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Dundalk make history and wrap up title against Bohemians at Oriel Park

Dundalk made history tonight in beating Bohemians 2-1 at Oriel Park to become just the fourth League of Ireland team in history to claim three league titles in a row.

The breakthrough came on 15 minutes when Dundalk captain Andy Boyle headed home from a Patrick McEleney corner.

Bohemians first big chance came on 26th minute as Kurtis Byrne was left unmarked on the edge of the box but blasted his effort over Rogers crossbar.

Controversially Bohemians drew level when Ronan Finn seemed to take Keith Buckley down in the area and Mark Quigley slotted home the penalty, on further viewing the decision seemed harsh as there seemed to be minimal contact on Keith Buckley for the foul.

The first chance in the second half came when on 49 minutes Alan Keane put a perfect ball in from the right flank to find Daryl Horgan free but the Galwegian headed wide.

With the crowd behind them Dundalk pushed hard for a winner, and after just being introduced Robbie Benson nearly scored a spectacular overhead kick from six yards out but his effort went past the post.

The winner did come for Dundalk on 64 minutes when Dane Massey headed a Ronan Finn free kick back across the area and Brian Gartland fired home his seventh league goal from close range to send Oriel Park supporters into overdrive.

Dundalk held on for the win to guarantee the league title for the third time in a row.

Well done to Stephen Kenny and his team on this fantastic run and achievement .

Dundalk: Rogers; Keane, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Mountney, Finn, Shields, Horgan; McEleney; McMillan. Subs not used: Shiels, Barrett, Kilduff, Benson, Meenan, Grimes, Sava.

Bohemians: Supple; Pender, Prendergast, D Byrne, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Lopes, Buckley, O’Halloran; Quigley, K Byrne. Subs not used: Kelly, Wearen, O’Hara, Hayes, Casey, Akinade, Delany.

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).

Attendance: 4,637

Man of the Match: Chris Shields

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