A packed Stadium of Light witnessed a top quality show as St Pats rocked League leaders Cork City with two first half goals to draw level with the Leesiders at the top of the FAI National League Premier Division.
Cork now lead by a goal difference of just one goal in what is already turning out to be a fascinating title race.
Trevor ‘Billy Boy' Molloy grabbed both goals to cap a fine individual performance as the Supersaint hero continued his superb form this season. But it was the sheer style of the passing from the home team that won the day and had the huge home attendance on their feet when referee Hugh Byrne blew his whistle for full time.
The TV audience on 'Live' on Network Two were treated to a feast of football right from the off as the midfield trio of Paul Osam, Martin Russell and Eddie Gormley controlled large parts of the opening 45 minutes and wing backs Trevor Croly and Keith Doyle pounded the visitors' goal with some tremendous crosses.
An Eddie Gormley corner was flicked on by Ian Gilzean and Molloy met the ball with a thunderbolt to put The Supersaints in front.
Later in the half, a superb passing move involving Paul Osam resulted in a through ball to Molloy and he delightfully chipped the ball over on-rushing Cork 'keeper Mooney to send the home fans wild.
Cork, for whom Ollie Cahill was surprisingly quiet, pressed forward after the break but could not break down the home defence and after a dramatic goal-line clearance from Colin Hawkins the Supersaints knew this was going to be their night.
They now travel to Cork for the League Cup Semi-final on Bank Holiday Monday (Kick-off 2.00pm) hoping for a magic double over their main rivals for this year's League title.