ST PATRICK'S Athletic stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games with a convincing 2-0 win against Galway United at Terryland Park.
Pats closed the gap on Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table to just a point thanks to goals in either half and Galway stay rooted to the foot of the table with just five points from 19 games.
The pacy Danny North scored from a rebound on seven minutes after his initial shot was well saved by Greg Fleming and Pats wrapped up the points 33 minutes into the second period when Evan McMillan headed home a Stephen Bradley corner after Galway had been reduced to 10 men.
DROGHEDA United scored a rare win with a 3-1 victory over UCD at Hunky Dorys Park last night.
Tiarnan Mulvenna gave the Louth side the lead just before the break after neat play from the O'Brien brothers, Mark and Colin.
The students levelled on 57 minutes when a Dean Marshall corner found Graham Rusk, who nodded home from close range.
Drogheda were not to be denied, however. Mulvenna got his second of the night two minutes after UCD equalised and Colin O'Brien sealed the points in stoppage time after his brother had been sent off for two yellow cards.
DERRY CITY and Sligo Rovers failed to capitalise on Shamrock Rovers' draw by playing out a 0-0 result at the Brandywell.
Both sides had chances to win it, but a combination of wayward shooting and good goalkeeping saw the two sides share the spoils, which leaves them five points off the summit.
Derry dominated the opening period. Eamon Zayed also missed a gilt-edged chance, but Rovers were best in the second half and they were deserving of a draw.