Perfect ten for Gypsies
Bohemians 10 UCD 1
Recent league form had left Bohemians fans scratching their heads wondering just where their season was going.
Last night those supporters needed all of their fingers to keep track of the goals as they racked up an all-time record win, this 10-1 dismissal of UCD one for the history books and a scoreline that will scarcely be repeated.
English striker Andre Wright, who had not managed to score for the club in his previous three appearances, made up for that with a four-goal blast, Danny Mandroiu scored a hat-trick, and there were also goals from 18-year-old Ross Tierney, Danny Grant and Conor Levingston.
When Mandroiu scored a penalty on 82 minutes to make it 9-0, Bohs had beaten the record for a league win which had stood since 1978, but there was still time for more goals as they added a further strike, from Wright, while UCD somehow found the resolve on 88 minutes to score a goal of their own, Jason McClelland denying James Talbot a clean sheet.
The last meeting of the clubs was a disaster for Bohs as they lost 1-0 on the night, a result later amended to a 3-0 defeat as they played an ineligible player, and in the scrap which came about at the end of that game, Bohs captain Derek Pender picked up a five-game suspension which he only finished last night, UCD keeper Conor Kearns also earning a lengthy ban from the same game.
But there was little to concern Keith Long's outfit last night, Bohs firmly in control from early on, in front after 28 minutes and with a 2-0 lead at the break.
Bohs had their lead goal on 28 minutes, Grant's cross from the right wing headed in by Andre Wright, his first goal for the club. And four minutes before half-time the home side were 2-0 up, a move straight from the training ground as Mandroiu whipped in a corner, Levingston took one touch and his shot cannoned past keeper Tom Murphy.
Any sense of a UCD revival was killed off just 30 seconds into the second half when the impressive Grant, one of the players being watched by Ireland U21 team boss Stephen Kenny, picked up on Wright's pass and beat keeper Murphy.
A Mandroiu free kick, won for a foul on Grant, made it 4-0 for Bohs on 51 minutes, and within a minute Bohs had another goal, Wright making the most of a slip in defence by Harry McEvoy and he slid a shot into the net.
UCD tried to get some pride back at least, Bohs relieved to see a shot from former Gypsy Sam Byrne come off the post on 55 minutes.
The last half hour was an onslaught for the away side who had enjoyed that home win over Bohs a month ago.
On 61 minutes Evan Farrell felled Andy Lyons in the box and while Murphy did save Wright's spotkick, he was unable to deny Wright from the rebound.
Sub Tierney picked out a calm finish to claim his first senior goal for the club on 67 minutes to make it 7-0, and a foul on Tierney by the keeper led to another penalty, this one converted by Mandroiu on 76 minutes, Murphy punished again with a penalty, though not a red card, for a foul on Wright, Mandroiu again from the spot.
With four minutes to go Wright popped up again to make it 10-0, heading home a Keith Ward cross, though McClelland did manage to break free and kick one back for the away side.