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Bohs bounce back into reckoning

BOHEMIANS could yet have a say in this year's title race as the Gypsies are now only eight points behind leaders Derry City thanks to last night's 3-1 win at home to Dundalk.

Pat Fenlon's side are one of the most in-form teams in the league now with eight wins in 11 games and, if they can pick up two wins from their next matches -- against strugglers Galway United and UCD -- then Bohs, who are still struggling financially with a regular battle to pay their wage bill, could at least sneak into contention for a European place.

Dundalk came to Dalymount Park with a weakened squad, only four of the permitted substitutes on the bench. But Bohs still struggled to get a grip on the game and home fans in a disappointing crowd of 900 had to wait until the 50th minute for the lead goal, as Killian Brennan profited from a slip by the normally-reliable Dundalk keeper, Peter Cherrie.

Ger O'Brien made it 2-0 on 54 minutes with a stunning strike but Johnny Breen gave Dundalk some hope with a goal on 62 minutes.

However, Bohs substitute Chris Fagan made sure of the points for the home side when he scored their third goal in injury time.

The teams have little respite as they face each other again in the FAI Ford Cup quarter-final on Friday night.