A wonderful strike by Peter McMahon secured Bohemians a well deserved 2-0 win against a very disappointing Dundalk side at Oriel Park on Friday night.
McMahon latched on to Keith Ward’s back-heel to smash an unstoppable effort into Peter Cherrie’s top right hand corner after a free flowing Bohs move had cut Dundalk to pieces in the 70th minute.
The Bohs number 20 had earlier played the creator’s role for the Bohs opener in the 26th minute, pulling the ball back for Ryan McEvoy to pick his spot from 10-yards.
It was the visitors who asked all the questions early with former Lilywhite Keith Ward pulling all the strings in the centre of the park. Ryan McEvoy and Peter McMahon went close for Bohs with half chances. Dundalk, on the other hand, failed to mount any sort of offensive play.
It was no surprise then when they Gypsies opened the scoring after 26 minutes. Peter McMahon slipped away from Luke Danville way too easily and his cut back was slipped home by Ryan McEvoy from 10-yards.
Dundalk almost replied instantly but Danville saw his header from a Shane O’Neill corner tipped over by Bohs keeper Andy McNulty before Michael Rafter looped an effort wide after doing well to set himself up for a shot.
The Gypsies were almost gifted a second goal 10 minutes into the second-half. Ben McLaughlin’s stray pass evaded Danville and fell straight to the feet of Dinny Corcoran but the striker’s first time effort didn’t have enough power to beat Peter Cherrie.
Bohs were dealt a blow when Owen Heary limped off with an injury just past the hour mark and Dundalk almost capitalised on the veteran’s withdrawal when Dan Cunningham raided down the left to fire just over from Gary Shanahan’s pass.
The home support were given some encouragement but they were stunned into silence when McMahon rattled the net with his stunning effort to put the result beyond doubt.
Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Ben McLaughlin, Luke Danville, Peter Thomas, Eoghan Osborne; Robert Waters (Dan Cunningham HT), John Mountney, Stephen McDonnell, Gary Shanahan (Reilly 83); Shane O’Neill, Michael Rafter (Gareth Coughlan 78)
Bohemians: Andy McNulty, Owen Heary (Derek Pender 62), Evan McMillan, Kevin Feely, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Keith Ward, Stephen Traynor, Luke Byrne, Peter McMahon (Andy Mulligan 75), Dinny Corcoran.
Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin).