Duffy does the damage as Dundalk continue winning run in Waterford
Waterford 0 Dundalk 3
DUNDALK sauntered to their fifth win on the trot against 10-man Waterford with the help of Michael Duffy’s brace.
Duffy gave Dundalk an interval lead at the RSC before substitute Jordan Flores and another by the Derryman wrapped up a convincing victory.
The only concerns at full-time for Vinny Perth was the sight of Jamie McGrath and Dan Kelly leaving the fray early through injuries.
After dominating the first half, the Lilywhites broke the deadlock on the stroke of the break.
A needless foul by Maxi Kouogun 20 yards out on the left offered Duffy a window to try his luck and he completely deceived Matt Connor who was more interested in trying to prevent Pat Hoban connecting than stopping the ball flying beyond him.
Waterford failed to muster a response after the break, bar a half-chance for Aaron Drinan which Sean Gannon easily cleared.
It was one-way traffic thereafter, not helped by Héry letting his side down with two ridiculous yellow cards in the space of two minutes.
Before the Frenchman saw red, Flores made it 2-0 by unleashing a ferocious left-foot drive into the top corner following neat build-up play by Hoban and Duffy.
Frustrated at being outclassed in midfield, Héry firstly caught Kelly late on the hour, which led to the winger hobbling off.
Then he launched into McEleney on the halfway line, a foul which might even have earned a straight red card.
That concession only compounded the hosts’ problems and they were all at sea for Duffy’s second five minutes later.
Duffy was left alone 40 yards out to receive Gannon’s pass, turn and rifle a low shot past a static Connor. In the end, Dundalk could have scored five or six.
WATERFORD: M Connor; R Feely, D Delaney, M Kouogun, A Simpson; S Duggan (G Poynton 69), JJ Lunney; Z Elbouzedi (C Galvin 75), B Héry, I Akinade; A Drinan (S Twine 69).
DUNDALK: G Rogers; S Gannon, S Hoare, B Gartland, D Jarvis; C Shields, P McEleney (G Kelly 69); D Kelly (J Mountney 61), J McGrath (J Flores 15), M Duffy; P Hoban.
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin).