O'Conor levels late to end Dundalk's winning streak

Richie Towell’s superb strike had looked like it would be enough for the champions sixth win on the bounce.

File photo: Richie Towell reacts to a missed chance.
File photo: Richie Towell reacts to a missed chance.
Image: Ciaran Culligan/INPHO

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LIMERICK FC SNATCHED a deserved point late on to end Dundalk’s 100% record in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

Despite the points and place differential between the sides, Limerick matched the champions for much of the first half. Martin Russell’s side have a tendency to concede early, but based on the bright early showing from the Blues, it was a talking point in the dressing room before the off.

A moment of brilliant separated the sides at half time. On 37 minutes, a Darren Meenan free kick from the left was whipped in. Robbie Williams did well to win the initial header, but he could only find Richie Towell waiting for knock-downs on the edge of the box. Towell controlled the clearing header before smashing his effort past Conor O’Donnell in the Limerick goal.

Paul OÕConor FILE PHOTO: O'Conor in action for Sligo last year. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

With just a minute to play, Limerick broke Dundalk hearts. A long throw from the right was flicked on by youngster Paudie O’Connor and Paul O’Conor was on the spot to head home at the near post.

It was the least the hosts deserved, but Dundalk will be bitter they couldn’t see out what would have been a record-equalling start to a league campaign.

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LIMERICK: Conor O’Donnell; Sean Harding, Aidan Price, Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams; Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor; Jason Hughes (Vinny Faherty, 67), Sean Russell (Darragh Rainsford 87), Ian Turner; Dean Clarke.

DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland (Paddy Barrett, 46), Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Richie Towell; Darren Meenan, Ronan Finn, Daryl Horgan (John Mountney, 74); David McMillan (Kurtis Byrne 78).

Man-of-the-Match: Richie Towell (Dundalk)

Referee: Dave McKeon (Dublin)

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