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Dundalk have it easy

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Dundalk cruised past Waterf or d t o r e c or d t hei r f i r s t back- to- back league wins for 13 months.

Andy Boyle grabbed his first of the season from a free header before captain Chris Shields added a second from the penalty spot. Michael Duffy’s excellent finish 29 seconds into the second half put the result beyond the brave Blues.

Dundalk showed their intent from the third minute when David McMillan dragged his shot wide but the Blues spurned a better chance on 20 minutes after James Waite couldn’t keep his chip from an acute angle from going wide.

Dundalk forged ahead five minutes later. Duffy’s free- kick to the back post found Boyle, who peeled off Timi Sobowale to power his downward header past Paul Martin.

Three minutes before the break, the 2019 champions sunk the killer second goal from the penalty spot. Referee Derek Tomney a dj udged Prince Mutswungum­a to have shoved Junior Ogedi- Uzokwe, allowing Shields to power his spot- kick beyond Martin.

In the first move of the half, Patrick McEleney released his fellow Derryman Duffy on the left who cut inside onto his favoured right foot and found the top corner with a curler.

WATERFORD: Martin; Power, Sobolwale, Evans, Mascoll; O’Reilly, Mashigo, O’Keefe, Waite; Martin, Mutswungum­a. DUNDALK: Cherrie; Dummigan, Boyle, Cleary, Jurkovskis; Shields, Zahibo ( Slogget 71), McEleney; Midtskogen ( Murray 66), McMillan ( Ogedi- Uzokwe 34), Duffy.

Referee: Derek Tomney ( Dublin).

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