Dundalk's title credentials, albeit in these relatively early nights of combat, suffered a serious setback as Saint Patrick's were worthy 1-0 winners in Inchicore.
A comical own-goal from Daniel Cleary decided the game but what will concern visiting boss Vinny Perth far more was the sluggish nature of his side's response, the proviso being they are still missing key midfielders and rallied late without any joy.
Saints belied their poor recent form with a dogged performance, full of effort and honesty, with the loss of Mikey Drennan offset by Gary Shaw's ability to win headers and hold up the ball - even without much help from the referee.
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