A game that won't live long in the memory but it's three points for Dundalk and Stephen Kenny's team march on. A professional display and a clean sheet. All major objectives achieved. Thanks for joining us here tonight for Live Updates. Caomhín Reilly's report will be online soon so please check back later! From me, Tom O'Connor, oíche mhaith from Oriel.
It's all about closing out the game for Dundalk as they see out time now. No rush- the points are secure. In truth, Pats have been very defensive tonight but once they had to chase the game the opportunities have really presented themselves for the home side.
A busy ten minutes which seals the game for Dundalk. Almost three as a loose Verdon pass is seized on by Horgan by Mc Millan's header is blocked.
Ronan Finn scores for Dundalk. John Mountney's deep cross was headed onto the post by Ciarán Kilduff and Ronan Finn prodded it home from virtually on the goal line.
Standing ovation for the former Derry City man. Himself and Daryl Horgan have been different class tonight. But then again Stephen Kenny has pedigree with wingers, having given both James Mc Clean and Niall Mc Ginn their LOI debuts while in charge of Derry City.
Ciaran Kilduff scores for Dundalk. Horgan with some fancy feet in the box, passed to Mc Eleeny whose rolled pass was poked home by Kilduff from 8 yards, with his left foot.
Painful stuff this so far. Mc Millan and Ciarán O'Connor warming up here- it needs something different. Mc Millan was awesome here in the league against St Oats last season- could he provide the spark tonight?
Mc Eleney and O'Donnell combine but the threat is snuffed out down the right. The ball is swung in twice from the touchline and both Finn and Kilduff have half efforts blocked down. The screw is turning. Horgan overshoots his cross and Pats escape.
The away side are holding firm here, Dundalk are getting it hard to break through and the tension is palpable in the stands. Finn flicks a lovely ball to set up the haring Daryl Horgan but he scoops wide on the left. 2041 here tonight- disappointing crowd.
Mountney is possibly inspired by the sight of his possible replacement and sprints up the wing to win a corner which is cleared and Pats break. Great defending by Seán Gannon to close down Timlin and snuff out the danger.
Scrappy stuff here as Dundalk fail to clear, Pats fail to capitalise and the ball's stuck in the corner. Darren Meenan is warming up here. Could a change be in the offing?
The crowd aren't happy with the referee as a few challenges are let go in midfield . Nothing major at all. Until Horgan is scythed down by Conan Byrne as he broke from defence. Only a talking to and the boos resound once more. There's a nervous energy here. Not helped as possession is lost on the edge of the home penalty area.
Plenty of energy here again but no sign of a breakthrough yet. The sun is setting away to the right but the rays of sunshine on the pitch belong to the home side so far.
A half of shaking off the cobwebs. Pats will be happy not to have given too many chances to their hosts while Stephen Kenny's men will be looking to punch holes in the packed defence in the second half.
Mc Grath clatters into O'Donnell on halfway and Mountney goes long. Clarke gathers and slows it all down.
Dennehy's long free kick is headed straight at Rogers by Hoare and Dundalk build again. Pats pressurise Rogers and win back the ball . Grimes goes long and the game has descended into another scrappy phase.
Mc Eleney showing here why he was a man in serious demand at the end of last season, his dancing dribbling feet are a joy to behold. A stark contrast to some of the turgid passing we have seen tonight. His fellow dancer Horgan swings over a cross but Mountney heads wide without worrying Clarke.
Mc Eleney's corner is headed firmly by Boyle but Clarke holds on well. No saves for 35 minutes and he gets two in a minute!
Grimes whips in his first cross of the night but Clarke takes comfortably. He defends his flank admirably in the next attack and Rogers hammers the kick out long. Scrappy so far. Jamie Mc Grath has been a thorn in the side of the Dundalk defence so far.
Mc Eleney cuts inside and shoots from distance. Clarke pushes it out, diving low to his left but Pats escape.
Timlin hacks down Gannon, Mc Eleney stands over a free kick on the edge of the area but Pats clear. Great amusement here with the use of the vanishing spray. Less so with the home side's lack of cohesiveness so far.
More spray as Finn fouls in midfield and Pats have a free kick which Kelly attempts to take quickly. The referee is having none of it and orders a retake. The spray can is out again! This time Dennehy's free kick is nodded out by Gannon for a corner which is cleared and Dundalk break.
Verdon busies himself in midfield and sets up another chance for Byrne who fizzes an effort over from 23 yards. Another half chance for the away side.
Mc Glade outmuscles the Dundalk midfield, Byrne spotted Rogers off his line but the Meathman tipped his effort over for a corner. Composed keeping. Almost from the same spot as David Mc Millan lobbed Winn a few weeks ago.
A great ball from Mc Eleney almost sends Kilduff through but strong defending from Hoare forces the ball back to Clarke. Moments later the ex Derry man sends in a peach of a cross which is scooped clear for a corner. It comes to nothing but Dundalk still have all the play as Horgan loops a long range shot wide from 25 yards.
Graham Kelly is booked for St. Patrick's Ath for cynically chopping down Mc Eleney on halfway.
The visitors are dropping into a flat back 5 when they are defending but it's not enough to stop Seán Gannon's cross causing havoc and it's through sheer force of numbers that they hammer the ball clear. It's not pretty to watch when they're defending but it's been effective so far.
Mc Grath operating as a lone striker with Billy Dennehy tucked in behind. But the action is at the other end as Dundalk try to play Kilduff through and Clarke gathers easily. The away side hold possession well and force the champions back but O'Donnell breaks it up and the home side build again.
The wing wizard is at it again and his cross for Kilduff is blocked downfield and Mc Grath puts Gartland under pressure but Rogers calms it all down. Very energetic opening to the game from both sides here.
Horgan straight into the action as he bundles towards the Pats area but the ball bobbles out. Never mind Brexit- if the Galwegian exits Oriel Park it would be a seismic issue.
The spray is out!! Dundalk have an early free kick which drifts wide. Early activity at Oriel Park.
The Saints have visited the Carrick Road venue this season, in the EA Sports Cup when they recorded a single goal victory after extra time. Dundalk have 4 starters from that fixture- Grimes, Gannon, Mountney and Kilduff while the men from Inchicore also have 4, in the form of Clarke, Verdon, Bermingham and Mc Grath.
5 minutes until kick off.
The last time St. Pat's visited Oriel Park for a league encounter was in Game 24 of last season saw the home side record a 4-1 victory with a brace from David Mc Millan and a goal each for Gartland and Horgan. The only crumb of comfort for Liam Buckley's men was a delightful free kick from James Chambers.
A few statistics before we begin- it's referee Derek Tomney's second time to referee this season at Oriel Park, his previous game here was Dundalk's one nil victory over Bray Wanderers.
Shane Grimes makes his first start for Dundalk since the Galway Utd game (Game 32) of last season.
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Just under 15 minutes until kick off here.
20 minutes until kick off here and the teams, sprinklers and referees are out warming up!
For the away side- Seán Hoare replaces Feely in defence, Mark Timlin is in for David Cawley and Jamie Mc Grath takes the place of Christy Fagan. Their last league game was a 2-0 defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers three weeks ago while Dundalk's last league encounter was a one nil away defeat in Turners Cross.
The teams are out- to your left and right on the screen respectively. For the hosts, Shane Grimes starts in place of Dane Massey for the first time this season in the league. John Mountney replaces Darren Meenan and Patrick Mc Eleney is in for the suspended Chris Shields. Up top, Ciarán Kilduff takes the place of ex Pat's striker David Mc Millan.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Live Updates from Oriel Park. Tom O'Connor at the controls here tonight for the meeting of Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic. It's been a long break but it's good to be back! Team sheets on the way.