Saint Patrick's Athletic FC beat Dundalk FC 1-0 at Oriel Park on Thursday night in a crucial game in the FAI National League.
The only goal of the game came on 69 minutes when Martin Russell took a free-kick for St Patrick's. The set-piece was flicked on to Colm Foley who rose at the far post to head past Dundalk goalkeeper John Connolly. The win was the visitors' seventh in succession.
The hosts though could have scored on several occasions, but Seamus Kelly repeated the heroics that had denied Bohemian FC on Monday. And when David Hoey thought he had beaten the St Patrick's keeper, he was denied by a last-gasp Daragh Maguire tackle.
Title depends on appeal
Were it not for a 15-point deduction received last week due to fielding Charles Mbabazi Livingstone earlier in the season when he was not properly registered, St Patrick's would now be champions. Instead, they are now two points behind Shelbourne FC. An appeal against the decision is still pending though so Pat Dolan's men could still be crowned champions. However, if their appeal is unsuccessful then Shelbourne will lift the title.
Dundalk need win
Meanwhile, FAI Cup finalists Dundalk stay third from bottom. Their survival hopes depend on them winning their final game of the season and Longford Town FC losing and then negotiating a play-off against the third-placed side from the division below.
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