BOHEMIANS retained their Premier Division status for 2014 but they did it the hard way as they are guaranteed top-flight football again next term despite a 1-0 loss to Drogheda United on the final day of the season.
A superb goal on 30 minutes from Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien proved to be the only goal of the night in Hunky Dorys Park, the last home game for the departing Drogheda manager Mick Cooke who will end his time as Drogheda manager following Sunday's FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium.
Bohs survived for another season in the top flight as Bray Wanderers failed to get the win they needed, Bray going down 2-0 at home to Dundalk with goals for the Lilywhites from Pat Hoban and Kurtis Byrne, so Bray will enter the promotion/relegation playoff next week while Bohs and UCD survive.
It was an emotional night for veteran Owen Heary, the Bohs assistant manager, who called time on his playing career with his final appearance, Heary coming on as a 78th minute sub as he now retires from playing, having started as a teenager with Kilkenny City way back in November 1993.
Shelbourne were already confirmed as relegated but they still put up a fight at home to UCD, Ian Ryan's 20th minute goal for Shels cancelling out a lead goal from Robbie Benson, but UCD came back straight away and a second goal from Dean Clarke on 21 minutes was enough to win it for the Students, who remain in the top flight.
Derry City put on an impressive display with a 6-0 against Limerick to claim fourth spot in the league.
If Sligo Rovers win next month’s FAI Cup Final then Derry will have guaranteed European football for a second year running.
Sligo held off the challenge of Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght - the game finished 2-1 to the visitors despite their fielding a weakened side ahead of the cup final. The Hoops finished in fifth spot as a result.
Cork City beat St Pat's 4-2 at Turner's Cross - though the score flattered the home side after a torrid second half.
Longford booked a place in the promotion/relegation play-off against Bray as they came through a penalty shootout with Mervue United. The game had finished 3-3 on aggregate but the Midlanders prevailed on penalties by 3-0.
Final Premier League table
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