BOHEMIANS 0 SLIGO ROVERS 3

The only SSE Airtricity Premier Division this evening threw up a massive encounter at the wrong end of the table as both Bohemians and Sligo Rovers did battle for an enormous three points. A victory that could that could potentially dictate how the remainder of the season would play out for all concerned.

A quite cagey opening finally burst into life with 20 minutes on the clock. Gypsies winger Kevin Devaney rushed out wide to try keey Shane Supples clearance in play, but inadvertently put it behind for a corner. Regan Donelon’s excellent delivery was powered home by the unchallenged Jack Keaney to give the visitors the lead.

This setback ignited a fire in the home side and finally burst into life for the remainder of the half. The lively Keith Ward saw his tremendous 30 yard strike miss the top corner by inches. Keith Buckley saw a “Benjamin Pavard” style volley, direct from a corner, brilliantly tipped over the bar by Mitchell Beeney and Oscar Brennan had a couple of deflected efforts as the Gypsies tried to suffocate their relegation rivals.

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The “Bit O’ Red” dealt a killer blow right before half time, and again, from a set piece. McCabe’s corner to the back post resulted in an almighty goal mouth scramble and as the ball dropped, David Cawley scuffed the ball towards goal which looked to go in off Dinny Corcoran on the line.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side, as just six minutes into the second half Derek Pender saw red for a wild, mistimed lunge on Regan Donelon.

The visitors didn’t take long making the man advantage count and just minutes later Cawley made it three, showing some quick feet in the box to shift the ball onto his right foot and reverse his low effort back into the near post.

Bohs thought they got one back, only for Seamus Sharkey to pull off a miraculous goal line clearance. Kevin Devaney burst through down the left wing from a quickly taken throw in and hammered the ball over Beeney, but somehow, Sharkey running back towards his own goal, managed to head over the bar on the line. The centre half was running at such speed he was unable to stop himself flying into, and ripping, the net in the process.

Keith Long will be bitterly disappointed at not just the manner of conceding the goals but the contrast in performances compared to how they’ve played since the break.

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

Subs: Jamie Cleary, Daniel Byrne, Karl Moore, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Daniel Kelly

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Regan Donelon, Seamus Sharkey, Rhys McCabe, Mikey Drennan, Lee J Lynch, Kris Twardek, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney, John Mahon, David, Cawley

Subs: Ed McGinty, Kyle McFadden, Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Kerrigan, Darren Collis, Lewis Morrison

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

BOHS FAIL TO MAKE CHANCES PAY

BOHEMIANS 0 CORK CITY 2

[dropap]T[/dropcap]he “Home of Irish Football” played host to the Champions Cork City with a big three points on offer at both ends of the table.

The visitors started in dominant fashion and took the lead after 10 minutes. Colm Horgan did well to cut inside on his left foot and delivered a low cross from the right wing towards striker Graham Cummins.

Although the big number nine didn’t get a touch, it was enough to put off Shane Supple as the ball floated in at the back post.

The home side responded brilliantly having four corners in a row almost immediately and went on to dominate proceedings for the remainder of the half.

The outstanding Dylan Watts, almost singlehandedly tried to drag his side back in to the game, fizzing a number of shots inches wide past Mark McNulty’s post.

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Just before the break Eoghan Stokes sprayed a brilliant cross field ball to Kieth Buckley who was bombing on from right back. Buckley cut inside onto his left foot and incredibly Stokes, who made a lung bursting run, was on the end of the low cross and unluckily for the striker volleyed straight at Cork stopper, McNulty.

The Gypsies started the well and just minutes in, an outrageous cross field ball from Watts, found the toe of the busy Keith Ward on the left who did well to shake off Horgan but dragged his shot wide of the near post.

Despite the domination and neat play, the home side were made to pay for not taking their chances and were caught cold in the 65th minute. Substitute Kieran Sadlier’s clever thinking and quick throw in released Cummins over the top who sowed great pace and composure to slot the ball into the far top corner and make it 2-0.

This sucker punch deflated the hosts who plugged away for what remained and will play worse this season and pick up points. Whereas John Caulfield and his troops will know this was a massive three points earned and a professional enough performance and as the old saying goes, Champions find a way of winning, when their not at their best.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward, Danny Grant, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philly Gannon, Dinny Corcoran, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kirk, Rob Manley

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Geroid Morrissey, Jimmy Kehone, Conor McCormack, Graham Cummins, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Conor McCarthy, Colm Horgan, Barry McNemee, Sean McLoughlin

Subs: Peter Cherrie, Danny Kane, Aaron Barry, Kieran Sadlier, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Howard, Josh O’Hanlon

GYPSIES HIT THE SPOT

BOHEMIANS 2 UCD 2
(AET, Bohemians won 5-3 on penalties)

Penalties needed to separate Bohemians and UCD with Colin McCabe emerging the hero for the home side in a wonderfully entertaining cup game at a rainy Dalymount Park.

Despite mother nature’s best effort to give the players a day off the game went ahead and those who braved the elements weren’t disappointed as the cracking encounter unfolded.

It was 10 changes for Bohs in all, with Dan Casey the lone survivor from Friday night’s defeat to Dundalk. Collie O’Neill made just the one change for the visitors with Yoyo Mahdy replacing Kevin Coffey.

A quite subdued start, saw the more experienced visitors dominate possession, without creating too much in front of goal and on the break Bohs had the first real effort of note. Dylan Watts, sporting a questionable new blonde hairdo, played a delightful ball into the path of JJ Lunney inside the full back. The left winger’s powerful effort was well pushed away by Conor Kearns after 11 minutes.

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Just as the home side began growing into the game UCD hit them with a sucker punch. Daire O’Connor’s lovely slide rule ball inside Jamie Hamilton at left back to Yoyo Mahdy and in turn, the winger finished smartly across McCabe into the far corner.

The Students made it two nil just after the half hour mark, again catching Bohs on the break. Skipper Gary O’Neill bending a spectacular right footed curler into the top corner from Georgie Kelly’s clever back heel lay off.

Eoghan Stokes looked the best attacking option for the home side stinging the palms of Kearns on a couple occasions as Bohs tried to claw their way back into the tie.

Bohs started the second half much sharper and got themselves back into the game with a well taken finish from the aforementioned Stokes. Danny Grant, who had an excellent game, played a lovely weighted pass into the right channel and the Bohs striker finished well across the body of Kearns.

The Gypsie’s began getting at the backline of the visitors much easier as the game progressed with right winger Grant becoming a huge threat with his pace and direct running with the ball. Just before the hour mark, JJ Lunney spurned a glorious chance to equalise inside the box as his volley sailed high and over.

Despite the pressure mounting from the Gypsie’s, Colin McCabe was called into action on a couple of occasions saving bravely from both O’Connor and Kelly who got themselves into one on one positions.

Bohs got the deserved equaliser with less than 10 minutes to go. Grant showed spectacular pace to get around Darragh Corcoran at the end line and was hauled down by the defender inside the box. Up stepped JJ Lunney to coolly send Kearns the wrong way to make it 2-2 and send the tie into extra time.

Extra time was a lethargic affair for both sets of players as the heavy pitch began to take its toll. Both teams had half chances from distance the home side looking most likely to get the winner.

Colin McCabe was the penalty shootout hero saving low to his left from Paul Doyle as Bohs won the shootout 5-3 with Eoghan Stokes scoring the decisive spot kick to send his side into the next round.

Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philip Gannon, Danny Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Patrick Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Sean Bohan, Andy Lyons, Dylan Thornton, Ryan Graydon, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne, Luke Nolan

UCD: Conor Kearns, Dan Tobin, Macim Kouogun, Josh Collins, Daire O’Connor, Gary O’Neill, Yoyo Mahdy, Timmy Molloy, Jason McClelland, Liam Scales, Georgie Kelly

Subs: Carl Williams, Sean McDonald, Conor Crowley, Kevin Coffey, Darragh Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Ben Hanrahan

Referee: Derek Tomney

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