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McMahon strike seals the deal

PETER McMahon's sensational 70th-minute strike put the seal on a fine Bohemians performance as the Gypsies strolled to a 2-0 victory over a very poor Dundalk side at Oriel Park last night.

McMahon latched on to Keith Ward's back-heel to smash an unstoppable effort into the top-right corner of the net after a free-flowing Bohs move had cut Dundalk to pieces.

Bohs had earlier taken a one-goal lead into the break thanks to Ryan McEvoy's 26th-minute finish. McMahon was the creator, slipping away from Luke Danville with ease to pull the ball back for McEvoy to fire home from 10 yards.

Sean McCaffrey's men looked bereft of ideas, with their best chance coming from a set-piece two minutes after the Bohs opener. Danville rose to meet Shane O'Neill's header but Andy McNulty did well to tip the ball over.

Dundalk -- Cherrie; McLaughlin, Danville, Thomas, Osborne; Waters (Cunningham h-t), Mountney, McDonnell, Shanahan (Reilly 83); O'Neill, Rafter (Coughlan 78).

Bohemians -- McNulty; Heary (Pender 62), McMillan, Feely, Byrne; Buckley, McEvoy, Ward, Traynor, McMahon (Mulligan 75); Corcoran (Scully 85)

Ref -- R Winter (Dublin)

Irish Independent