CHRISTOPHER Forrester was in inspired form as St Patrick's Athletic trounced Longford Town to stay very much in the title race.
A slump in May - they went three games without scoring a goal in the league - had led to despair at Richmond Park and the Saints were at one stage 16 points off the pace in the league race, but their stunning form before the mid-season break - three straight wins - carried on as they enjoyed a 3-0 win over Longford last night.
Forrester put them on the way with a stunning lob on 18 minutes and he then added a second goal from the penalty spot two minutes before the break. James Chambers completed the rout early in the second half.
Shamrock Rovers remain in third place, Pat Fenlon's side bouncing back from a defeat to Bohemians by claiming a 2-1 win away to Galway United.
A rare Luke Byrne goal had given the Hoops the lead but Enda Curran struck just after the restart to level the score, though Kieran Marty Watters came up with the key goal for the Hoops on 70 minutes to seal the win.
Cork City enjoyed their third straight win, John Caulfield's men surviving the long trip north to Derry and coming home with a 2-0 victory.
It was a nervy affair and Cork had to wait until the 58th minute for Karl Sheppard to break the deadlock, Billy Dennehy adding a second goal from the penalty spot three minutes from time.
Drogheda United kept up their recent good run with a 1-0 win away to Bohemians. Bohs were brought back down to earth after their last game, that win over Shamrock Rovers, as Tiarnan Mulvenna got his head to a Seán Thornton free three minutes from time to earn the win.