Teen McKenna gives Dundalk timely boost ahead of relegation play-off
TEENAGER Bob McKenna came off the bench to secure bottom-of-the-table Dundalk a share of the spoils against Bohemians at Oriel Park.
McKenna swept home a John Mountney cut-back in the 84th minute to halt Dundalk's run of seven straight league defeats and give Darius Kierans' side a much needed boost in confidence ahead of the relegation play-off in two weeks' time.
The Lilywhites started brightly with striker William Woods and teenager Conor McDonald impressing.
Bohemians took their time getting some momentum going, but they almost drew first blood in the 18th minute when Karl Moore cracked a fierce drive towards the bottom corner that Peter Cherrie had to turn around his post.
Dundalk were gift-wrapped the lead after 26 minutes. Goalkeeper Andy McNulty inexplicably sent his clearance straight to Stephen Maher, who accepted the gift to roll it into an empty net.
Bohs equalised two minutes after the restart. Derek Pender's free from the right picked out Evan McMillan and he planted his header into Cherrie's net.
Substitute Dinny Corcoran made his mark when he capitalised on a mix-up between Chris Shields and Cherrie to find the net in the 75th minute but McKenna -- prolific with Dundalk's youth sides over the past two seasons -- beat McNulty with a crisp finish.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Whelan, Burns (Thomas 55), Shields, Murphy; McDonald, Maher, Mountney, O'Brien; Woods (McKenna 78), Rafter (Reilly 84).
BOHEMIANS -- McNulty; Heary, Mulcahy, Lopez, Byrne; Ward, Pender (Corcoran 67); Moore (McMahon 70), McEvoy, Devanney (Wilson 79); McMillan.
REF -- D McKeon (Dublin).