Dean Kelly scored twice as bottom-placed Shelbourne moved closer to safety with a win over their relegation rivals at Dalymount Park
Shelbourne's wingers didn't take long to get involved in the action, as Darren Tinnelly stepped inside and drilled an effort on goal in the fourth minute. Tinnelly watched as the ball skipped along the greasy surface at Dalymount and just wide of the right post. Two minutes later Shels had broken the deadlock through the opposite winger, Sean Brennan. He made a driving run from just inside the Bohs half and slotted the ball past Dean Delany to give Shels their first league goal since May.
The onslaught from the two wide men didn't let off. Brennan started to receive more attention after the goal which opened up space for Tinnelly. An angry two footed challenge from Derek Pender on Tinnelly then resulted in a straight red card for the Bohs' defender. The home side were running out of recognised defenders for centre back; Roberto Lopes had already come off with a knock.
It didn't take long for Shelbourne to capitalise on the man advantage. Dean Kelly grabbed the second goal of the game from close range. A testing corner from Brennan nearly set up Graham Gartland with a tap in to make it three. Bohs were in disarray going in the half-time break.
The home side came out stronger in the second half but ultimately slack defending let them down again. A Luke Byrne slip left Dean Kelly charging towards the Bohs goal unopposed. Kelly finished with conviction to score his second goal.
A string of top class saves from Delany saved further embarrassment for Bohs. A reflex stop of a close-range Philly Hughes header was the pick of the bunch.
A memorable night for Shels was capped off with Niall Burdon saving a late spot kick from Chris Lyons. Burdon made amends for giving the spot kick away with a slack diving tackle on the on rushing Karl Moore.
The win was Shelbourne's second of the season, and helps them move a bit closer to safety ahead of the mid-season break.