Dooley gets Cork back on track to deepen Drogs' woes
Drogheda United 0 Cork City 1
Stephen Dooley's second-half strike got Cork back to winning ways against bottom side Drogheda at United Park.
The winger produced a cool finish nine minutes after half-time as the Leesiders maintained their 17-point advantage at the summit. Drogheda were much improved on recent showings but remain toothless up front.
John Caulfield's side travelled to Louth with the rare task of having to bounce back from defeat - Monday's loss to Bohemians was their first league reverse of the year.
United Park seemed the perfect place to return to winning ways. Pete Mahon's strugglers haven't won a league game since April and they are now cut adrift at the foot of the division.
Cork started the better and could have hit the front within 40 seconds. Dooley played in Connor Ellis, who beat Stephen McGuinness but not the post.
Karl Sheppard forced an excellent save from the United goalkeeper, while Ellis got a foot to a Sheppard cross but was denied by the post.
The home side did have chances in the first half too. Thomas Byrne curled a shot just wide of Mark McNulty's goal and Jake Hyland flashed a volley wide shortly before the break.
Dooley's fourth of the season put Cork in front. Shane Elworthy's attempted clearance cannoned off the winger and he reacted quickly to slot the ball under McGuinness.
Seconds earlier, left-back Conor Kane had blasted over from a good position as Drogheda gamely put up a fight against the leaders.
Jimmy Keohane hit the bar in injury-time as Cork looked more likely to add a second. McGuinness also saved well from sub Kieran Sadlier.