Fagan back among goals
Longford Town 0 St Patrick's Athletic 3
Christy Fagan scored his first goal following his return from a long injury lay-off to re-ignite St Pat's Europa League pursuit.
Playing his first 90 minutes in over three months, Fagan hit St Pat's opener as they ended a four-match losing run in the league.
Victory narrows the gap on third-placed Shamrock Rovers to five points, though St Pat's have a game in hand.
Fagan drilled home Aaron Greene's cross to give the Saints a fourth-minute lead at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.
Conor O'Malley made two terrific saves from Longford's Gary Shaw before James Chambers' direct free-kick on 24 minutes doubled the visitors' lead.
Aaron Greene latched onto Killian Brennan's flick to shoot home Pat's third goal on 75 minutes.
"It's good to be back playing," said Fagan, top scorer in the domestic game last season. "The important thing was getting more minutes, but a goal is always nice.
"I tore a tendon in my right knee. I was battling it from early in the season," he explained of his injury. "I eventually had to get it sorted. I didn't need surgery, just injections.
"After the good season I had last year, it was a nightmare. I'm just happy enough now that I'm back."
Longford Town - Hunt; Haverty, Gorman, Sullivan, Powell; Shannon (Salmon h-t), Rice, O'Connor, Simon (Mulhall 74); Kelly (O'Sullivan 74), Shaw.
St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; O'Brien, Hoare, Browne, Bermingham; Chambers; Bolger (Morris 64), Brennan (Langley 78); Byrne (McGrath 69), Fagan, Greene.
Ref - Dave McKeon (Dublin)