Hoban hat-trick delights Dundalk and pushes Bohs closer to abyss
Dundalk 3 Bohemians 0
Dundalk continue to dream of what would be one of the most unlikely title wins following victory over Bohemians at Oriel Park.
Patrick Hoban was the hero for Stephen Kenny's title-chasers as he helped himself to a hat-trick to move the border club into third, three points behind leaders St Pat's.
For the visitors, this was a 10th league game without a win and they now find themselves just thre points off the bottom.
Dundalk controlled the game from the off and Dean Delany had to be at his best to deny Kurtis Byrne on two occasions early on.
The Bohs 'keeper tainted his good work in the 27th minute when he allowed Hoban to nip in and ehad home Dane Massey's cross.
Hoban grabbed his second in the 56th minute and he struck again seven minutes later when he spotted Delany off his line and produced a classy finish past the stranded 'keeper.
Bohs' night went from bad to worse with 12 minutes to go when Owen Heary saw red right in front of the home side's dug-out.
Dundalk – Cherrie; Sullivan (McDonnell 70), Boyle, Rossiter, Massey (Gartland 54); Towell, McCaffrey (Dillon 79), O'Donnell; Meenan, Hoban, Byrne.
Bohemians – Delany; Heary, Byrne, Barker, Pender; Murray (Shannon 58), Mulcahy, Buckley, Moore; Scully (Corcoran 70), Murphy (Lyons 78).
Ref – N Doyle.