Kenny's lethal Lilywhites tear dreadful Drogs apart
Dundalk 7 Drogheda United 0
How the tables have turned for both Louth clubs since the first derby meeting between the pair on the opening night of the season.
Leaving United Park on that bitterly cold March evening, Dundalk, spanked 4-1 by their neighbours, looked nothing like title contenders.
However, with the season now into the second series of games, Stephen Kenny's men are perched at the summit of the Airtricity League thanks to this 7-0 rout at Oriel Park last night, a new record for this fixture.
Dundalk's first goal came from Sean Gannon, a scarred debutant at United Park having been led a merry dance by Gavin Brennan.
The suspended Brennan was absent last night and so too was the fighting spirit on display by Robbie Horgan's side in the previous encounter. The Boynesiders never looked like making a fist of it and totally capitulated. This loss will live long in the memory.
Knowing that a win would send them clear at the top, Dundalk fizzed with intent and their pressure told in the 29th minute as both of their full-backs combined in devastating fashion.
Dane Massey's slaloming run on the left took him into the Drogs box and his cut-back to the near post was turned home by Sean Gannon.
Kenny's side have a reputation for saving their best until the second half and so it proved yet again after the interval.
Things could have been so different had Eric Foley's inswinging free-kick from the left crept into the net instead of kissing the post and going behind in the 48th minute. It proved to be as close as Drogheda came as the natives quickly put the game to bed.
Another slick piece of football resulted in goal number two after 51 minutes. Darren Meenan's cut-back found Daryl Hoban on the penalty spot. His lay-off was hammered goalwards by Kurtis Byrne and when David Ryan could only parry, Horgan was on hand to sweep home. To make matters worse for Drogheda, Foley was sent off in the aftermath for dissent.
The wheels completely fell off the Drogs five minutes later. Chris Shields' lofted pass into box led to Paul Crowley heading into his own net.
Two goals in the space of two minutes took the score to 5-0. Andy Boyle stooped to head home at the far post in the 72nd minute before a driving run by Gannon was finished off in emphatic style by substitute David McMillan.
Richie Towell got in on the act with 12 minutes to play, before McMillan to hit the seventh late on.
DUNDALK – Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Towell, Shields; Meenan, Byrne (Ward 79), Horgan (Griffin 73); Hoban (McMillan 64).
DROGHEDA UNITED – Ryan; Daly, Andrews, McNally, Grimes; Holohan, Foley, McGuigan, Walshe (Crowley 57); O'Brien (O'Connor 76), O'Neill (Hughes 73).
REF – T Connolly.