An uninspired Bohemians did just enough to account for a dogged Shelbourne by 1-0 in their FAI Ford Cup fourth round encounter at Dalymount Park on Friday evening.
The Gypsies were the much stronger side throughout but could never truly relax given the slender nature of their lead given to them by Paddy Madden’s superbly executed finish on 22 minutes.
The goal arrived during the host’s best spell of the game as Owen Heary raced clear down his right-flank and his pinpoint cross was volleyed home from ten yards by the talented Madden.
Shelbourne, who opted to play in a defensive 4-5-1 formation, failed to offer much support to lone striker Philip Gorman although they did muster one genuine attempt as Ray Scully’s cross was met by Gorman, but his header lacked sufficient power to trouble Chris O’Connor in the Bohs’ goal.
The second-half was a similar affair with Bohemians dominating territory and possession but lacking the creative touch to punish an overworked Shels defence with Gareth McGlynn going closest for the Gypsies as he failed narrowly to connect with a Heary knockdown on 64 minutes.
Shels raised their intensity for the final quarter but despite enjoying an increased supply of the ball, they failed to trouble O’Connor further as Bohs cruised into the fifth round without further alarm.
Bohemians: O’Connor; Heary, Powell, Oman, Shelley; McGlynn (Brennan, 68), Cronin, Higgins, Quigley; Madden, Byrne (Greene, 58).
Shelbourne: Delaney; Quigley (Corcoran, 67), Byrne, Ryan, Whelan; O’Brien, Scully, McGill, Shields, Hughes (Foley, 75); Gorman.
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)