Despite the best efforts of the inspired Micheal Schlingermann, Conan Byrne and Christy Fagan got the goals to leave St Patrick's a point away from qualification for next season's Europa League.
Indeed, should Bohemians not win at Sligo Rovers on Saturday night, St Pat's will have secured fourth place and Europe for a sixth successive season.
Hampered by injuries and three suspensions, St Pat's lined out in perhaps their most unfamiliar fashion of the season with Lee Desmond at right-back and midfielder Killian Brennan partnering Shane McEleney in central defence.
Ian Morris and Aaron Greene played in front of James Chambers in the midfield.
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|11||Galway United FC||19||15|
|12||St. Patrick's Athletic||18||15|