Saint Patrick's Athletic FC moved to within two points of FAI National League leaders Shelbourne FC with a narrow 1-0 home victory over Shamrock Rovers FC.
Darragh Maguire scored the game's only goal on the stroke of half-time. It proved to be a crucial strike as Shelbourne FC could only muster a goalless home draw against University College Dublin FC.
Galway United FC, who are doomed to relegation slipped to yet another defeat - their 23rd of the season - at home to Longford Town FC. Fergal Coleman netted both goals.
In the night's remaining fixtures Dundalk FC beat Derry City FC 4-2, while Bray Wanderers AFC and Bohemian FC shared the points in a 2-2 draw.
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