BOHEMIANS 0 BRAY WANDERERS 0

Following two away victories in a week, Keith Long’s Bohemians side welcomed a spiritually depleted Bray Wanderers team to Dalymount Park as the visitors looked to halt their four-match losing streak.

Bohs started the game full of confidence but it was Bray who mustered up the first chance in an uneventful opening quarter as Jason Marks’ low drive forced Shane Supple to tip the ball around the far post.

Bray had Bohs pinned back but the home side managed to win a free kick on the edge of the Bray box as Georgie Poynton was tripped by Karl Moore, but the resulting free kick from Lorcan Fitzgerald came to nothing as Bray cleared the danger.

Bray started the second half the better team and created their best chance of the game as Bohs tried to find their rhythm. Mark Salmon slipped a ball through to Keith Buckley who perfectly executed a turn which beat Fitzgerald and he had space to cross just inside the box and his cross was met by Ryan Brennan who could only fire his header at the waiting Supple.

Bohs nearly created a goal scoring chance out of a long ball from Keith Ward in behind the Wanderers defence as Tim Clancy’s weak header to goalkeeper Lee Steacy was chased down by Izzy Akinade but the Bray shot stopper managed to beat the Nigerian to the ball and the danger was cleared.

Bohs began to put pressure on the Bray back four and a cross from Fuad Sule after a half cleared corner was met bet Dano Byrne, whose powerful header whistled agonisingly past the far post as Bohs pressed for a late winner.

The Gypsies again came close from an aerial position, Patrick Kavanagh was picked out on the edge of the Bray box by Ward and Kavanagh looped a ball in for Akinade, who directed his effort over the cross bar after beating Clancy to the header.

A mountain of late pressure for the home side wasn’t enough as the two sides had to settle for a 0-0 draw which stretches Bohs’ unbeaten run to three games and the draw in Dalymount also stops the Bray rot as they pick up points for the first time in four games.

Our next game is Friday August 11th away to Finn Harps in the FAI Cup.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple (GK), Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Patrick Kavanagh 67’), Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Dinny Corcoran (Keith Ward 55’), Fuad Sule, Georgie Poynton (Ciaran O’Connor 77’), Ismahil Akinade, Dylan Hayes.
Substitutes: Kian Clarke (GK), Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Ciaran O’Connor, Eoghan Morgan, Patrick Kavanagh, Ian Morris.
Bray Wanderers: Lee Steacy (GK), John Sullivan (Kevin Lynch 89’), Conor Kenna, Keith Buckley, Ryan Brennan, Mark Salmon, Aaron Greene, Karl Moore, Tim Clancy, Darragh Noone (Gary McCabe 74’), Jason Marks (Ger Pender 77’).
Substitutes: Ryan Coulter (GK), Derek Foran, Gary McCabe, Ger Pender, Kevin Lynch, Anthony Flood, Jake Ellis.
Bookings – Ismahil Akinade 41’ (Bohs), Patrick Kavanagh 73’ (Bohs) Oscar Brennan 77’ (Bohs).

Bohemians 0 Shamrock Rovers 2

Derby day heartbreak for the Gypsies as the old enemy run out 2-0 winners in a hotly contested encounter at a bouncing Dalymount Park.

With two defeats to their old rivals this season, and in potentially the last Dublin Derby at “the home of Irish football” was enough of a motivation for the Gypsies to go all out for a much needed three points but found themselves trailing after just six minutes.

Following a great run from Graham Burke, crossing low and towards the edge of the box, Brandon Miele was on hand to smash home from the edge of the area. Rob Cornwall had a terrific chance to equalize just moment’s later, finding himself free on the penalty spot, but got his header all wrong.

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Rovers doubled their lead in a fairly scrappy first half through a quite outstanding finish from Trevor Clarke. The wide man cut inside on his left foot from the right wing and bent a wonderful curling effort to the far post giving Shane Supple no chance.

The full blooded affair showed no signs of slowing down in the second half with both Rob Cornwall and Fuad Sule booked early on as the Gypsies tried desperately to claw their way back in to the game.

The Hoops defence stood strong to anything the Gypsies threw at them, and despite a barrage of long Ian Morris throw-ins, Bohs just could get a clear effort on Tomer Chencinski’s goal, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Rovers saw out the game in relevant comfort for the last few minutes despite the home sides best efforts to make it three wins from three against the Gypsies this season

A bitterly disappoint defeat for Keith Longs troops as they look nervously at the relegation battle ahead but Rovers look to be playing to their potential with another big win following the victory over reigning Champions Dundalk last week.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Ian Morris

Subs: Greg Murray, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Jamie Doyle, Dean Casey, Georgie Poynton, Dylan Hayes

Shamrock Rovers: Tomer Chencinski, Luke Byrne, Dave Webster, Roberto Lopes, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Gary Shaw, David McAllister, Simon Madden, Trevor Clarke, Graham Burke

Subs: Kevin Horgan, Michael O’Connor, Daniel Devine, Sean Boyd, James Doona, Sean Heaney, Sam Bone

Referee: Paul McLoughlin

BOHEMIANS 2 FINN HARPS 0

Two injury hit sides played out a bruising encounter in Phibsboro this evening. With a massive three points on the line, it was the home side who came out as victors thanks to an own goal and a thunderbolt from Brennan.

The Gypsies came into the game a point behind the visitors and despite a poor recent run of results they have been turning in some good performances and this continued tonight with a strong professional job at home.

Bohs got the dream start going one nil up after just six minutes following a poor goal kick from Ciaran Gallagher. The ball fell to the feet of Kaleem Simon just inside the centre circle, and the forward cleverly played the ball through to the onrushing Georgie Poynton who found himself one on one and just as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger, defender Damien McNulty stretched in to poke the ball past his own keeper.

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The game descended into a very scrappy affair with neither keeper being overly worked. Both teams opted for the killer ball over the top to pacey strikers. The valuable three points that were so crucial to both sides added an element of “tension” to the affair. Finn Harps manager was given a stern talking to by referee Graham Kelly and right before half time the flash point occurred.

Winger Caolan McAleer went down pretty soft under pressure from Georgie Poynton but didn’t hear the referee’s whistle. And as he got back up to chase the ball, clashed with Paddy Kavanagh in a 50/50, resulting in handbags from both sides.

Just five minutes after half time Bohs doubled their lead with an excellent 25-yard effort from midfielder Oscar Brennan following a neat little backheel set up from striker Simon. The physicality didn’t let down in the second half and just moments later things went from bad to worse for the visitors with Barry Molloy receiving a second yellow for a late challenge in the midfield.

Paddy “the Derry Pele” McCourt was unable to pull the strings in the middle as he would have liked, but it was evident he was not at 100%. And Bohs hardworking midfield gave the ex-Celtic man little or no space to work with.

Bohs saw out the game in professional manner, with Shane Supple having little to do but it it’s a hard earned three points as they look to pull away from the relegation zone. Finn Harps to their credit battled bravely right to the end but being down to 10 men and unable to fill a full bench ultimately proved just too far a stretch.

Bohs make the long trip up to Derry next week looking to build momentum whilest Ollie Horgan’s walking wounded face another tough away trip to runaway leaders Cork.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Pender (c), Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Jamie Doyle, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton

Subs: Greg Murray (GK), Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Fuad Sule, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Damien McNulty, Ciaran Coll (c), Killian Cantwell, Gareth Harkin, Ciaran O’Connor, Caolan McAleer, Sean Houston, Barry Molloy, Paddy McCourt, Ethan Boyle

Subs: Tommy Lee McCarron, Gareth Doherty, Simon McGlynn, Dylan McCroary, Eddie Dsane

Referee: Graham Kelly

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