Goals from Connor Coupe, Robert Smith, a Jamie Winter double and an own goal made life comfortable for Phil McGuire’s side.
Panmure sit six points behind East Craigie but do have a game in hand.
This weekend Carnoustie host Lochee United.
Fellow Angus sides Brechin Vics thumped Coupar Angus 7-0, Forfar West End were beaten 1-0 by Lochee Harp and Kirriemuir Thistle played out an entertaining match against Blairgowrie, eventually seeing them off 3-2.
Forfar United slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Lochee United.
Dundee East Craigie had no problems against Dundee Violet, winning 5-1. Tayport beat Scone Thistle 6-1, Broughty Athletic were beaten 3-1 by Dundee North End and Letham were 3-0 winners over Dundee St James.
Forfar United were due to travel to Tayport on Wednesday as we were going to press.
All other fixtures for the weekend are available at www.ersjfa.net