Dundalk moved three points clear at the top of the table with a resounding 5-1 win over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park last night.
Stephen Kenny’s side got off to a dream start when Richie Towell fired them in front inside the opening three minutes, firing home a rebound after Shane Redmond had saved from Kurtis Byrne.
Byrne then got his name on the scoresheet himself on 25 minutes in similar fashion, mopping up the spillage after Redmond could only push clear a Darren Meenan shot.
Byrne then turned provider for Dundalk’s third goal in the 58th minute when he crossed for Patrick Hoban to finish.
A fourth then arrived four minutes later, with Byrne again on target after blasting to the top corner from 25 yards out.
Bray did manage to pull a somewhat controversial goal back on 83 minutes when Ismahil Akinade fired under Peter Cherrie despite appearing to be offside in the build-up.
However, Dundalk had the final say two minutes later when Hoban added a fifth after another cross from Byrne.
The win means the Lilywhites can go six points clear if they beat Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday night – a match that will be shown live on Setanta Sports.
Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Meenan (Mountney 81), Higgins, Towell, Horgan (McDermott 63); Byrne (McMillan 87); Hoban. Subs not used: Griffin, Rossiter, Kelly, Sava.
Bray Wanderers: Redmond; Barker, O’Connor, Mitchell, Gorman; Akinade, Zambra, G Kelly (McGill 69), Cassidy (Coombes 76), J Kelly; Hughes (O’Neill 65). Subs not used: Byrne, Cooney, McDonagh, McGuinness.
Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).