Airtricity League: Bohemians 3 Cork City 0
European qualification may be safely tucked away, with three games to spare, but Bohemians boss Keith Long says there will be no let-up from his young side between now and the end of the season.
Goals from Andre Wright (two) and Danny Grant got the win for a Bohs side who were inspired by the superb teenage talent Dawson Devoy, points which guarantees them Europa League football in 2021. For Cork it's a grim outlook for the weeks ahead as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Only three years ago, Cork were champions in a season where they finished 29 points ahead of the Gypsies. Now it's the Phibsboro club who are on an upward trajectory while City, with just one point from the last four games, look like the very best they can hope for is a relegation play-off, with automatic relegation very much on the menu.
"It was our primary objective for the season, to try and qualify for Europe again, and we have done that with games to spare," said Long.
"It's been a disjointed season but the boys have been excellent since we came back.
"They worked extremely hard over lockdown, they have worked very hard and are getting their rewards for that, it's great for the club.
"We have three games left and we will try and win them all, try and keep some good form going into a Cup quarter-final against Dundalk, which will be very difficult, a huge challenge but that's the aim to keep winning, and keep going to the end."
Bohs toyed with Cork, managed by caretaker boss Colin Healy in the wake of Neale Fenn's midweek exit, in the opening stages with chances for Dan Casey, Devoy and Rob Cornwall before Andre Wright put them in front on 16 minutes, the striker set up by a clever pass from wide man Promise Omochere.
On 20 minutes Bohs were 2-0 up, a nightmare goal for City keeper Mark McNulty but a dream one for Danny Grant. Conor Levingston punted the ball towards Grant and the winger, who scored a hat-trick six days earlier, spotted McNulty off his line and lobbed him from distance.
The City defence was wide open on 51 minutes when the sublime Devoy sent in a cross and even a soft header from Wright was enough to beat McNulty for his second of the night, defender Joseph Olowu all at sea. The only negative for Bohs was an ankle injury sustained by defender Rob Cornwall in a collision with team-mate James Talbot.
"I know the players, I've worked with them, they need to start believing in themselves," said City's interim manager Healy.