Goals from John Dillon, Stephen O’Donnell, and John Mountney saw the Lilywhites come from a goal down to beat 10-man Shelbourne 3-1 at Tolka Park
Dean Kelly had given Shels a half time lead when he headed Mark Leech's excellent cross past the helpless Peter Cherrie. Dundalk equalised when John Dillon blasted a 55th minute penalty down the middle of Niall Burdon's goal. It followed great work from Keith Ward, who skipped past Shortall on the left before Ian Ryan tripped him in the area was booked for his troubles. But Shels fell apart after Gartland's dismissal and O'Donnell and Mountney secured the three points for the away side.
The first half was far from memorable as both sides struggled to get control of the midfield battle. Dundalk's Dillon, Towell and O'Donnell showed glimpses of quality in possession but the visitors lacked penetration up front. Patrick Hoban had the first good chance for Dundalk, firing his left foot strike wide of Niall Burdon’s goal.
Philly Hughes started the second by dribbling past a number of tackles before blasting the ball over Cherrie's crossbar and he had another looping shot tipped over by the alert keeper. Dundalk had a great opportunity to take the lead before the hour mark but Kurtis Byrne's effort was weak after Dillon's clever reverse pass slipped him through on goal. Byrne almost made up for that miss with twelve minutes remaining when his rasping drive from just outside the area crashed off the woodwork with Burdon beaten.
With six minutes remaining, Shels captain Graham Gartland was sent off after he picked up his second yellow for a foul on Stephen O'Donnell. With Gartland off, O'Donnell netted the vital second goal with minutes left before Mountney raced clear to put the game beyond doubt.
Shels travel to St Pat's on Tuesday still looking for their first win while Dundalk will be full of confidence when they host champions Sligo Rovers the same night.