LIMERICK FC were denied a precious point late on as Patrick Hoban’s 84th minute goal helped title-chasing Dundalk secure victory in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash at Oriel Park.
The defeat which sees Limerick slip to eighth place in the top flight table means the Blues have now lost their last four League games away from Thomond Park.
Limerick FC manager Martin Russell made two changes to the team that lined out in the 4-1 win over Bray Wanderers eight days earlier. Captain Shane Duggan returned and Jack Doherty came in for his debut after getting clearance; they replaced Prince Agyemang and Kieran Djilali, who had both been rated doubtful beforehand.
Before an impressive attendance of more than 2,200, Dundalk should have been in front when Shane Duggan’s slip allowed Richie Towell in but his low shot was superbly pushed wide by the smart Barry Ryan.
Eight minutes before the break, Dundalk created another opening when Hoban fed Byrne but his powerful strike was straight at the Limerick stopper.
The breakthrough, though, arrived six minutes from time as Darren Meenan floated a corner to the near post and Hoban was on hand to bundle in among a host of bodies, as Dundalk sealed yet another late win over Limerick this season.
Limerick FC make a quick return to league action when taking on St Patrick’s Athletic this Monday night at 7.45pm.
DUNDALK - Peter Cherrie, Seán Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey, Richie Towell, Chris Shields (Ruaidhri Higgins 79), Daryl Horgan, Kurtis Byrne (David McMillan 70), Darren Meenan, Patrick Hoban (John Mountney 88). Goal: P Hoban (84). Booked: R Towell (27). Unused Subs: Gabriel Sava, Mark Griffin, Donal McDermott, Mark Rossiter.
LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan, Patrick Nzuzi, Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Jason Hughes, Shane Duggan ©, Lee-J Lynch, Ian Turner (Shane Tracy 84), Jack Doherty (Kieran Djilali 73), Rory Gaffney (Tam McManus 64). Booked: L Lynch (44), P Nzuzi (56). Unused Subs: Shane Cusack (GK), Prince Agyemang, Michael Leahy, Shane O’Connor.
REFEREE - Rob Rogers (Dublin)