A red card and goals in either half ensured Bohemians enjoyed a winning start to their Airtricity Premier Division campaign
Bohemians opened their Airtricity Premier League campaign with a victory following an eventful night at Dalymount Park. UCD were reduced to 10 men early on with Chris Lyons scoring from the spot. David McMillan equalised for the Students before a Kevin Devaney header gave Bohs all three points.
It was the Belfield side that started the game brighter, enjoying large spells of possession and forcing several corners.
Despite the Students' domination, they failed to create any clear-cut chances and the home side began to come into the game a little more as the first half wore on.
The momentum of the game shifted in the 21st minute when Bohs were awarded a penalty after Chris Lyons was brought down by Mark Langtry when clean through on goal.
Referee Rob Rogers was left with little alternative but to show Langtry a red card despite UCD's protests. Lyons picked himself up to stroke home the penalty and put the home side in front.
Bohemians were now in almost complete control, with Ryan McEvoy starting to pull the strings in midfield. Kevin Devaney struck the post from distance and Lyons was unlucky not to make it two. The former UCD man latched onto a poor clearance from Ger Barron before dragging his shot wide.
Then nearing the hour mark, came the second penalty of the night. League debutant Dean Delany, who had looked nervous throughout, fumbled a shot from Robbie Benson before clumsily bringing down McMillan. Delany was booked and McMillan got up to score the spot kick and bring UCD level.
The Students weren't level for long, Devaney getting on the scoresheet after more good work from Lyons. Bohs continued to enjoy a large amount of possesion as the 10 men of UCD began to tire. Devaney hitting the post for the second time in the night.
The Gypsies never looked like surrendering their lead and comfortably saw the game out. The opening night win is a much needed boost for Bohemians, who continue to face an uncertain future amid ongoing financial problems.
Bohs travel to Turners Cross next week, while UCD welcome Derry City to Belfield.