The Bohemians U19s have been crowned Enda McGuill Cup winners after a 1-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park this evening.

A suburb finish from Jamie Mullins after 52 minutes was the difference between the sides in an entertaining decider.

Bohs, who lost out on penalties in the final of this competition away to Derry City this time last year, were by far the superior side in the opening 45 minutes with James McManus and Mullins causing problems for the Saints.

And Bohs started the second half in a similar vein with Mullins pouncing seven minutes in to rifle his shot past St Pat’s keeper Kian Clements.

His opposite number Reece Byrne was the busier of the two netminders for the remainder of the game but his efforts, and those of a resilient Bohs defence in front of him, kept the visitors at bay.

After the game, Bohs Head Coach Seán L’Estrange said: “It really was a game of two halves! We were absolutely brilliant in the first half but just couldn’t get the breakthrough.

“We went in at half-time and felt that if we persevered we would find it and to be fair to Jamie Mullins, what a finish for the goal.

“St Pat’s put us under serious pressure in the second half but I thought we showed great resilience to see out the game.

“There was a great Bohemians spirit about the performance throughout and that’s what we wanted to see from them.

“I’m delighted for the lads – some of these players went so close to winning it last year that I felt they really deserved to have something to show this season for all their efforts.

“There’s a lot of that team who will be playing U19s football again next season and they’re already out there talking about retaining it next season.”

Bohemians: Reece Byrne, Gavin O’Brien, Derinsola Adewale, Jake McCormack, Cian Byrne (C), Alex O’Brien (Rudhan Kane 90), Jack O’Reilly (Jamie Doyle 64), James McManus, Nickson Okosun (Peter Brogan 83), Jamie Mullins (Darragh Murtagh 85),  Aaron Doran.

Match report: Bohemians 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0

Bohemians went some way towards avenging last season’s FAI Cup final defeat with a well-earned three points at home to St Patrick’s Athletic in front of a bumper crowd at Dalymount Park.

Stephen Mallon’s brilliantly-taken second-half goal was enough to earn victory in another high quality and, at times, feisty affair.

Both teams came flying out of the traps and it was the visitors who thought they made the dream start when Tunde Owalabi smashed home with just three minutes played, only to see the assistants flag raised.

The game was played at blistering pace with Kris Twardek a constant threat down the right wing, and had a snap-shot at the near post well saved just moments later.


Both sides continued to exchange chances as the half progressed, and Joseph Anang was called into action on a couple of occasions saving smartly from skipper Tyreke Wilson’s curled free-kick and denying Mallon at point-blank range as the winger looked set to open his Bohs account, following a swift move involving Ali Coote and Promise Omochere.

Anang, again, showed incredible reflexes to save a deflected Twardek cross from the right to ensure both teams went level at the break.

Bohs signalled their intent from the restart with Jordan Doherty, who brought an outstanding balance to the Gypsies midfield, having a go from distance right from the off.

The hosts broke the deadlock just four minutes in, and a nice finish it was too. Wing-wizard Mallon showed excellent close control and strength to hold off Jack Scott, who initially misjudged a high ball, and the left winger hammered home with his left from just inside the area.

As the half wore on, it was the Saints who dominated possession, introducing both Darragh Burns and Billy King from the bench in search of an equaliser but were met with a strong Bohs rearguard.

The hosts sat deep, in relative comfort and restricted the disjointed Pat’s attack, who just failed to click on the night. James Talbot was rarely tested but substitute Burns dragged a shot just wide in the dying embers.

The Gypsies continued to look dangerous on the break with the relentless Twardek causing chaos on both flanks, while Promise Omochere moved out left.
Ryan Cassidy, on for his debut, also showed some good movement following his introduction and showed the plethora of attacking options Bohs fans will look to enjoy this season.

Bohs held firm for a hard-fought and deserved win, making it four points from a possible six in their opening two games and inflicting the second defeat in quick succession for a very frustrated St Pat’s side.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Grant Horton, James Finnerty, Tyreke Wilson, Dawson Devoy, Jordan Doherty (Ciaran Kelly 88), Kris Twardek, Ali Coote (Ryan Cassidy 79), Stephen Mallon (Jordan Flores 61) Promise Omochere. Subs not used: Tadhg Ryan, Max Murphy, Conor Levingston, JJ McKiernan, Sam Packham, Jamie Mullins.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Joseph Anang, Jack Scott (James Abankwah 76) Joe Redmond, Tom Grivosti, Jamie Lennon (Adam O’Reilly 76), Chris Forrester, Eoin Doyle, Jason McClelland (Billy King 66) Mark Doyle, Anto Breslin, Tunde Owolabi (Darragh Burns 56).Subs not used: Josh Keeley, Ian Bermingham, Ben McCormack, Sam Curtis, Adam Murphy.

Referee: Neil Doyle.


Match report: Bohemians 2 Dundalk 2

Bohemians finally got their season underway in an enthralling draw with Dundalk.

Having twice taken the lead through debutant and ex-Lilywhite Jordan Flores and Promise Omochere, the Gypsies let slip their advantage on both occasions as Pat Hoban and Steven Bradley conjured up equalisers.

It has been a long 89 days since the Bohemians faithful saw their heroes kick a competitive ball and, having seen last week’s encounter with Sligo Rovers called off, the excitement and anticipation from players and fans alike was a joy to behold

As has become the norm, there was a high turnover over playing staff, but plenty for the home fans to be positive about with the return of cult hero Kris Twardek and big name signings like Flores and Junior.


The visitors had played out an extremely entertaining 2-2 draw with big-spending Derry City, and came into the game with a new look squad of their own including returning Bohs hero, Keith Ward, who was given a warm reception upon his arrival.

The game was a rip-roaring, full-blooded battle for the 90 minutes and the hosts took a deserved lead just before the half-hour mark.

Ali Coote’s whipped corner from the left was nodded home by Flores, who was not shy in celebrating his debut goal in front of his former employers.

But the visitors hit back immediately through a Pat Hoban header from a set piece of their own.

As half-time approached, Bohs got their noses in front again and it was a moment of the highest quality from Bohs front man Omochere. The excellent Twardek burst down the right wing and delivered a low cross that was fantastically turned home with a clever backheeled finish.

The second half continued at an outrageous pace as Bohs looked to add to their lead. But with 10 minutes played from the restart, it was 2-2.

Ex-Bohs man Daniel Kelly floated a dangerous cross from the left wing and Bradley rose highest to head in off the post.

James Talbot was called into action a couple of times before the end to ensure Bohs got a deserved point, saving brilliantly from Bradley’s powerful strike and denying substitute David McMillan from point blank range.

A frustrating night having had the lead twice, but plenty for the fans of not just the Gypsies but the league to get excited about having seen the attacking potential of this Bohs front line.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Grant Horton, James Finnerty, Tyreke Wilson (c), Dawson Devoy, Jordan Flores (Jordan Doherty 66), Ali Coote, Kris Twardek, Stephen Mallon (Jamie Mullins 70), Promise Omochere. Subs not used: Tadhg Ryan, Max Murphy, Ciaran Kelly, Conor Levingston, JJ McKiernan, Ryan Cassidy, Jack O’Reilly.
Dundalk FC: Nathan Shephard, Same Bone, Andy Boyle, Mark Connolly, Lewis Macari, Dan Williams (Keith Ward 53), Greg Sloggett (Paul Doyle 77), Steven Bradley, Robbie Benson, Daniel Kelly (John Martin 68), Patrick Hoban (C) (David McMillan 53). Subs not used : Peterherrie, Brian Gartland, John Martin, Keith Ward, Joe Adams, Paul Doyle, Mark Hanratty, Ryan O’Kane, David McMillan.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

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