KURTIS SEALS VICTORY AGAIN

BOHEMIANS 1 LONGFORD TOWN 0

Bohemians hosted relegation threatened Longford town at a chilly Dalymount Park this evening with top scorer Kurtis Byrne, proving the match winner again just like he did on Monday night.

Fresh from having recently defeated Longford’s relegation rivals, Wexford Youths, the Gypsies were looking to go 5th in the league in front of the expectant home fans, but Longford weren’t here just to make up the numbers putting on a spirited display.

The game started in typically frenetic fashion with both teams desperately looking to get the upper hand. All the action was down the Bohs left hand side with Jake Kelly seeing a lot of the ball and, as for the visitor’s, right winger Don Cowan looked like the main attacking threat.
The first chance of the game finally came in the 20th minute and fell to Kelly, who was unlucky to see his looping header just go over Ryan Coulters cross bar from a floated Kurtis Byrne cross.

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There weren’t many clear-cut chances of note in the opening half hour but the hosts began getting on top with some nice sustained bouts of pressure albeit not looking threatening. But the home fans frustration didn’t last too long though when the deadlock was finally broken on the 33rd minute.

Man of the moment, Jake Kelly delivered a dangerously whipped in-swinging free kick from the right side and looked to have gone straight in without a touch but Kurtis Byrne, like all good forwards, claimed he got the faintest of touches to grab his ninth league goal of the season.

The second half started much the same as the first, Bohs looked neat and tidy in possession while the visitors, despite their hard work and endeavor, lacked a bit of quality in possession to sustain any pressure.

The game fell into a lull with neither team creating openings so both managers decided to utilize their benches to inject a bit of life into the game but it failed to materialize. A scuffed effort from Kurtis Byrne followed a David O’Sullivan header just over as the game threatened to come to life.

Just as the game was drifting to a close, Longford decided to go route one and push man mountain Yann Mvita up front as an emergency forward. The big man made his presence felt winning some flick ons, but the Bohs defence managed to deal with the threat and hold on for the win.

Longford will be glad to see the back of Bohs this season as the Gypsies maintained their good run of form against them, with Bohs having not conceded in either game this season, a 2-0 win at home and a 1-0 victory away.

Up next for the Gypsies is a tough away trip to the Carlisle Grounds were they face a spirited Bray Wanders. Meanwhile Longford host high flying Derry City at home, and with time running out to pick up valuable points in order to pull Wexford youths closer, its not looking good for Alan Mathews troops.

Bohemian FC: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Keith Buckley, Kurtis Byrne, Jake Kelly (Marco Chindea 90+1’), Paddy Kavanagh (Eoin Wearen 75’), Dean O’Halloran (Mark Quigley 70’), Ian Morris

Subs: Dean Mahon, Dan Byrne, Stephen Best, Dylan Hayes

Longford Town: Ryan Coulter, Jamie Mulhall (Noel Haverty 45’), Conor Powell, Kealan Dillon (David O’Sullivan 66’), Peter McGlynn, Don Cowan (Kaleem Simon 72’) Kevin O’Connor, Yann Mvita, Pat Flynn, Philip Gannon, Eddie Dsane

Subs: Paul Skinner, Mark Hughes, Gaius Makouta, Rhys Gorman

Booked: Noel Haverty, Eddie Dsane, Roberto Lopes

Referee: Graham Kelly

Attendance: 1158

Bohs edge the battle at Dalymount

BOHEMIANS 1 WEXFORD YOUTHS

Kurtis Byrne was the hero for the Gypsies as they edged a hard fought battle with strugglers Wexford Youths 1-0 at Dalymount this evening, forcing home the winner on the stroke of half time.

Youths, currently second from bottom with just 12 points and looking to exact some revenge for the defeat in the Leinster Senior Cup, started much the brighter and more determined side with the right hand side pairing of Aidan Friel and Eric Molloy causing Bohs problems from the off. The visitors good start was almost in vein when Molloy could or maybe should have seen red for a dangerous high footed challenge that caught Bohs winger Dean O’Halloran on the side of the head. Referee David McKeon produced a yellow card much to his sides relief and the home fans dismay.

Bohemians, bolstered by the return of Derek Prendergast and Lorcan Fitzgerald from suspension, struggled to get a foothold in the game and dominate possession as they had done in the cup. As the half hour approached there were no real chances of note. Shane Supple was forced into a save from a long distance Friel effort, while at the other end a glancing Roberto Lopes header was well held by Graham Doyle.

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Eric Molloy then had the home fans worried on the 38th minute when he hit a brilliant first time volley that rifled past Supple and just beyond the far post after Bohs failed to deal with a free kick just inside their half.

As much as Wexford were showing a physical approach, their aggression again spilled over into dangerous territory when just before half time Peter Higgins could have easily received his marching orders for a late lunge at Bohs skipper Derek Pender. The referee again decided it was just worthy of a caution.

Bohs then snatched the lead right on half time after some nice work down the right hand side by Paddy Kavanagh. The right winger delivered a dangerous cross right in the channel between defence and keeper, and Kurtis Byrne did well to get ahead of his marker and, on the stretch, his close range effort was parried in the air by Doyle, but the Bohs front man was quickest to react to poke the ball home.

Bohs started the second half with a slight change of formation, Keith Buckley moved out to the left side with O’Halloran partnering Byrne up top in a 4-4-2 formation as they began to gain more possession.

The tactical switch seemed to suit the home side with O’Hallorans pace causing all sorts of problems for the Wexford defence and could have doubled their lead on the hour mark. A neat passing move in the midfield resulted in Buckley slipping Byrne down the left hand side of the box but he was dragged his left footed shot just wide.
The physical encounter did not relent as Bohs centre half Ian Morris found himself in the book when he mistimed a last ditch tackle on Danny Furlong. This followed a good chance for the home side when Lorcan Fitzgerald delivered an in-swinging cross that Derek Prendergast was unable to guide goalwards.

The Gypsies should have killed the game off on the 77th minute from another excellently delivered Fitzgerald corner. The ball dropped just inside the far post and just as it seemed easier to score, Ian Morris somehow got his bearings all wrong and couldn’t force it over the line.

There was another moment of controversy to come right before the final whistle, Graham Doyle was adjudged to have come outside his box with the ball in his hands and didn’t release it in time. Paddy Kavanaghs resulting free kick floated over the bar, but it was certainly something you don’t see given every day.

Bohs will look to kick on from tonight’s battling performance and continue for a top half finish when they host bottom of the table Longford Town this Friday.
And with games running out quickly, Shane Keegan’s side face a must win game against Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park but if they show the same passion and determination as they did tonight points wont be that far off.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley, Kurtis Byrne (Dan Byrne), Paddy Kavanagh (Jake Kelly), Dean O’ Halloran (Mark Quigley), Ian Morris

Subs: Dean Delany, Marco Chindea, Warren O’Hora, Dylan Hayes

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Lee Grace, Peter Higgins, Danny Furlong, Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Aiden Friel (Paul Murphy), Shane Dunne (Andy Mulligan), Stephen Last, Andrew O’Connor, Eoin Porter (Aiden Keenan)

Subs: Corey Chambers, Craig McCabe, John Bonner, Shane Dempsey

Referee: David McKeon

Attendance: 895

YOUTH-FUL EXUBERANCE: BOHS KEEP GOOD RUN GOING

WEXFORD YOUTHS  0 – 1  BOHEMIANS

Bohemians head into the summer break in high spirits after a fourth straight win in all competitions. Despite an accident on the N11 hampering the team and fans from making a first ever league trip to Wexford on time, the in-form Gypsies produced another impressive performance, and could easily have won by more than the Izzy Akinade goal that settled it.

Unsurprisingly, there were no changes from the team that dismantled St Pats last Sunday – bar the enforced removal of Jake Kelly with a shoulder injury. With Ayman Ben Mohamed on Tunisian international duty against Djibouti, Mark Quigley stepped in to start. After a gracious delay due to chronic traffic problems, the game got underway still in bright sunshine in the sunny south-east, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Perhaps due to the disrupted preparations, Wexford looked the sharper in the opening few minutes. They went direct as often as possible, and a long-throw from Craig McCabe was fired over acrobatically by Chris Kenny. Bohs, however, warmed up quite quickly. Keith Buckley sent Akinade through the channel, but the big striker’s shot was skewed wide. Akinade then stung the palms of Youths keeper Graham Doyle with a volley.

After referee Ben Connolly had to be replaced by his fourth official due to injury, Bohs stepped up a gear. First, Quigley shot over following a corner, and then, the visitors took a deserved lead. Buckley played a neat ball through for Akinade, who had far too much pace for the Wexford defence, and he finished coolly past Doyle into the bottom corner. Kurtis Byrne and Mark Quigley both had chances in the extended first half injury time, but couldnt extend the lead.

Roared on by their effervescent owner / local TD Mick Wallace, Youths were more dangerous after the break, but the Bohs defence kept most attacks at arms length. Paul Murphy had their best chance, but his header was weak and easily stopped by Dean Delany. The second half was less open, as Bohs managed possession professionally. Kurtis Byrne almost sealed the deal in injury time, but his shot curled just wide of Doyle’s post.

Bohs head into the break in much better shape than three weeks ago. Cup progression and back to back league wins have steadied the ship, and suddenly, the second half of the season looks to be a lot more promising for the Gypsies.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last (Ryan Delaney, 42), Aidan Friel (Dany Ledwith, 89), Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Jonny Bonner, Andy Mulligan (Shane Dunne, 78), Danny Furlong, Paul Murphy. Subs not used: Matthew Connor, Conor O’Keefe, John Peare, Conor Whittle.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes (Lorcn Fitzgerald, 69), Dan Byrne, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Eoin Wearen, Roberto Lopes, Kurtis Byrne, Mark Quigley (James Kavanagh, 86), Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Stephen Best, Jason Caffrey, Paul Rooney, Derek Prendergast.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade

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