'Two wins and it's ours' - Dundalk's title race with Cork to go down to the wire

Lilywhites defender Brian Gartland admits it was a ‘frustrating’ night after they dropped two points at home to Shamrock Rovers.

Lilywhites defender Gartland.
Lilywhites defender Gartland.
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DUNDALK DEFENDER BRIAN Gartland insists that the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division is still in their own hands after last night’s 0-0 draw with Shamrock Rovers.

The Lilywhites lead Cork City by a single point at the top of the table after the dramatic stalemate at Oriel Park — which saw Hoops midfielder Ryan Brennan blaze a penalty over the bar before Dundalk’s penalty claims were waved away in injury time.

With two league fixtures remaining, the title race could come down to the final day of the season when Stephen Kenny’s side host the Rebels.

“Frustrating is a good word for it,” Gartland told Ciaran Callan. “It’s still two wins and it’s ours. The pressure is on Cork as well to win on Friday. That’s new to them.

“We won’t rely on them because it is still in our hands. We could have won it but we could have lost it too.It was one of those nights.We had a few chances – Stevie’s volley clipped the outside of the post.

“I haven’t seen the shout for handball but his hands to me looked like they are up. If they’re up, you run the risk of it being called but maybe the ref didn’t have a good view of it, I don’t know.”

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While Cork host Bohemians on Friday night, next up for Dundalk is an away game with Bray Wanderers.

It’s never an easy game going down to the Carlisle Grounds,” centre-half Gartland added. “They are still not fully safe so they will obviously be fighting to make sure they stay in the league.

“It wont’ be an easy game but we’ll prepare like we do every game and we’ll go down there to win.”

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