WEXFORD YOUTHS 0 – 1 BOHEMIANS
Bohemians head into the summer break in high spirits after a fourth straight win in all competitions. Despite an accident on the N11 hampering the team and fans from making a first ever league trip to Wexford on time, the in-form Gypsies produced another impressive performance, and could easily have won by more than the Izzy Akinade goal that settled it.
Unsurprisingly, there were no changes from the team that dismantled St Pats last Sunday – bar the enforced removal of Jake Kelly with a shoulder injury. With Ayman Ben Mohamed on Tunisian international duty against Djibouti, Mark Quigley stepped in to start. After a gracious delay due to chronic traffic problems, the game got underway still in bright sunshine in the sunny south-east, writes KEVIN FAGAN.
Perhaps due to the disrupted preparations, Wexford looked the sharper in the opening few minutes. They went direct as often as possible, and a long-throw from Craig McCabe was fired over acrobatically by Chris Kenny. Bohs, however, warmed up quite quickly. Keith Buckley sent Akinade through the channel, but the big striker’s shot was skewed wide. Akinade then stung the palms of Youths keeper Graham Doyle with a volley.
After referee Ben Connolly had to be replaced by his fourth official due to injury, Bohs stepped up a gear. First, Quigley shot over following a corner, and then, the visitors took a deserved lead. Buckley played a neat ball through for Akinade, who had far too much pace for the Wexford defence, and he finished coolly past Doyle into the bottom corner. Kurtis Byrne and Mark Quigley both had chances in the extended first half injury time, but couldnt extend the lead.
Roared on by their effervescent owner / local TD Mick Wallace, Youths were more dangerous after the break, but the Bohs defence kept most attacks at arms length. Paul Murphy had their best chance, but his header was weak and easily stopped by Dean Delany. The second half was less open, as Bohs managed possession professionally. Kurtis Byrne almost sealed the deal in injury time, but his shot curled just wide of Doyle’s post.
Bohs head into the break in much better shape than three weeks ago. Cup progression and back to back league wins have steadied the ship, and suddenly, the second half of the season looks to be a lot more promising for the Gypsies.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last (Ryan Delaney, 42), Aidan Friel (Dany Ledwith, 89), Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Jonny Bonner, Andy Mulligan (Shane Dunne, 78), Danny Furlong, Paul Murphy. Subs not used: Matthew Connor, Conor O’Keefe, John Peare, Conor Whittle.
Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes (Lorcn Fitzgerald, 69), Dan Byrne, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Eoin Wearen, Roberto Lopes, Kurtis Byrne, Mark Quigley (James Kavanagh, 86), Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Stephen Best, Jason Caffrey, Paul Rooney, Derek Prendergast.
BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade