ST PAT'S crashed out of the EA Sports Cup as they suffered their fourth defeat on the bounce in a 2-1 defeat to Dundalk.
These sides meet again in the league on Friday and Saints boss Harry Kenny will hope for a better start than he had in this 2-1 defeat.
Dundalk - who made 10 changes from the side which had beaten Cork City on Friday - hit the front in the sixth minute.
Georgie Kelly capitalised on a Dave Webster mistake to race through on goal. Barry Murphy got a hand to his shot but could not keep it in.
If Murphy felt he could have done better, opposite number Aaron McCarey was unlucky with the equaliser as he was left wrong-footed when James Doona's shot deflected off Dylan Hand.
Murphy did produce a good save to deny a Jordan Flores header while the English midfielder went close with a shot from the corner that followed.
In the 34th minute, it was he who swung the ball in from another corner and the visitors retook the lead thanks to a thumping header from Dean Jarvis.
Kelly could have increased their advantage before the break after a fine turn and through-ball from Lido Lotefa but Webster got back to make a telling challenge.
After the break, substitute Daniel Kelly shaved the outside of the post. Late on, Mikey Drennan and Chris Forrester went close to forcing extra time but Dundalk hung on.
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