Bohs hit sorry Seagulls for six, as new signing Daniel Kelly makes himself an instant fan favourite netting two in a Dalymount demolition job.
Kelly, earning his first start against his former club after impressing off the bench in the defeat to Sligo Rovers, got the home side the dream start with just five minutes played. The pacey front man reacted quickest to Rhys Gorman’s header back to his keeper and nicked in ahead of Evan Moran to poke home.
Kelly, now relishing his role on the right wing, doubled his personal tally and the lead on the 22nd minute. Keith Ward took the ball on his chest in the box from a cross field ball but his snap shot was brilliantly saved by Moran, goal mouth scramble ensued and that man of the moment curled a delightful effort with the outside of his right boot to the far post.
The home side sensed blood and made it three moments later from the spot. In keeping with the against the ex-player theme, it ws ex-Bohs defender Dylan Hayes who gave away the spot kick, bundling into the back of Ward who played a lovely one-two with JJ Lunney. Up stepped Dinny Corcoran to slot home. Just before the break the rampant home side made it four with a rocket from the right boot of Kevin Devaney form 20 yards out, who certainly doesn’t do tap ins.
The Gypsies wasted no time adding a fifth just minutes after the start of the second half. Rob Cornwall got in on the act following Ward’s deep corner. Corcoran did well to keep it alive and up rose the big centre half to nod home.
Amazing scenes were to follow as Bohs were awarded their second penalty of the game after Lyons was hauled down by Moran. Chants of “Kelly, Kelly” rang around Phibsboro – as the youngster was on a hattrick- but Corcoran ignored the crowd. The penalty was brilliantly saved by Moran, as a chorus of boo’s sarcastically erupted from the Gypsie faithful.
Substitute Cristian Magerusan added insult to injury and, on his league debut, added a 6th with a very well taken finish on a memorable night for the youngster.
The massive victory puts a seven point gap between themselves and Limerick and, also, Keith Longs troops have a far superior goal difference (23 goals better off) which could count as an extra point come the end of the season if things get tight again.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly, Andy Lyons
Subs: Sean Bohan, Dan Byrne, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Cristian Magerusan, Ian Morris, Paddy Kirk
Bray Wanderers: Evan Moran, Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, Paul O’Conor, Ger Pender, Jake Kelly, Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman, Gary McCabe, Dragos Mamaliga, Sean Harding
Subs: Mark O’Connor, Calvin Rogers, Darragh Noone, Jake Ellis, Cian Walsh, Byron O’Gorman, Alex Rafferty
Referee: Neil Doyle