Dundalk down Cork to complete Irish double

Dundalk are celebrating their first league and cup double since 1988 after Richie Towell struck in extra time to seal a 1-0 FAI Cup final victory against Cork City.

Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell lifts the FAI Cup
Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell lifts the FAI Cup ©Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny hailed the "tremendous effort" of his Dundalk players after they landed the league and cup double for the first time since 1988 with a 1-0 FAI Cup final win against Cork City.

Dundalk and Cork have battled with each other for honours in the Republic of Ireland for the last two seasons, with Cork finishing second behind Dundalk in the league table in 2014 and 2015, and the sides clashed again in the final game of the 2015 season.

Kenny's side came out on top once more, though they needed extra time in front a crowd of 25,103 at the Dublin Arena. Midfielder Richie Towell eventually put the ball home from a Daryl Horgan cross on 106 minutes to give Dundalk their yearned-for double.

"It's a tremendous effort from the players and this was a magnificent occasion, to win the way we did in front of such a passionate crowd," said Kenny. "It was a great piece of play from Daryl to set up the goal and a calm finish from Richie."

Towell's strike was his 29th of the campaign, a remarkable haul for a midfielder. "At the start of the year, the manager told me to aim for 30 goals – I thought he was mad, but I nearly got there," said the Dublin native. "It's just a magical, magical night; a magical way to end an unbelievable season."

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