lead at top as Shamrock Rovers held in Cork

John Mountney’s second-half winner helped champions beat St Patrick’s Athletic

Aaron McEneff scores  Shamrock Rovers’  equalising goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Cork City at  Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Aaron McEneff scores Shamrock Rovers’ equalising goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Cork City at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

 

John Mountney scored a second-half winner as Dundalk rotated their squad to good effect to beat a disjointed St Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 at Richmond Park on Saturday evening.

With Shamrock Rovers being held to a 1-1 draw away to Cork City on Sunday afternoon, the champions’ victory stretches their unbeaten league run to 16 matches to move them seven points clear at the top of the table. They also have a game in hand.

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth made eight changes to the team that started the 1-1 draw with Azeri side Qarabag in their the Champions League, second qualifying round, first leg at Oriel Park last Wednesday.

His close-range volley having brought a fine save from Brendan Clarke in the main incident of a scrappy first half.

Midfielder Mountney scored the game’s only goal seven minutes into the second. As with that first-half chance, the goal stemmed from another Dean Jarvis cross. Seán Murray let the ball run to the unmarked Mountney who planted a left-foot shot to the bottom corner for a composed finish.

St Patrick’s finished the game with 10 men when striker Mikey Drennan was sent off for dissent on 87 minutes for a prolonged protest after a foul on Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers.

Rovers left Turner’s Cross frustrated as they gifted Cork the lead against the run of play on 35 minutes, Daire O’Connor punishing a defensive mistake to shoot past Alan Mannus.

Rovers pressed hard from the resumption and equalised just before the hour through substitute Aaron McEneff who curled a shot to the net from the edge of the area.

Despite their dominance, Rovers couldn’t find a winner.

Third-placed Bohemians played out a 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Danny Mandroiu put Bohemians ahead from a 37th-minute penalty.

Man-of-the-match David Cawley equalised a minute before half-time when forcing home a Kris Twardek cross from close range.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.