Keegan keeps Gypsies' title flame burning
THE eruption of joy and relief from the Bohemians bench on the two occasions they took the lead last night said it all.
Pat Fenlon's men firmly believe they are still in this title race.
It could have gone horribly wrong for the defending champions last night, but a mix of hard grafting and a touch of luck helped them see out a crucial victory in a tempestuous affair at Oriel Park.
Things looked to be going south for the visitors when Dundalk equalised.
Referee Derek Tomney appeared unmoved by the shouts for handball from the Oriel Park faithful when Matthew Tipton hooked a cross into Brian Shelley's body on 37 minutes. But linesman Mark Gavin flagged furiously, and Tomney had no choice but to point to the spot before Tipton tucked away the resulting spot-kick.
Three minutes earlier, the Bohemians bench were sent into raptures by Mark Quigley's opener, after the former Millwall man climbed highest to head home Shelley's looping cross.
And Fenlon and his sideline team were lifted from their seats once again when Paul Keegan gave them the winner on 56 minutes with a sweetly struck finish.
If Lady Luck had conspired against the Dubliners in the first half, she repaid them two minutes after their second goal when Tipton had a second goal ruled out for offside in a decision that incensed the home fans. It riled Ian Foster's men too, and the temperatures rose after that decision, with Stephen Maher deservedly seeing red after testing the referee's patience far too often having been booked in the first half.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie, Madden, Burns, Kelly, Hatswell; Kearns, Maher, Gaynor (McDonnell 80); Kuduzovic (Lennon 17), Tipton, Bennett.
BOHEMIANS -- O'Connor, Heary, Shelley, Oman, Rossiter (Powell 46); McGlynn, Keegan, Cronin, Higgins, Quigley; Greene (Madden 71).
REF -- D Tomney (Dublin).