A wet Dalymount Park played host to its second Dublin Derby of the season as Liam Buckley’s St. Pats side came to Phibsboro in a fixture that produced 13 goals over three games last season, including one of the League of Ireland’s great strikes from Conan Byrne.

With just minutes played the home side got a golden opportunity for a dream start, when a scramble just inside the box saw Lee Desmond catch Oscar Brennan.

But for the second time in as many games The Gypsies failed to make it count. A combination of the post and Barry Murphy’s sharp reactions saw the Pat’s keeper hold on, much to the delight of the visiting fans.

The visitors punished the miss almost instantly when Simon Madden went on a marauding run down the right wing. The right backs initial effort from a tight angle was blocked but bounced straight back to his feet, and quickly squared to Dean Clarke to tap home.


The end-to-end game saw some heroic defending Chiellini would have been proud of. First up Rob Cornwall threw himself at the feet of Ryan Brennan as the midfielder lined up a shot from the edge of the box. Ex-Aston Villa defender, repeated the feat when Eoghan Stoke lined up an effort from the right hand side of the box.

The home supporters thought they had equalized when Kevin Devaney picked out Dinny Corcoran at the back post, but the big strikers downward header was saved sharply again by Murphy.

As the second half wore on, the pattern was much the same as the first. Bohs having much more of the ball but lacking the cutting edge in the final third. Eoghan Stokes and Keith Ward went close with efforts but weren’t troubling Murphy.

The visitors, who looked dangerous on the break, went closest to scoring just before the 70th minute mark when Madden, again, clipped a delightful ball onto the head of sub Darragh Markey who directed his header down to the far post, forcing Supple to make one of the saves of the season so far.

As the clock ticked and the minutes trickled away, much like the performance against Derry City last time out, the Gypsies failed to muster that one big chance to get the equalizer as the Saint’s held on for a huge win and to take all three points back to Richmond Park.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley

St Pat’s: Barry murphy, Ian Bermingham, Kevin Toner, Lee Desmond, Owen Garvan, Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan, Ryan Brennan, Simon Madden, Dean Clarke, Jamie Lennon

Subs: Brian Maher, Michael Barker, Graham Kelly, James Doona, Ian Turner, Darragh Markey, Jake Keegan



A snowy picturesque Dalymount Park played host to a hugely entertaining encounter as bottom of the table Derry City, desperate for their first points of the season visited an undefeated Bohs side, who were without last seasons top scorer, Dinny Corcoran through injury.

Bohs had the better of possession in the opening period but were unable to make their dominance count. A few half chances through Eoghan Stokes, who looked very lively throughout, and a Keith Ward free kick that narrowly missed the top corner had The Gypsies well on top.

The chance of the half fell to Derry City hitman Ronan Curtis who broke the offside trap, but his low drive was well saved by the feet of Shane Supple. Just before the half, a wonderful pass from Paddy Kavanagh around the Derry defence found Stokes, but was smothered quickly by Gerard Doherty.

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The second half followed a similar pattern with Bohs having more of the ball but Derry looking very dangerous on the break. And it was the visitors took the lead just after the hour mark when Ronan Curtis hammered home from close range following a corner that wasn’t dealt with by the Bohs rear guard.

Ten minutes later there was mass confusion in the Derry six yard box. A deep corner looked to have been bundled home by a combination of players, but the referee saw an infringement, giving a free out much to the dismay of the home support.

With just minutes remaining the home side had a glorious chance to equalize. Kevin Devaney was hauled down in the box by substitute Conor McDermott. Up stepped ex-Leeds man Stokes but his penalty was brilliantly saved low to Doherty’s right. Right on the stroke of full time, Ben Doherty rattled the host’s cross bar as The Candystripes grabbed their first points of the season.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Dylan Watts

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Aaron McEneff, Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Ben Doherty, Niall Logue, Nicky Low

Subs: Eric Grimes, Conor McDermott, Dapo Kayode, Cathal Farren, Chris Turner, Ronan Hale Jack Doyle

Referee: Rob Harvey



Dan Casey was the hero of the evening, grabbing a brace of headers either side of Paddy Kavanagh’s rifled effort as Bohemians fought back from one down to give Bohs early bragging rights in the Dublin Derby.

Sold out over two weeks ago, excitement palpable, smell of chips in the air, one of the biggest rivalries in Irish football, Bohs versus Rovers at the home of Irish Football, the sense of excitement was rife in the air.

And, what a way to get the most anticipated domestic season in recent years underway! A niggly affair unfolded taking some time to get going but finally came to life when Dinny Corcoran found himself with five yards of space inside the box from a Ward corner.

Bohs top-scorer from last season, seemed to have too much time, wildly swinging his left foot, making no contact. The Gypsies were made to pay for the glaring miss when the visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute.


Greg Bolger floated in a free kick from midfield, Gary Shaw won the initial header and Graham Burke produced a spectacular overhead kick that left Shane Supple with no chance.

Unfortunately for the midfielder, his effort rebounded off the post to the grateful Ronan Finn, who happily volleyed home with his left foot.

Bohs started the second half much better and should have equalised minutes into the half. Corcoran laid off well to Ward, who stumbled through a couple of challenges but dragged his shot wide of the near post, should have hit the target at least. The introduction of Eoghan Stokes coincided with the home side building some momentum and in the 73rd minute got the equaliser they deserved.

Dan Casey’s bullet header levelled things up as Dalymount began to rock. Not resting on their laurels, Bohs pushed forward for another.

Supple’s long clearance was well flicked on by Brennan and Kavanagh raced clear, hammering home past the helpless Horgan.

Two became three minutes later when Dan Casey got his second of the game, looping his header over Horgan, who was caught in the middle of nowhere, after Grace made a mess of his clearance.

It finished 3-1 to the home side as chants of “We are top of the league” rang around Dalymount.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley

Subs: Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Colin McCabe, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Shamrock Rovers: Kevin Horgan, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Gary Shaw, Ally Gilchrist, Joel Coustrain, Graham Burke

Subs: Tomer Checinski, Daniel Carr, David McAllister, Joseph O’Brien, Sean Boyd, Aaron Bolger, Sam Bone

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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