Two goals by David McMillan in first half injury time set Dundalk on their way to a blistering win against St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park.
Liam Buckley's side looked like they would go in all square at the break but McMillan's quickfire brace left them stunned.
His first arrived in the 46th minute, the former Pat's striker slamming home his 14th league goal of the season.
It came from the penalty spot after referee Jim McKell, making his first appearance at the Louth venue since the night he awarded Bray Wanderers two controversial spot kicks back in April, decided that the Lilywhites striker had been upended by Lee Desmond.
Pat's were left furious by McKell's decision with Ian Bermingham given his marching orders in the aftermath.
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