St Patrick's Athletic suffered a major dent in their title challenge as they were held to a scoreless draw at Bohemians.
Needing a win to stay on the heels of Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Derry City, Pete Mahon's side could only grab a point from Dalymount Park.
Yet even this looked beyond them in a first half which Bohs dominated. Liam Burns had a shot pushed onto the crossbar by Gary Rogers and Anto Flood had a goal disallowed.
Pat's too had their chances - Sean O'Connor striking the bar late on whereas earlier Daryl Kavanagh had a shot saved brilliantly by Barry Murphy.