Bohs players celebrate at full-time - Stephen Burke

BOHS LEAVE IT late to come from 2-0 down in a hotly contested Dublin Derby with Danny Mandroiu the hero striking twice at the death.

The pre match atmosphere was electric as fans flooded into the “Home of Irish Football” with both sets of raucous fans giving as good as they were getting!

It was just a shame that the first half didn’t live up to the off-field anticipation. The hosts dominated possession early on, but found it hard to break down a stubborn Shels rearguard who looked well drilled.

Keith Long opted for a near full strength outfit with Keith Buckley returning to skipper the side, along with Irish under-19’s hero Andy Lyons coming in at right back. And it was Lyons who looked the most threatening for the home side getting in behind Lorcan Fitzgerald or cutting inside.


Meanwhile, Ian Morris’ Reds – just four games away from securing a return to the top flight – made 5 changes to the side who suffered a surpising 1-0 defeat away at Cobh Ramblers last weekend and grew into the game as the half wore on. Jaze Kabia looked a threat on the break with his pace, while Conan Byrne put in a dangerous free kick that Derek Prendergast was inches away from getting a toe on.

The best chance of the game came just after the re-start, when Darragh Leahy picked out front man Andre Wright, who was unlucky to see his powerful header come off the outside of the post.

Dayle Rooney and Danny Mandroiu exchanged strikes as the game began to come to life. The visitors missed a guilt edged chance just before the hour mark and really should have taken the lead. Jaze Kabia won the ball back briliantly in the Bohs box, before teeing up Conan Byrne who somehow missed from 10 yards out.

That was Byrne’s last action of the night, who was then replaced by Ciran Kilduff who made an instant impact putting his side ahead. Shane Farrell showed great pace on the break before slipping in his front man. Kilduff seemed to take an eternity before striking home with his left.

Bohs finally exploded into life and missed chance after chance to equalise, none better than Wade-Slater who was put clean through on goal following a neat passing move on the edge of the area. But the wideman could only shoot tamely at the onrushing Delaney.

Bohs, chasing the equaliser, were caught on the break as Kilduff had the freedom of the half to play in Shane Farrell to smash home to the far post. Incredibly, Jaze Kabia was shown a second yellow for time wasting getting back into his own half.

Just as it looked beyond The Gypsies, Keith Buckley smashed home from the edge of the area and with two minutes remaining of normal time, up stepped Danny Mandroiu who hammered a deflected effort past the helpless Delaney.

And the tie wasn’t done just yet, there was still time for Mandroiu to show his class. Picking the ball up on the edge of the area and striking a sweet effort into the top corner to win it as the home fans erupted.

A breathtaking end to an epitome of a game of two halves.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Darragh Leahy, Aaron Barry, Danny Mandroiu, Danny Grant (Ross Tierney 85’ ), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 65’ ), Andre Wright, Keith Buckley, James Finnerty, Andy Lyons, Luke Wade-Slater

Subs: Michael Kelly, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon, Michael Barker, Ross Tierney

Shelbourne FC: Dean Delaney, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Oscar Brennan, Conan Byrne (Ciaran Kilduff 61’ ), Daniel McKenna, Shane Farrell, Dayle Rooney (Darragh Noone 79’ ), Sean Quinn (James English 89’ ), Derek Prendergast, Luke Byrne, Jaze Kabia

Subs: Colin McCabe, Alex O’Hanlon, Ciaran Kilduff, James English, Aidan Friel, Greg Moorehouse, Darragh Noone

Referee: Rob Harvey

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