WHILE reports from the Dundalk camp last night suggest the absent George O'Callaghan is packing his bags for a move to sunnier shores, it's likely the former Cork man might be the one receiving 'wish you were here' cards from Ireland's east coast in the coming weeks.
For the fourth game in a row, Dundalk were reduced to 10 men -- an average of more than one red card every other game (including boss Sean Connor's dismissal in their opener) for the faltering Lilywhites, who dropped below St Pat's with defeat at Oriel Park.
Connor has continually defended his charges, but the stats suggest a fundamental problem within the squad. While the proof of their ill-discipline thus far has been in black and white, last night it was a more colourful medium as photographic evidence emerged of Dave Rogers bearing his rear end to the away support -- a move which appears to have ultimately led to his straight red card.
But before the backside was flashed on half-time, the home side were already on the back foot.
On 33 minutes, Jeff Kenna's men exploited the vulnerable Dundalk defence with a swift counter-attack. Dave Partridge launched a long ball to Mark Quigley, who had acres of space. Chris Bennion rushed out but the 23-year-old former Millwall man placed a delicate lob over the Scotsman's head and into the net.
Dundalk, however, came back out fighting in the second half but a string of misses, including a poor penalty attempt from Declan O'Brien, only further added to the home crowd's displeasure.
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