Three and easy for Jamie
Galway United have given the rest of the league a glimmer of hope as they caused Cork City to drop points for the first time this season.
And Jamie McGrath inspired Dundalk to get their form back with a comfortable win at home to Sligo Rovers.
City's run of successive wins ended at the 12-game mark with a 1-1 draw in Galway last night.
Cork had struggled to break down a dogged Galway side but once Conor McCormack put John Caulfield's side in front on 59 minutes, City fans hoped for a 13th straight win. But former Cork player Stephen Folan popped up two minutes later to equalise and United held on to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
Dundalk badly needed a response after last week's poor showing away to Shamrock Rovers and they overcame a poor first half to destroy Sligo in the second period.
McGrath scored twice to earn them a lead, Niclas Vemmelund added a third and McGrath netted his hat-trick in added time.
Bray Wanderers remain in second place thanks to a clinical win away to Finn Harps. Gary McCabe and Ryan Brennan had them 2-0 up at the break and Aaron Greene netted a third late on.