They left it late, but Shamrock Rovers did enough in the end to beat arch-rivals Bohemians in the top versus bottom clash at Tallaght stadium to maintain their leadership of the Premier Division table.
Gary Twigg, who had a goal disallowed in the first half, finally broke Bohs' resolve with the lead goal on 79 minutes.
Billy Dennehy sealed the win with the second goal in the third minutes of added time
Shelbourne dug out a gutsy point with ten men in the other Dublin derby at Tolka Park, holding St. Patrick’s Athletic to a 1-1 draw.
Brendan McGill’s spectacular volley put Shels ahead on 22 minutes, the shot coming down off the bar to strike keeper Brendan Clarke and enter the net.
But St. Pat’s hit back to level on 43 minutes when Christy Fagan slipped the ball past Paul Skinner from Chris Forrester’s flick.
Shels had midfielder Glen Cronin shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on John Russell on 65 minutes, but Alan Mathews' side held out for a big point.
Drogheda United maintained their bright start to the season with a 2-0 home win over Derry City.
Ryan Brennan put Mick Cooke’s side in front on 21 minutes with Brian Gannon adding the second goal two minutes from time.
Derry finished with ten men after midfielder Barry Molloy was sent off on 75 minutes for a foul on Brennan, his second booking.
Jason Byrne scored Bray Wanderers' equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Cork City at Turner's Cross to move level in second place with Pat Morley in the league’s all-time scoring chart.
Tadhg Purcell had given Cork a fourth minute lead. But veteran Byrne levelled on 74 minutes with the 182nd goal of his league career.
UCD ended a run of three defeats to beat Monaghan United 3-2 at the UCD Bowl.
Defender Danny Ledwith put College ahead six minutes into the second half, but Roddy Collins’ Monaghan hit back through Conor Murphy in the 70th minute.
Cillian Morrison, who hit four goals in the midweek EA Sports Cup win at Waterford, restored UCD’s lead on 80 minutes with Paul O‘Conor sealing the points nine minutes later.
Jordan Keegan’s goal for Monaghan in stoppage time was purely academic.