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Bohs move to within two points of title rivals Rovers after comfortable Dublin derby win

A stunning curled goal from Anto Breslin was a highlight of the victory over St Pat’s – but did he mean it?

Bohs celebrate after Anto Breslin's goal.
Bohs celebrate after Anto Breslin's goal.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

BOHEMIANS MOVED TO within two points of SSE Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers after beating St Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 this afternoon.

First-half goals from Anthony Breslin and Andre Wright sealed a comfortable and commanding derby win for the hosts at Dalymount Park, as they piled the pressure on Dublin — and title — rivals and Rovers.

The Hoops squandered the chance to turn up the heat on their challengers last night as they were held to a scoreless draw at Tallaght Stadium by Shelbourne.

And with the door left ajar, Bohs grabbed the opportunity to move closer — and hotter on their heels — in their clash this afternoon, which came as their fifth straight league win.

Keith Long named an unchanged Bohs starting XI, keeping his faith in the side that beat Finn Harps last time out, while Pat’s fielded a strong side as they looked to build on their mid-table positioning.

16 minutes in, Bohs grabbed the lead through Anto Breslin’s stunning finish. Many will say it was intended to be a cross or a ball into the box, but it ended up as a brilliantly-curled goal into the top right-hand corner with Brendan Clarke caught off his line; whether Breslin meant it or not, with the wind at his back.

Eight minutes later, Wright banged in another — this time a header — adding to his impressive goal haul this season.

With the momentum firmly behind them, the hosts pushed on for the remainder of the opening half but it stayed 2-0 despite the chances to go further ahead coming thick and fast.

The second half proceeded in a similar manner, Pat’s finding it hard to break down the Dalymount outfit. They enjoyed their fair share of possession, but failed to trouble Bohs a whole lot outside of set pieces.

Early goalscorer Breslin was shown an 82nd-minute yellow card, joining his team-mates Daniel Grant, Keith Ward and Kristopher Twardek in the referee’s notebook after they were penalised earlier.

dan-grant-with-lee-desmond Bohemians’ Dan Grant with Lee Desmond of St. Patrick's Athletic. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Lee Desmond and Robbie Benson were the Pat’s players to finish with yellow cards.

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