City began the 2013 season in style, as they dispatched Irish League leaders Cliftonville and then Crusaders to reach the semi finals of the Setanta Sports Cup. The side had a rather indifferent start to their league campaign, but looked set to reach the Setanta Sports Cup final when an injury time strike from Billy Dennehy saw Shamrock Rovers pip Tommy Dunne’s side with virtually the last kick of the game. That was one of several late goals the side conceded, as they struggled to find consistency, and goals, in their league campaign.
The signing of Ciarán Kilduff on loan from Shamrock Rovers in July, along with the emergence of Danny Morrissey, saw the side begin to pose more of a goalscoring threat. Despite this, the side continued to struggle for consistency, and following a 2-1 defeat away to Limerick, Tommy Dunne’s departure was announced by the club. Under 19 manager Stuart Ashton stepped in on a caretaker basis, and oversaw a crucial win over Bohemians in his first league game in charge. The side went out of the FAI Cup after a 1-0 defeat away to eventual winners Sligo Rovers, but continued their good form in the league to end the season in sixth place.
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