Limerick FC’s interest in this season’s FAI Cup came to an end in Oriel Park on Friday night when they were beaten 5-3 by Dundalk.
The visitors were still trying to find their feet when Dundalk grabbed their opener after just six minutes - Stephen O’Donnell slotting a penalty past Barry Ryan after Pat Hoban had been taken down by Robbie Williams.
It didn’t take Limerick long to level things up however with Axel Bossekota heading home after a cross from Dave O’Leary.
But in a frantic opening, Dundalk were 2-1 up by the 24th minute. This time Richie Towell was the scorer after he took a pass from Kurtis Byrne and smashed home a fantastic strike.
And the home side took a two-goal lead into the break when Byrne curled a cracking 25-yard free-kick into Ryan’s bottom corner.
Dundalk all but booked their place in the last eight when Darren Meenan turned the ball home from close range after Ryan could only parry a powerful Towell free-kick just short of the hour mark.
Limerick pulled one back in the 63rd minute when Rory Gaffney swept Danny Galbraith’s through ball past Cherrie via the post before Byrne restored Dundalk’s two-goal advantage with a tap in shortly after.
Stuart Taylor’s men refused to lie down and Gaffney grabbed a second in the 75th minute before the striker saw red three minutes later for a second yellow card after turning a free-kick into the net with his hand.
DUNDALK FC - Peter Cherrie; John Sullivan, Mark Rossiter, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey (John Dillon 79); Richie Towell, Chris Shields; Darren Meenan (Tiarnan Mulvenna 80), Stephen O’Donnel (Vinny Faherty 87), Kurtis Byrne; Pat Hoban.
LIMERICK FC - Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Shane Costelloe (Colm Murphy 57); Danny Galbraith, Dave O’Leary, Darragh Rainsford, Joe Gamble, Axel Bossekota (Barry Sheedy 62); Rory Gaffney.