It was defeat on the road on Monday night as Waterford FC were defeated 3-0 by Dundalk at Oriel Park.
It was a disastrous start for the Blues as Sean Gannon’s cross saw the ball richochet from Kenny Browne to keeper Matthew Connor, back off Browne and end up in the back of the net.
Rory Feely’s goalbound header was blocked by Chris Shields from Georgie Poynton’s corner kick, before Patrick Hoban saw an effort ruled out for offside.
Matthew Connor was alert to the danger on 22 minutes when Hoban was found for the through ball by McEleney only to be denied Connor.
But Dundalk did double their lead when Hoban crossed to the near post for Daniel Kelly to beat Connor with a neat finish.
The Blues had a chance just past the half hour Bastien Hery linked up with Dean Walsh to set up JJ Lunney but his sweetly-struck strike from the edge of the area came crashing back off the underside of the crossbar as Dundalk lead 2-0 at the break.
Dundalk made sure of all the points when they added a third on 65 minutes. Michael Duffy’s cross found its way to Jamie McGrath and he fired past Connor.
Shane Duggan then rattled the Dundalk crossbar with six minutes remaining after a good setup by Hery but his excellent left-footed shot came back off the woodwork.
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Chris Shields, Daniel Cleary, Dean Jarvis, Michael Duffy (Sean Murray 74), Patrick McEleney (Robbie Benson 66), Sean Hoare (Brian Gartland 46), Jamie McGrath, Daniel Kelly, Patrick Hoban.
Waterford FC: Matthew Connor, Georgie Poynton, Kenny Browne (Cory Galvin 46), Damien Delaney, Kevin Lynch (John Martin 69), Karolis Chvedukas, Bastien Hery, JJ Lunney, Shane Duggan, Dean Walsh (Dean O’Halloran 64), Rory Feely.
Referee: Derek Tomney