Dundalk 2nds fell to a disappointing 28-0 defeat at home to a very strong Wanderers outfit at a muddy Mill Road.
The result means that Dundalk are now five points behind Coolmine with two games to go and their chances of topping the league are now slim at most.
The conditions were better suited to a wanderers side who were well drilled and an outstanding defence.
Dundalk didn’t get off to a great start as they knock on from the kick off and Wanderers worked their way up the pitch and after kicking a penalty to the corner, their centre ran a good hard line to go over despite a knock on from wanderers at the maul previous to that.
Indeed the story of the game was Dundalk not getting any breaks with numerous Wanderers knock ons and ruck infringements going unpunished by the referree as dundalk dominated the rest of the half with possession.
They had one chance when winger Rory O’Hagan could have slid in, but after electing to pass out wanderers tackled Gavin Mullen and the chance was gone. At the break wanderers were still up 7-0.
Wanderers took the game to Dundalk in the Second half and they used their maul to great effect and after Sam Mulligan was somehow penalised after legally kicking the ball out of a ruck Wanderers mauled over for their second try and conversion to go up 14-0. Dundalk didn’t give up though and worked their way up to the Wanderers line and their direct approach almost brought a reward but the ball slipped out of Gavin Mullens grasp as he went over the line.
With this went Dundalk last chance as Wanderers went in search of more tries and their hard running centre went through another gap in Dundalks midfield to earn their third try. Dundalks error count increased as they went chasing the game as they tried everything to break down Wanderers defence but to avail. As Dundalk tired, Wanderers went in search of a bonus point try and they got that with the final play of the game. So after two disappointing defeats Dundalk will need a number of results to go their way and also pick two bonus point wins themselves if they are to stand any chance of claiming the league title.
Dundalk 2nds: Will Lauaki, Darren McGuiness, Dermot Laide, Conor Kane, Gavin Mullen, Vincent Perez, John McGahon, Greg Whately, Sam Mulligan, Robert Williams, Rory O’Hagan, David McGuiness, Keiran Lenehan, Robert Shields, Stephen McGee. Subs Sean Arrowsmith, Darren McConnen, Diarmuid Sloan, Mike Doyle, Gratten O’Hagan