ARDEE native Ross Gaynor played an integral part in the outcome of the Louth derby at Hunky Dory Park last night as Dundalk cruised to 3-1 victory against an out-of-sorts Drogheda United side who have now suffered four defeats on the spin.
The result moves Ian Foster's team back level on points with St Patrick's Athletic at the top of the table.
Both sides came into the game boasting very different records. Dundalk arrived as the joint highest scorers in the Premier Division while Drogheda, on the other hand, had the unenviable record of having conceded the most goals (22) of all 22 Airtricity League clubs.
And on the evidence of their defending last night, that unwanted statistic will take some shifting.
Gary Breen got Dundalk off to a dream start when he headed home after 96 seconds, looping Wayne Hatswell's flick-on from a Gaynor corner over Paul Murphy.
More kamikaze defending by Drogheda yielded a second for the centre-back 15 minutes later. Gaynor was the provider again, the former Drogheda winger picking out Breen who steered home from eight yards.
Gaynor got a deserved goal when he slipped the ball home from a Faz Kuduzovic pass in the 68th minute.
Drogheda's fans were given something to shout about late on when Liam Burns deflected a bobbling shot past Peter Cherrie for an own goal.