Dundalk may have changed managers during the off-season, but crucially, they kept most of their stars and were able to name the same starting 11 that defeated Cork in the FAI Cup final at the beginning of November. That continuity looked decisive in the first 45 minutes as the visitors quickly hit their stride and rediscovered their impressive form.
Whatever John Caulfield and co said to their troops had the desired effect. Cummins was denied by Gary Rogers before the whole complexion of the match changed past the hour mark.
“On Saturday, I think people will see that there will be a lot of new players in our squad, so we need to try and integrate them.