Kilduff kills of Bray with vital debut goal
League of Ireland round-up
New signing Ciarán Kilduff has already paid back a large slice of his transfer fee as came up with the goal needed by Dundalk to retain their six-point lead at the top of the table.
The champions had been frustrated for long periods away to Bray Wanderers, ex-Dundalk keeper Peter Cherrie in fine form for Bray, but Kilduff - signed from St Pats earlier in the week - came off the bench to score the only goal of the game, a header from Daryl Horgan's cross.
Cork City remain in second place as the main challengers to Dundalk thanks to a comfortable home win over Bohemians.
Bohs have caused City some problems in recent seasons but there was no slip-up in Turner's Cross, City romping home 4-0.
It was effectively game over after 27 minutes as two goals from Mark O'Sullivan gave Cork a 2-0 lead. Colin Healy stoked home a penalty on 70 minutes but there was still time for Danny Morrissey to nick a fourth four minutes from time.
One goal was enough for Shamrock Rovers to get the win they needed to stay in third place, Brandon Miele beating Drogheda keeper Micheál Schlingermann on 32 minutes.
Derry City got their first home league win since March with a 3-0 dismissal of Longford Town at the Brandywell, City set up by a Pat Sullivan own goal early on with Mark Timlin then claiming a goal in each half.