Mountney off mark as Lilies edge past CY
Dundalk 1 St Patrick's CY 0
JOHN Mountney's first goal for Dundalk helped the Lilywhites squeeze past St Patrick's CY at Oriel Park.
Dundalk took control of the early exchanges and Marc Griffin squandered two glorious chances to open the scoring early on.
Ringsend-based St Pat's got to grips with the task at hand and the Leinster Senior League side frustrated Dundalk with their disciplined approach.
Sean McCaffrey's men started the second half on the front foot and Michael Rafter saw his drive brilliantly saved by Philip O'Connor in the 48th minute.
There was relief for the nine-time FAI Cup winners just 60 seconds later. O'Connor came for a corner he was never going to claim and the ball fell to Mountney, who fired home through a crowd of bodies.
Dundalk were given a reminder of how slender their lead was in the 64th minute when Alan Murphy saw a long-range effort dip onto the crossbar.
Rafter should have put the result beyond doubt in the 80th minute but he blazed over from the spot before St Pat's were reduced to 10 men when Simon Dunne was dismissed late on.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; McLaughlin, Foran, Burns (Waters h-t), Osborne; Walsh, Shields, Mountney, McDonnell (Murphy 87); Rafter, Griffin (O'Neill 70).
ST PATRICK'S CY -- P O'Connor; Andrews, Nolan, Dunne, Glen O'Connor; Murphy (Riddick 65), O'Brien, Young, Doolin (Dunne 65), Gary O'Connor; Roche.
REF -- T Connolly (Dublin).