Johnny McDonnell claimed his first win as Shelbourne manager as his side deservedly took all three points from their short journey across Dublin’s northside to face Bohemians with a 3-0 win.
McDonnell's opposite number Aaron Callaghan will look on a crucial two-minute period in the first half on which the match turned.
With 32 minutes played, and with the scoreboard showing the home side trailing to a Seán Brennan goal, right-full Derek Pender lunged in rashly and late on Darren Tinnelly and earned himself a straight red card for his efforts.
The sending-off appeared to send the Bohs defence, already makeshift thanks to Roberto Lopes’ early retirement through injury, into disarray.
Shels’ Seán Brennan sent in a cross from the right hand side on 34 minutes and Owen Heary belied his experience by allowing the ball to bounce over his head, seemingly expecting goalkeeper Dean Delany to come to claim it.
Dean Kelly needed no second invitation and headed the loose ball easily into the net to double Shebourne’s advantage. Kelly would then go on to score his side's third goal.
The away side had taken the lead in the seventh minute courtesy of Seán Brennan, who scored a goal entirely of his own making.
The midfielder picked the ball up just inside the Bohs’ half and a combination of great skill and some luck saw him retain possession despite the attention of at least four opponents as he ran straight down the middle of the field. With all the defenders beaten he slotted home his shot from12 yards.
The match ended as a contest eight minutes into the second half, when Kelly showed a poacher’s instinct to scored his second and Bohemians’ third. Philip Hughes slid a ball through the middle and although Luke
Byrne, playing at centre half thanks to the absence of Lopes, seemed to have everything under control, he slipped and allowed Kelly a clear run on goal. The Shels’ number 10 made no mistake with his finish from just inside the box and Shels were cruising.
Shels had further chances to extend their lead, Brennan on 65 and Hughes on 68 and 70 both coming close but the hard work was already done.
Bohs’ bad night at the office was summed up when Shels keeper Niall Burden upended Karl Moore inside the area on 79 minutes, but saved the subsequent penalty from substitute Chris Lyons.
The result offered plenty of evidence of why Bohemians are in deep trouble. Evidence also, perhaps, that Shelbourne might be about to turn their season around.
Bohemians: Dean Delany, Owen Heary, Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy, (Stephen Traynor 56) Roberto Lopes (Ciarán Nangle 17), Keith Buckley, Karl Moore, Ryan McEvoy, Luke Byrne, Kevin Devaney (Chris Lyons 73), Dave Scully
Shelbourne: Niall Burdon, Jack Memery (Brian Shortall 77), Graham Gartland, Glen Cronin, Sean Brennan, Philip Hughes (Garreth O‘Connor 88), Dean Kelly (Mark Leech 64), Pat Flynn, Stephen Hurley, Darren Tinnelly, Ian Ryan