League leaders Dundalk made it three wins in the space of a week as they sent out another statement of intent with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

Goals from Daryl Horgan, Kurtis Byrne and Patrick Hoban were enough for Dundalk to take the points.

The victory gave Stephen Kenny's men revenge for the Setanta Cup final defeat at the hands of their opponents two weeks ago but, more importantly, it keeps them two points clear at the top of the table and moves them 11 points ahead of the Bit O'Red.

The only surprise at half-time was that Dundalk only had a solitary goal to show for their total control of the opening 45 minutes.

That strike arrived midway through the half from ex-Sligo Rovers man Horgan whose vicious low drive beat Gary Rogers at his right-hand post.

The Sligo goalkeeper played his part in keeping the deficit to just one, denying Horgan, Sean Gannon and Richie Towell in the first half.

The second half was just three minutes old when the hosts made it 2-0. Darren Meenan picked out Byrne in the box and he curled a cracking left footed drive past Rogers.

Thereafter, Rogers denied Byrne and Hoban before the latter tapped home from close range after a Byrne shot had rattled the woodwork.

Darren Meenan hit the woodwork in the final stages and Ian Baraclough’s shell-shocked side finished the game without calling Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie into action once.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Shields, Towell; Meenan, Byrne (Griffin 89), Horgan (Higgins 69); Hoban (McMillan 80).

Sligo Rovers: Rogers; Spillane, McMillan, Henderson, Gaynor; Russell, Ledwith (Odihambo HT), O'Conor (Maguire 83), Cawley, Greene; North.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).