U19 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

SSE AIRTRICITY U19 LEAGUE FINAL
Bohemians 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0

The 2017 League of Ireland u19 season has came to its climax tonight here in Dalymount Park with a Dublin derby of Bohemians vs St. Patrick’s Athletic. The teams faced each other twice so far, this season, both tightly contested affairs with Bohs winning the first meeting 1-0 and St. Pats coming out on top in the second match 3-2, courtesy of a Michael Creggan hattrick.

The Gypsies came into the final as Northern division winners and beat Sligo Rovers 1-0 in their semi-final in a gripping encounter with the Westerners. St. Pat’s, however, come in off the back of a remarkable 7-4 victory over defending champions UCD. At one stage the Inchicore outfit were 5-1 up against the Students, but UCD pulled it back to 5-4 before St. Pat’s but the game to bed with two late goals.

The first half began timidly with both teams feeling each other out. St. Pats, however, got their feel quicker and began to assert themselves in the early going. An freekick from the half way line caused the Bohemians ‘keeper, Kian Clarke, trouble; the ball was floated in and while trying to come and punch the ball away, he miscued his effort and put Bohs on the backfoot but the ball was eventually cleared.

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With St. Pat’s stifling the Gypsies passing game and causing trouble with set pieces, influential Bohs winger Cian McMullen went off injured in the 22nd minute and was replaced by Cian Fay. This move necessitated a tactical rejig, and Jamie Hamilton was moved to the left flank with Daniel Grant moved into the 10 role with Cian Fay deployed as the striker.

The game continued at a ponderous pace throughout the first half with both teams not willing to risk much early on. Saints striker Michael Creggan, presented the away side with the best chance of the half late on. He jinked down the right side of the Bohs defence and drove into the box, his cross somehow evading the Pat’s attackers and was cleared for a corner. The half ended 0-0.

Where the first half began at a crawl, the second half burst into life. Bohemians came out on the front foot and by the 52nd minute had taken the lead. Bohs won the ball back just inside their own half and, on the counter, Jamie Hamilton played a ball over the head of the right fullback for Daniel Grant who then slid the ball into the stride of Cian Fay and he dinked the ball into the box where Steven Nolan slammed the ball into the net. Bohemians instantly began pushing for the second goal, much of the play being orchestrated by Jamie Hamilton who ran the show all night for Bohemians.

A second goal would have been much appreciated for the home side, however, because just after the hour mark defensive lynchpin Warren O’Hora came off injured, replaced by Seán Bregazzi; another key player injured for Bohs. The Saints began to return to life and were turning the screw in their search for the equaliser and had the best chance of the game in the 71st minute. Pat’s goalkeeper, Eric Donnelly, cleared the ball downfield and Jason Grouse picked the ball up and seen Bohemians ‘keeper Kian Clarke miles off his line and caught in no-mans-land.

He rounded Clarke, who desperately tried to foul him, and took aim at goal but the Gypsies fullback, Andy Lyons, heroically stopped the ball from hitting the back of the net. As the game was reaching its climax, Clarke redeemed himself with a string of stunning saves. The first of which from a stinging shot from Michael Creggan that he turned over the bar in the 79th minute, and the second in the 89th, a header from Clinton Apos that was destined for the back of the net but Clarke’s hand came out of nowhere and rescued Bohemians. The breath-taking second half came to a close and Bohemians were crowned League of Ireland u19 champions.

MOTM: Jamie Hamilton

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

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