Duffy the difference as Dundalk got back to winning ways against Bohs
DUNDALK 2 BOHEMIANS 0
Michael Duffy played a starring role as Dundalk returned to winning ways with a comfortable win over Bohemians at Oriel Park.
The former Celtic winger had a big hand in both goals, feeding Patrick McEleney who dug out the cross for David McMillan’s opener before settling a nervy Oriel Park crowd down with a 66th-minute cracker.
The visitors, who are now sitting just two points above the drop zone, came into the game as rank outsiders to win the game and Keith Long’s side never really looked like causing an upset.
The result put the cap on something of a tempestuous week for the league champions which saw them beaten in controversial fashion by Bray Wanderers and manager Stephen Kenny enter into a war of words with his Cork City counterpart, John Caulfield.
That defeat to the Seagulls left Dundalk nine points adrift of Cork City before a ball was kicked, meaning that there was no room for slip-ups here.
An early goal is exactly what Kenny would have craved and it arrived in the ninth minute. McEleney did well to get on the end of a slightly overhit Duffy pass and his cross from the bye-line picked out McMillan who made no mistake with a close-range header.
The champions went in search of a second and Shane Supple raced from his line to smother a Duffy effort before Lorcan Fitzgerald did enough to stop the 22-year-old from slamming home after Supple did well to push away a Dane Massey drive.
The Gypsies created their only opening of the half in the 34th minute when Jamie Doyle escaped the attentions of Brian Gartland to guide a left-footed half-volley towards goal but Gary Rogers got down to gather.
Supple was busy again just 90 seconds after the restart, throwing himself to his right to beat away Stephen O’Donnell’s drive.
Things became scrappy after that with the home crowd getting anxious but Duffy settled the nerves when he collected a pass from substitute Steven Kinsella and rifled home a daisy-cutter from 25 yards.
Kaleem Simon had an injury-time effort ruled out for offside but Dundalk saw it out comfortably.
DUNDALK – Rogers; Vemmelund, Gartland, Hoare, Massey; Shields, O’Donnell (Clifford 74); Duffy, McEleney (Stewart 86), McGrath (Kinsella 65); McMillan.
BOHEMIANS – Supple; Pender, Cornwall, Byrne, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Brennan, Morris, Sule (Ward 83), Simon; Doyle (Casey 69).
REF – P McLaughlin