Poynton spot on as Bohs end Cork run
Cork City 0 Bohemians 1
George Poynton converted a 62nd-minute penalty as Bohemians condemned runaway league leaders Cork City to their first defeat of the campaign at Turner's Cross.
Midfielder Poynton made no mistake from the spot, sending his kick high to Mark McNulty's left after Ismahil Akinade was fouled by Conor McCarthy.
John Caulfield's side still retain a 17-point lead over Dundalk, with 10 series of games remaining, but the Rebel Army won't be happy to have lost their unbeaten record - especially at home.
Before the goal, Cork looked as if they were getting on top. Soon after the restart, Achille Campion was just over with a diving header from Greg Bolger's lovely delivery. Garry Buckley also headed an effort over and Campion drew a good save from Shane Supple.
After the goal, it took City a while to re-adjust and only good anticipation from McNulty prevented Ciarán O'Connor from applying the finishing touch to Dinny Corcoran's cushioned header.
Karl Sheppard and Campion both went close with headers in the final 15 minutes as Cork furiously sought an equaliser.
Bohs certainly couldn't be accused of larceny as, in front of 3,590 spectators, they matched City during a first half in which both sides had good chances.
Sheppard and Campion went close early on for the home side, Supple saving well from Sheppard, while Oscar Brennan worked McNulty from distance before O'Connor and Akinade both missed great chances to put impressive Bohs ahead.
CORK CITY - McNulty; Beattie, McCarthy, Delaney (Williams half-time), Griffin; Bolger, Buckley; Sheppard, Keohane (Sadlier 68), Dooley (Ellis 82); Campion.
BOHEMIANS - Supple; Casey (Hayes 70), Cornwall, O'Hora (Byrne 11), Morris; Poynton, Sule, Brennan, Ward; Akinade (Corcoran 67), O'Connor.
ref - R Rogers (Dublin)