It was agony for the Kilkenny & District League as their Kennedy Cup hopes suffered a blow.
The Kittens’ dream of making the Shield final ended after Dundalk scored a narrow win to earn their place in the final.
A first half Ryan Doran goal was enough to settle the game at the University of Limerick and give Dundalk a place in Saturday’s Shield final against Donegal.
Kilkenny will close out their tournament when they take on the Inishowen League in a game to decide final placings this afternoon.
Kilkenny & DL: Cian O'Donovan (Deen Celtic), Oisin Bateman (Evergreen), Adrian Owuor (Freebooters), Stephen Manogue (Evergreen), Ivan Bolger (Highview Athletic), Antnony Ireland Wall (Freebooters), Tom McPhillips (Evergreen), Diarmaid Greene (East End United), Sean Roberts (River Rangers), Aaron McEvoy (River Rangers), David Holden (Thomastown United), Sean Hunt (Deen Celtic), Bobby Murphy (Lions), Tim Kelly (East End United), Ciaran Flynn (Lions), Conor Burke (Paulstown 06), Harry Cummins (Evergreen), Tom Cleere (Evergreen), James Hughes (East End United).
Manager: David Power. Assistant Manager: Liam McEvoy. Coaches: Cathal Davis, Will Kinsella.