LIMERICK'S resurgence under Martin Russell continued last night as Liam Buckley's former assistant put another huge dent in champions St Patrick's Athetic's title hopes.
Rory Gaffney scored in the 51st minute to condemn Pat's to just their second home defeat of the season.
The home crowd were incensed when they had a penalty appeal turned down though it looked like Stephen Folan handled the ball in the box.
Cork City were held to a draw by 10-man Bray Wanderers at Turner's Cross.
Having gone ahead through Gareth McDonagh in the 14th minute, Bray frustrated their hosts and even though right-back Michael Barker was red-carded just after the half-hour, they remained resolute.
Garry Buckley did equalise for City within five minutes of the start of the second half, but they could not find a winner.
Athlone's hopes of Premier Division survival are still alive but Keith Long will feel his team should have got all three points at Belfield.
Conor Cannon's first goal for UCD set them on their way but John Mulroy's second-half equaliser keeps the gap at five points with eight games left.