Caoimhin Reilly reports from Oriel Park.
BOHEMIANS LEFT ORIEL PARK with the points tonight courtesy of a well-earned 1-0 win over Dundalk.
Ismahil Akinade’s stunning strike a minute before the break proved the difference as the Lilywhites lost their fourth home league match of the term.
Despite both sides having plenty of efforts on goal, especially during a lively first half played in the relentless rainfall, Bohs’ opener came out of nowhere with the game having looked certain to go to the break scoreless.
A loose ball presented itself nicely for Akinade to strike and from 25 yards, the former Bray Wanderers’ attacker registered his third career goal against Dundalk.
Dinny Corcoran drew a point-blank stop from Gary Rogers prior to scooping an effort over as Bohs began the brighter, while – as the hosts grew into proceedings – Jamie McGrath rattled the inside of the post from 35 yards with a spectacular strike.
David McMillan – chasing the league’s golden boot – had the ball in the net during the first half after Shane Supple had parried Robbie Benson’s shot back into play, however, the assistant’s flag chalked off the effort on 15 minutes.
The second half was largely dictated on Dundalk’s terms, though, as they pushed forward in search of an equaliser, Keith Long’s men looked to punish them on the breakaway and they ought to have done so when Corcoran got free inside the six-yard box. However, he drove straight at Rogers who palmed to safety.
Otherwise, Stephen Kenny’s men were forced to endure a frustrating last half hour, failing to test Supple in anger.
Though the home side felt quite a bit of anger in injury time when referee Derek Tomney waved away penalty claims after Chris Shields hit the ground having come into contact with Bohs substitute Jamie Hamilton.
But with nothing given, the Gypsies went on to secure their second win at Oriel Park in three seasons.
Dundalk: Rogers; Vemmelund, Gartland, Hoare, Grimes (Ubaezuono 81); Shields, Benson; Gannon McGrath, Stewart (O’Connor 85); McMillan
Bohemians: Supple; Hayes, Cornwall, Casey, Pender; Brennan, Morris (Byrne 76); Akinade, Gannon (Hamilton 89), Kavanagh; Corcoran
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)
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