5-STAR BOHS

BOHEMIANS 5 CABINTEELY 1

In what was a welcome distraction from their current league form, for both sides, Bohs played host to a Cabinteely side also looking to kickstart their season.

As expected, there was a raft of changes for both sides, the visitors making nine changes and Bohs fielding a completely different 11 to the side that beat Bray Wanderers Friday night.

The game started at a frenetic pace with players eager to impress, with both teams having great chances to take the lead inside the first two minutes. Daniel Grant, who looked impressive on the right wing throughout, broke through the Cabinteely rearguard and from just outside the penalty area, couldn’t generate much power behind his left footed strike on the stretch.

The visitors immediately went up the other end and Michael Scott almost took advantage of some sloppy defending, dragging his low effort inches wide of the far post.

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With just nine minutes on the clock Sean Fitzpatrick made himself a hero at both ends. Firstly, clearing off the line from Rob Manley, who followed up a spill by Stephen McGuiness. Almost immediately, the big centre half went up the other end and powered home a header at the back post to give the visitors the lead.

Bohs came to life in the 37th minute when man of the match Daniel Grant burst down the right wing, beating Broderick and was eventually brought down by Kieron Butler in the area. Up stepped Dylan Watts, and what seems to be a reoccurring theme at Dalymount, the penalty was well saved by McGuiness. This time, however, Watts reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

Just a minute later, that man again Grant broke the offside trap and raced clear through on goal, but was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post to the grateful feet of Rob Manley to tap home.

The Gypsies weren’t done there, just before half time they made it three with Manley tapping home his second from a beautifully worked corner kick routine played across the box.

Bohs dominated the second half as the pace dropped off and just after the hour mark made it 4-1 with a wonder strike. Daniel Grant, who was outstanding on the night, got the goal his performance deserved scoring brilliantly from all of 40 yards, side footing a looping volley over keeper McGuiness’ who only half cleared.

The host’s went on to make it five – one when Dylan Watts netted his second of the evening, cleverly touching the ball one side of Fitzpatrick and racing around the other. The midfielder showed great composure to slot the ball to the far corner with his right foot as Bohs safely cruised into the next round.

Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Daniel Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley

Subs: Sean Bohan, Steven Nolan, Dylan Thornton, Cian McMullen, Mitchell Byrne, Luke Nolan, Ryan Graydon

Cabinteely FC: Stephen McGuiness, Karl Byrne, Jamie Broderick, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kieron Butler, Eoghan Morgan, Anthony Dolan, Luke Clukas, Paul Fox, Kaleem Simon, Michael Scott

Subs: Finn McGowan, Jack Hudson, Kyle Hogan, Keith Dalton, Brandon Perry, Jack Tuite, Stephen Ball

Referee: Derek Tomney

 

SMASH AND GRAB

BOHEMIANS 2 BRAY WANDERERS 1

Dinny Corcoran was the hero as his 91st minute winner broke the hearts of the visiting Bray Wanderers fans and players, who will count themselves unlucky not to get anything from the game.

The game started at a rip roaring pace with goals inside the first five minutes. A bullet header from Daniel Kelly gave the visitors the dream start but was cancelled out almost immediately by a rocket from Ian Morris from all of 30+ yards. The Bohs midfielder, with his second in a week, caught his left footed effort beautifully as it flew into the side netting giving Aaron Dillon no chance.

It was all Bohs from then on with Dinny Corcoran setting up both Eoghan Stokes and Oscar Brennan to have efforts from the edge of the box that missed the target by inches, if even.

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The Seagulls responded well to the pressure as the game began to go from end to end. Shane Supple was forced into one of the saves of the season from Darragh Noone’s flick header as the Bohs stopper at full stretch, showed cat like reflexes to tip the effort around the post with some of the Bray players almost celebrating.

Bohs seemed to have the better of possession as the half wore on but Bray, who must have looked unrecognizable to the side who started the season with just one point, as Gary McCabe and Aaron Greene looked a real threat up front.

The two Kelly’s combined well for the visitors at the start of the second half as ex-Bohs man Jake Kelly, cut back well to the onrushing namesake Daniel who was unable to keep his volley down.

Keith Long, in a bid to freshen and liven things up, replaced Eoghan Stokes with Keith Ward as Bray began to edge on top despite any real clear cut chances at either end.

The second half was in stark contrast to the entertaining, free flowing first half as the game turned into a gritty, scrappy affair as both teams searched for the winner.

As the minutes trickled down and a goal didn’t appear to be on the horizon, amongst the home fans frustration, “IT” happened.

Dinny Corcoran made himself the hero following good link up play with Ward, who played it cleverly out to the right hand side of the box after attracting all the Bray rearguard to the ball. Corcoran kept his composure to hammer a low drive into the far bottom corner as pandemonium ensued around Dalymount.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Karl Moore, Dinny Corcoran, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts

Bray Wanderers: Aaron Dillon, Hugh Douglas, Kevin Lynch, Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, John Sullivan, Aaron Greene, Jake Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Gary McCabe, Darragh Noone

Subs: Evan Moran, Paul O’Conor, Ger Pender, Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman, Calvin Rogers, Ronan Coughlan

Referee: Rob Rogers

Spoils shared

BOHEMIANS 2 SLIGO ROVERS 2

Despite the season being just five games young, a massive three points were on offer in Phibsboro as both Bohs and Sligo Rovers looked to really kick their season’s into gear.

On the back of three straight 1-0 defeats, finding goals hard to come by, Bohs started the brighter and right from the off Eoghan Stoke burst through the midfield to try his luck from 25 yards signaling their intent.

Despite the good start from the hosts, Rovers showed they had a threat of their own. Gary Boylan played a lovely weighted through ball to the pacey Caolan McAleer who dragged his right footed effort just wide.

Right before the half hour mark the deadlock was finally broken. Stokes collected a long ball from Oscar Brennan on the right wing. The ex-Leeds man cut inside and curled a beautiful left footed effort into the far top corner to send the home fans wild.

Their elation was short lived though, as Sligo responded well and got back on level terms just minutes later. Rhys McCabe delivered a deadly inswinging corner and David Cawley was quickest to react at the near post burying his downward header past Shane Supple.

The home side reacted well to the sucker punch, with both Paddy Kavanagh and Stokes, who really looked in the mood, going close from the edge of the box before the half.

The Gypsie’s came flying out of the traps in the second half and put pressure on the visitors right from the off. And just on the stroke of the hour mark deservedly took the lead again. The pressure from a spate of corners finally told when Karl Moore floated a cross to the back post and Ian Morris did brilliantly to direct the header in the near post.

But just like the first half Sligo equalized almost immediately. Rhys McCabe delivered a high cross from the right wing that was only half cleared and as the ball came out of the sky, Adam Morgan showed incredible technique to smash home the left footed volley past Supple for his 4th of the season.

Again, Bohs responded positively and it was all the home side from then on in. Stokes had a great effort from just inside the box, curling inches wide with his right foot. Paddy Kavanagh came closest to stealing all three points when his direct run down the right and snap shot from the edge of the box, agonizingly came back off the far post and straight to the feet of Dinny Corcoran who blazed over from three yards out. Luckily for the big man, the assistant’s offside flag saved his blushes as the hugely entertaining game ended 2-2.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts

Sligo Rovers: Micheal Schlingermann, Gary Boylan, Kyle McFadden, Seamus Sharkey, Rhys McCabe, Craig Rodden, Adam Morgan, Alastair Roy, Caolan McAleer, Callum Waters, David Cawley

Subs: Mitchell Beeney, Eduardo Pinceli, Greg Moorehouse, Patrick McClean, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney, Lewis Morrison

Referee: Ray Matthews

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