Dawson Devoy's third goal in four games rubber-stamped Bohemians’ come-from-behind victory as UCD finished with ten men at the Bowl.

Just a second win from their last six games edges Keith Long's Gypsies to within six points of fourth place in the table. UCD remain three adrift at the bottom.

Both suspended, College boss Andy Myler and his assistant Willie O’Connor watched the first half from the press box as goalkeeping coach Ger Barron called the shots from the dugout.

Bohemians gave a debut to new signing Josh Kerr in central defence with fellow new recruits Declan McDaid, John O’Sullivan and Ryan Burke starting on the bench.

Lonergan gave The Students an unlikely lead

And it was the visitors who initially, at least, settled the better in the warm evening sunshine, passing the ball well to carve the first chance of the game on 12 minutes.

Jordan Flores linked with Liam Burt to cross for Promise Omochere who just couldn’t direct his glancing header on target.

The big Bohs striker was on target four minutes later, but couldn’t beat Kian Moore who made a fine point blank save after Omochere turned adroitly having collected a cross from Devoy.

UCD were well in the game, though, and had Bohs on the rack on 24 minutes from a series of corners, the first of which saw skipper Jack Keaney head against the butt of a post.

Rattled, Bohemians were fortunate to escape coughing up easy possession on 29 minutes.

Donal Higgins fed Tommy Lonergan whose shot lacked sufficient venom to trouble Ryan.

Presented with another opening a minute later, the 18-year-old striker opted for subtlety and it came off beautifully to give UCD the lead.


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Collecting Dara Keane’s pass, Lonergan all too easily shook off the challenge of Jordan Doherty to get his head up and curl a delightful right-footer to the far corner of Ryan’s net from the edge of the area.

A goalkeeping blunder gifted Bohemians an equaliser seven minutes later.

With perhaps the sun in his eyes, Moore looked set to gather a well-struck drive from distance from Jordan Flores only for the ball to spin off his body and into the net.

Bohemians then finished the half on the front foot, regaining the lead in stoppage time.

Omochere’s initial shot from Doherty’s cross was blocked.

Ali Coote then miskicked the follow-up into the ground. But the ball bounced up nicely for Liam Burt who arrived to head past Moore for his fourth goal of the season.

Bohemians had a bit more about them from the resumption, though it was the hour mark before they mustered a real chance.

Devoy's late penalty sealed the points

Devoy did well to win the ball and surge forward. The well-positioned Flores just got under his shot which arrowed over the top.

As in the first half, UCD worked their way into the game coming close to an equaliser on 75 minutes.

Substitute Alex Nolan's deep free kick floated to the back post where central defender Sam Todd arrived to force a brave save from Ryan.

Five minutes later, Todd’s night was over as he received a second yellow card for a foul on substitute O’Sullivan and was sent off.

Devoy added Bohs’ third goal - his eighth of the season - right on 90 minutes, confidently slotting home a penalty won by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.

UCD: Kian Moore; Michael Gallagher (John Haist 80), Jack Keaney, Sam Todd, Evan Osam; Evan Caffrey, Dara Keane; Mark Dignam (John Ryan 65), Donal Higgins (Sean Brennan 80), Dylan Duffy (Alex Nolan 65); Thomas Lonergan.

Bohemians: Tadgh Ryan;Jordan Doherty, Josh Kerr, Ciaran Kelly, Tyreke Wilson (Ryan Burke 90+1); Conor Levingston (John O'Sullivan 67), Jordan Flores; Ali Coote (Jamie Mullins 88), Dawson Devoy, Liam Burt (Declan McDaid 88); Promise Omochere (Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe h-t).

Referee: Alan Patchell (Dublin).