FED TO THE LYONS

BOHEMIANS 3 UCD 2 (AET)

A stunning comeback from 2-0 down at Dalymount Park on Monday evening saw Bohemians progress to the next round of the EA Sports Cup, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

A brace from former Bohs man Dinny Corcoran –  a tap-in from close range on 36 minutes and a penalty on 54 minutes - had put the Students in the driving seat.

But the Gypsies stormed back through Dave Scully and Karl Moore to force extra-time before Chris Lyons sealed Bohs’ second victory over Martin Russell’s side in three days.

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Much like the league opener on Friday, it was a cagey affair early on. Bohemians midfielder Conor O’Brien missed a one-on-one with UCD goalkeeper Mark McGinley,  while Stephen Paisley had a header cleared off the line from another former Gypsy, Gary Burke.

But nine minutes before half-time, the Students drew first blood. The ball ricocheted around the box before Corcoran had the easiest of chances to put the ball past Greg Murray.

The home side responded well though and won a penalty just before the break. A clumsy challenge from Hugh Douglas sent Derek Pender tumbling and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot just before the break. Shane Murray stepped up but McGinley saved the former Sheffield United youngster’s spot-kick and subsequent follow-up.

Aaron Callaghan’s side seemed to have taken the manager’s words on board at the start of the second period and built up a head of steam. But all that momentum was lost as the Students doubled their advantage through Corcoran’s penalty after Roberto Lopes was adjudged to have fouled his former team-mate.

It looked all over but second after the kick-off,  fans’ favourite Scully pulled a goal back for his side and it was game on again.

Lyons and Moore were sprung from the bench as Bohs looked to gather momentum again  - and both of them proved to be inspired changes.

But time looked to be running out for Bohs until Lyons was fouled on the edge of the area in the last minute. Moore stepped up and curled his stunning free-kick into the top corner at the Tramway End.

On a freezing night in Phibsborough, 30 minutes of extra-time and possible penalties beckoned.

Paisley came close yet again at the start of extra-time when his header smashed off the crossbar. And Derek Pender came close too before the deciding moment came.

Referee Derek Tomney pointed to the spot for the third time in the evening as McGinley fouled Paisley.

This time Lyons stepped up, but once again McGinley was equal to the effort. Unlike Murray’s earlier effort, however, Lyons was able to bundle in the rebound to net his second goal against his former club in three days.

UCD pressed for an equaliser but this young Bohs showed great courage and stamina to hold on for victory and get revenge for an extra-time defeat against the same opposition in the Leinster Senior Cup last month.

Next up for the Gypsies is a trip to Turner’s Cross on Friday, before Shamrock Rovers come to Dalymount on Bank Holiday Monday (March 18th, KO2pm).

Bohemians: Greg Murray; Michael Barker, Roberto Lopes, Stephen Paisley, Ciaran Nangle; Dwayne Wilson (Karl Moore 63), Shane Murray, Derek Pender, Conor O’Brien (Chris Lyons 63), Andy Mulligan (Darragh Hanaphy 80); David Scully. Subs not used: Dean Delany, Darragh Reynor, Luke Byrne, Santiago Miguel Falbo

UCD: Mark McGinley; Gareth Matthews, Hugh Douglas, Tomas Boyle (Colm Crowe 106), Mark Langtry; Dean Clarke (Craig Walsh 56), James Kavanagh, Robbie Benson, Samir Belhout (Sean Coyne 78), Gary Burke; Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Ger Barron, David McMillan, Tyrone McNelis, Cillian Morrison.

(Picture by A. Baldiemann shows l-r Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Darragh Hanaphy, Dave Scully and Shane Murray saluting Karl Moore’s (No 10) late leveller.) View more match pics on our Facebook page!

OH HOW WE’VE MIST YOU, LADS

BOHEMIANS 2 UCD 1

Kevin Devaney emerged from the mist to fire Bohemians to an opening night victory over 10-man UCD at Dalymount Park, writes KEVIN FAGAN.  A controversial red card, two questionable penalties, and a slick Dalymount surface made for an entertaining encounter on a foggy Phibsborough evening.

Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan had predicted changes for this second instalment in an early-season trilogy of games against the Belfield outfit. He didn’t disappoint, swapping the full 11 from the team that lost out to the Students in last month’s Leinster Senior Cup defeat.

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In a departure from last season’s tactics, Callaghan went for a conventional 4-4-2 formation, with Darragh Hanaphy partnering Chris Lyons in attack. Devaney started the game on the left wing before moving into the forward line with devastating effect in the second half.

After months of anticipation, the first 10 minutes of this clash was not pretty viewing for Bohs fans. Pinned in their own half by the visitors, the Gypsies had to withstand an early flurry of corner-fuelled pressure. Debutant Dean Delany flapped at one such corner, but Lyons thankfully got to the ball before the onrushing Craig Walsh. Bohs eventually grew into the game, with the midfield duo of Ryan McEvoy and Stephen Traynor controlling proceedings for large periods after that shaky opening 10.

Lyons and McEvoy both tried low free-kick drives, but both struck at the feet of the UCD wall. With neither side on top, the game exploded into life in the 20th minute. Keith Buckley found a sliver of space and clipped a lovely little ball through to Lyons, who seemed to anticipate the oncoming challenge from Mark Langtry. Lyons went down, referee Rob Rogers pointed to the spot and Langtry was on his way to the dressing room. The incident will be an interesting watch on Monday Night Soccer, and it’s very possible visiting boss Martin Russell will feel particularly aggrieved. Either way, Lyons dusted himself down and dispatched the penalty with aplomb – the first goal in the 2013 Airtricity League Premier Division.

Lyons, a former UCD player, made a nuisance of himself all night. He can be extremely pleased with his competitive debut for the Gypsies. Alongside a wonderfully composed and mature showing from Ryan McEvoy, Bohs had two outstanding performances on the night. McEvoy let fly with a rasping 30-yard drive that had pulses racing on the half-hour mark before Devaney struck the post just before half-time. His snapshot had Ger Barron beaten, but struck the outside of the upright.

The home side should really have wrapped up the game just after the break. A poor pass across the defence left Hanaphy almost clear, but he dawdled for too long and allowed Sean Russell to clear for a corner. Just a minute later, Barron’s weak clearance fell straight to Lyons, who stepped inside Hugh Douglas before firing a low shot just wide. Bohs fans could be forgiven for ruing those misses, as UCD equalised soon after.

Ref Rogers awarded the Students a penalty just 10 minutes into the second period. UCD sub Robbie Creevy’s shot was carelessly spilled by Delany, who in his haste to rectify the error, clashed with David McMillan in the box. Arguably another soft decision, but luckily for Bohs, Delany received only a yellow card. McMillan, brother of former Bohs star Evan, sent the ex-Shelbourne keeper the wrong way to even things up.

In response, Callaghan made what turned out to be a decisive substitution. Hanaphy was replaced by Karl Moore who slotted on to the left – pushing Devaney into the centre alongside Lyons. Barely five minutes after coming on, Moore beat Hugh Douglas for pace and stood a tantalising ball to the back post. Lyons jumped with Russell, and the ball broke to Devaney, who coolly smashed home from 10 yards out.

Devaney almost made the points safe with 15 minutes to go. He managed to get himself in the way of a trademark McEvoy strike, but the ball fell kindly and he was able to swivel a shot past Barron. Unfortunately for Devaney, this time it struck the inside of the post and flashed across the goal to safety.

Bar a few set-piece scares, Bohs saw out the final few minutes without much incident. Special mention to Owen Heary playing in the first game of his 21st and final League of Ireland season. He marshalled the defence from centre-half, and will be delighted along with Callaghan with the valuable opening three points. Next up for Bohs – you guessed it – it’s UCD again in the EA Sports Cup on Monday before an interesting trip to Turner’s Cross next Friday. It’s good to be back!

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Owen Heary, Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Michael Barker, 71), Kevin Devaney, Darragh Hanaphy (Karl Moore, 60), Chris Lyons (Dave Scully, 88). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Shane Murray, Ciaran Nangle, Stephen Paisley.

UCD: Ger Barron, Tomas Boyle, David O’Connor, Hugh Douglas (Gary Burke, 79), Mark Langtry, Sean Russell, Craig Walsh (Robert Creevy, 56), James Kavanagh, Dean Clarke, Robbie Benson, David McMcMillan. Subs not used:  Mark McGinley, Barry McCabe, Dinny Corcoran, Tyrone McNelis, Samir Belhout.

Attendance: 1,368

Bohs Man of the Match: Ryan McEvoy

(Picture by Eddie Lennon shows Kevin Devaney celebrating his winner with (l-r) Keith Buckley, Chris Lyons, Karl Moore and Stephen Traynor.) View more of Eddie’s pics on our Facebook page!

BOHS BACK ON TRACK

GREYSTONES UTD 1 BOHEMIANS 5

Greystones United started like a steam train in this pre-season friendly on a calm Tuesday night at Woodlands, writes ANDY DONLAN.

And as the evening train towards Dublin sped behind Grey Murray’s goal, United’s Paul Molloy darted between the Bohemians defence to finish coolly for an 11th-second lead.

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Bohs went on to score five without reply; however this game wasn’t all plain sailing for Aaron Callaghan’s men. Indeed it was two substitutions that made all the difference for Bohs, who lined out in a 4-5-1 formation with Karl Moore at left-back and Dwayne Wilson operating as the lone striker.

This Greystones side did their homework on their opponents as they pressed the Gypsies high up the park, forcing midfielder Dara Reynor to drop even deeper to get his side motoring before the reinforcements were sprung from the bench.

The entrance of Kevin O’Leary after nine minutes for the injured Shane Fitzgerald and Conor O’Brien at half-time for Niall Forrester boosted attacking options.  O’Leary’s introduction shifted Wilson out to the right wing and gave Bohs more of a presence up front.

Before Bohemians equalised on 48 minutes, the well-organised Leinster Senior League outfit could have been more than one in front.  Saves from Murray denied United on three, 18 and 33 minutes as the home side applied some pressure.

With young O’Brien stationed in midfield from the start of the second half, Bohemians shifted up a gear. It was O’Brien who put O’Leary through for the equaliser on 48 minutes, finishing under pressure into the corner.

And another Bohemians substitute, Santiago Falbo, almost allowed Greystones back into the game just four minutes later as a misplaced pass set a United attacker clean through, however the danger was eventually averted.

The growing threat of Bohs captain Stephen Paisley at set pieces paid dividends on 64 minutes when Wilson’s flag-kick was headed back by Scully for Paisley to finish off to put Bohemians in front.

The increasingly involved Falbo shot wide on 67 minutes, while on 74, he created a chance for substitute Adam Kelly, who opted to shoot instead of heading, when well placed. Reynor’s daisy-cutter from the edge of the box one minute later tested United’s substitute goalkeeper, who expertly tipped the ball around the post.

Falbo then helped set up Bohemians’ third in comical circumstances. His near-perfect through ball was collected by a Greystones player, who passed it back to his keeper. The on-rushing Adam Kelly pressurised keeper Eoghan Smullen’s clearance, which deflected off Kelly and into the back of the net.

Adam Kelly then showed his class with an inch-perfect ball over the top of the home defence to winger Andy Mulligan, who centred to O’Leary to finish for Bohemians’ fourth on 83.

Two minutes from time, right full-back Michael Barker steamed through on goal following a slaloming run from the halfway line, only to be upended by Smullen. Barker picked himself up from the artificial surface and dispatched the penalty, sending Smullen the wrong way from 11 metres.

The end score was harsh on the neat-passing hosts, who took the game to the more illustrious visitors from the off.

But after Sunday’s Leinster Senior Cup defeat to UCD, this 5-1 victory put Bohs’ pre-season back on track and may have given manager Callaghan some food for thought ahead of Friday week’s league opener.

Bohemians: GK Grey Murray, 2 Michael Barker,  11 Dave Scully,  5 Stephen Paisley (capt),  4 Karl Moore,  6 Dara Reynor, 15 Niall Forrester, 17 Shane Fitzgerald, 9 Dwayne Wilson, 8 Shane Murray,  10 Andy Mulligan.
Subs [all used]: 23 Kevin O’Leary, 20 Santiago Falbo, 19 Luke Kelly, 12 Conor O’Brien,  18 Luke Kelly, 16 Adam Kelly,  GK Conor Little.

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