“Heartbreaking” was how Dundalk first team coach Vinny Perth described Bohemians’ last gasp equaliser which finally ended their title challenge on Saturday night.
Such was Dundalk’s dominance during the game, that he felt they had did enough to see them over the line for 180 minutes while the manner of the goal was also a bitter pill to swallow.
He stated: “That is tough to take. It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for us, we haven’t had the luck and it has been difficult. Things go your way and don’t go your way sometimes.
“But I thought we did enough to win two football matches tonight, we were very comfortable and got done by a sucker-punch right at the end.
“I think that was the first goal we had conceded from a set-piece and it is something we pride ourselves on and I’m heartbroken.”
The former Malahide United boss revealed that it was not hard to turn the squad’s attention away from last week’s horror show in Drogheda and focus them on the task in hand at Dalymount.
A testament to the winning mentality inside the Oriel Park camp, Perth revealed that at the moment he is not looking back on it as a successful year but rather one of disappointment.
“It wasn’t difficult at all [to refocus the players] and clearly we had to win three matches and see what happened with St Pat’s,” Perth said.
“We are professional people here and we do our business right.
“It took us a day or two to get over last week and I have always had the mantra of the next game and that was here tonight.
“I thought we were focused, played very well and should have won but we have been punished by a bit of sloppiness.
“Maybe on reflection we will consider this a good season but when you have got winners and people who believe in the group and got the type of player we have, it is ultimately a disappointing last couple of weeks.”