A crazy three-minute spell just past the half hour mark proved decisive in settling the President’s Cup clash between Dundalk and St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park on Saturday afternoon as the Lilywhites claimed the trophy with a 2-1 win.

After a quiet opening, the affair exploded into life in the 35th minute when Chris Forrester put the visitors ahead.

However, the game was completely turned on its head as Daryl Horgan’s blockbuster pulled Dundalk level just seconds after the restart before Richie Towell guided home what proved to be the winner 60 seconds later.

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Speaking to RTÉ after the game, Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers said it was a good start to the year for the club. 

"It's nice to pick up the President's Cup. When you're playing St Pat's, you are playing really good opposition. It's nice to get off to a good start. It's a good indication that we are in a good place and hopefully we can take that performance and improve on it going into the league."

Rogers is a new addition at Oriel, having joined from Sligo Rovers in the off-season.

He won three trophies in his time in Sligo but missed out on retaining the league title in 2013. It's something he is looking for the Lilywhites to do this year.

"I'm getting to know the lads. I had not played with too many of them before. They are a really good group of players and it has to be to win a league. I'm really enjoying it.

"As champions we'll find in the league this year that a lot of teams come to your home ground, set up and and initially they are happy with a point. You have to be patient and take your time. It's always difficult to retain a title but that's the mark of a team that is a step above.

"A team that can retain a title is that bit better than a team that wins it once and that has to be the aim."