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

Bohemians 1 Galway Utd 1

10 man Galway United hold off in form Bohemians to snatch a share of the spoils.

Despite wet and windy conditions, Dalymount Park played host to an entertaining game that saw Bohemians draw 1-1 with Galway United this evening.

In a lively game, It didn’t take the visitors long to have their first effort on target when Shane Supple was forced to react sharply to deny David Cawley, who had a well hit right footed shot to the near post. Bohs responded almost immediately with an effort of their own. Georgie Poynton hit a crisp 25-yard effort that was just held by Conor Winn.

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Ronan Murray looked a dead cert to score after just 10 minutes in. The Galway man, turned excellently from a knockdown in the box but leaned back just a bit too much and his volley sailed over the bar from 12 yards out.

The Gypsies took the lead five minutes later, following some exciting end to end play. Paddy Kavanagh’s dancing feet down the right wing forced the visitors to concede a corner. Lorcan Fitzgerald delivered a great in-swinging cross and in form striker Dinny Corcoran deftly flicked the ball to the far post.

The hosts weren’t content with just sitting on the one nil. Shortly after, winger Jamie Doyle skipped past his marker but his powerful left footed drive was inches wide of the near post.

Galway began getting a foot hold in the game and on the 40th minute managed to get themselves back on level terms. Vinny Faherty raced on to a clever through ball just to the right of the box and Supple slid in to bring him down.

The horrible conditions were certainly playing their part now with the ball getting held up and seemed to catch out the Bohs number 1.

From the resulting free kick, Murray whipped in low cross that evaded everyone in the box and crept into the far post.

Bohs were dealt a big blow at half time with talismanic striker Corcoran being replaced by Kaleem Simon, but the front man seemed to end the half moving about ok.

Galway, now playing with the wind at their back, began forcing Bohs onto the back foot, keeping the majority of possession without threatening Supple too much. On the hour mark the home side were cursing their luck again with skipper Derek Pender being forced off with a muscle injury and Dylan Hayes coming on in his place.

The visitors found themselves down to 10 men on 67 minutes when Alex Byrne received his second yellow from bringing down Fitzgerald from behind. Referee Neil Doyle was left with no other option but to give his marching orders to the combative midfielder.

The home supporters began to sense victory against the side second from bottom but, on the pitch, were struggling to break down a well organized United defence. With time running out, the optimism was slowly turning to frustration around the ground.

The home side were unable to find the needed breakthrough and it will be Galway who will be happy to get out of Phibsboro with their second point of the season. Meanwhile, Keith Long’s troops will see it as potentially two points dropped but extend their unbeaten run to three games nevertheless.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender (Dylan Hayes), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Dinny Corcoran (Kaleem Simon), Keith Ward, Patrick Kavanagh, Jamie Doyle, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton (Oscar Brennan)

Subs: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Philip Gannon, Dean Casey,

Manager: Keith Long

Assistant: Trevor Croly

Galway United: Conor Winn, Colm Horgan, Marc Ludden, Lee Grace, Alex Byrne, David Cawley, Vinny Faherty (Conor Melody), Kevin Devaney (Jesse Devers), Gary Shanahan, Ronan Murray, Stephen Folan

Subs: Ciaran Nugent, Maurice Nugent, Aaron Conway, Robert Spelman, Gary Kinneen

Manager: Shane Keegan

Assistant: Johnny Glynn

Referee: Neil Doyle

CORCORAN CAPS INCREDIBLE BOHS COMEBACK

BOHEMIANS  3 – 2  BRAY WANDERERS

Dinny Corcoran scored two and set up another as Bohemians mounted a stirring comeback to topple Bray Wanderers in a scintillating second half at Dalymount Park. The Gypsies had found themselves two down after the visitors struck twice in as many minutes just after the half – but Corcoran and co produced a stunning display to earn the home side their first points of the fledgling 2017 season.

After a fruitless but promising performance in Tallaght, Keith Long made just the one change from the team that lost to Shamrock Rovers, with Keith Ward replacing Philly Gannon in an attacking midfield role. The change proved to be the right decision, with Ward playing a key role in a remarkable second half performance against a Bray side that had been talked up as potential world beaters after two good opening wins, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Bohs welcomed back a familiar face in the blue jerseys of Bray, with Keith Buckley making his first appearance against his beloved Gypsies. However, the midfielder was mostly anonymous as Bohs took hold of the game from the off, and produced a composed and controlling first half performance. Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran seem to have formed a nice link on their return, and they strung together the first move of the game with a neat one-two followed by a Ward power drive from 20 yards that Peter Cherrie had to acrobatically beat away.

Bohs dominated the middle part of the half with a string of corners, 6 in total peppering the Seagulls’ box. Dan Byrne went closest from a Fitzgerald corner, but the defender couldn’t scramble the ball home after Cherrie missed a punch. Set pieces were a friend to the home side in the first half, and Ward almost gave them the lead when his free kick crashed off the crossbar just before half time. The Jodi Stand crowd gave the Bohs players a hearty ovation on their way off, and Keith Long would have been happy with what he saw. Five minutes after the break, his side were inexplicably two down.

Bray’s first was courtesy of a sloppily-defended corner – their first of the game. Gary McCabe swung the ball in low from the far side, and it squirted all the way across to the back post where John Sullivan had the simple task of side-footing home from four yards. Bohs barely had time to catch their breath before the second came. A hopeful cross-field ball from Aaron Greene was misjudged badly by Derek Pender, leaving Dylan Connolly through on goal. The Bray winger showed why Dundalk pursued him all winter by finishing clinically past Supple, and suddenly, Bray were cruising.

The next goal was obviously going to be crucial, and it was a huge moment when Bohs struck, just 4 minutes after Bray’s second goal. If the game had been allowed to settle down at 0-2, you sense the atmosphere could have turned quiet and despondent in the crowd. As it was, Dinny Corcoran pounced with a goal quite similar to the one he scored on the opening night against Derry City. A ball forward from Jamie Doyle was headed into Corcoran’s path by Bray full back and Domhnall Gleeson lookalike Hugh Douglas. Dinny took his time, and sent Cherrie the wrong way with a rolled finish into the corner.

The home crowd kept behind the team, and the deserved equaliser arrived with 20 minutes left on the clock. This time Corcoran was the provider – squaring the ball to Keith Ward after a fast counter attack. Ward still had work to do 25 yards from goal, but his first touch was excellent out of his feet, and the shot went through Cherrie’s legs into the net. After that, the momentum was all with Bohs, and the winner felt like it was a probability rather than a hopeful possibility.

The fifth and final goal was a simple but effective move – with a long ball from defence flicked on perfectly by Jamie Doyle to set Corcoran through. The striker displayed icy coolness to stare down Cherrie again, and slot the ball into the opposite corner. Both of his strikes were composed finishes, almost trickled into the net with poise and finesse. A striker with those instincts can be worth his weight in gold – and Dinny produced the goods to deliver the points for Bohs tonight – just as he did so often in the 2012 season when he was the last Bohs player to hit 20+ goals in a single campaign.

The games come thick and fast at the start of the season, with the Bohs bus rolling into Limerick on Monday night before a home tie against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton, Keith Ward (Philly Gannon, 61), Jamie Doyle, Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Kaleem Simon, Oscar Brennan, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Tim Clancy, Kevin Lynch, Keith Buckley (Ryan Brennan, 83), John Sullivan, Aaron Greene (Karl Moore, 71), Gary McCabe (Jamie Ahearne, 85), Dylan Connolly, Anthony ‘Bisto’ Flood. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Jason Marks, Mark Salmon, Derek Foran.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Dinny Corcoran

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