A late Danny Morrissey strike saw Cork City take a firm grip on sixth place as the Leesiders scored a thrilling 3-2 win over Drogheda United in the Airtricity Premier Division.

The visitors took a two goal lead inside the first 15 minutes as Drogheda looked to be suffering a hangover from Saturday's EA Sports Cup final with Shamrock rovers.

Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Duggan gave City the lead, but Ryan Brennan and Peter Hynes level. 

However, Danny Morrissey's late goal saw all three points head south.

Cork hit the front with only 11 minutes gone as a poor Alan Byrne pass was pounced on by Danny Morrissey and he linked up with Ciaran Kilduff who broke into the Drogheda box and showed some nice footwork to create space and fire a low shot beyond Sava.

Again the defence were caught cold four minutes later when Kilduff turned provider and found Duggan in space on the right side of the box and the midfielder left Sava with no chance.

Drogheda’s pressure almost paid dividends as they had back-to-back corners which saw a Mick Daly header deflected up and off the cross bar while Alan Byrne almost powered his shot home.

Drogheda looked to have a life-line back into the game on the half-hour when Ryan Brennan was brought down inside the box by Garry Buckley and the referee pointed to the spot.

However, Brennan stepped up and dragged the spot-kick to the left and wide.

The midfielder did redeem himself on the stroke of half-time as a long Alan McNally ball was taken down in the box by Drogheda debutant Gavan Holohan and he teed up Brennan for a thunderous shot into the far corner.

Just after the re-start Kilduff was unlucky not to get a second as again a poor defensive pass handed Cork the initiative but this time Sava was equal to the shot and palmed the effort away.

Peter Hynes had not been in the game much, but on 53 minutes he levelled for the home side.

Great work from Ryan Brennan down the left saw him beat John Kavanagh and play to Jason Marks who moved the ball to Hynes and the striker finished from six yards out.

The game lulled somewhat but was brought to life with a moment of magic from Eric Foley as he volleyed a shot from just inside the half-way line and it McNulty frantically back tracking, but it dipped just over the bar.

Both teams were quite open in the final ten minutes and Ian Turner had a chance to score but his well hit effort was turned away by the diving legs of Sava.

Sava may have been kept out of the team for the last few weeks but he was not showing any sign of rust as Cork again split the defence and with Kilduff coming through, he came a long way off his line to clear.

However Drogheda were made to pay for another poor pass on 87 minutes when Garry Buckley took possession at the back and fed Danny Murphy who crossed to the far post for Kilduff to knock the ball down to Danny Morrissey and he couldn’t miss from four yards out.

Drogheda did have the ball in the net sixty seconds later but Declan O’Brien was called for offside as it is back-to-back defeats for Mick Cooke’s side.

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava: Philip Hand, Alan Byrne, Alan McNally, Mick Daly; Jason Marks (, Declan O’Brien 79), Ryan Brennan, Gavan Holohan (Paul O’Conor 69), Eric Foley, Cathal Brady (David Cassidy 69); Peter Hynes

Subs Not Used: Micheal Schlingermann, Gavin Brennan, Shane Grimes, Graham Rusk

Cork City: Mark McNulty; John Kavanagh, Kalen Spillane, Garry Buckley, Danny Murphy; Ian Turner, Gearoid Morrissey, Shane Duggan, Daryl Horgan; Ciaran Kilduff, Danny Morrissey

Subs Not Used: Darren Murphy, Rob Lehane, Brian Lenihan, Stephen Kenny, Jason Forde, Dave Ryan, Alan Brown

Referee: Robert Harvey (Dublin