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Dundalk's miserable week ends with three-goal defeat at hands of St Pat's

DUNDALK conceded three more goals against St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in a 3-0 defeat yesterday to complete a miserable week for the Louth men in which they have leaked 13 goals.

After conceding four goals in Tallaght and six in Sofia, the last team Dundalk would have wanted to meet on their return to domestic action last night was St Pat's. The Louth club arrived into this meeting with a dreadful record against the Saints, having not scored a league goal against them in 12 years.

And last night it was the 'goals against' column that took another battering as Pete Mahon's side waltzed to the easiest of victories to keep the pressure up on title rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians. St Pat's had the game all but wrapped up inside the opening 20 minutes thanks to a double from the unlikely source of Dave Mulcahy.

Mulcahy grabbed his first goal after just seven minutes. Michael Synnott, one of three changes to the Dundalk side overpowered in Bulgaria on Thursday night, conceded a needless corner and Mulcahy was given too much room to knock Derek Doyle's cross into the net.

He struck again on 16 minutes, looping his effort into the far corner after Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie failed to deal with a cross from the right.

Whatever chance Dundalk had of mounting a comeback ended in the 51st minute when Conor Kenna glanced a Damien Lynch free-kick past Cherrie for St Pat's third.