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Airtricity League wrap: Brave Limerick give Cork the Blues as Dundalk extend advantage

Published 14/08/2015 | 22:18

14 August 2015; Steven Beattie, Cork City, remonstrates with a linesman during the game. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Limerick FC. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
14 August 2015; Steven Beattie, Cork City, remonstrates with a linesman during the game. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Limerick FC. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
14 August 2015; David McMillan, Dundalk, through on goal with Seamus Sharkey, Derry City, trying to get back to tackle. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell Stadium, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
14 August 2015; John O'Flynn, Cork City, scores his side's second goal past Limerick FC goalkeeper Freddy Hall. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Limerick FC. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
14 August 2015; Shane Duggan, Limerick FC, celebrates with team-mate Darragh Rainsford after the game. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Limerick FC. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
14 August 2015; John O'Flynn, Cork City, celebrates scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Limerick FC. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN rivals St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers are breathing down the necks of Cork City after bottom side Limerick put a major dent in the title hopes of Cork.

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Wins for Pats, at home to Bray Wanderers, and for Rovers away to Longford Town have put them into contention for a top-two finish at least after Cork's shock slip-up at home to Limerick.

St Pats made it nine straight wins in the league, though they had to battle hard for the points at home to Bray.

Greg Golger's goal just before the break, from a pass by James Chambers, was enough for the Saints on the night, as Peter Cherrie in goal was again in superb form for Bray. St Pats now gear up for a clash with leaders Dundalk on Monday night, the Saints now just two points behind second-placed Cork.

City suffered a shock defeat at home to a Limerick side who have now won three in a row, the Blues 3-2 winners at Turner's Cross, only the second home defeat for Cork this season.

Shamrock Rovers had Damien Duff on the bench but he wasn't needed in their 3-1 win away to Longford. Mikey Drennan and Danny North (2) were on target for the Hoops with Lorcan Shannon responding for Longford.

Sligo's  post-European hangover has yet to fully clear up, but Dundalk are getting the job done in their defence of the title, with an important but hard-earned 2-0 win away to Derry City last night keeping their lead at the top intact.

Since their Champions League exit last month the champions have lost some of their swagger with points dropped in the title race and a League Cup defeat.

A first-half goal from Ciarán Kilduff set them up in Derry last night and David McMillan added a second three minutes from time, though the game could have had a different outcome if City had not had Conor McCormack sent off in the first half.

Bohemians got back to wining ways with a 3-0 dismissal  of Galway United, goals from Ismahil Akinade and Jake Kelly (2).

And Micky Adams enjoyed his first win as Sligo Rovers boss, a 4-0 defeat of Drogheda United.

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