Dundalk moved ten points clear of the chasing pack after a ruthless display of attacking football saw Stephen Kenny's side run out 4-1 winners against St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park.
The result, coupled with Cork City's 3-0 defeat in Tallaght, means that the Lilywhites are red-hot favourites to go on and complete back-to-back titles for the first time in the club's history.
Now 12 points adrift, the result kills off any lingering hopes that Pat's had of mounting a late title charge.
Liam Buckley's side arrived looking to register their tenth straight league win but instead they fell to their fourth defeat in all competitions against Dundalk this season.
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|9||St. Patrick's Athletic||15||14|
|10||Galway United FC||15||14|