Mahdy's early blast keeps Students on upward curve
UCD 1-0 Bohemians
Yoyo Mahdy's brilliant early goal maintained UCD's revival as they frustrated third-placed Bohemians at the UCD Bowl.
Despite the loss of several key players following an 11-match losing run that saw them slump four points adrift at the foot of the table 10 days ago, two wins and a draw from their last three matches since now has Collie O'Neill's Students three points clear of bottom side Finn Harps.
Unchanged from their 0-0 draw in Derry on Friday, UCD started confidently and got what would prove the game's only goal from the first attack on eight minutes.
It was all Mahdy's own work as he harried James Finnerty to snatch the ball off the Bohemians' defender.
The UCD striker then got his head up to hit a crisp right-foot shot to the top corner from some 25 yards for a fifth league strike of the season.
Danny Mandroiu, who scored a terrific goal in a 2-0 win here in February, was proving Bohemians' chief threat, firing over from a free kick on 17 minutes.
Finnerty was close to redeeming his early lapse on 41 minutes, but his shot scarcely troubled the UCD keeper.
Keith Ward's clever lob brought a fingertip save from Kearns seven minutes into the second half as Bohs upped the tempo. Bohemians pressed to the death, their last chance came five minutes into added time when Darragh Leahy met Luke Wade-Slater's cross. But the header was straight at Kearns.
UCD - Kearns; Tobin, McEvoy, Farrell, Dignam; O'Farrell, Keaney, Doyle, McClelland; Mahdy; Kinsella Bishop (Keane 67).
Bohemians - Talbot; Pender, Barker (Devoy 79), Finnerty, Leahy; McCourt (Levingston 57), Buckley; Wade Slater, Ward, Devaney (Swan 57); Mandroiu.
Ref - D Tomney (Dublin)