Darryl Geraghty reports from Dalymount Park.
Following the fallout of “Battle at the Bowl” between these two sides, in which UCD ran out one nil winners, this encounter threatened to be quite a tasty affair, but in reality it never got going as a contest.
Bohs, boosted by the return of Rob Cornwall at the heart of the defence, dominated much of the possession and it was the returning Cornwall who nearly put them in front after two minutes. The big centre half turned on a six pence on the edge of the area but could only strike low into the body of Tom Murphy.
Danny Grant, a constant threat down the right,came closest to breaking the deadlock with twenty minutes played, cutting inside two UCD challenges on the right hand side of the box but his left footed drive came back off the foot of the post.
But just minutes later the breakthrough finally came, and it was Grant who was inevitably at the heart of it all, bursting to the end line before standing up a lovely weighted cross for Andre Wright to power home his first for the club.
It was all too easy for the hosts as Conor Levingston double their lead just before the break. A cleverly worked corner routine saw last weeks hero Danny Mandroiu, drill a low ball to the edge of the area and up stepped the unmarked Levingston to sweep home with his left.
Any slim hopes the visitors, were demolished almost immediately after the restart, as the Gypsies began to run riot with three goals in just eight minutes . Firstly, after winning the ball back straight from the retart, Mandroiu slipped in Grant on the inside right channel and the pacey winger got the goal his performace deserved.
This was quickly followed by an almost trademark Mandriou free kick form the edge of the box, before Wright got his second of the game calmly slotting past Murphy from a slack back pass.
Wright wasn’t done just yet as he went on to net his hat-trick. Having seen his penatly briliantly saved by Murphy, the rebound fell kindly to the big striker to tap home.
Seven and eight followed soon after as Ross Tierney struck for his first senior goal, cleverly turning home Luke Wade-Slaters low cross in off the bar before Mandroiu smashed home from the spot after Tierney had been brought down in the area by Murphy.
Incredibly, Bohs were gifted another penalty when Murphy clattered into Wright with ten minutes remaining. Up stepped Mandroiu and with a carbon copy of his first penalty, grabbed a hat-trick for himself.
Chants of, “We want ten” were rewarded as Wright headed home from Keith Wards floated cross for his fourth, in a game that will go a long way to helping the goal difference in the race for Europe for Keith Longs charges..
Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall (Aaron Barry 65’), Danny Mandroiu, Danny Grant (Ross Tierney 57’), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 53’) , Andre Wright, Keith Buckley (c), Andy Lyons, Michael Barker, Luke Wade-Slater
Subs: Michael Kelly, Aaron Barry, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward, Paddy Kirk, Ryan Swan, Ross Tierney
UCD AFC: Tom Murphy, Liam Scales (c), Harry McEvoy, Isaac Akinsete, Jason McClelland, Richie O’Farrell. Dara Keane, Liam Kerrigan, Paul Doyle(Aaron McGrath 42’), Evan Farrell, Sam Byrne (Yoyo Mahdy 72’)
Subs: Gavin Sheridan, Daniel Tobin, Yoyo Mahdy, Danu Kinsella Bishop, Luke Boore, James Daly, Aaron McGrath
Referee: Anthony Buttimer