Hawkins rises highest to end Dundalk's Dalymount jinx
If Dundalk are to move from pretenders to contenders for top honours they'll have to make up the points by whatever means possible, and last night they pulled out a win when it looked like they'd be lucky to scrape a point.
Colin Hawkins came up with the all important goal 10 minutes from time in a game the home side had largely dominated. It ensured the Lilywhites their first win in Phibsboro since March 1993.
Early on, Killian Brennan latched on to Hawkins' headed clearance, with his long-range effort flashing just wide of Peter Cherrie's post.
Cherrie was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening exchanges and he was on hand to parry away an Anto Flood shot after he charged after Chris O'Connor's route-one punt upfield.
The home crowd were on their feet again in the 31st minute when Cherrie brilliantly palmed over a looping header from Brennan.
Although Pat Fenlon was serving a one-match ban from the touch-line, he will take heart from the performance of Christopher Forrester. The youngster looked like he'd picked up a hand injury early on, but his contribution after was that of a man with many years on the clock.
A cracking 30-yard effort from the Smithfield lad in the 35th minute called on Cherrie to again provide the last line of resistance, and a minute later the lively No 7 played in Flood with a deft touch from midfield. The striker finished it off, but he was judged offside.
Outclassed in midfield, the Lilywhites had to wait until the 70th minute before carving a real chance, but Hawkins' header from Ross Gaynor's free never troubled O'Connor. Ten minutes from time, though, Hawkins delivered the crucial blow when he rose highest to head Greg Bolger's free-kick decisively past O'Connor.
Bohemians -- O'Connor; Heary, Burns, Price (Fowler 86), O'Brien; Forrester (Burke 81), Rossiter, Bayly, Brennan; Traynor; Flood.
Dundalk -- Cherrie; Madden, Guthrie (Bennett 60), Hawkins, Murphy; Kearns, Bolger, Hector, Gaynor; Byrne, Quigley.
Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).