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

Bohemians 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 4

Bend it like Byrne! St. Pats winger hits a Beckham-esque effort as the Saints go Marching on hammering Bohs 4-0.

A jam packed Dalymount Park, which included President Michael D. Higgins, was witness to its first home Dublin derby of the season, with St. Pats the visitors on a glorious evening.

And it was the hosts who looked brightest from the off but were dealt a massive blow when Jamie Doyle lunged in late on Michael Barker and strangely enough, it was the Bohs man who seemed to come off worse with the stretcher being called immediately and was subsequently replaced by Dean Casey.

Despite the break in play Bohs continued in the ascendancy with Paddy Kavanagh volleying over, just before last weeks match winner Dan Byrne saw his effort from 12 yards out rise just over at the last second.
This sparked the game into life and both sides took turns of decent spells of possession.

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It was the visitors who had the games best chance a half an hour in, when a long hopeful ball over the top found its way to ex-Bohs man Kurtis Byrne who found himself clear one on one. Shane Supple stood tall to deny the winger and somehow the game remained 0-0.

It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken and just 10 minutes later Pat’s good work was rewarded when Conan Byrne raced down the right wing and picked out talisman Fagan at the edge of the box. Despite having his first effort blocked, the sharp number nine reacted first to volley home, sending the rapturous away end into hysteria.

Right on the stroke of half time the Saint’s doubled their lead with a goal of the season contender, if not winner already! Conan Byrne spotted Supple off his line and with an audacious effort, lobbed the Bohs number one from just inside his own half. An incredible way to grab your 100th league goal and in some style too.

Amazingly there was still time for a miss of the season contender from Fagan, who blasted over from just three yards out with the goal at his mercy, following Kurtis Byrne’s low cross.

Luckily Fagan and his teammates were not left to rue the missed chance and two nil became three just minutes into the second. A terrible mix up at the back from the ever reliable Lorcan Fitzgerald allowed man of the moment Byrne to grab his second, cleverly poking the ball home and in turn sapping every ounce of optimism the Gyspsie’s faithful had of a comeback in the process.

Try as they might, the home side never recovered from the loss of Jamie Doyle early on, who was shaping up to be to the focal point in their attack, proving again that the loss of Izzy Akinade and Dinny Corcoran up front is just too much for a small squad to cope with.

Keith Long’s miserable night went from bad to worse when Supple was then forced off in the 71st minute with no sign of a knock.

The game never got going following a spate of substitutions and Pat’s made it two wins from two Dublin derby’s as the home side saw their four game unbeaten run come to a disappointing end.

And just to compound the misery around Phibsborough, ex hero Kurtis Byrne got in on the action, notching the 4th in the 91st minute getting the goal his performance deserved.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple (Greg Murray), Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward (Philip Gannon), Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Jamie Doyle (Dean Casey), Georgie Poynton

Subs: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Philip Gannon, Fuad Sule, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan

St. Pats: Conor O’Malley, Michael Barker, Ian Bermingham, Gavin Peers, Patrick Cregg, Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan (Josh O’Hanlon (Billy Dennehy)), Jonathan Lunney (Sam Verdon), Lee Desmond, Kurtis Byrne, Alex O’Hanlon

Subs: Barry Murphy, Graham Kelly, Sam Verdon, Rory Feely, Darragh Markey, Billy Dennehy, Josh O’Hanlon

Referee: Jim McKell

Attendance: 2600

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