CORK City are now just three points behind long-time league leaders Dundalk after they brushed off the challenge of Galway United last night, while Dublin sides Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic also enjoyed wins which keeps them in the hunt for honours.
John Caulfield's Cork had little bother at Eamon Deacy Park, City enjoying a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to goals from Dan Murray and Billy Dennehy.
A Jason Molloy strike just after the restart gave Galway some hope.
But a dominant Cork held on and added a third goal from Garry Buckley nine minutes from time.
Pat Fenlon got the better of his old comrade Owen Heary in the battle of the Rovers at Tallaght Stadium, a 5-1 win for the home side.
The Hoops were cruising after 40 minutes, due to goals from Brandon Miele and Kieran Marty Watters, and while a Dinny Corcoran goal on 61 minutes gave the away side some hope, Rovers had more to come with two goals from Mikey Drennan, including a penalty and an injury time strike from Miele.
St Pats inflicted more woe on struggling Derry City with a 3-0 win at the Brandywell, goals from Aaron Greene, James Chambers and Christopher Forrester.
Kick-off for Limerick's game at home to Drogheda United, their return to the Markets Field after 31 years, was delayed due to the large crowd of 2,308 but it was more of the same on the field for the Blues as they lost 2-1. Mick Daly and Paul O'Conor traded goals but Lee Duffy's 53rd minute strike won it for United.
The Bray Wanderers revival suffered a blow as they lost 1-0 at home to Longford Town, Aymen Ben Mohamed's 66th minute effort the winning goal.
Meanwhile in Division One, manager-less Cabinteely were beaten 6-1 by UCD.
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