Saints bounce back to stay in Europa race
Dundalk shrugged off their European exit in midweek to put Finn Harps to the sword and keep up their lead over title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers.
Harps headed to Oriel Park with the record as the most in-form side in the league and while Dundalk could only manage a 1-0 lead thanks to Daniel Kelly, they tore a ten-man Harps apart in the second half.
Goals from Georgie Kelly on 61 minutes, Patrick McEleney and Jamie McGrath in the space of 10 minutes and then McEleney popped up with his second of the night for the rampant Lilywhites.
St Patrick's Athletic stayed in the race for a European place but they had to work hard for a 2-1 win at home to Sligo Rovers.
Sligo took the lead after 21 minutes to shock the Richmond Park faithful but Harry Kenny's side showed their resolve to come back.
Glen McAuley scoring six minutes into the second half for the Inchicore men to make it level and defender Dave Webster netted there winner six minutes from time.
Cork City eased their fears of being dragged into a relegation battle with a 2-1 win away to Waterford, Mark O'Sullivan with the key goal.