BOHEMIANS 0 WATERFORD 2

In what turned out to be his last game, John Sheridan’s Waterford FC hit two first half goals, to inflict Bohs second defeat in a disappointing week, as The Gypsies failed to close the gap on leaders Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table.

Despite the outcome, the hosts came flying out of the traps and had two good chances within the first 90 seconds. Andre Wright could have done better with a header from an Andy Lyons floated cross, and the reinstated Danny Mandroiu flashed a shot inches wide of Brian Murphys far post.

Waterford, struggling to get a foot hold in the game, might have conceded a penalty with the lively Danny Grant turning brilliantly inside Oluwatunmise Sobowate, who looked to bundle the winger to the floor. Much like the incident a week previous, the referee waved away the claims much to the bemusement of the Bohs bench.

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But, as is often the case at this level, if you don’t punish your opposition when you’re on top, you are susceptible to being punished. And that’s exactly what happened with 24 minutes played. Alistair Coote’s speculative drive took a wicked deflection off Dan Casey and slipped through the arms of Stephen McGuinness. They Gypsies did have a warning just prior to the opener, as Tyreke Wilson had a powerful effort well parried away.

John Martin was next to have a go from distance and smashed the cross bar as Bohs struggled to regain their composure and regain the upper hand. Disaster struck right on the stroke of halftime, the visitors doubled their lead when left back, Wilson curled in a beautiful free kick from slightly right of the area. And as a half that started so brightly for the home side, ended miserably, and now faced an uphill battle in the second half

As expected Bohs dominated possession after the break but struggled to break down a resolute Waterford rearguard. It took until just after the hour mark for Bohs to muster a meaningful effort, with player of the month, Grant cheating the ball down and quickly hit left footed volley from the edge of the area, But unfortunately was straight down the throat of Murphy.

The visitors continued to carry a threat though, and while looking comfortable without the ball, had chances to add to their tally. Wilson hit the foot of the post with another excellent free kick from a similar position to his goal and Martin had a back post header hit the post and bounce away from goal.

With the game slowly drifting away, boss Keith Long looked to freshen things with the introduction of Promise Omochere and Keith Ward. The new faces brought about immediate impact forcing a spate of corners, one of which brought a goal mouth scramble that was brilliantly defended by Murphy and co.

Dan Casey had a late header just miss the near post, but unfortunately for Keith Long and his troops just couldn’t force the breakthrough against a stubborn and very organised Waterford defence.

Next up for The Gypsies is a tough away trip to in-form Sligo Rovers, with a massive three points on offer in the race for European football next season.

Bohemian FC: Stephen McGuinness, Andy Lyons, James Finnerty, Dan Casey, Anto Breslin, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney (50’ Conor Levingston), Daniel Mandroiu (77’ Keith Ward), Kris Twardek, Danny Grant (77’ Promise Omochere), Andre Wright (70’ Glen McCauley)

Subs: James Talbot, Ciaran Kelly, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Glen McCauley

Waterford FC: Brian Murphy, Jake Davidson, Tyreke Wilson, Robert Weir, Alistair Coote, Michael O’Connor (69’ Dean Walsh), Matthew Smith, John Martin (82’ Niall O’Keefe), Robbie McCourt, Kurtis Byrne, Oluwatunmise Sobowate

Subs: Tadhg Ryan, Dean Walsh, Darragh Power, Alex Phelan, William Fitzgerald, Paul Martin, Niall O’Keefe

BOHEMIANS 2 DUNDALK 1

In what was an excruciatingly long 154 days since The Gypsies tasted competitive action at the Home of Irish Football, what better way to restart than to welcome the Champions.

Keith Longs men enjoyed a good 1-0 win away at Turners cross upon their return, and were looking to leapfrog tonight’s opponents, who sat just a point ahead in the league standings in second place.

Coming into the game, the hosts had the best defensive record in the league, conceding just the three goals despite being without last season’s player of the year James Talbot since the start of the season. Stephen McGuiness has been in excellent form keeping 4 clean sheets in his five appearances

Bohs got off to a dream start, when, after just seven minutes and with their first meaningful attack, took the lead with a quality move. Anto Breslin whipped in an enticing cross to the back post and found Danny Grant , who stole a yard on his marker, to power home the opener.

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Incredibly Bohs doubled their lead just eight minutes later through an excellent counter attack.The in-form Stephen McGuiness, who had kept 4 clean sheets in his previous five outings, launched a long ball over to the left wing in the direction of Kris Twardek who did brilliantly to collect on the run. The pace Canadian then proceeded to turn Sean Gannon

inside out before a deep cross to the back post to found Keith Ward. The playmaker cleverly cushioned the ball first time to skipper Keith Buckley, who smashed home via a deflection.

It was just wave after wave of pace and power as Bohs continued to cut through the Dundalk rearguard. JJ Lunney had a great chance to get his name on the scoresheet just after the half hour mark, when slipped through by Kris Twardek cleverly on the edge of the box

The momentum of the game started to swing back in the visitors favour with the introduction of John Mountney for ex-Bohs man, Daniel Kelly after just 34 minutes, who understandably didn’t look best pleased. The bout of pressure that told afterwards, as Stefan Colovic whipped in a dangerous left footed cross to the back post, and Michael Duffy nodded home.

The action packed first half wasn’t done there! Right on the half time whistle, Gary Rogers pulled off a wonderful acrobatic save to tip over Andre Wrights looping header, when it looked like it was sailing in.

As expected, with the boost of the goal just before half time, the reigning Champions came out all guns blazing. Almost immediately from the kick off should have equalised through talisman Pat Hoban. Goalscorer, Duffy, did well to fashion a yard of space on the left, before clipping a ball to the back post. Hoban managed to direct his header onto the cross bar, but the rebound fell invitingly to Mountney who elected to

dive and head the ball when a volley might have been a better option. Regardless, McGuiness reacted sharply at point blank range to parry way the rebound.

The hosts responded well and really should have extended their lead as they created some glorious chances on the break. Both wingers, Grant and Twardek, were guilty of missing great chances having been put clear through on goal. Substitute, Dawson Devoy, also went close but his curling effort narrowly missed the top corner.

As we entered the tense final stages, and with their grip on the title slowly slipping away, the Lilywhites began to throw everything they had at the resolute Bohs backline. Daniel Cleary went close after a scramble in the area, but scooped the ball just wide of the post. Shortly after, Mountney raced trough on goal from a sloppy lay off but smashed his left footed effort high and wide, as the Gypsies held on.

To their credit, Keith Longs troops battled bravely to see out the remaining minutes and ensure all three points for a deserved victory and now sit in second place, leading the chasing pack behind the old enemy as they look to make a title race of it.

Bohemian FC: 25. Stephen McGuiness, 2. Andy Lyons, 5. Rob Cornwall, 4. Dan Casey, 3. Anto Breslin, 16. Keith

Buckley, 8. JJ Lunney, 10. Keith Ward (28. Dawson Devoy, 70’), 11. Kris Twardek, 12. Danny Grant, 15. Andre Wright

Subs: 1. James Talbot, 18. James Finnerty, 6. Ciaran Kelly, 14. Conor Levingston, 28. Dawson Devoy, 30. Promise Omochere, 9. Dinny Corcoran

Dundalk FC: 1. Gary Rogers, 2. Sean Gannon, 21. Daniel Cleary, 44. Andy Boyle, 14. Dane Massey (17 Nathan Oduwa, 86’), 5. Chris Shields, 6. Jordan Flores (18. Will Patching, 65’), 27. Dan Kelly (8. John Mountney, 34’), 22. Stefan Colovic, 7. Michael Duffy, 9. Pat Hoban

Subs: 20. Aaron Mccarey, 3. Brian Gartland, 8. John Mountney, 10. Greg Sloggett, 17 Nathan Oduwa, 18. Will Patching, 23. Cameron Dummigan

“It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all”

Uefa YOUTH LEAGUE
Champions Path 1st Rd 2nd Leg
PAOK 1 BOHEMIANS U19s 0
(PAOK win 2-1 on aggregate)

Bohemians U19s manager Craig Sexton says his players can hold theirs heads high despite their cruel exit from the Uefa Youth League tonight.

With PAOK leading on an away goals from a 1-1 draw in Dalymount three weeks ago, Sexton’s men knew they had to score to have any chance of progressing.

They had their chances in the first half – Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy with the pick of them – but PAOK grew in confidence as the half grew on with Sean Bohan in the Bohemian goal kept busy, while Andy Lyons had to be quick to clear a goalbound effort.

Bohs came unstuck five minutes into the second half, however, when Dimitrios Panidis fired past Bohan having been set up by Dimitrios Tsopouroglou.

That unsettled Bohs and PAOK had the better of the next 20 minutes or so as they pushed for a second, with Bohan being called into action to keep the tie alive on more than one occasion.

But the Gypsies had their chances too and pushed hard in the final 15 minutes, with an Evan Ferguson effort that went agonisingly over the bar on 90 minutes the best of them as PAOK held out for victory.

Under the cosh, PAOK were noticeably relieved to hear the full-time whistle sound – they progress to play Dynamo Kyiv in the next round.

Disappointed but proud of his men, Sexton admits a failure to take their chances in the first leg came back to haunt his side tonight.

He said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t do enough to win it over the two legs, more disappointed from the first leg as obviously looking back on that performance, the way we played and the chances that we created, we could have come over here with a 2-1 or 3-1 lead.

“But I am extremely proud of the boys. They played extremely well over the two legs, we just needed to be that little bit more clinical.

“It’s a learning curve for them that when chances come around, they don’t come around that often and you need to be clinical when they do.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes tonight we were excellent, Ross Tierney was unlucky not to score after three or four minutes.

“PAOK were the better side after that but we gave it a right go in the last 20. We didn’t go down with a whimper, the players showed great courage and desire.

“They’re all disappointed but they’re not down on the floor. It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all. Myself and all the backroom staff take great pride in their performances over the two legs.

“They’ve shown again they can put it up to the best young players in Europe. We should have won the first leg but perhaps PAOK underestimated us.

“We could see from how much PAOK celebrated after the game that they knew they’d been in a battle. On another day, had we taken some of those chances in the first leg, we might have gone through. But they will learn from this and it will stand to them.”

The season isn’t over for Sexton’s men just yet. They have the small matter of hosting Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup. That game was originally scheduled for Friday November 1 but is now set to rescheduled. We hope to be in a position to confirm a new date in the coming days.

BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan, Denis Smith (Gavin Liam O’Brien 67), Micthell Byrne, Alex Kelly (capt), Gavin Molloy (Robbie Mahon 82), Ross Tierney, Brandon Bermingham, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan (Evan Ferguson 55), Thomas Considine (Katlego Mashigo 55), Andy Lyons. Subs not used: Jamie Cleary, Jack Casey, Jack Funge.

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