Bohemians got their third win of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division season, defeating northside rivals Shelbourne 2-0 at Dalymount Park.
Second-half goals from Andre Wright and Danny Mandroiu put Keith Long's side third in the table and in a healthy position in the early chase for Europe.
The match was yet another Dalymount Park sellout and Shelbourne’s third time playing in front of a full crowd in as many weeks.
While the match didn’t go Shelbourne’s way it was a positive contrast for both sides from the last Dalymount league meeting when 1,526 showed up in June 2013 to watch two teams battling against relegation.
Keith Long raised the Dalymount pitch as a concern prior to kick off after Storm Dennis’ effect during the season-opener against Shamrock Rovers.
His worries appeared to play out in his side’s early tactics too, as Bohs repeatedly opted to launch the ball long and high towards Wright.
Gary Deegan and Ryan Brennan in the Shels midfield showed their experience though, picking up loose ends and smothering the resulting runners.
Shels best chance of the half came after ten minutes when Karl Sheppard headed the ball onto the crossbar from a Dayle Rooney cross. The ball dropped back into the six-yard box but Oscar Brennan fouled Stephen McGuinness attempting to turn it in.
Finally, a Bohemians long ball did come good on 25 minutes when Keith Buckley lofted a pass onto Wright’s chest in the Shels box. The resulting shot, however, flew into the stand behind as Wright fell backward.
The game wasn’t long coming to life in the second half. Twardek threatened the Shels back four with a low cross that was turned out behind on 51 minutes.
Within five minutes of that early attack, Twardek was again central as Bohs got their first goal of the night. The Canadian was open at the back post to head across goal onto the diving forehead of Wright.
Mandroiu, who caused Shels fans so much misery here with two late goals in the sides’ FAI Cup meeting last year, returned to punish the travelling fans again with the second goal eight minutes later.
The Irish U21 international had a quiet night by his standards but popped up at the back of the box to collect a loose cross and loop it back into the far corner of McGuinness’ net. Danny Grant might yet claim a touch at the back post but Mandroiu took the plaudits on the night.
Shelbourne were stuck trying to get out of their territory for much of the second half. Ciaran Kilduff appealed for a handball in the box chasing a through ball with minutes to go, but appeals to Neil Doyle were waved away.
Glen McAuley should have given Bohs a third in the final minute but the substitute put his one-on-one effort into the side netting to the disappointment of the Dalymount crowd.
Defeats to Shamrock Rovers and Derry will have stung Bohs so early in the season but Keith Long will be hoping this win is a sign of things to come.
Bohemians: Stephen McGuinness; Andy Lyons, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Paddy Kirk; Daniel Grant (Keith Ward 70), Conor Levingston, Keith Buckey, Kris Twardek; Daniel Mandroiu; Andre Wright (Glen McAuley 82).
Shelbourne: Jack Brady; Aidan Friel, Oscar Brennan, Daniel O'Reilly, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Dayle Rooney (Denzil Fernandes 83), Gary Deegan, Ryan Brennan (Georgie Poynton 67), Karl Sheppard; Aaron Dobbs (Shane Farrell 67), Ciaran Kilduff.