Five-star Bohs put 10-man Limerick to the sword

BOHEMIANS 5 LIMERICK 0

As close to a relegation six-pointer you can get at this stage of the season prior to kick off, an understandable and tetchy opening was to be expected as neither side wanted to give up too much, too early.

But it was the visitors who looked more assured in possession and had the better e to take the lead. The combative Conor Ellis looked a constant threat and should have put his side in front following Karl O’Sullivans trickery down the right wing. The pacey wingers cross was only half dealt with and the ball fell invitingly to the left foot of the Limerick front man who took a wild swipe with his left foot and sent the ball over the bar.

This miss was to prove costly as the home side settled into the game taking the lead just before the half hour mark. Following some smart play down the left, the always impressive Darragh Leahy, cleverly cut the ball back to Keith Ward from the end line. The creative midfielder then saw his chipped cross blocked which in turn sent the ball looping in the air. Leahy reacted quickest and headed across the face of the goal to the grateful Kevin Devaney to nod home from point blank range.

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The home side then doubled their lead shortly after through a beautifully swept finish from 25 yards out by JJ Lunney, as the Gypsies ended the half in clinical fashion

Keith Longs troops had a number of chances to kill the game off as the second half progressed. Ward and Corcoran both had gone close from the edge of the area just before a goal of the season contender from Keith Buckley looked to kill the contest off. Kevin Devaney cut inside onto his right foot looking to get a strike away but was eventually crowded out. He then opted to lay it off to midfielder Buckley, who proceeded to hammer home a thunderbolt of a strike from all of 30 yards.

Substitute Danny Grant made an instant impact slotting home the fourth from Wards clever cut back, after Corcoran had initially hit the post, as Bohs went into cruise control.

Bohs added a fifth from the penalty spot, just before the end. Grant was picked out by Corcorans through ball but just as he looked to finish, was hauled down by Coleman Hennessy, who inevitably received his marching orders for the challenge. Up stepped Eoghan Stokes to calmly slot home and make it five on a wonderful night for the Phibsboro faithful.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Ian Morris, Dan Casey, Darragh Leahy, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Dinny Corcoran

Subs: Sean Bohan, Dan Byrne, Andy Lyons, Oscar Brennan, Daniel Grant, Eoghan Stokes, Cristian Magerusan

Limerick FC: Tommy Holland, Shaun Kelly, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan, Conor Ellis, Killian Brouder, William Fitzgerald, Billy Dennehy, Karl O’Sullivan, Darren Murphy, Barry Maguire

Subs: Jack Brady, Danny Morrissey, Tomas O’Connor, Col Walsh-O’Loughlin, Adam Foley, Jason Cross, Coleman Hennessy

Referee: Derek Tomney

BOHEMIANS 6 BRAY WANDERERS 0

Bohemians hit sorry Seagulls for six, as new signing Daniel Kelly makes himself an instant fan favourite netting two in a Dalymount demolition job.

Kelly, earning his first start against his former club after impressing off the bench in the defeat to Sligo Rovers, got the home side the dream start with just five minutes played. The pacey front man reacted quickest to Rhys Gorman’s header back to his keeper and nicked in ahead of Evan Moran to poke home.

Kelly, now relishing his role on the right wing, doubled his personal tally and the lead on the 22nd minute. Keith Ward took the ball on his chest in the box from a cross field ball but his snap shot was brilliantly saved by Moran, goal mouth scramble ensued and that man of the moment curled a delightful effort with the outside of his right boot to the far post.

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The home side sensed blood and made it three moments later from the spot. In keeping with the against the ex-player theme, it ws ex-Bohs defender Dylan Hayes who gave away the spot kick, bundling into the back of Ward who played a lovely one-two with JJ Lunney. Up stepped Dinny Corcoran to slot home. Just before the break the rampant home side made it four with a rocket from the right boot of Kevin Devaney form 20 yards out, who certainly doesn’t do tap ins.

The Gypsies wasted no time adding a fifth just minutes after the start of the second half. Rob Cornwall got in on the act following Ward’s deep corner. Corcoran did well to keep it alive and up rose the big centre half to nod home.

Amazing scenes were to follow as Bohs were awarded their second penalty of the game after Lyons was hauled down by Moran. Chants of “Kelly, Kelly” rang around Phibsboro – as the youngster was on a hattrick- but Corcoran ignored the crowd. The penalty was brilliantly saved by Moran, as a chorus of boo’s sarcastically erupted from the Gypsie faithful.

Substitute Cristian Magerusan added insult to injury and, on his league debut, added a 6th with a very well taken finish on a memorable night for the youngster.

The massive victory puts a seven point gap between themselves and Limerick and, also, Keith Longs troops have a far superior goal difference (23 goals better off) which could count as an extra point come the end of the season if things get tight again.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly, Andy Lyons

Subs: Sean Bohan, Dan Byrne, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Cristian Magerusan, Ian Morris, Paddy Kirk

Bray Wanderers: Evan Moran, Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, Paul O’Conor, Ger Pender, Jake Kelly, Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman, Gary McCabe, Dragos Mamaliga, Sean Harding

Subs: Mark O’Connor, Calvin Rogers, Darragh Noone, Jake Ellis, Cian Walsh, Byron O’Gorman, Alex Rafferty

Referee: Neil Doyle

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

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