Bohemians Euro vision
Bohs 1 Cork City 0
The door to Europe has opened up just that bit wider for Bohemians as they moved clear into third place in the league table with their sights set on ending a nine-year exile from European competition.
And while there was a big dollop of good fortune about last night's 1-0 win over Cork City side, the only score of the game an own goal from City keeper Tadhg Ryan, the Gypsies will take anything that comes their way after a tough spell.
The Bohs side was ravaged by injuries and they were slow to start in front of a crowd which included Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, taking in this game as the first of a League of Ireland double-header as he's also due to attend tonight's Sligo Rovers-Shamrock Rovers clash.
Bohs almost went in front on 14 minutes, Ross Tierney connecting with Keith Ward's corner but keeper Ryan pulled off a save. The home side struggled after that and Cork looked more likely to score, efforts from Conor McCormack and Eoghan Stokes.
But two minutes into the second half Bohs had their goal. Ryan had got his hands to a cross from Pender but the Limerick-born keeper carried the ball over the line as he fell and the goal would go down as an OG, no way back for a Cork side who could still face a relegation playoff.
St Pat's lost a chance to make up ground in the race for a top-four finish with a poor 2-0 defeat at home to Waterford. A penalty from Michael O'Connor on six minutes, after a foul by Ciaran Kelly on Rob Slevin, had the Blues in front and O'Connor popped up again on 82 minutes with a header from Shane Duggan's cross.
Derry City, also chasing Europe, were the latest side to falter at the hands of champions Dundalk, a 1-0 win at Oriel Park for Vinny Perth's side. Daniel Kelly came up with the only goal of the game on 64 minutes to earn yet another win for Dundalk.
Finn Harps had to settle for a 0-0 draw at home to bottom side UCD, now a six-point gap between Harps and Cork City.
Meanwhile, Cabinteely and Longford Town played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their promotion playoff, the sides due to meet again, in Longford, next Friday.