After tasting their first defeat in 11 games, Dundalk centre-back Andy Boyle felt that a 2-0 scoreline was harsh on the Lilywhites in Richmond Park on Friday night.
The 22-year-old admitted that the side were downhearted with not making it three wins from three against St Pat’s this season but he was even more disappointed with the manner in which the Lilywhites conceded the opening goal, a header from Chris Forrester.
“It is really gutting to lose 2-0 because although they were on top for spells in the game, they never really broke us down,” said the ex-Shelbourne man.
“The first goal came from a free-kick that I don’t really think was a free kick but free headers can’t happen and that’s disappointing.
“They might have had more of the ball and possession but they never really hurt us or cut us open which just makes it all the more disappointing from our point of view that we gave a goal away from a set piece”, added Boyle.
Pat’s may have moved into pole position with five games still to play but the centre-back is adamant that his side will continue to battle for every point and is hopeful that anything could yet happen if the Lilywhites go on another big run of form.
“We know there is loads of football to be played and we even said before the game that this is not a title decider,” Boyle stressed.
“Obviously whoever wins it goes into the driving seat but there is a lot more points to be won and lost and we can just look after ourselves from now on.
“If we pick things up and go on a run similar to the one we were on before tonight then you never know what can happen.”