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The Lilywhites head coach has hailed the first half performance of his team and also singled out Kurtis Byrne, who scored the winning goal, for praise

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has hailed his team's performance during the 2-1 away victory over St Patrick's Athletic.

The Lilywhites triumphed over the Saints at Richmond Park thanks to a Kurtis Byrne goal and the result sees them sit in third place in the league table, with 11 points from six games.

"We were excellent in the first half," Kenny told the club's official website after the game. "In my opinion it was our best half of the season."

The former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers boss praised the influence of Kurtis Byrne, who capitalised on sloppy defending to score the decisive winning goal, minutes after the Saints had equalised.

"It was great thinking from Kurtis Byrne to get the second goal," Kenny added. "In the end we defended very well but we made it a little difficult for ourselves with the concession of the goal but overall I'm pleased."

Byrne, 22, recently joined Dundalk from Scottish side Ross County and his strike against St Pat's takes his tally for the season to three goals in seven appearances.

However, the former Hibernian attacker was keen to praise the entire team for their effort in securing the victory, but admitted that he'd like to get 'a few more goals'.

"It's nice to score the winner but it's all about the team," said Byrne. "I think we all played well, especially in the first half but we showed a different side to us in the second.

"It is a great win for us and good to keep things going. Obviously it's good to get on the scoresheet and hopefully I can get a few more goals."

Dundalk's next league fixture will take place on Friday, April 5, when they welcome Limerick to Oriel Park.