COMFORTABLE WIN FOR BOHS

BOHEMIANS 3 LONGFORD TOWN 1

For the third straight year, Bohs dumped Longford out of the EA Sports Cup and booked their place in the second round. In a repeat of last season’s scoreline, tonight’s encounter ended with a 3–1 victory for the Gypsies, with goals coming from a Peter McGlynn own goal, Derek Prendergast and Jake Kelly for the hosts, and David O’Sullivan netting for the travelling side.

The home side picked a relatively strong starting line-up despite having played 4 games in 14 days, but Keith Long saw tonight’s game as an ideal rest a couple of players including the front two of Mark Quigley and Kurtis Byrne, who impressed last time out against Wexford Youths.

Bohs stormed into a 1-0 lead after just three minutes in yet another frantic start at Dalymount Park. A beautiful, in-swinging free kick from left back Lorcan Fitzgerald was diverted into his own goal by the helpless Peter McGlynn. Almost instantly the visitors found themselves back on level terms straight from the resulting kick off.

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A long hopeful ball straight through the heart of the Gypsies backline ran through for David O’Sullivan who drilled the ball low under Dean Delaney to level things up.

Another blow was to come for the home side when Ismahil Akinade, who seemed to have the beating of the Longford defence, was forced off injured after just 16 minutes on his return from suspension.

Longford then had a glorious chance to go 2-1 up after some great work down the right wing, ever threatening Peter McGlynn, cut back to skipper Kevin O’Connor and his right footed shot rifled off Delaney’s bar, bouncing down but somehow not crossing the line.

With both teams conceding possession a bit too easy for their liking, the game became scrappy and also a little feisty. Adam Evans and Pat Flynn had an off the ball tussle resulting in both going into the book.

Right on the stroke of half time Bohs then had their chance to take the lead. A cut back from the end line fell to Adam Evan who fluffed his lines with the goal at his mercy after the ball took a nasty bobble on its way across.

Bohs started the second half the better side, grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck with two quick-fire goals. Another excellent dribble from Ben Mohammed drew a nasty foul from John McKeown, who received a yellow for his efforts. Up stepped left back Fitzgerald, and with his wand of a left foot, crossed from the left wing. The top class delivery was delicately glanced in by Derek Prendergast to make it 2-1 in the 48th minute. Just five minutes later, the home fans were celebrating wildly once again when, that man again, Fitzgerald, whipped in an out swinging corner that caused all sorts of havoc in the visitors defence and the ball was eventually scrambled over the line by Jake Kelly.

From then on the hosts looked in control, keeping the ball much better than in the first half. Gypsies boss, Long, deserves a lot of credit for pushing Ben Mohamed into the number 10 position where he was able to see more of the ball and become a constant thorn in the side of Tony Cousins’ men. Langford’s frustration got the better of them when with just 10 minutes left to play, Pat Flynn hacked down Bohs substitute Patrick Kavanagh after his cross field dribble came to an abrupt end, resulting in the defender receiving his second yellow and marching orders.

The home side saw out the game comfortably enough and will be more than delighted that the defensive errors that plagued them in recent games seem to be coming to an end which will delight boss Keith Long. Next up is a tricky away tie to Galway on Saturday but the Gypsies will go into the game full of confidence now they are back to winning ways.

Bohemian FC: Dean Delany; Lorcan Fitzgerald, Daniel Byrne, Derek Prendergast, Dylan Hayes; Adam Evans, Keith Buckley (James Kavanagh 78), Roberto Lopes, Aymen Ben Mohamed (Jason Caffrey 84); Ismahil Akinade (Patrick Kavanagh 16), Jake Kelly.

Booked: Adam Evans (38).

Longford Town: Ian Molloy; Jamie Mulhall, Daniel O’Reilly, Pat Flynn, Mark Hughes; Kealon Dillon, Peter McGlynn (Kaleem Simon 58), Kevin O’Connor (Philip Gannon 84), John McKeown; David O’Sullivan, Karl Chambers (Josh O’Hanlon 63).

Booked: Pat Flynn (38 & 81), John McKeown (48), Daniel O’Reilly (82).

Referee: Paul Tuite.

 

LAST-GASP PENALTY SALVAGES POINT

An 88th-minute Mark Quigley penalty broke the hearts of the travelling Wexford Youths fans in an enthralling, action-packed game at Dalymount Park.

Both sides were going into tonight’s SSE Airtricity league clash with just three points from their opening three league games between them. Keith Long’s troops were looking to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 derby defeat on Monday night to St. Pat’s, whereas the visitors were desperate to get their first points on the board having lost all three league games so far this campaign, including tough games against Shamrock Rovers and reigning champions Dundalk.

After a frantic start to the game, the visitors found themselves in dream land with just nine minutes on the clock after Anto Murphy miscontrolled a pass from left-back Lorcan Fitzgerald, allowing Wexford Youths front man Paul Murphy to steal possession. He found himself one on one with the onrushing Dean Delaney, who hauled him down. The penalty was confidently dispatched by Daniel Furlong, who sent the keeper the wrong way.

But Bohs responded almost immediately when a delightful cross from the left wing found Mark Quigley in the box. He made no mistake brilliantly placing the header in the bottom corner.

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Some more slack defending led to the Wexford Youths taking the lead again on 20 minutes. A long throw from Craig McCabe was hurled into the box. It looked like it got a nick of a defender’s head and the unmarked Chris Kenny nodded home. The Bohs fans and players screamed angrily for an offside call but the linesman kept the flag down.

With some a very nervy defending from the Bohs backline, including a number of unforced errors, unhappy home boss Keith Long wasted no time in changing things. He replaced Derek Prendergast with Dan Byrne at the heart of the defence with just 34 minutes on the clock. The change brought about a bit more stability at the back as Bohs began chasing the equaliser.

Both sides then missed glorious chances to add to their tallies. First, Bohs hitman Quigley slipped a lovely through ball to strike partner Kurtis Byrne who managed to drag his shot just wide. This was followed a few minutes later by Youths frontman Furlong volleying just wide with only Delany to beat.

As half-time approached, the home fans were treated to a wonder strike from right winger Paddy Kavanagh, which evened things up. The Bohs wide man whipped a fierce shot from 25 yards out from the right wing into the far corner, leaving Graham Doyle with no chance. 2–2 at half time. A pretty impressive and hectic first half from both teams who, prior to tonight, had only managed one goal each in their previous three games.

The Gypsies started the second half much the better side with the tricky Aymen Ben Mohammed taking on all comers with a couple of exceptional runs that struck fear into the opposition defence. The talented winger drew a crunching tackle from Craig McCabe who caught him high around the midriff. He was shown a yellow but on another day he could have seen red. It was soon becoming “The Ben” show as the wide man was at the centre of everything good for the home side and looking the most likely to create something.

Bohs were really turning the screw now, desperately seeking the goal their second half play deserved but the away side continued to work impressively hard to keep Bohs at bay, while also looking dangerous on the counter. Furlong was a constant threat over the top all night.

Disaster struck for Bohs with just 10 minutes remaining, when another long ball into the box resulted in an almighty scramble. Chaos ensued and keeper Delaney looked to have been fouled from an attempted overhead kick of Chris Kenny but referee James McKell kept the whistle from his mouth and giant defender Gary Delaney rose highest to head into the empty net.

Facing the prospect of losing their second game in five days, the home fans despair turned to joy when in the 88th minute, midfielder Roberto Lopes was clipped in the box by Danny Ledwith after nipping just in front of him to collect a low cross. Quigley confidently stepped up, kept his cool and put the penalty high to the keepers right hand side.Youths keeper Graham Doyle will feel a bit unlucky as he got hands to it, pushing it in off the post, but the pace and accuracy was too much.

Bohs boss, Long, will be happy with how his side showed a dogged, determined and never say die attitude to rescue a point right at the death, having found themselves behind on three separate occasions. There is no doubt some work to be done on the training ground to cut out the errors at the back but if they continue to show this passion, the players, staff and fans could be in for an exciting season. The Gypsies will be hoping to get back to winning ways starting with a home tie against Longford Town in the EA Sports Cup this coming Tuesday.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Anto Murphy, Derek Prendergast (Dan Byrne 34), Lorcan Fitzgerald; Paddy Kavanagh (Jake Kelly 78), Dave Mulcahy, Roberto Lopes, Ayman Ben Mohamed (Adam Evans 90+2); Kurtis Byrne, Mark Quigley.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace, Ryan Delaney; Aidan Friel, Jonny Bonner (Craig Wall 87), Chris Kenny (Stephen Last 90+2), Eric Molloy (Danny Ledwith 57); Danny Furlong, Paul Murphy.
Referee: James McKell (Tipperary).

EARLY MISTAKES COST GYPSIES

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC 3 BOHEMIANS 0

It turned out to be a tough Monday night for the travelling Gypsies fans as they saw their side go down 3–0 in the first Dublin derby of the season at a chilly Richmond Park.

Coming into the game, both teams had identical records – a win and a loss each – and were looking to build on good wins last time out with St Pat’s beating Longford 1–0 away from home, and Bohs beating Sligo Town 1–0 at Dalymount Park.

But it was a nightmare start for the away side when the Gypsies found themselves 1-0 down with just four minutes on the clock. Mark Timlin headed home a great cross from Ian Bermingham after a swift move down the left for his first of the season. It seemed as if Liam Buckley’s men had targeted Bohs’ right-hand side from the off with a couple of lovely switches of play dropping just behind Bohs captain Derek Pender.

Pat’s pacey left-hand side of Billy Dennehy and Bermingham continued to cause problems for the Gypsies and just eight minutes later, Christy Fagan doubled the home side’s advantage. Dennehy looped a right-foot volley, from the left wing, over isolated Bohs centre-half Roberto Lopes, for Fagan to nod home. The Pat’s No 9 looked slightly offside but the flag stayed down, much to the jubilation of the home fans. It was the striker’s third in as many games and 50th goal for the Saints.

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Keith Long will no doubt be furious at his side’s slack start to the game and bitterly disappointed his side didn’t match the intensity of their Dublin rivals. Despite this nightmare start, the raucous away fans were in full voice desperately trying to lift their side. It seemed to have an affect as they began to grow more and more into the game and looked comfortable in possession.

Kurtis Byrne, who was looking to follow up on his winner against Sligo, hit a nice right-footed volley which was well saved by Brendan Clarke. This was followed by a free-kick from former Saints frontman, Mark Quigley, from about 30 yards out which also hit the target. It was a reminder to the home side that the game was not yet over.

With Bohs desperately trying to claw their way back into the game, Paddy Kavanagh and Ismahil Akinade found themselves in referee Padraig Sutton’s book after some full-blooded tackles.

After what must of been a very stern half-time talking to, Bohs came out and dominated the start of the second half. As a unit they pushed a further 20 yards up the pitch to take the game to the hosts. Eoin Wearen began dictating play and the energetic Keith Buckley was a lot more vocal in trying to organise the side. Pat’s dropped deeper and deeper and seemed to take the foot off the gas a little, protecting their two-goal cushion.

Ex-Irish international Keith Tracey started to show his class in keeping possession, portraying his long-range passing ability, finding team-mates with ease, and in turn frustrating the visitors who were probing but to no avail. That frustration boiled over when Bohs striker Akinade was deemed late on Shane McEleney and subsequently picked up his second yellow of the game and received his marching orders. That seemed to end Bohs’ hopes of clawing their way back into the game.

Long decided to go with three at the back after replacing Derek Prendergast with Ayman Ben Mohammed in one last throw of the dice. The tiring Quigley was also replaced by the fresh legs of Jake Kelly in a bid to liven things up and hopefully pull one back.

But with the game coming to a close, Man of the Match Billy Dennehy got the goal his performance deserved and subsequently rubbed salt in the wounds of the away side by nodding in the third headed goal of the night, following good work by Conan Byrne down the right.

Despite looking good in possession and continuing to fight bravely with 10 men, there will be no time to dwell on this performance for Long’s men with a big game coming up at home to Wexford Youths this Friday and the passionate Bohs fans will no doubt be expecting a big reaction from the players after a night to forget.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien (capt), Ian Bermingham, Darren Dennehy, David Cawley, Keith Treacy (Sam Verdon), Christy Fagan, Mark Timlin (Conan Byrne), Graham Kelly, Shane McEleney, Billy Dennehy
Subs not used: Dylan McGlade, Darragh Markey, Jason McGuinness, Patrick Jennings.
Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender (capt), Roberto Lopes, Derek Pendergast (sub Ayman ben Mohammed), Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley, Mark Quigley (sub Jake Kelly), Kurtis Byrne, Stephen Best, Paddy Kavanagh, Ishmahil Akinade.
Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Daniel Byrne, David Mulcahy, Adam Evans, Dylan Hayes.
Referee: Padraig Sutton

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