Dundalk defender Brian Gartland expressed his disappointment at his side letting three points slip from their grasp and gift StPat’s the league title after their draw with Bohemians.
The Lilywhites led through Dane Massey’s first half header before missing some good chances for a second and were dealt a cruel injury time blow when Neil Yadolahi rose highest in the box to head home an equaliser.
“It is very disappointing because we controlled the whole game,” Gartland said afterwards. “They didn’t have a chance throughout the game, not one chance.
“We knew their set-pieces would be a strength, they are creative and innovative on them, and in the end it was just a ball into the six-yard box and we have to deal with that and stay with our men but we will learn from it.
“We wanted to push Pat’s and make them fight for the title but we have handed it to them tonight and that is the disappointing factor for us.”
The 26-year-old praised the new champions but already warned them that Dundalk will be back better next year and out to go even better.
“We have got to learn from this because we are looking to kick on next year and hopefully go one better and win the title.
“Fair play to Pat’s because they have been great all season but hopefully we will learn from this.”