A comfortable 3-0 win for Dundalk over Sligo Rovers saw them remain top of the Airtricity League table.
Goals from Daryl Horgan, Kurtis Byrne and Patrick Hoban saw the Lilywhites exact some revenge on the team who had beaten them 1-0 in the Setanta Cup Final two weeks ago. In truth though, this one was never really close as the home side dominated from start to finish.
Buoyed from their 7-0 thrashing of local rivals Drogheda on Tuesday, Dundalk looked to strike early in this one too. Horgan had a decent effort saved by Rovers keeper Gary Rodgers after only nine minutes, in what was a sign of things to come. Horgan would go close again shortly afterwards before finally opening the scoring with a right footed effort after twenty-two minutes. It was the least his side deserved.
Rogers was kept busy throughout the half, but managed to keep the table toppers at bay. Three minutes into the second however, their resistance was broken once again. Darren Meenan teed up Kurtis Byrne, who did well to control the ball and finish sweetly. Again there looked to be no fight from Sligo, who now had it all to do if they had ideas of even picking up a point at Oriel Park.
The sixty-first minute saw Patrick Hoban fire in a goal mouth scramble in the Sligo penalty area, which was to be the final nail in the coffin for the Bit O’Red. From there, the game drifted towards the final whistle with Dundalk controlling the game with little resistance from that point onwards.
The victory left Dundalk two points clear at the top of the table, ahead of Cork City who themselves picked up a 2-0 win away to Bray Wanderers. Both Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic, the remaining teams vying for top spot entering the night, could only manage a draw and loss respectively.
Dundalk have now scored fourteen goals and conceded none in their last three home games. They have also recorded impressive wins at home against Cork City (4-0) and Drogheda United (7-0).