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The right call? Here's the disputed penalty that ended Dundalk's unbeaten run

There was late drama in last night’s meeting of the Lilywhites and Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.

Dylan Watts celebrates scoring the winning penalty in injury time with Ronan Finn Shamrock Rovers pair Dylan Watts and Ronan Finn celebrate after last night's win over Dundalk. Source: Ciaran Culligan/INPHO

DEBATE HAS RAGED among the League of Ireland community today after Shamrock Rovers recorded a 2-1 win over Dundalk last night thanks to a 90th-minute penalty which was converted by Dylan Watts.

The youngster scored a late winner at Oriel Park to end Dundalk’s run of 13 consecutive victories in the league. However, the hosts were incensed by the decision of referee Rob Harvey, who deemed that Ronan Finn was fouled in the box by Sean Gannon.

Rovers manager Stephen Bradley praised Harvey for being “brave” enough to award such a contentious — but “right” — decision, in his opinion. Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers disagreed, insisting: “My initial view was that it certainly wasn’t a penalty.”

While Dundalk continue to hold a three-point lead over champions Cork City, the penalty may yet prove to be a pivotal moment in this season’s title race.

RTÉ have now released the footage of the decisive incident.

So what are your thoughts? Let us know in our poll below…

Was it the correct decision to award a penalty to Shamrock Rovers?

Poll Results:

Yes (1120)
No (805)
Too difficult to tell from that angle (460)

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