BOHS KICK OFF NEW SEASON WITH VICTORY

Bohemians v Finn Harps - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS 1 FINN HARPS 0

CORCORAN THE MATCHWINNER, continuing where he left off last season with the only goal in a hard fought one-nil victory over Finn Harps.

112 days , nine new signings in the off season but it was the Bohs “old guard” who got them over the line at a packed Dalymount park.

The much changed Bohs side, giving debuts to five players, looked to take the game to the newly promoted visitors and should have taken the lead with just 10 minutes played. Keith Wards delightful pass over the top found the right to left run of Dinny Corcoran who controlled well, but scuffed his left footed volley straight at Burke.

The visitors stemmed the tide and began to get a foot hold in the game, with skipper Gareth Harkin making his presence felt in the middle of the park. Ollie Horgans men were terribly unlucky not to snatch the lead when Daniel O’Reillys header hit the foot of the post from Gareth Harkins inswinging delivery.

With nothing between the sides, it took until five minutes before the break for the first real bit of footballing quality to rear its head in the game and it was three of the “regulars” who combined brilliantly. Ward fizzed a through ball to Corcoran, who had the presence of mind to step over the ball to Keith Buckley, who in turn, layed it off first time back to Corcoran to tap home, with the help of the post.

The Gypsies dominated much of the second half and just after the hour mark really should have put the game to bed. The hugely impressive Danny Mandroiu played in fellow debutant Luke Ward-Slater for a one on one, but shot straight at Burke. From the resuting rebound Dinny Corcoran skied his effort with the goal at his mercy.

Bohs eventually got over the line and hung on for a valuable three points following some severe Harps pressure as Keith Longs new look side get off to an impressive start showing some grit and determination with flashes of brilliance through man of the match, Mandroiu.

BOHEMIAN FC: James Talbot, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Danny Mandroiu (Scott Allardice, 91’), Dinny Corcoran (Sam Byrne, 89’), Conor Levingston, Keith Ward, Keith Buckley, James Finnerty, Luke Wade-Slater (Ryan Swan, 80’)

FINN HARPS: Peter Burke, Daniel O’Reilly, Jacob Borg (Mark Coyle, 64’), Gareth Harkin, Caolan McAleer, Sam Verdon (Tony McNamee, 81’), Nathan Boyle, Raffele Cretaro (Mikey Place, 64’), Sam Todd, John Kavanagh, Niall Logue

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