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Former Lilywhites come back to bite as Dundalk's title reign falls into deeper jeopardy

Gary Shanahan strikes injury-time winner for the Tribesmen

Caoimhín Reilly

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Former Lilywhites come back to bite as Dundalk's title reign falls into deeper jeopardy

Jamie McGrath shoots narrowly wide (Pic: Ciaran Culligan)

Dundalk's reign as Irish champions looks in peril after tonight's injury time defeat to Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Vinny Faherty and David McMillan traded goals prior to the interval before Gary Shanahan, a former Lilywhite, struck an effort which took a deflection and past the helpless Gary Rogers.

Following a poor opening, Galway hit the front with 25 minutes on the clock when ex-Dundalk forward Faherty ghosted into the area unmarked to nod Ronan Murray's cross from the left to the bottom corner. Despite Dundalk failing to create much up until that point, the goal did come somewhat against the run of play.

However, the Lilywhites were to draw level 10 minutes later when Brian Gartland somehow found David McMillan free inside the area and the striker lethally turned and tucked away his sixth of the season.

It was 1-1 at the break, although Jamie McGrath saw two efforts whistle narrowly off target - one before and one after the equaliser.

McGrath and Patrick McEleney had chances after the interval as the Lilywhites' general play improved, but that positivity was soon to evaporate as the game descended into a slog with neither able to break the defences down.

That was until three minutes into injury time when Shanahan broke Dundalk's hearts and possibly even landed a decisive blow to their title bid as Galway won for the first time this season.

Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Lee Grace, Stephen Folan, Marc Ludden; Gavan Holohan (Paul Sinnott 91), David Cawley; Gary Shanahan, Kevin Devaney; Vinny Faherty (Padraic Cunningham 86), Ronan Murray (Jesse Devers 83)

Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Niclas Vemmelund (John Mountney 72), Brian Gartland, Seán Hoare, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Stephen O’Donnell; Michael Duffy, Patrick McEleney, Jamie McGrath (Ciaran Kilduff 79); David McMillan (Thomas Stewart 84)

Referee: Ben Connolly