Fagan heaps misery on Town
St Patrick's Athletic 4 Athlone Town 0
Champions St Patrick's Athletic made it five league wins in a row to join Cork City at the top of the table as they condemned Athlone Town to their 10th straight league defeat.
The Midlanders now hold the record for the worst start to a season, breaking the nine-game losing streak by St James' Gate in 1942-43.
The opener came after 11 minutes. St Pat's duo Chris Forrester and Lee Lynch combined before Keith Fahey's perfect pass found James Chambers, who snuck in behind the Athlone back four and finished into the far corner.
St Pat's got the second goal four minutes before the break and that man Forrester was the creator. Another excellent Fahey pass sent him running at the Athlone defence and he skipped past Alan Byrne before delivering a perfect cross to set up Christy Fagan, who finished from six yards.
Athlone 'keeper Craig Sexton gifted Pat's a third on 75 minutes left by completely miskicking the ball, allowing Lynch to score a comical goal.
Fagan got his second two minutes later, capitalising after the ball deflected off Conan Byrne into his path.
St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien, Hoare, Browne, Bermingham; Byrne (McCormack, 80), Fahey (Bolger 69), Chambers (K Brennan 77), Lynch, Forrester; Fagan.
Athlone Town – Sexton; McMahon, Byrne, Prendergast, Clancy; Dillon (Sweeney 73), Hughes, O'Brien, S Brennan (Marks 54), Rusk; Gorman.
Ref – P McLoughlin