Sunday 22 October 2017

Cork City's celebration put on hold again as Dundalk keep slim title hopes alive in Donegal

7 October 2017;The Dundalk players celebrate with Brian Gartland afer scoring the first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Finn Harps and Dundalk at Finn Park in Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
7 October 2017;The Dundalk players celebrate with Brian Gartland afer scoring the first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Finn Harps and Dundalk at Finn Park in Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Cork City will have to wait until next Friday at least before they can wrap up the season’s Premier Division title.

Reigning champions Dundalk moved to within eight points of the Leesiders with three games to go following their 2-0 win against Finn Harps tonight in a poor game on an awful Finn Park pitch.

Dundalk had a couple of half chances in the first half and manager Stephen Kenny introduced top-scorer David McMillan and skipper Stephen O’Donnell after the break to try and get his side going. Brian Garland duly put the Lilywhites ahead after 66 minutes when he rose highest to head Jamie McGrath’s corner home, leaving Harps’ keeper Ciarán Gallagher helpless. With the hosts fighting for survival, Dundalk had to withstand a bit of pressure, but Jamie McGrath wrapped up the three points when he added a second five minutes into injury time.

At Richmond Park, the relegation six-pointer between St Patrick’s Athletic and Limerick ended up all-square when the visitors grabbed a dramatic equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Chiedozie Ogbene opened the scoring for the visitors after 18 minutes but Paul O’Conor levelled on the stroke of half-time. Things got even brighter for the Richmond Park faithful when Graham Kelly put Conan Byrne through to put the Saints in front with 20 minutes to go.

But Shane Duggan silenced the home crowd when he struck deep into injury time to snatch a dramatic draw that keeps both sides out of the bottom three.

It was an afternoon of high drama at the Carlisle Grounds as Euro hopefuls Bray Wanderers and relegation-threatened Galway United played out a 3-3 draw.

The visitors took an early lead through Kevin Devaney but that was cancelled out within three minutes by Jason Marks, who added a second just after the break. Ronan Murray made it 2-2 with a penalty after 66 minutes but an Aaron Greene spot-kick just six minutes later put Bray ahead once more.

Devaney tied the game up yet again with five minutes remaining. Galway could have grabbed all three points but Bray goalkeeper Peter Cherie saved Murray’s 92nd-minute spotkick.

After the game Harry Kenny announced that he’ll step down as Bray head coach at the end of the season.

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