A stellar second-half comeback helped St Patrick's Athletic rack up their third straight league victory last night against basement side Limerick.
Liam Buckley's side failed to spark in the first half and were undone on 24 minutes when Limerick's Dean Clarke converted Sean Russell's left-wing cross.
While Chris Forrester rattled the visitors' crossbar on the half hour, it took until five minutes after the restart for Pat's to equalise when Chris Fagan set up Forrester for the goal.
The FAI Cup champions didn't relent and Aaron Greene was allowed advance unchallenged on 54 minutes to make it 2-1.
Fagan then capped a fine display as he notched the third for Pat's four minutes later, seizing on Aidan Price's error and smashing the ball beyond Conor O'Donnell from 10 yards to put the result beyond doubt.
St Patrick's Athletic - Clarke; O'Brien, McGuinness, Hoare, Desmond; Chambers (Langley 77), Bolger, Brennan (McCormack 46); Forrester (McGrath 84), Fagan, Greene.
Limerick - O'Donnell; Hughes (Whitehead 77), Williams, Price, Tracy; Turner, Duggan, O'Conor, Rainsford (Faherty 63); Russell; Clarke (Mann 84).
Ref - Alan Mario Sant (Malta)