Substitute Jake Kelly and Ismahil Akinade scored second half goals to give Bohemians victory over Finn Harps at Dalymount Park on Friday night.
Finn Harps 0
For Harps it was a third defeat on the trot, although with Wexford Youths and Longford Town also behind in their respective games on Friday night, Harps are likely to maintain a healthy gap between themselves and the bottom two.
Harps made four changes for this game with Tommy McMonagle, Ethan Boyle and Josh Mailey joining Tony McNamee in the starting eleven. For McNamee, it was his first game back following his recent injury and he went close to scoring the opening early in the first half when his well struck effort was beaten out by keeper Shane Supple. The Bohs No. 1, who played for Crumlin against Harps in the FAI Cup this season, reacted well to save Ruairí Keating’s follow-up.
Bohs too, had chances in the first half. Paddy Kavanagh was played in by Roberto Lopes but with the pass just too heavy, Harps keeper Richard Brush was able to race out and deny the Bohs man.
Just before half time, Brush was called into action again, this time saving Derek Prendergast’s header from Stephen Best’s cross.
In the early stages of the second half, Harps carried the greater threat and after Keating had a half chance shortly after the break, the same player went close again, this time seeing his header comfortably saved by Supple.
Then just after the hour, Keating did brilliantly to work an opening inside the area but from a difficult angle, his shot was straight at the keeper.
But it was Bohs who went in front on 67 minutes when substitute, Jake Kelly, marked his introduction by getting on the end of Akinade’s delightful pass to score from close range.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan introduced Adam Hanlon, Ryan Curran and former Bohs man, Dave Scully, for the closing stages. However, it was Bohs who could have scored again when Kelly was in for his second on 82 minutes but he saw his shot saved by Brush at the expense of a corner.
They eventually got the second two minutes from the end when Akinade latched on to Kavanagh’s pass and finished well.
The result means Bohs move ahead of Harps in the table - the Donegal club dropping to ninth, and they remain on 23 points from 21 games played
Bohemians: Shane Supple, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Stephen Best, Derek Pender, Derek Prendergast, Ian Morris (Eoin Wearen 63), Roberto Lopes, Paddy Kavanagh, Mark Quigley, Kurtis Byrne, Ismahil Akinade (Marco Chindea 89).
Finn Harps: Richard Brush, Josh Mailey, Ciaran Coll, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Tommy McMonagle (Dave Scully 81), Ethan Boyle (Ryan Curran 75), Barry Molloy, Ruairi Keating, Sean Houston, Tony McNamee (Adam Hanlon 75).
Referee: Sean Grant.