St Patrick's Athletic cruised to victory at Derry City in the Airtricity League Premier Division as they look to get their form up and running.
Aaron Greene put the Saints ahead on 27 minutes before James Chambers and Chris Forrester added goals in the second half, but they would have won by a bigger margin but for some top saves from Derry 'keeper Gerard Doherty.
City went close to taking an early lead but Josh Daniels' shot, after a teasing run, was pushed around the post by Brendan Clarke.
Pat's then nearly broke the deadlock on 20 minutes in bizarre circumstances when James Chambers' right wing cross would have been turned into his own net by Dean Jarvis, but for a tremendous instinctive save by Doherty.
The visitors did take the lead seven minutes later when Aaron Greene drilled the ball home past Doherty from just inside the box after the ball fell perfectly into the left-winger's path.
Doherty made a super save on 42 minutes when another slick move by Pat's down their left hand side ended with Greene's cross finding Christy
Fagan, but his volley was superbly kept out by the City net-minder diving low to his right.
Just before half-time Doherty was called into action again, this time he did very well to keep out Killian Brennan's effort after the ex-
Derry man broke clear of the City defence to latch onto James Chambers' flick on.
St. Pat's double their advantage on 55 minutes when Chambers' low free-kick from the left hand side of the pitch, some 25 yards from goal, caught Doherty out and curled into the net.
After that Chambers strike Derry made a few changes to try and get back into the game, but it was the Dubliners who had chances to increase their lead, however, their final ball just let them down.
In stoppage time Forrester scored a super individual goal when he showed some sublime skill before coolly finishing past Doherty to make it 3-0, which was harsh on the City 'keeper.