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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

NORTHERN RAIDERS SPOIL OPENING NIGHT

BOHEMIANS  1 – 4  DERRY CITY

Bohemians’ 2017 season got off to a rocky start as Derry City capitalized on a string of defensive errors in front of a packed Jodi Stand at Dalymount Park. The old ground has seen a few opening day defeats over the decades, but the wind was still knocked out of the boisterous home crowd as Kenny Shiels’ side punished Bohs at every possible opportunity. A brace from Nathan Boyle was sandwiched in between an opening penalty from Aaron McEneff and a rebounded effort from Lukas Schubert. Dinny Corcoran had briefly given the home support some hope by bringing the score back to 1-3 early in the second half, but Derry ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Bohs boss Keith Long handed first team debuts to Oscar Brennan, Georgie Poynton, and Jamie Doyle, while Corcoran and Keith Ward were making their ‘second debuts’ for the club. As had been the hope of many Gypsies fans in pre-season, Bohs went with a 4-4-2 formation with Doyle and Corcoran up front. Ward and Paddy Kavanagh provided width with Poynton and Ian Morris in central midfield. For the promise in the front six, it was the back four of Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Oscar Brennan and Lorcan Fitzgerald who definitely had a night to forget, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The night started with some fitting pomp and ceremony as the players were introduced to Bohs’ Honorary Life President Tony O’Connell, and the Finglas Brass Band provided music. With the confusion of Brexit perhaps still swirling, the playing of Amhrann na Bfhiann caused some puzzled faces in the Derry lineup. However, the men in green turned to face the flag eventually. The game itself began with a familiar home-away pattern. Bohs looked to get the ball forward to Corcoran and Doyle as often as possible, while Derry looked to hit on the counter attack.

It was from one of these counter attacks that the opening goal came on 14 minutes. Barry McNamee clipped the ball through to Rory Patterson on the right side of the box, and Bohs keeper Shane Supple raced out to meet him. Patterson touched the ball past Supple – on the way out of play, and the former Dublin keeper somewhat rashly took the striker out. The lack of real protestation from the Bohs players told the story as Paul McLaughlin pointed to the spot. Aaron McEneff dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner, despite Supple diving the right way.

Bohs came into the game in the middle period of the first half. The first real chance fell to the wrong man – Dan Byrne went on a rampaging run and played a one-two with Corcoran. However, he scuffed his shot when bearing down on Ger Doherty’s goal. Jamie Doyle was lively for the home side, stinging the palms of Doherty with a couple of low shots from outside the area. Doyle never stopped running and displayed the kind of attitude that goes down well in Dublin 7.

It looked like half-time would come with a relatively workable 0-1 scoreline, but an injury time moment of calamity gave Derry a huge cushion. Derek Pender had a routine backpass to Supple, but the ball was struck way too hard – and towards the open goal. Supple scrambled to hook the ball off the line, although it looked to many in the Jodi that it had already crossed. However, he could only direct it straight to Nathan Boyle who had the simple task of finishing it off.

The second half was only four minutes old when Derry got the killer goal. After a Bohs corner had been scrambled wide, Doherty launched a quick kick to Boyle on the right wing. Boyle, who had only replaced Paterson early in the first half, out-muscled Oscar Brennan, and after running almost 40 yards with the ball, smashed it through Supple’s legs. With the mood in the Jodi low, Bohs got a lifeline on 55 minutes. Georgie Poynton scooped a ball through towards Corcoran, and a deflection off a Derry midfielder meant the ball bounced kindly for Dinny, who finished clinically past Doherty.

A goal to make it 3-2 would have set the cat amongst the pigeons, and Bohs thought they had it on the hour mark. Pender’s cross was spilled by Doherty under pressure from Doyle, and Keith Ward tapped in – but referee McLaughlin (harshly) adjudged that Doyle had fouled Doherty while jumping. However, the burgeoning Bohs comeback was snuffed out on 65 minutes. Jamie Doyle’s square ball across the pitch was cut out by McNamee who played Boyle through. The Derry man was denied a hat-trick by a smart save from Supple, but another Derry sub – Lukas Schubert – was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net.

The last 20 minutes or so were played out at a slower pace – both teams knew the game was over. Long took the opportunity to give debuts to Kaleem Simon and Philly Gannon from the bench, but neither had the chance to make an impact. Minds turn to next week’s meeting with Shamrock Rovers. If there’s ever a game to erase the memory of a defeat, it’s a trip to that particular part of the world.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Oscar Brennan, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton, Keith Ward (Kaleem Simon, 61), Jamie Doyle (Philly Gannon, 78), Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Rob Cornwall, Eoghan Morgan, Dean Casey.

Derry City: Ger Doherty, Conor McDermott, Ben Doherty (Scott Whiteside, 68), Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis, Nicky Low, Joshua Daniels (Lucas Schubert, 63), Aaron McEniff, Barry McNamee, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson (Nathan Boyle, 28). Subs not used: Eric Grimes, Rory Holden, Mark Timlin, Alon Netzer.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Jamie Doyle

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