Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gaynor bags points to put Saints' Euro spot in doubt


Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Dundalk ended a 21-year wait for victory at Richmond Park last night as Ian Foster's men condemned the Saints to their third successive league defeat.

St Pat's are now in danger of slipping out of the European spots when they face Sporting Fingal next Saturday and they won't thank defender Ian Bermingham, who needlessly got himself sent off minutes after Matthew Tipton's opening goal.

The striker spread the ball out right to Daniel Kearns who got to the byline -- his cross beat Gary Rogers and Tipton tapped home.

A minute later, Rogers had to react sharply to deny a Fahrudin Kudozovic shot from the edge of the box, before Bermingham tripped up Tom Miller as play was stopped for a free-kick and referee Alan Kelly reached for the red card.

Ross Gaynor doubled Dundalk's lead within seven minutes of the restart. Dean Bennett found Kudozovic in the box and the striker had efforts blocked by Stuart Byrne and a combination of Derek Pender and Rogers. The ball ran into Gaynor's path and the winger fired home.

The Saints were granted a 64th-minute lifeline by Kelly who spotted a Liam Burns foul on Conor Kenna as Damian Lynch floated a free into the box.

Skipper Lynch's initial effort was parried by Peter Cherrie, but he followed in to halve the deficit. It wasn't enough for the home side however as they failed to find an equaliser.

ST PATRICK'S ATH -- Rogers; Pender, Kenna, Lynch (Faherty, 80), Bermingham; Guy (Stewart, 63), McAllister, Byrne (O'Connor, 63), Mulcahy, Cash; North.

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Breen, Burns, Hatswell; Kearns, Miller, Bennett, Gaynor; Kudozovic (Maher, 74), Tipton.

REF-- A Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent

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