Bohs come up trumps with desperation derby success
SHELBOURNE 0 BOHEMIANS 3
THE fact this was a desperation derby was made clear at the outset as fans of Bohemians in the Riverside Stand held up a large banner that read 'By any means necessary.'
The home of Shelbourne may look the same as it did a decade ago when these rivals contested titles, but there are few other similarities at these cash-strapped clubs as they fight for survival at the other end of the table.
Bohs had new manager Bobby Browne in the dugout, but his official assistant Owen Heary appeared to still be running things and he would have been delighted with his team's display. They could celebrate further when they got back to the dressing-room and learned that both Bray Wanderers and UCD had lost.
Those results offered some solace to John McDonnell and Shelbourne, but the loss of Glenn Cronin to a serious-looking knee injury and their general lethargy will be huge concerns ahead of the bottom side's run-in.
The Reds were outplayed on the night as, roared on by a large proportion of the 2,028 crowd, Bohs dominated from the off and looked much the sharper team.
They went in front after 18 minutes and rarely looked back.
Anto Murphy went forward from central defence to take a trademark long throw, but at the last minute changed his mind and instead went short to Keith Buckley.
The winger sent Murphy to the byline and his deep cross was brilliantly kept alive by Karl Moore who headed the ball back to Dinny Corcoran whose low shot couldn't be kept out by the despairing Adam O'Connor.
Sean Brennan had a chance to level minutes later and Murphy was lucky to escape with just a yellow for a forceful tackle on the former Drogheda man soon after, but the tide was mainly one way as Ryan McEvoy, Corcoran and Dave Mulcahy all went close before half-time.
Things continued in that vein after the break and, although Traynor was denied at close range by Lee Murphy, the second finally came 11 minutes into the half as Derek Pender's throw-in was flicked on by Keith Buckley and McEvoy stole between two defenders and hooked the ball home to send the Riverside into raptures.
Murphy denied Buckley and Mulcahy chances to put a gloss on the result, but the Shels' stopper could do nothing to deny the veteran midfielder tap home Moore's cross as Bohs took a big step towards safety.
SHELBOURNE – Murphy; Ryan (Doyle 76), O'Connor, Gartland, Flynn; Hurley, Cronin (Tinnelly 34), Sheerin (McGlynn 60), Brennan, Hanlon; Murtagh.
BOHEMIANS – Delany; Pender (D Byrne 73), Lopes, Murphy, L Byrne; Buckley, Mulcahy, McEvoy, Moore (Devaney 94); Traynor (Lyons 94); Corcoran.
REF – P Tuite (Dublin)