Bohemians secured European football for the second season in a row with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Cork City at Dalymount Park on Friday evening.

The Phibsboro side moved within five points of league leaders Shamrock Rovers and remain mathematically in the hunt for the title with three games remaining.

A goal in either half for Andre Wright, either side of a spectacular Danny Grant finish, saw Keith Long's side to what was a straightforward victory.

City, managed by Colin Healy following the dismissal of Neale Fenn on Thursday, now have just four games to escape automatic relegation – they trail Finn Harps by two points.

The head of academy at Turner’s Cross trusted in youth, with under-19 products Ricardo Dinanga, Uniss Kargbo, Cian Bargary and Jake O’Brien all starting.

Their workrate couldn’t be faulted but they had already given up a string of chances by the time Andre Wright broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.

Wright squandered one such opportunity inside three minutes as a neat passage of play left him with a sight of goal from close range, but it was deflected behind.

From the resulting corner, former City defender Dan Casey leapt to head on goal and it took fine reactions from Mark McNulty to tip the ball onto the bar.

Dawson Devoy volleyed wide, Promise Omochere shot straight at McNulty and Rob Cornwall headed wide during a busy opening period.

It was only a matter of time before Bohs made the breakthrough and they carved up the Cork defence once more when Omochere played a slick one-two with Conor Levingston.

The winger, replacing Kris Twardek in the side after the Canadian was sold to Polish side Jagiellonia, slid the ball through for Wright, who nutmegged a defender before slotting home.

Andre Wright of Bohemians in action against Gearóid Morrissey of Cork City

Four minutes later, it was 2-0 and Levingston was centrally involved once more, taking the ball on his chest with back to goal and hooking the ball over his shoulder for Grant.

Grant, fresh off a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Shelbourne last week, demonstrated his confidence as he spotted McNulty off his station and lifted the ball over the keeper from 25 yards.

City kept their heads up, however, and came within inches of halving the deficit when the impressive Cory Galvin’s shot cannoned off the top of the bar.

They were the better side early in the second half, too, and Cian Bargary forced a save from a Gearoid Morrissey cross before Ricardo Dinanga blasted a shot wide.

The home side were clinical, however, and netted with their first chance of the half as Dawson Devoy crossed for Wright to bring up his double with a back post header.

McNulty was forced into another flying stop to deny Andy Lyons, the full back picking up the ball deep in the Cork half and sending a blistering shot towards the top corner.

Morrissey and Bargary both had efforts land off-target and Galvin’s inviting cross was nearly turned in at the back post by sub Henry Ochieng but City’s inaccuracy in front of goal remains.

Bohemians: James Talbot; Andy Lyons, Rob Cornwall (Michael Barker 79), Dan Casey, Anto Breslin; Keith Buckley (JJ Lunney 79), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 66), Dawson Devoy; Promise Omochere (Ross Tierney 75), Danny Grant, Andre Wright (Dinny Corcoran 75).

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Uniss Kargbo, Joseph Olowu, Jake O’Brien, Kevin O’Connor; Gearoid Morrissey, Dale Holland, Cory Galvin (Cian Murphy 87); Ricardo Dinanga (Sean Kennedy 66), Cian Bargary (Henry Ochieng 79), Deshane Dalling.