Dundalk copper-fastened their lead at the top of the table with a deserved win over a spirited St Patrick's Athletic, who have now lost seven in succession in the Airtricity Premier Division.
With Cork City held by Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk are now four points clear of the champions, a gap that looks unlikely to be reeled in.
Jake Keegan poked Patrick's in front but second-half strikes from Patrick Hoban, the league's top scorer, a rare one from Chris Shields and another from Hoban did the needful for the visitors.
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