Griffin swoops to conquer as Bohemians sent packing
IN cup football, fortune frequently follows the brave. Dundalk hit Dalymount Park seemingly low on confidence but were courageous enough to eke out a significant win as Mark Griffin's glorious 75th-minute free-kick proved decisive.
Griffin's skill had been a feature of a tight and tense contest, but with the issue delicately poised, the 21-year-old unleashed a sweet strike which made the Bohemians net dance.
It ended in a bitterly disappointing defeat for the Dubliners on a night that had initially promised so much.
Thrilled by their derby victory over long-time foes Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght, Bohs were quickly out of the blocks.
Bohemians were on the front foot for much of the half, but chances weren't being crafted.
At the opposite end of the park, Evan McMillan and Kevin Feely -- rumoured to be attracting the interest of Everton -- dealt capably with what Dundalk mustered and the teams departed deadlocked at the end of the opening period.
Aaron Callaghan put McMillan up front for the second half, but it was Dundalk who looked the likelier outfit after the restart.
Nathan Murphy and Michael Rafter went close for the visitors and Bohs were getting increasingly agitated.
Then a 75th-minute foul by Davy Mulcahy on Rafter presented Griffin with a chance to seize the initiative. Injuries have disrupted Griffin's progress over the past year, but the classy free-kick confirmed his potential.
Bohs came swinging back but Dundalk survived the inevitable late onslaught.
BOHEMIANS -- Murray; Heary (Mulligan 81), McMillan, Feely, Lopes; Mulcahy; Buckley, Pender, Ward, Moore (McEvoy 69); Devaney (O'Connor 80).
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Mountney, Burns, Foran, Murphy (Osbourne 77); Shields; O'Brien, McDonnell, Shanahan; Griffin, Rafter (Walsh 86).
REF -- D Tomney (Dublin).