As Cork City left Oriel Park with a point on Friday night, their overwhelming feeling would have been disappointment. They dominated the game for long periods and will feel they should have taken all three points. Speaking to Extratime.ie, that is exactly how Cork City manager Tommy Dunne did feel.
"The main feeling I have is disappointment. After performing reasonably well on a difficult night, on a difficult surface, I thought we passed the ball very well and dominated for most of the game I think we deserved to win the game, we did more than enough."
Dunne mentioned that it was a difficult night in general but still is ruing the fact that his side couldn't convert their possession into goals and lamented that the game turned into a 'scrap' in the second half.
"If you look at the game and take it on its merits, we were the better team over the 90 minutes. We should have won the match. We had so much possession and we got an early enough goal. In the first half we were good, we looked comfortable, there were no threats and we created a number of openings without having anything clear cut.
"In the second half, the game turned into a scrap for a while. Dundalk got their goal and it was a good finish by the lad to be fair. We let it turn into a scrap and we shouldn't have. We got into the game again but the game was swinging back and forth but we should have won it."
The main talking point of the encounter came in injury time when Dundalk's Philip McCabe appeared to foul Cork City's Ian Turner inside the Lilywhite penalty area but referee Damien Hancock waved away the visitors appeals. The decision infuriated the Leesiders boss and he was highly critical that the officials didn't make the right decision.
"At the death, we should have been given a penalty. We feel that the decision wasn't made that should have been made. At the end of it all, it was plain to see for everyone. Ian Turner is there and he is going straight through on goal, it's not a case he'd take a dive where he is thinking 'oh I might get something out of it'. He had a real chance to score which would have been a winner. Everyone knew it was a stonewall penalty and I don't know how it wasn't given. I'm disappointed with the decision certainly."
Ian Turner put in a stellar performance and was central to everything Cork City did on the night and his manager had nothing but praise for him.
"He was outstanding. By a country mile he was man of the match. His work rate and everything that he done in the game was fantastic. He looked dangerous from start to finish and physically he is in fantastic shape. I think he used his attributes to great effect tonight and I would like to congratulate him on a great performance."