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The Lilywhites were dumped out of the EA Sports Cup but, although disappointed, manager Stephen Kenny insists that the priority has always been the Airtricity Premier Division

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has admitted that he was annoyed to be dumped out of the EA Sports Cup, but stressed that his focus remains primarily on the league.

A second-half goal from Ciaran Kilduff ensured that the Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 defeat against Shamrock Rovers in the second round of the competition at Tallaght Stadium.

"I'm annoyed at the defeat," Kenny told the club's official website after the game.

"I thought in the second half though we were the better team," continued the Lilywhites' boss. "We dominated large periods of the second half and had a lot of chances but missed the target quite a few times.

"That was a disappointment really. We rushed our shots, we didn't work the ball as well as we could and missed our chances. We could have scored a few of those. I'm a bit frustrated at that."

Nevertheless, the former Derry City boss stressed that the "priority" for his team was the upcoming league fixtures against UCD at Oriel Park on Friday May 24 and and the rescheduled tie against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Tuesday, May 28.

"The priority for us was always Friday night (against UCD)," said Kenny. "They've had some great results in the past few weeks. They've beaten Shamrock Rovers and Derry City in the last few weeks.

"It's all about three points for us on Friday and taking that down into Sligo and going to take them on. That's the way we're thinking," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers have announced that they will play Birmingham City in a summer friendly.

The Hoops, who have already confirmed a friendly with Aston Villa, will host the English Championship side at Tallaght Stadium on Monday, July 8, with the game kicking off at 20:00 BST.

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