Stephen Kenny's side took all three points against the Leesiders, with John Mountney and substitute Pat Hoban finding the net
In front of the television cameras at Oriel Park, the two sides took some time to settle, with Gearoid Morrisey creating the first real chance after a quarter of an hour, cutting in to test goalkeeper Peter Cherrie. A few minutes before some fancy footwork from Dundalk's Richie Towell saw the midfielder get into the opposition area, but the ball flew across the goal and wide.
Vinny Faherty had the best chance of the half, heading over from a John Mountney cross just before the half-hour mark. Mountney was involved in a lot of the home attacks, with Keith Ward and Towell building play from midfield. The visitors had claims for a penalty after a hand-ball in the box, while Towell had the ball in the net at the other end, but was denied by a close offside call.
Dundalk dominated after the interval, and Towell had another great chance to score. With Mark McNulty looking like he was beaten, Danny Murphy put in a great block. Keith Ward had another good chance for the hosts, but his free-kick sailed over the crossbar.
Tiarnan Mulvenna was allowed in behind the Cork defence, picking up a long-ball, but he dragged the ball wide under pressure from Colin Healy. The hosts finally took the lead their dominance deserved on 75 minutes, as John Mountey volleyed home to loop the ball over McNulty.
Dundalk searched for a second, and Keith Ward almost scored with an overhit cross, but saw his effort bounce off the crossbar and out for a goalkick. Another Ward shot cracked off the bar in the 90th minute, with Pat Hoban heading in the rebound.
Cork had a few chances of their own late on, but Stephen Kenny's side were good value for the victory, giving Stephen Kenny's side their first home win of the season.