SAINTS SLAYED AS BOHS BREAK PATS HOODOO

BOHEMIANS  2 – 0  ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

Bohemians kept their faint hopes of European football alive with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over a lacklustre and ill-disciplined St. Pats at Dalymount Park on Friday night. The Gypsies recorded their first home league win over their Inchicore rivals since 2009 as goals from Anto Murphy and Karl Moore moved them within 5 points of Pats in 4th place. With a Europa League spot up for grabs for the 4th placed team in the league – the pressure is now on Pats – who have lost 5 of their last 6 league games.

Wearing green at Dalymount due to an ongoing and infuriating clash with Pats home, away, and third kits, Keith Long’s men dominated the game from start to finish, and could easily have added to the 2-0 scoreline. Pats, for their part, completely lost their discipline, and could easily have finished the game with less than 10 men, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Following four successive league draws, Keith Long was looking for an elusive win, and picked an attacking starting line-up with Jake Kelly and Keith Buckley on the wings, flanking Karl Moore in a no.10 role behind Izzy Akinade. Perennial pest Christy Fagan led the line for Pats, and had the first chance, but his goal-bound effort was struck right into the face of Dave Mulcahy – a typical block from the Kilkenny man. Missing Greg Bolger and Killian Brennan, Pats were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, and Bohs got the breakthrough on 14 minutes.

Jason McGuinness was in a foul mood all night, and chopped down Akinade about 40 yards out on the Jodi Stand side. Lorcan Fitzgerald’s free kick wasn’t the best, and was headed out towards Eoin Wearen on the opposite flank. Wearen’s cross was inch-perfect, landing just over the heads of the Pats defence onto the left foot of Anto Murphy. The defender did well to keep the shot down, and such was the power that it flew past Conor O’Malley before he could move. The hundreds of German fans in attendance nodded in admiration at the atmosphere created by the 2055 fans.

Bohs continued to press forward, with the hassling of Akinade, Buckley and Kelly proving too much to handle, especially for James Chambers in the Pats midfield, who simply didn’t look to have the fitness or sharpness to be playing at this level. Three times Bohs broke toward the Pats goal in a 3 on 3 situation, but the final pass let them down each time. Then, just before half time, Lorcan Fitzgerald’s free kick was somehow not nodded in by Mulcahy, who was less than 3 yards out.

Half-time entertainment included a welcome visit from Johnny Logan, and a fluent German speech from Bohs PRO Brian Trench to the German visitors. My Deutch isn’t what it used to be, but the warm applause from the Germans in attendance signalled that they sincerely appreciated the gesture.

As mentioned above, ex-Bohs defender Jason McGuinness seemed determined to earn some cards. Pats’ first set piece of the second half was swung in and headed away by Dave Mulcahy – who McGuinness simply kung-fu kicked in the head. If it was anywhere else on the pitch, a straight red card would be mandatory, but referee Robert Harvey went for the yellow. McGuinness didn’t hang around, taking out Akinade as the Nigerian skipped past him on the edge of the box. A second yellow in the space of 3 minutes, and McGuinness was invited to head back to the away dressing rooms.

Bohs made the game safe just after the hour mark. Akinade was brilliant in the air all night, this time flicking it on to Jake Kelly cutting in from the right. Kelly played it to Karl Moore, and his shot cannoned down off the crossbar, over the line, and back out. The eagle-eyed referee’s assistant signalled the goal, and three points were secured.

Bohs could easily have added to their tally, with Fitzgerald, Moore and Jason Byrne all having late chances. Pats could easily have lessened their representation on the pitch – Fagan (no relation) should have walked for a lunge on Akinade by the corner flag. Bohs head to Sligo next Saturday aiming to keep the pressure on. Pats need 4 points from their last 4 games against Drogheda, Cork, Sligo and Galway.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes, Dave Mulcahy, Anto Murphy, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Keith Buckley (Dan Byrne, 90), Roberto Lopes (Jason Byrne, 81), Eoin Wearen, Jake Kelly (Aaron Ashe, 88), Karl Moore; Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Kealan Dillon, Adam Evans, Robbie Creevy, Lee Steacy.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Conor O’Malley, Ger O’Brien, (Ian Morris, 37), Jason McGuinness, Shane McEleney, Ian Bermingham, Conan Byrne, Jamie McGrath (Jack Bayly, 78), James Chambers, Sam Verdon (Morgan Langley, 68), Aaron Greene, Christy Fagan. Subs not used: Michael Hannigan, Darragh Markey, Paul Rooney, Pat Jennings.

Mr Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Karl Moore

10-man Bohs prove a point

Bohemian FC 1-1 Longford Town

Last Friday evening saw Bohemians entertain Longford Town with the home side looking to move to within four points of Saint Patrick’s Athletic in the chase for fourth spot. With the end of the season on the horizon manager Keith Long would have been desperate for his side to take three points from a Longford Town side who sat fourteen points behind them coming in to the game.

The opening exchanges belonged to the Gypsies with midfielder and captain Roberto Lopes getting forward to good effect. It was his neat one two with Akinade which fashioned a half chance but the Longford defense were not to beaten.
As the half wore on the game became somewhat fractured and this suited Longford as they looked to get a foothold in the game. An innocuous tackle on the half way line saw Buckley booked for Bohemians with team mate Kavanagh tasting yellow soon after.

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On the half hour mark Bohs got the games first shot on target courtesy of Akinade. A flick on saw him race between Longford’s centre half pairing but with the angle against him he cut back inside only to see his shot end up in the keepers arms.
Soon after Buckley found himself on the wrong side of the referee and was shown a second yellow. This would prove to be the catalyst for the game and within a minute of Buckley’s sending off the Gypsies found themselves in front.

Man of the match and former Birmingham City player Paddy Kavanagh picked the ball up just inside the Longford half and began one of his trademark runs. With space at a premium he cut inside three Longford men and unleashed a powerful left foot shot from all of twenty five yards which the Longford keeper could only watch nestle into his net.

However, the home sides joy was to be short lived as Longford got themselves back on level terms shortly after from a corner kick. The Bohemians defense could only watch as Haverty’s looping header came off the underside of the bar and in to the net. The goal was greeted with loud cheers by the boisterous Longford contingent.

The second half proved a stalemate as Longford were happy to sit back and hit Bohs on the break. Paddy Kavanagh proved to be his side’s best outlet and came close on a couple of occasions with some mazy runs. In the end a draw seemed a fair result although the Gypsies will feel the loss of Buckley early on cost them three points.

Next up for the Gypsies is a trip to face Drogheda United on the 25th of September, kick-off 7.45pm.

SEAGULLS’ WIN SETS UP MASSIVE CUP CLASH

BRAY WANDERERS  3 – 1  BOHEMIANS

Battling Bray Wanderers took a big step towards Airtricity League survival with a convincing 3-1 win over a much-changed Bohemians team in the Carlisle Grounds on Monday night. Mick Cooke’s men upped the ante ahead of the FAI Cup meeting between the two with a passionate performance as they came from behind to take all three points. The result continues a worrying trend for Bohemians, who have now lost their last three away games, conceding 11 goals in the process, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Bohs boss Keith Long made five changes to the team that defeated Galway on Friday, with Derek Prendergast, Anto Murphy, Keith Buckley, Dave Mulcahy and Ismahil Akinade all given a rest from the starting line-up with the big Cup game in mind. Bohs new signings Eoin Wearen and Jake Kelly are cup tied for Friday’s game, so both started here.

With five wins from their last 6 games, Bray were understandably in confident form, and started the game much brighter than the visitors. Wanderers captain David Cassidy was the first to threaten, forcing a smart save from Dean Delany, while Peter McGlynn on the opposite wing was in flying form. He terrorized Dylan Hayes, and forced an excellent near-post save from Delany after being played through by Cassidy.

When Bohs took the lead in the 20th minute, it was against the run of play. Ploughing a lone furrow up front, Jason Byrne forced a corner which Lorcan Fitzgerald whipped in. Goalkeeper Peter Cherrie could only punch the ball onto the head of one of hos own defenders, and the ball fell favourably for Robbie Creevy, who had the simple task of nodding into the empty net.

Unfortunately for Bohs, that was as good as it got for the whole evening. Almost from the restart, Bray went up the other end and set about unsettling the Gypsies defence. Chris Lyons nipped onto the ball just inside the box, and was dispossessed by a strong tackle from Eoin Wearen. Bizarrely, referee Robert Harvey pointed to the spot. No Bray players had really appealed for a foul. A truly, truly awful decision, and Bohs were punished when Lyons dusted himself down to convert the spot kick.

The away side were further aggrieved when a dangerous tackle by Hugh Douglas was only punished by a yellow card. Wearen, the recipient, needed stitches in a head wound, but there was confusion as the dressing rooms were locked. Wearen received some treatment in an ambulance, but the process was taking too long and Bohs were forced into a change, with Kealan Dillon coming on. Goalscorer Creevy also seemed to receive a dead leg after an Alan McNally tackle, and was replaced by Dave Mulcahy at half time.

The second half was only three minutes old when Bray grabbed a deserved lead. Roberto Lopes, who endured a thoroughly miserable night, sold Delany short with a terrible back pass. Lyons picked it up and squared to Peter McGlynn, who finished well from 12 yards.

Jason Byrne was also struggling against his old club, and Bohs only really started to look dangerous when Ismahil Akinade came on. The Nigerian powered past McNally with his first contribution, but couldn’t quite square the ball across to Jake Kelly as Cherrie got to him in time to force a corner.

With Bohs piling forward in search of the equaliser, they began to get caught out on the break. Substitute Dave Scully, a familiar face to all at Dalymount, should really have sealed the points with 5 minutes to go, but could only fire into the side netting after rounding Delany. However, Scully had the last laugh when he scored a fine goal in injury time. After receiving a square pass from Gareth McDonagh, he evaded Stephen Best’s challenge and fired into the top corner. Celebrating in front of the Bohs fans left some with a sour taste, but small sections had been giving the former Gypsy some stick.

All eyes now turn to Friday night’s clash at Dalymount Park. Bray will be upbeat after this result, but Bohs have some big hitters to return to the starting line up.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie, Hugh Douglas, Alan McNally, Niall Cooney, Michael Barker, John Sullivan, Ryan McEvoy, David Cassidy, Graham Kelly, Peter McGlynn (Dave Scully, 70), Chris Lyons (Gareth McDonagh, 85). Subs not used: Sean Fogarty, Luke Fitzpatrick, Daniel O’Reilly, Adam Wixted, Adam Mitchell.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes,  Roberto Lopes, Stephen Best, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Eoin Wearen (Kealan Dillon, 33), James O’Brien, Robbie Creevy (Dave Mulcahy 46), Jake Kelly, Jason Byrne (Ismahil Akinade, 60). Subs not used: Lee Stacey, Keith Buckley, Adam Evans, Jason Caffrey.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Dean Delany

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