The Lilywhites took all three points at Oriel Park, with forward Pat Hoban putting in a stellar performance to take his 2013 tally to 11 league goalsPatrick Hoban scored a hat-trick as Dundalk easily defeated Bohemians to keep their title ambitions alive. Bohs had Owen Heary sent off after being second-best for most of the game.
On a glorious evening at Oriel Park, the hosts started brightly, testing Dean Delany early on. Richie Towell stung the goalkeeper's gloves before Delany was called into action once more to deny Kurtis Byrne. The Dundalk striker was seeing a lot of the ball as the home sides began to control the game, but it was strike partner Pat Hoban who opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season. After an impressive game up until then, Delany spilled Dane Massey's cross, allowing Hoban to pounce.
Byrne continued to impress for the hosts, and caused plenty of problems for the Bohs back four. However, the visitors held out to go in just one goal behind at the break, despite being on the back foot for most of the half.
The second half started in much the same way as the second with Dundalk dominating, and they extended their lead on 55 minutes when Hoban headed in his second after a great ball from Byrne. Hoban grabbed his hat-trick eight minutes later, beating Delany with an effort that the goalkeeper should have stopped.
Any chance Bohs had of salvaging anything from the game disappeared when Owen Heary was sent off 20 minutes from time. The veteran defender's late challenge left referee Neil Doyle with no other choice than to produce the red card.
Dundalk eased to victory, with Hoban taking home the match ball, as they moved to within three points of league leaders St Patrick's Athletic.