There were goals galore in the Carlisle Grounds on Friday as Bohemians grabbed a convincing 5-0 win away to Bray Wanderers with Dinny Corcoran bagging a first half hat-trick.
Corcoran registered his first of the night after just six minutes from the spot, his second by guiding home Anto Murphy’s knock back from a corner, his third again from the spot after Bray goalkeeper Shane Redmond brought him down and was subsequently red carded and nearly had a fourth only for Robert Maloney to turn it into his own net after trying in vain to block it.
The rout was completed with a neat finish from Keith Buckley who turned in a Paddy Kavanagh cross.
In contrast, Bray have now gone four games without a win and this was their heaviest defeat of the season.
Bohemians boss Owen Heary was keen for his side to replicate their cup form which saw them pick up a 2-1 win away to Limerick last week and his side duly delivered after six minutes when Keith Buckley won a penalty after a neat one two with Corcoran left Bray defender Robert Maloney with no choice but to haul Buckley down.
The Bohemians striker confidently stepped up and slotted away to settle his side into the contest but ultimately put them in control four minute later when he got on the end of a well worked corner with Anto Murphy heading back across the six yard box for Corcoran to guide home at ease.
The striker wasn’t finished though. He combined with the excellent Eoin Wearen who cut open the Bray defence with a brilliant pass to leave Corcoran one on one with a stranded goalkeeper who out of desperation pulled Corcoran down leaving referee Paul McLoughlin with no choice but to award a penalty.
Corcoran nearly grabbed a fourth just before half time but a wicked deflection of defender Maloney meant Corcoran had to contend with just the hat-trick for his night’s work.
In truth, it was no more than the northside team deserved as they ran riot in Bray with home boss Alan Mathews left with a lot to ponder going into the summer break.
Bray: Redmond; O’Connor, McGill, O’Connor, Maloney; Hanlon (S Byrne, 74), Cassidy, Zambra, O’Neill; Scully (Kelly, 45), Akinade (Sheridan (GK), 25).
Bohemians: Delany; Murphy, Price, D Byrne, Memery (J Byrne, 79); Kavanagh, Lopes, Wearen, Buckley; Corcoran (Hyland 84), Devaney (K Moore, 74).
Referee: Paul McLoughlin.