Derry City's woes in the Premier Division continued on Friday night as Peter Hutton's side lost 4-2 at Dalymount Park to Bohemians.
Four goals inside the opening 21 minutes helped Bohs to a comfortable victory, despite Derry's Mark Timlin scoring twice in the second-half.
It was the first game since the mid season break that Derry had scored in a league tie.
St Patrick's Athletic have strengthened their grip on third place after a comfortable win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds. Chris Forrester scored twice and Jamie McGrath got the other as the Saints claimed a 3-0 victory over their hosts.
Derry and Sligo remained tied second bottom on 16 points, ten ahead of basement side Limerick.
Also in the top-flight, Bray Wanderers claimed a narrow 1-0 win over their hosts Galway United after an injury-time own-goal from Galway's Sam Oji.
In the First Division, Wexford Youths missed-out on a chance to regain the top-spot in the table as they were beaten 3-1 by 10-man Athlone Town.
That means victory for Harps on Sunday at UCD would give the Ballybofey boys a four point advantage at the top.
In the other game, 10-man Shelbourne scored two late goals to beat their hosts Waterford United 2-1 at the RSC, with Waterford finishing with just 9 players on the pitch.