Bohemians sealed their place in the second round of the FAI Cup in style as they comfortably defeated College Corinthians 5-0 in the searing heat at Turner's Cross on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Keith Buckley, Aaron Doran, a Keith Ward penalty, Jamie Mullins, and Dawson Devoy was enough to seal Boh’s place in the draw for the next round which takes place on Tuesday night.
Keith Long made ten changes from his starting eleven that defeated Luxembourg’s Dudelange 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa Conference League clash last Thursday evening with Keith Buckley the only survivor.
That extra match sharpness, against a side that has yet to begin their Munster Senior League Senior Premier Division campaign proved decisive as Buckley fired Bohemians ahead after just three minutes.
Jamie Mullins quickly pressed goalkeeper Shane Sherlock and regained possession close to goal. He turned the ball into the path of Aaron Doran, who teed up Buckley on the edge of the penalty area and the midfielder emphatically planted his strike into the far top right corner of the net.
Bohs seemed content with that lead and calmly began to pass the ball around the pitch, conserving their energy for the crucial return leg against Dudelange at the Aviva Stadium later in the week.
Rory Feely twice tried his luck from distance but his first effort whistled inches wide of the far bottom left corner before his next sighter sailed harmlessly into the Shed late in the half.
By that point though, the seven-time FAI Cup winners, who haven’t tasted success in this competition since they defeated Derry City on penalties back in 2008, were 2-0 up thanks to Aaron Doran.
There was a hint of good fortune about the goal though as Doran broke clear one on one with the keeper only to see his low drive saved by Sherlock.The rebound fell kindly to Buckley but his powerful strike was blocked on the line by Andrew Neville and the defender was unlucky to see Doran blast the ball home at the third time of asking.
Corinthians had their chances to reduce the deficit on either side of the half-time break but neither Evan Browne nor former Cork City striker Shane Daly Butz truly tested the keeper with their efforts.
Bohs all but sealed their spot in the second round in the 55th minute when Keith Ward fired his penalty kick into the roof of the net after Jamie Mullins was adjudged to have been pushed by Cian Murphy in the box.
The pair combined effectively to make it 4-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining as Mullins controlled Ward’s delightful pass before tucking it into the far top right corner
Former City winger Corey Galvin almost scored a sensational consolation for Corinthians but his curler drifted just wide of the far post before Bohs completed the rout in injury time thanks to a calm finish from Dawson Devoy to make it five.
Elsewhere Cobh Ramblers needed extra-time to see Liffey Wanderers as Darren Murphy got off to a winning start as manager.
Nathan and Danny O'Connor scored in each period for a 2-0 win.
St Mochta's beat Crumlin United 2-1, while Killester United edged out Usher Celtic 1-0.
The draw for the Second Round of the FAI Senior Challenge Cup will take place on Tuesday on RTÉ 2