Dundalk go down to Cork in President’s Cup final
Dundalk failed to retain the President’s Cup after going down 2-0 away to Cork City in what was a poor showing by the champions at Turner’s Cross earlier today.
Stephen Kenny’s side struggled to get into the game and found themselves behind after 20 minutes when Gavan Holohan tapped home to an empty net. Gary Rogers had just denied Stephen Dooley with a fine save but the loose ball was returned back across goal by Sean Maguire, allowing Holohan the easiest of finishes.
Four minutes earlier Ciaran Kilduff had Dundalk’s best chance of the afternoon but his attempt to chip Mark McNulty saw the goalkeeper get a hand to the shot, allowing Eoghan O’Connell to clear.
Despite Dundalk’s efforts to get back into the game, they found themselves 2-0 down just after the hour mark when O’Connell’s cross from the right was headed home by former Lilywhite Maguire.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors in the closing stages when Brian Gartland was sent off for a second bookable offence with 10 minutes to go.
Dundalk will be hoping for better luck when their league campaign kicks-off away to Bray Wanderers next Saturday.
Cork City: McNulty; O’Connell, Bennett, Browne, Dunleavy; Bolger; Turner, Holohan (Beattie 71), G Morrissey, Dooley (Sheppard 76); Maguire (O’Sullivan 86).
Dundalk: Rogers; Gannon (Mountney 62), Gartland, Boyle, Massey; McEleney (Barrett 81), Shields, O’Donnell, Horgan; Finn; Kilduff (McMillan 84).