Mark Griffin was the star of the show as Dundalk shocked Bohemians at Dalymount Park in the FAI Cup quarter-final with 1-0 win.
Griffin's glorious 75th minute free kick earned the Lilywhites a place
in the last four of the FAI Cup following a tense tussle with
Bohs rallied late on but couldn't find the goal to earn a replay and the Lilywhites are unlikely semi-finalists.
The Gypsies were bright early on, but they failed to trouble Peter
Cherrie as Dundalk defended with grim determination.T
Though Bohemians were keen to make an early impact with their
energetic approach surprisingly the home side didn't carve too many opportunities early on.
Dundalk's Chris Shields sat in front of the visitors' back four
denying Bohemians the space they craved to really pass and probe.
Despite the traffic Bohs were able to provide glimpses of their
ability with veterans Davy Mulcahy and Owen Heary combining down the right in the 15th minute.
Heary delivered a typically testing cross, but Dundalk's Liam Burns
was crafty enough to head the ball out for a corner.
Amazingly that was the best chance of an opening period that was more about perspiration than inspiration.
Dundalk's Mark Griffin did buzz about the park craving involvement
trying to pull the strings, but Bohemians were solid at the back.K
Kevin Feely, rumoured to be attracting the interest of Everton, was
composed alongside Evan McMillan as the teams departed deadlocked at the break.
At the break Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan opted to make a few tactical tweaks as McMillan was asked to spearhead the Gypsies attack after the restart.
But it was Dundalk who went close in the 52nd minute when midfielder Stephen McDonnell dragged an effort wide from the edge of the area.
Then moments later skipper Chris Shields failed to make an adequate connection with a Nathan Murphy free kick as Dundalk sought to land a blow.
Peter Cherrie did well to gather a crisp 65th minute drive from Kevin Devaney, which bizarrely was the first shot on target.
Murphy unleashed a blistering 71st minute strike from 30 yards that
fizzed just over the bar as the pace quickened again.
And then Dundalk hit the front on 75 when Griffin curled a glorious
free kick into the top corner after Davy Mulcahy had fouled Michael
Bohs were unfortunate not to nick a leveller when a Mulcahy attempt shaved the woodwork, but Dundalk held out for a hugely encouraging success.
Bohemians: Murray; Heary (Mulligan, 81), McMillan, Feely, Lopes; Mulcahy; Buckley, Pender, Ward, Moore (McEvoy, 69); Devaney (O'Connor, 80).
Dundalk: Cherrie; Mountney, Burns, Foran, Murphy (Osbourne, 77); Shields; O'Brien, McDonnell, Shanahan; Griffin, Rafter (Walsh, 86).
Referee: D Tomney (Dublin).