Superb Towell and Hoban strikes sink Cork
Dundalk 4 Cork City 0
Dundalk tightened their grip on the runners-up spot as Richie Towell and Patrick Hoban both scored contenders for the goal of the season in their 4-0 win over Cork City.
Both players were this week nominated for the PFAI Player and Young Player of the Year awards and they showed why, hitting two superb goals.
Dundalk went in front after 36 minutes. Nothing seemed on when Towell picked the ball up some 30-yards from goal, but the midfielder let fly with a rocket that flew into Mark McNulty's top corner.
And there were few superlatives that could do justice to Hoban's goal in first-half stoppage-time.
The Cork goal looked safe from harm as the ball looped into the air on the edge of the 18-yard box, but Hoban somehow managed to get up and guide an incredible bicycle kick past the stunned McNulty.
The 'keeper was left helpless again after 48 minutes when his centre-back Garry Buckley deflected a header into his own net.
Ciaran Kilduff and Danny Morrissey both had half chances for the Leesiders, but Dundalk wrapped it up when John Dillon made it 4-0 in stoppage-time.
Dundalk – Cherrie; Rossiter (Sullivan 78), Boyle, Gartland, Massey; O'Donnell (Dillon 55), Towell, Shields; Mountney, Hoban, Byrne (Mulvenna 89).
Cork City – McNulty; Kavanagh (Turner 56), Murray, Buckley (Spillane 75), Murphy; G Morrissey, Dunleavy (Kenny 84), Duggan, Horgan; Kilduff, D Morrissey.
REF – N Doyle (Dublin).