BOHS KICK OFF NEW SEASON WITH VICTORY

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

Bohs kick off pre-season with derby draw

BOHEMIANS 2 SHELBOURNE 2

Bohemians kicked off our pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw behind closed doors at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown last night.

Skipper on the night Keith Buckley (pictured with Andy Lyons) opened scoring for the Gypsies before Greg Moorhouse equalised for Shels.

A header from trialist Colman Kennedy saw Bohs take the lead once again but they were pegged back once more, this time through Conan Byrne.

Bohemians: James Talbot (Niall Corbett 45); Lyons (Mitch Byrne 60), James Finnerty (Michael Barker 45), Rob Cornwall (Colman Kennedy 45), Paddy Kirk (Peter Adigun 45); Luke Wade-Slater (Ryan Swan 45), Keith Buckley (Dylan Thornton 45), Danny Mandriou (Keith Ward 45), Conor Levingston (Robbie McCourt 45), Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 45); Dinny Corcoran (Sam Byrne 45).

Upcoming pre-season friendlies:

  • Friday January 25th: Irish Defence Forces v Bohemians (Pearse Rd Astro, 7.45pm)
  • Tuesday January 29th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL, 7.45pm)
  • Friday February 8th: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm)

SEVENTH HEAVEN

BOHEMIANS 4 CORK CITY 2

Bohemians put one nail at least in the coffin of Cork’s title hopes with a deserved 4-2 victory at a raucous Dalymount Park.

After a long six weeks away from “The Home of Irish Football”, Bohs made it seven wis in a row for the first time in 10 years, with a Daniel Kelly double sandwiched between a Delaney own goal and Derek Pender strike.

The in-form home side looked comfortable in possession and smothered the illustrious visitors right from the off. And it was from this intense pressure they took the lead, pressing the experienced Damien Delaney in his own corner, forcing a rushed back pass straight into his own net.

The Gypsies deservedly went onto double their lead with just 22 minutes played. The hugely impressive Daniel Kelly won the ball in the middle of the park and decided to go himself blitzing past every defender in sight with his lightning pace and cooly slotted under the helpless Peter Cherrie.

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A shell-shocked Cork City found themselves three down with only a half hour played and it was that man Kelly again. Bohs, dogged in midfield, won possession and broke with Keith Ward. The playmaker bided his time and played a beautiful slide rule pass to Kelly who finished at the near post to send the home fans wild.

Graham Cummins pulled one back with a bullet header minutes later when a corner wasn’t dealt with, showing great strength to give his side some hope.

Incredibly, it was Bohs who stretched their lead right on half time. Skipper, Derek Pender played the ball into Kevin Devaney on the left hand side of the box and followed his pass. The left winger was tackled and as the ball broke free, Pender reacted quickest to slot under the onrushing keeper with his left foot.

The Champions began the second half in dominant fashion and got one back to make things a little uneasy around Phibsboro.

Jimmy Keohane powered in a header from a delightful Karl Sheppard cross. Cork to their credit pressed and pressed and went close with a couple of headers through Gearoid Morrissey and goal scorer Cummins but the Bohs defense stood firm at everything that was thrown at them and deserved all three points.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Paddy Kirk, Daniel Kelly. Subs: Colin McCabe, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Robbie McCourt, Oscar Brennan, Eoghan Stokes, Andy Lyons

Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Gearoid Morrissey, Jimmy Keohane, Conor McCormaack, Graham Cummiins, Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Barry McNamee. Subs: Mark McNulty, Shane Daly-Butz, Josh O’Hanlon, Ronan Coughlan, Conor McCarthy, Pierce Philips, Ronan Hurley

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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