On what was a pleasant enough night at the Dublin 7 venue, Avondale showed plenty of endeavour, with Conor Meade’s composed passing setting up many an attack for the Munster men, while Eoghan Lougheed also shone.
The game began brightly enough with David Scully almost stealing in for an early score on five minutes.
Off a free played in from the left-hand side, Scully had peeled away to the left hand side of the penalty area, but was unable to keep his header on target.
Shortly after that, Avondale were presented with what was a rare chance on goal but Lougheed’s diving header went well clear of the Bohemians crossbar.
And then after Mulcahy had almost caught out the Avondale keeper with an ambitious overhead kick, the home side were awarded the first of two penalties.
The first of these took place in the 12th minute when Danny Long rather rashly handled the ball inside the penalty area after Michael Barker had attempted to shoot from the right hand side of the penalty area.
Scully stepped up but O’Keefe spread himself superbly when going down to his right to save the spot kick.
At this stage, Avondale were struggling to hold onto possession and with Bohemians intent on pressing home their advantage, they did not have to wait long for their next chance.
And following a well-worked move which started from the left hand side of defence, Scully broke free down the right only to shoot wide of the target.
Bohemians were then awarded their second penalty of the night on 25 minutes when Evan McMillan was upended by Declan Cahill. Again O’Keefe was on hand with a superb save when saving off Keith Buckley’s spot kick and when the ball came to Michael Barkier, O’Keefe stood firm to parry Barker’s well struck effort.
Avondale were then to lose Michael Mulconry followed an unfortunate clash of heads and then with two minutes to go in the half, Bohemians finally made their breakthrough on 43 minutes.
Danny Joyce had sent over a corner from the right and on hand to convert with a header at the near post was Evan McMillan.
However the second half was to prove a frustrating one for the Gypsies with some determined defending, combined with two more excellent saves from O’Keefe, keeping the Gypsies at bay.
O’Keefe again showed terrific reflexes when going down to his right to keep out and effort from Dave Scully on 73 minutes with McMillan then denied twice by Avondale’s star performer in the final 10 minutes.
BOHEMIANS: McNulty, Heary, Pender, Joyce, McMillan, Feely, Buckley, Mulcahy, Scully, Barker, Lopes
AVONDALE UNITED: O’Keefe, Spratt, Cahill, Mulconry (Mulcahy 35), Horgan, Caulfield, Lougheed, Murphy, Meade (Murphy 75), Long (Stapleton 67), O’Sullivan.
Referee: T Connolly (Dublin)