Finn Harps suffered a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Dundalk at Oriel Park on Monday night.
Former Derry man Patrick McEleney scored the opening goal just six minutes into the game.
It was a steady display by Stephen Kenny's side as Harps took over an hour to get a shot on target.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan was sent to the stands for final twenty minutes.
He was infuriated at a yellow card given to Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher.
The champions sealed the points with their second goal in the 75th minute from midfielder Daryl Murphy.
Harps next assignment is on Friday when they play bottom of the table Longford Town in Ballybofey.
Three points at home would be a huge boost to their survival in the Premier Division.