Ballymun teenager Ross Tierney had a night to remember as he notched his first but surely not his last Bohemians goal, while recent signing Andre Wright brought home the match ball – or at least will share it with Danny Mandroiu – as a shockingly bad UCD conceded 10 in Dalymount.
UCD look doomed to the drop after getting humiliated in the Phibsboro rain, with Bohemians far from at their best in giving the Students a hiding.
It was embarrassing to watch, Bohs claiming a record league win – this a club that has been around a long time.
Wright scored four, Mandroiu just the three; Danny Grant and Conor Levingston got on the scoresheet, UCD producing a laughably bad defensive performance in the second half. How they can rally from this is anyone's guess, while Bohs remain firmly on course for a top-three finish, though they will never get it as easy as this again this season.
At least College could reflect on a stunning strike from Jason McLelland with a minute to go, making the scoreline look more like a long-priced horse than a football result.
The first chance of note rather surprised Rob Cornwall, the centre-back finishing accordingly, after just two minutes.Bohs should have been ahead on 15 minutes. Wright laid off for Mandroiu who had a simple task of putting the Englishman in on goal but he delayed his pass and Wright strayed offside with UCD totally exposed.
UCD played three defenders and two wingers, leaving them fairly exposed on the wings, but they also were intent on playing a high line, which caught the Gypsies out regularly early on.
The exceptional Keith Buckley, who scored a crucial goal in the 3-2 win over Shelbourne, drove over on 20 minutes.Bohs were agonisingly close on 21 minutes. Grant turned inside on his left foot and struck the butt of the post, with the crowd ready to roar home the opener home.
They did not have to wait long. Danny Grant was pivotal in the first goal, UCD again exposed in a wide area, his floated cross meeting a really firm header from Wright which gave Tom Murphy no chance.
It was remarkable in hindsight that it took 28 minutes.The game was over as a contest four minutes before the break. UCD's defending was inept, and Mandroiu able to stroke a corner-kick to the edge of the box for the unmarked Levingston to guide into the corner.
Key College midfielder Paul Doyle, amazingly, played on for a couple of minutes despite clearly being injured and, rather than put the ball out of play, went down injured just before the corner, going off injured after it – the game effectively dead at this stage.
Bohs' third was a beauty just after the restart. Wright's deft flick found Mandroiu, he brilliantly played Grant in and the latter dinked it over Murphy. It was four on 51 minutes, the excellent Grant upended by Evan Farrell and Mandroiu scoring the free-kick with such ease as to befit a penalty kick.
Within a minute, it was 5-0, substitute Aaron McGrath under-hitting his backpass and Wright slotting beyond Murphy. Sam Byrne hit the post 11 minutes into the second half after robbing the Bohs defence and, for all that his lack of pace was fatal, he deserved better for his endeavours.
The chance came after an outrageous corner-kick attempt from showboating Bohs, Keith Ward playing the ball to Buckley, who was asked to volley home from what must have been the guts of 45 yards.
It mattered not.
Mandroiu almost got a rare header on the hour-mark, Murphy getting down low to save.The sixth was as inevitable as tomorrow. Farrell upended Andy Lyons after Mandroiu's brilliant dummy and, despite missing the penalty, Wright was able to tap in the rebound.
Tierney will not forget what happened midway through the half for the rest of his days. He had the underside of the bar as an ally but his connection to Luke Wade-Slater's cross illustrated a touch of class.
Tierney invited a crazy challenge from Murphy to concede a penalty with 17 minutes to go, Mandroiu blasting into the top corner. He was very close to making it 9-0 shortly afterwards but Murphy saved.
Murphy showed incredibly poor judgment again to bring Wright down with ten minutes left and Mandroiu's penalty was the closest thing to a clone of the first as you can imagine. The crowd willed a tenth and it came when Ward's cross was glanced home by Wright.
Incredibly, UCD's goal was the best of the night, McLelland striking an absolute screamer into the top corner. If this were a boxing match, the referee could have had two pints sunk at this stage.
Bohemian: Talbot, Lyons, Barker, Cornwall (Barry 64), Leahy; Wade-Slater, Buckley, Levingston (Ward 53), Grant (Tierney 58); Mandroiu; Wright.
UCD: Murphy; Farrell, Scales, McEvoy; Akinsete, Keane, Doyle (McGrath 42), McClelland, Kerrigan; Farrell, Byrne (Mahdy 71).
Referee: A Buttimer (Cork).