Dundalk defeat Bohemians to make it four wins from four in Dublin
Tiarnan Mulvenna and Richie Towell score in each half
Bohemians’ Kevin Devaney challenges Mark Rossiter of Dundalk at Dalymount Park last night. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
Tiarnan Mulvenna and Richie Towell scored in each half as Dundalk made it four wins from four in Dublin. And but for goalkeeper Dean Delany Bohemians would have lost by more in front of a crowd of 1,405.
Dundalk came within inches of a fourth-minute lead. Former Bohemian Keith Ward’s ball forward forced Delany into a poor clearance, John Dillon lobbed the ball back in from distance but the ball bounced over off the crossbar.
Dundalk threatened again from their first corner on 14 minutes with defender Andy Boyle heading wide from Towell’s delivery. Stephen Kenny’s side then punished poor goalkeeping to take a deserved lead six minutes later. Delany opted to parry Towell’s free-kick from all of 30 yards and Mulvenna scoop the rebound into the net.
Redemption was there for Delany minutes later when he made two athletic saves, first turning Mulvenna’s drive out for a corner before tipping over Dillon’s volley from 20 yards.
Bohemians were in disarray at the back and Mulvenna should have doubled Dundalk’s lead on 29 minutes but somehow failed to connect in front of goal with Ward’s free-kick.
Dundalk who remained in control after the break and Delany was beaten again on 79 minutes. Towell’s fiercely stuck drive took a wicked deflection off Roberto Lopes to fly into the corner of his net.
BOHEMIANS: Delany; Barker, Paisley, Lopes, Byrne; Pender; Moore, Murray (Scully, half-time), McEvoy (O’Brien, 75 mins), Nangle; Devaney (Lyons, half-time).
DUNDALK: Cherrie; Sullivan, Rossiter, Boyle, Massey; Towell; Dillon, O’Donnell, Ward (Mountney, 64 mins); Faherty (Hoban 80 mins), Mulvenna (Meenan, 72 mins).
Referee: Tom Connolly (Dublin).