Finn Harps 0
Premier Division leaders Dundalk chalked up an important away win over Finn Harps at Finn Park to move five points clear at the summit after Shamrock Rovers dropped points by being held at home by Derry City.
In-form Dundalk were simply too good for the basement side and in the end were comfortable winners.
Patrick Hoban and Michael Duffy both went close for the champions before they broke the deadlock on 32 minutes.
John Mountney powered his way down the right before crossing for the unmarked Duffy to head home.
Although Mark Russell had a chance to equalise for Harps, the visitors struck again two minutes before half-time was due with a second that effectively bagged the points.
Patrick McEleney and Hoban combined to set up Mountney who headed past goalkeeper Mark McGinley.
The second half was a tamer affair and the Lilywhites added a third in 61 minutes through Brian Gartland.
Harps have now lost six on the trot in while rampant Dundalk have won 11 of their last 12 league games.
Finn Harps: McGinley, Todd, O'Reilly, Logue, Cowan, Borg, Russell, Place, Cretaro, Coyle, Walsh.
Dundalk: Rogers, Cleary, Gannon, Gartland, Massey, Duffy, Flores, McEleney, Mountney, Shiels, Hoban.
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