CURTIS MAKES GYPSIES PAY

BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 1

A snowy picturesque Dalymount Park played host to a hugely entertaining encounter as bottom of the table Derry City, desperate for their first points of the season visited an undefeated Bohs side, who were without last seasons top scorer, Dinny Corcoran through injury.

Bohs had the better of possession in the opening period but were unable to make their dominance count. A few half chances through Eoghan Stokes, who looked very lively throughout, and a Keith Ward free kick that narrowly missed the top corner had The Gypsies well on top.

The chance of the half fell to Derry City hitman Ronan Curtis who broke the offside trap, but his low drive was well saved by the feet of Shane Supple. Just before the half, a wonderful pass from Paddy Kavanagh around the Derry defence found Stokes, but was smothered quickly by Gerard Doherty.

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The second half followed a similar pattern with Bohs having more of the ball but Derry looking very dangerous on the break. And it was the visitors took the lead just after the hour mark when Ronan Curtis hammered home from close range following a corner that wasn’t dealt with by the Bohs rear guard.

Ten minutes later there was mass confusion in the Derry six yard box. A deep corner looked to have been bundled home by a combination of players, but the referee saw an infringement, giving a free out much to the dismay of the home support.

With just minutes remaining the home side had a glorious chance to equalize. Kevin Devaney was hauled down in the box by substitute Conor McDermott. Up stepped ex-Leeds man Stokes but his penalty was brilliantly saved low to Doherty’s right. Right on the stroke of full time, Ben Doherty rattled the host’s cross bar as The Candystripes grabbed their first points of the season.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Dylan Watts

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Aaron McEneff, Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Ben Doherty, Niall Logue, Nicky Low

Subs: Eric Grimes, Conor McDermott, Dapo Kayode, Cathal Farren, Chris Turner, Ronan Hale Jack Doyle

Referee: Rob Harvey

DAN’S THE MAN

BOHEMIANS 3 SHAMROCK ROVERS 1

Dan Casey was the hero of the evening, grabbing a brace of headers either side of Paddy Kavanagh’s rifled effort as Bohemians fought back from one down to give Bohs early bragging rights in the Dublin Derby.

Sold out over two weeks ago, excitement palpable, smell of chips in the air, one of the biggest rivalries in Irish football, Bohs versus Rovers at the home of Irish Football, the sense of excitement was rife in the air.

And, what a way to get the most anticipated domestic season in recent years underway! A niggly affair unfolded taking some time to get going but finally came to life when Dinny Corcoran found himself with five yards of space inside the box from a Ward corner.

Bohs top-scorer from last season, seemed to have too much time, wildly swinging his left foot, making no contact. The Gypsies were made to pay for the glaring miss when the visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute.

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Greg Bolger floated in a free kick from midfield, Gary Shaw won the initial header and Graham Burke produced a spectacular overhead kick that left Shane Supple with no chance.

Unfortunately for the midfielder, his effort rebounded off the post to the grateful Ronan Finn, who happily volleyed home with his left foot.

Bohs started the second half much better and should have equalised minutes into the half. Corcoran laid off well to Ward, who stumbled through a couple of challenges but dragged his shot wide of the near post, should have hit the target at least. The introduction of Eoghan Stokes coincided with the home side building some momentum and in the 73rd minute got the equaliser they deserved.

Dan Casey’s bullet header levelled things up as Dalymount began to rock. Not resting on their laurels, Bohs pushed forward for another.

Supple’s long clearance was well flicked on by Brennan and Kavanagh raced clear, hammering home past the helpless Horgan.

Two became three minutes later when Dan Casey got his second of the game, looping his header over Horgan, who was caught in the middle of nowhere, after Grace made a mess of his clearance.

It finished 3-1 to the home side as chants of “We are top of the league” rang around Dalymount.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley

Subs: Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Colin McCabe, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Shamrock Rovers: Kevin Horgan, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Gary Shaw, Ally Gilchrist, Joel Coustrain, Graham Burke

Subs: Tomer Checinski, Daniel Carr, David McAllister, Joseph O’Brien, Sean Boyd, Aaron Bolger, Sam Bone

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

U19 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

SSE AIRTRICITY U19 LEAGUE FINAL
Bohemians 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0

The 2017 League of Ireland u19 season has came to its climax tonight here in Dalymount Park with a Dublin derby of Bohemians vs St. Patrick’s Athletic. The teams faced each other twice so far, this season, both tightly contested affairs with Bohs winning the first meeting 1-0 and St. Pats coming out on top in the second match 3-2, courtesy of a Michael Creggan hattrick.

The Gypsies came into the final as Northern division winners and beat Sligo Rovers 1-0 in their semi-final in a gripping encounter with the Westerners. St. Pat’s, however, come in off the back of a remarkable 7-4 victory over defending champions UCD. At one stage the Inchicore outfit were 5-1 up against the Students, but UCD pulled it back to 5-4 before St. Pat’s but the game to bed with two late goals.

The first half began timidly with both teams feeling each other out. St. Pats, however, got their feel quicker and began to assert themselves in the early going. An freekick from the half way line caused the Bohemians ‘keeper, Kian Clarke, trouble; the ball was floated in and while trying to come and punch the ball away, he miscued his effort and put Bohs on the backfoot but the ball was eventually cleared.

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With St. Pat’s stifling the Gypsies passing game and causing trouble with set pieces, influential Bohs winger Cian McMullen went off injured in the 22nd minute and was replaced by Cian Fay. This move necessitated a tactical rejig, and Jamie Hamilton was moved to the left flank with Daniel Grant moved into the 10 role with Cian Fay deployed as the striker.

The game continued at a ponderous pace throughout the first half with both teams not willing to risk much early on. Saints striker Michael Creggan, presented the away side with the best chance of the half late on. He jinked down the right side of the Bohs defence and drove into the box, his cross somehow evading the Pat’s attackers and was cleared for a corner. The half ended 0-0.

Where the first half began at a crawl, the second half burst into life. Bohemians came out on the front foot and by the 52nd minute had taken the lead. Bohs won the ball back just inside their own half and, on the counter, Jamie Hamilton played a ball over the head of the right fullback for Daniel Grant who then slid the ball into the stride of Cian Fay and he dinked the ball into the box where Steven Nolan slammed the ball into the net. Bohemians instantly began pushing for the second goal, much of the play being orchestrated by Jamie Hamilton who ran the show all night for Bohemians.

A second goal would have been much appreciated for the home side, however, because just after the hour mark defensive lynchpin Warren O’Hora came off injured, replaced by Seán Bregazzi; another key player injured for Bohs. The Saints began to return to life and were turning the screw in their search for the equaliser and had the best chance of the game in the 71st minute. Pat’s goalkeeper, Eric Donnelly, cleared the ball downfield and Jason Grouse picked the ball up and seen Bohemians ‘keeper Kian Clarke miles off his line and caught in no-mans-land.

He rounded Clarke, who desperately tried to foul him, and took aim at goal but the Gypsies fullback, Andy Lyons, heroically stopped the ball from hitting the back of the net. As the game was reaching its climax, Clarke redeemed himself with a string of stunning saves. The first of which from a stinging shot from Michael Creggan that he turned over the bar in the 79th minute, and the second in the 89th, a header from Clinton Apos that was destined for the back of the net but Clarke’s hand came out of nowhere and rescued Bohemians. The breath-taking second half came to a close and Bohemians were crowned League of Ireland u19 champions.

MOTM: Jamie Hamilton

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