Cork City moved into second place with this emphatic 6-0 drubbing of visitors Bray Wanderers.
Cork opened the scoring after seven minutes with Roy O'Donovan coolly finishing after a good move, and three minutes later it was 2-0 courtesy of captain Dan Murray.
Billy Woods belted home the third on 27 minutes, before Murray scored his second and Cork's fourth just before the break.
Roy O'Donovan made it five just four minutes into the second half and the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute.
The Seagulls came into the game without the injured trio of Stephen Gifford, Brian McGovern and Philip Keogh.
Mid-way through the second half Bray enjoyed their best period and should have scored. Paul Caffrey mis-kicked when it seemed easier to score, then he had a shot chested off the goal line by Alan Bennett and goalkeeper Michael Devine made a brave advance and dive to deny Stephen Fox.
All too much for Bray, then, who drop to the foot of the table on goal difference, while Cork retain hopes of defending their Premier Division crown – with seven games remaining, they are now within striking distance of the top of the table, although they remain third favourites behind Shels and third-placed Derry City, who have games in hand on both their championship rivals.
Compiled by Mícheál Ó hUanacháin
Bray Wanderers: 1 Gary Rogers; Ronan Ivory, Colm Tresson, Chris Deans, Ciarán Ryan; Andrei Georgescu, Paul Caffrey, Paul O'Reilly, David Tyrrell; James O'Shea, Stephen Fox (c)