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

Bohemians 0 Cork City 2

Sheppard’s delight as Cork City extend their winning start to nine wins from nine games in this seasons SSE Airtricity League following a hard fought win against a battling Bohs side that dominated much of the game.

Karl Sheppard was the hero for the runaway league leaders hitting a quite incredible volley, with Garry Buckley adding a late second to break Gypsies hearts.

Judging by the opening 15 minutes you would be forgiven that it was the hosts who were flying high at the top of the table, not allowing their illustrious visitors a second on the ball. A rip roaring start saw Oscar Brennan and Georgie Poynton stinging Mark McNulty’s finger tips from 25 and 20 yards out respectively. Roars of B-O-H-S rang around Dalymount with the Bohs faithful appreciating their sides efforts.

With their perfect start to the season on the line, Cork struggled to get a foot hold in the game and eight minutes before half time referee Ben Connolly found himself at the center of huge controversy for both sides.

Firstly, Karl Sheppard looked the favourite to get on to a long ball over the top but was met by the body of the onrushing Shane Supple, with a goal kick being the outcome, leaving the travelling support behind the goal incensed.

The home fans had their turn to vent their outrage moments later when midfielder Poynton raced through showing the City defence a clean pair of heals, only to be hauled down as he approached the 18 yard box. The loose ball spilled to Kaleem Simon, and just as it seemed the front man was about to tuck it away, he was then brought down amidst a tangle of legs. Amazingly, the referee waved away claims for both calls and allowing advantage.

Outrage turned to full on fury just minutes later when the visitors took the lead with their first effort on target, and what a goal it was. A corner was half cleared from Bohs and as the ball came out of the night sky, Sheppard hit a first time volley the flew into the top corner, giving Supple no chance and arguably rivaling Conan Byrne for goal of the season.

The Gypsies continues their high tempo game into the second half and really should have equalized on the 58th minute. Kaleem Simon showed good hold up play and played a delicate little reverse pass to Keith Ward who galloped in on goal only to be denied by McNulty, who stayed big until the last second.

City did well to take the sting out of the game thereafter, restricting Bohs to a couple of set pieces but an honorable mention has to go to Bohs energizer bunny in midfield, Fuad Sule, who worked tirelessly throughout and set the tone for the Gypsies excellent performance and is quickly becoming a fan favourite around Phibsboro.

With just five minutes left the visitors doubled their lead when current player of the month Sean Maguire won the ball back in the corner and delivered a low cross that was bundled home by Garry Buckley to extend their winning run to an incredible nine games and kill the tie off.

Things don’t get any easier for the Gypsies as they face reigning Champions Dundalk next week at Oriel Park whilst league leaders Cork face an exciting battle against a resurgent Bray Wanderers at Turners Cross.

Bohemian fc: Shane Supple, Derek Pender (c), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward (Jamie Hamilton), Kaleem Simon, Paddy Kavangh, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule (Ian Morris), Georgie Poynton (Steven Nolan)

Subs: Greg Murray, Philip Gannon, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan, Jamie Hamilton

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Alan Bennett (c), Ryan Delaney, Jimmy Keohane (Steven Beattie), Conor McCormack, Stephen Dooley (Shane Griffin), Kevin O’Connor, Geroid Morrissey, Karl Sheppard, Sean Maguire, Garry Buckley (Greg Bolger)

Subs: Alan Smith, John Kavanagh, Greg Bolger, Achille Campion, Steven Beattie, Connor Ellis, Shane Griffin

Referee: Ben Connolly

BOHEMIANS 1 CABINTEELY 0

After a disastrous last outing against Dublin rivals, and current EA Sports Cup holders, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Keith Long’s decimated squad took on an excellent Cabinteely side, who themselves, are on a great run of four league wins in a row.

Missing the likes of Shane Supple, Izzy Akinade, Eoin Wearen and Dinny Corcoran to name a few, tonight’s cup encounter gave some of the younger talent an opportunity to shine against “Cabo”, who currently sit joint second in the first division.

The home side dominated the majority of the play early on and had the first chance of the game when the lively Dylan Hayes broke through the Cabinteely midfield with ease and was extremely unlucky to see his 20 yard left footed effort go just wide of Jack Menton’s post.

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But despite the host’s good early possession, particularly Fuad Sule looking impressive trying to build from the back, Cabinteely showed they wern’t just here to make up the numbers, looking dangerous on the break with Steven Bell providing the threat over the top. And it was the Cabo front man who almost nicked the opener himself when Bohs keeper Greg Murphy got in a tangle with the forward and luckily escaped with the ball at his feet.

Following the bright start Bohs were unable to make their domination count, besides having a couple of long range efforts from Rob Cornwall and Sule as the home fans became frustrated.

Bohs came out firing in the second half and took the lead on the 47th minute. Dylan Hayes played a clever one-two with Sule and the right back dinked a lovely ball right onto Steven Nolans head. The front man did well to loop his header over Menton giving the keeper no chance.

The visitors became increasingly frustrated at not getting a foothold in the game and saw both Maher and Harney go into the book in quick succession. Maher’s late lunge on the talented Dean Casey saw the winger forced off with what looked like an ankle injury to add to Keith Long’s list of walking wounded.

Bohs missed a glorious chance to double their lead from the penalty spot as the action began to heat up. Menton made an outstanding save to his left at full stretch to deny Philip Gannon, following a soft foul on the Bohs midfielder.

The Gypsies continued to turn the screw and midfielder Sule was unlucky to see his right footed effort come crashing off the bar in the 75th minute and substitute Jamie Hamilton saw his side foot attempt creep agonizingly wide moments later.

Bohs saw out the game with relevant ease and will be delighted to get back to winning ways but the Bohs boss will be questioning just what he has done to suffer more bad luck of two more injuries to an already paper thin squad, losing both Casey and Kirk to injuries.
Bohemians: Greg Murray, Dylan Hayes, Rob Cornwall (Dan Byrne), Oscar Brennan, Patrick Kirk (Jamie Wilson), Fuad Sule, Eoghan Morgan, Philip Gannon, Dean Casey (Jamie Hamilton), Brandon Perry, Steven Nolan

Subs: Kian Clarke, Dan Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, Jamie Wilson, Eoghan Stokes, Cian Fay, Dylan Thornton

Cabinteely: Jack Menton, Adam Harney, Darragh McConville (Mark Hanlon), Sean Fitzpatrick, Andrew McGovern, Rob Duggan (Jason Byrne), Adam Maher, Jack Hudson, Michael Scott (Cian Lynch), Steven Ball, Paul Fox

Subs: Mick Kelly, Mark Hanlon, Aaron Robinson, Cian Lynch, Cian O’Sullivan, Rob McGee, Jason Byrne

Referee: Derek Tomney

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