Buckley leads City home
Cork City 3 Drogheda United 1
Cork returned to winning ways as late goals from Garry Buckley and Billy Dennehy earned them victory at Turner's Cross.
Having laboured for much of the first half, City took the lead through Liam Kearney in the 57th minute, but Drogheda equalised through Carl Walshe shortly after.
Buckley, pushed up to the top of the midfield after Cork manager John Caulfield reverted to 4-5-1 from 4-4-2 at half-time, made a difference and it was he who was on hand to convert the rebound after David Ryan had saved from Dennehy's long-range effort.
Then, Dennehy curled a free-kick home from the right corner of the box for his sixth of the season and the hosts would not be denied after that.
In the first half, Cork played relatively well without testing Ryan and had a let-off when Gavin Brennan sent a penalty wide after Mark McNulty had felled Declan O'Brien.
At the other end, Dan Murray headed against the crossbar shortly before half-time.
Kearney put them ahead after Buckley had had an effort blocked, but when Walshe converted after Michael Daly's cross was half-blocked, nerves began to creep in again.
Brennan was unlucky with a header, but it was Cork who had the final say.
Cork City – McNulty; Kavanagh, Murray, D Dennehy, Dunleavy; Kearney (Murphy 80), G Morrissey, Buckley (Buckley 89), B Dennehy; Elding (O'Leary h-t), O'Sullivan.
Drogheda United – Ryan; Daly (Doyle 85), McNally, Andrews, Grimes; Walshe, McGuigan, O'Neill (Hughes 85), Maher (Foley 85), Brennan; O'Brien.
Referee – T Connolly (Dublin).