Jox of six for Dundalk
Drogheda Utd 0 Dundalk 6
Three goals in nine first-half minutes helped Dundalk return to winning ways as Stephen Kenny's men coasted past 10-man Drogheda in the Louth derby.
After Thomas Byrne's sending-off, two close-range finishes from David McMillan and a stunning strike from Patrick McEleney established a three-goal lead by the break.
The derby was settled when Michael Duffy made it four, and Ciaran Kilduff's late brace put a gloss on the scoreline.
The game was tight early on but Byrne's dismissal just after the half-hour mark handed Dundalk the impetus. The 18-year-old was dismissed for a challenge on McEleney.
The visitors went in front after 36 minutes. Stephen O'Donnell let fly from 20 yards and Stephen McGuinness could only parry away. With the Drogheda defence static, McMillan nipped in to slot home.
Within minutes, the striker doubled his tally. After McGuiness failed to claim Niclas Vemmelund's chip, McMillan bundled home at the far post.
On the stroke of half-time, McEleney lit the game up with a goal of the highest quality. Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, he produced a stunning shot that dipped over the keeper and in.
Just prior to the hour mark, Duffy's volley put the champions four up.
Sub Kilduff scored twice in a minute late on to heap even more misery on the home side.