Dundalk manager Vinny Perth launched a passionate defence of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after claiming Waterford manager John Sheridan had described it as "a pub league".

The Lilywhites played out a pulsating 2-2 draw with the Blues at Oriel Park on Friday evening, Perth's men snatching a draw thanks to late goals from Pat Hoban and Dan Cleary.

Perth praised Waterford for their performance, but he had some choice words for ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder Sheridan. ,

"I'm a League of Ireland fan," he told RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue.

"I have been for a long, long time. Some comments were disrespectful towards the league which I heard. I don't like them. They came from John who was an amazing player.

"I remember watching him in the World Cup. But this isn't a pub league. This isn't a shambles of a league. Them comments aren't good enough.

"Whatever about me, you can have a smart comment about where I stand in terms of the club and the pressure I'm under, but this isn't a pub league. This is a very good league with great people in it.

"I won't have anyone disrespecting the League of Ireland. It's too important. You've got to have a bit more class about you than that in my opinion."

When asked about a clash with Perth on the sideline, Sheridan seemed to suggest he didn't know who his opposing number was. "Who?" he responded when asked about Perth's remarks.

"Vinny? Vinny Perth? Oh, is that his name yeah? Right. I don't know what he was going on about. He needs to worry about his own team."