The omens weren’t good for the Candystripes when after just 55 seconds when Dinny Corcoran put The Gypsies ahead at the Brandywell.
During a very poignant moment in the game, there was a round of applause on 19 minutes for Bohs teenage fan Oran Tully who tragically died last Sunday after a long battle with a rare illness.
The travelling Bohs supporters on Foyleside tonight held up a banner which read: I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time – Oran Tully.
Derry’s strong start to the second half was undone when Daniel Kelly curled home to double the lead.
City substitute Shane McNamee was denied by the woodwork as Derry’s hopes of a top-four finish continue to fade.
Bohemians came into the game on the back of four straight wins and they made the perfect start as Corcoran guided the ball in after a blistering run and cross from Kelly.
Derry keeper Gerard Doherty kept out an effort from Keith Ward, who also fizzed just past the post as the Dubliners seized control.
City squandered a good opening late in the first half when defender Dan Seaborne headed wide from close range.
The hosts made the early running on the restart as Rory Hale’s strike skidded wide before substitute Adrian Delap drilled off-target.
However, Derry’s momentum was lost when Kelly bent the ball round Seaborne and into the bottom corner after 54 minutes.
City were left reeling but they did manage to put pressure on the Bohs defence in the closing stages.
Aaron Splaine, Ronan Hale and Aaron McEneff had shots saved by Shane Supple while the post kept out McNamee’s deflected strike.
The visitors remained dangerous and Kevin Devaney’s chip hit the underside of the crossbar before being cleared.
It was a third straight home defeat for the Candystripes, who trail fourth-placed Waterford by eight points.