Galway United leapfrogged UCD to go second in the SSE Airtricity League First Division after thrashing the Students 4-1 at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Both sides had gone into the game level on points, with UCD ahead on goal difference. But Galway took control of proceedings before half-time through a Wilson Waweru goal on 38 minutes.

Mikie Rowe and Shane Doherty added to the advantage, before Dara Keane pulled one back for the visitors.

But Padraic Cunningham scored a fourth for Galway and John Caulfield's side go three points clear of Friday night's visitors.

Leaders Shelbourne remain 10 points clear at the top after their 2-0 win at Cabinteely which keeps them well on course for automatic promotion.

Georgie Poynton opened the scoring for Shels

Georgie Poynton opened the scoring for Shels on 10 minutes, before Michael O'Connor added a second in stoppage time at Stradbrook.

Cabinteely are eighth, four points adrift of Cork City who played out a 0-0 draw in their all-Munster clash away at Treaty United.

The result at Markets Field takes Treaty within a point of third-placed UCD in the table, in the play-off places, while bottom side Wexford FC picked up their fourth win of the season with a 2-0 win at sixth-placed Athlone Town.

Jack Moylan scored a second minute opener for Wexford before Jack Doherty made sure of the points three minutes from time.

On Saturday, second from bottom Cobh Ramblers will host fifth-placed Bray Wanderers in a 7pm kick-off.