BOHEMIANS U19s: ENDA McGUILL CUP WINNERS

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC U19s 1 BOHEMIANS U19s 2

Craig Sexton hailed the professionalism of the Bohemians U19s after they came from behind to win the Enda McGuill Cup at Richmond Park.

The Gypsies, champions last year but currently trailing tonight’s opponents in the Northern Division by six points, got off to the worst possible start, conceding a header from a corner after just two minutes.

Goalkeeper Seán Bohan got a touch to Neill Byrne’s effort but not enough to keep it out as hosts St Patrick’s Athletic took an early lead.

But after a below-par first-half performance, Bohs came back out after the break refocused and reenergised.

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They took the game by the scruff of the neck and took their chances when it mattered too with Ali Reghba scoring twice in quick succession on 61 and 63 minutes to turn the game on its head.

A delighted Sexton said: “They showed the togetherness of the group in how they reacted to going behind. They’re a great bunch and they pulled together to make sure we came away with the win.

“We had spoken about the ‘what ifs’ during the week, ‘what if we went one down and how do we react as a group?’

“That’s a big part of how players need to develop – learning how to win in different ways and different circumstances. They found a way to do just that tonight.

“It was a game of mixed emotions really. The first half we weren’t at it, we were poor.

“But we changed a couple of things at half-time and the second half was much better. We came out and stamped our authority on the game a bit more.

“We dominated possession at times and we looked like we were the only team who were going to win it in the second half.”

Reghba’s brace was what ultimately proved the difference between the sides and as well as his winner’s medal, he also went home with a deserved man-of-the-match award.

Sexton said: “Ali is turning into a very good player. He still has a lot to learn but he knows that himself.

“He’s only 17 so he has another year with us at this level. He’s a lot of great attributes and he’s a fantastic fella too.

“You can see that with how hard he worked tonight. His finishes were fantastic.

“He could have had a couple more too though and we’ll let him know that to keep his feet on the ground!”

In the run-up to the game, Sexton spoke of his efforts to keep the players’ minds on the job at hand with this afternoon’s draw for the UEFA Youth League an obvious potential distraction, particularly for players so young.

Sexton said: “We needed to make sure the draw for Europe didn’t take over. We’d a cup final to win.

“To be fair, they didn’t let it interfere in any way. I didn’t get any texts about the draw or anything… unless they were all talking about it themselves without me!

“But they were fantastic in the lead-up – fantastic the last 10-12 weeks too – absolutely brilliant.”

The draw sees Bohs’ budding stars pit their wits against FC Midtjylland of Denmark. The Gypsies are due to be away first on Wednesday October 3 with the return leg at Dalymount Park three weeks later on Wednesday October 24, although both games are yet to be confirmed.

The winner of the tie will play the winners of Basel (Switzerland) v Hamilton (Scotland).

Sexton added: “It’s an interesting draw. It’s will be great for the boys to experience something different.

“Obviously there would have been big interest if we’d drawn Chelsea who were in our pool but our players are used to traveling to the UK for academy games, so it’s nice to get something further afield.

“This will be more of a proper European tie for them to experience a different culture and a maybe a different style of play.

“They get to travel and experience all that goes with that. Hopefully in future years the club will be back in Europe with the first team and these players will be on the first team and this will stand to them. That’s what we’re all striving towards as a club.”[/readmore]

 

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

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