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All the goals from Dalymount as Bohs defeated Finn Harps #rtesoccer pic.twitter.com/XAicXU8w13 — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 31, 2019 Magic Mountney sinks Sligo John Mountney plundered a hat-trick as Dundalk thumped Sligo Rovers 4-0 at Oriel Park. Patrick Hoban scored the other goal as the Lilywhites moved three clear of title rivals Shamrock Rovers – having played a game more – in emphatic style. Mountney’s hat-trick was the first of his career, and he set Dundalk on the way to a rout inside a minute. The Dundalk midfielder rose highest in the box to power an excellent header past Ed McGinty after Patrick McEleney’s improvised cross. Hoban made it two in the 62nd minute. The league’s leading scorer found the net from the penalty spot after his shot was blocked by the arms of Kyle McFadden. Six minutes later, Mountney scored his second header, this time from a Michael Duffy cross. The 26-year-old scored his third – and Dundalk’s fourth – from a penalty in the 81st minute after McFadden’s foul on Hoban inside the area. It was an excellent night for Mountney and Vinny Perth’s men against the Bit O’Red, and the pressure is now on Shamrock Rovers to keep pace with the champions. Dundalk lead the table with 46 points from 20 games, with the Hoops three points behind after 19 games. This could go right to the wire.
All the goals from Oriel Park as league leaders Dundalk hammered Sligo #rtesoccer pic.twitter.com/457xeMowq6 — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 31, 2019 St. Pat’s Madden Cork with late goal Simon Madden rescued a point for St. Patrick’s Athletic in stoppage time against Cork City at Richmond Park. Cork had taken the lead in the 54th minute through Karl Sheppard. The Leesiders lost Shane Griffin to injury after just 11 minutes, with John Cotter turning to Daire O’Connor to replace the defender. It was a turgid first half devoid of chances or quality. Conor McCarthy reacted brilliantly to block Jake Walker’s effort late in the opening period, and Kevin Toner barely tested Mark McNulty with a header from a corner. James Tilley squandered too decent chances early in the second half, before Sheppard calmly slotted Garry Buckley’s cross home from eight yards in the 54th minute.
54' St Pat's Athletic 0-1 Cork City - Karl Sheppard converts Garry Buckley's cross to give the visitors the lead at Richmond Park. Watch live: https://t.co/T47qh4fxD2 pic.twitter.com/tfdPnWSPR3 — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 31, 2019 Cork dominated the second half and produced a few good chances, but Cotter’s visitors were stung in the tail in the 95th minute. Brendan Clarke launched the ball deep into the Cork half, and it eventually fell kindly to Madden. He squeezed his low shot past McNulty’s with the last kick of the ball, much to the delight of the home fans in Inchicore. The draw leaves Cork in eighth place in the table on 23 points, with St. Pat’s sitting in fifth on 27 points, three points off the top four.
Simon Madden equalises for St Pat's in the 95th minute! pic.twitter.com/TXxwTrKrt7 — Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) May 31, 2019