Dundalk's Robbie Benson is chased by Drogheda captain Seán Brennan in tonight's game at United Park (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Drogheda Utd 0-6 Dundalk
A strong finish to the first-half helped Dundalk to an emphatic 6-0 victory in tonight's Louth derby match at United Park.
Two goals from David McMillan and a stunning strike by Patrick McEleney saw the Lilywhites turn a poor first-half performance into a 3-0 half-time advantage, with the goals coming over an eight-minute spell just prior to the interval.
Although, the main talking point of the opening 45 minutes came when referee Derek Tomney dismissed Drogheda winger Thomas Byrne for a foul on McEleney just past the half-hour mark.
Michael Duffy got Dundalk's fourth goal of the night 14 minutes into the second-half, hammering a headed pass from Thomas Stewart past Stephen McGuinness.
The champions dominated the second-half in truth and had they been more clinical; it's no exaggeration that they could have doubled their finishing tally with McMillan, Seán Gannon, Robbie Benson and Dane Massey all missing glorious opportunities before the finish.
However, a 60-second brace from substitute Ciaran Kilduff ensured the Lilywhites completed a rout in the closing minutes.
Drogheda United: Stephen McGuinness; Colm Deasy, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran McGuigan, Dunne; McEvoy, Killian Brennan (Seán Thornton HT); Adam Wixted, Seán Brennan (Mark Doyle 90), Thomas Byrne; Ryan Masterson (Stephen Elliott 73)
Subs: Ryan Coutler (gk), Richie Purdy, Conor Kane, Mark Griffin
Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Seán Gannon, Brian Gartland, Niclas Vemmelund, Dane Massey; Robbie Benson (Chris Shields 76), Stephen O’Donnell; Michael Duffy (Jamie McGrath 62), Patrick McEleney, Thomas Stewart; David McMillan (Ciaran Kilduff 73)
Subs: Gabriel Sava (gk), Paddy Barrett, Seán Hoare, Conor Clifford
Referee: Derek Tomney
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