Waterford kept on the coat-tails of third-placed Shamrock Rovers by easily accounting for Bray Wanderers.
Alan Reynolds rang the changes from the Blues side dumped out of the FAI Cup by UCD and one of six to profit, Estonian midfielder Sander Puri, broke the deadlock on 38 minutes.
Another international, former Ireland striker Noel Hunt, wrapped up the points with a second on 73 minutes.
Puri was also involved in the incident which led to Bray losing Evan Moran.
The goalkeeper was unable to continue following an aerial challenge from Puri and the first duty of his replacement, Mark O’Connor, was picking the ball out of the net after the Estonian lifted his shot over the advancing newcomer.
Hunt then volleyed in on the turn from close range to complete the scoring.
WATERFORD – N Corbet; N Baba, K Browne, G Comerford, D Barnett; P Keegan; R Feely, S Aborah (D Hutchinson 87), S Puri, C Galvin (G Holohan 68); N Hunt (I Akinade 82).
BRAY WANDERERS – E Moran (M O’Connor 36); D Gibbons, C Kenna, S Heaney, K Lynch; S Harding (J Sullivan 85, 6), D Noone (J Crilly 81), P O’Conor, R Gorman; J Kelly; G Pender.
Ref – N Doyle (Dublin).