BOHEMIANS 3 SHELBOURNE 2

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.

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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

BOHEMIANS 3 ST PAT’S 0

DALYMOUNT DELIGHT AS The Gypsies seal all three points at a rain soaked Dalymount Park.

Both sides came into this hugely important Dublin Derby on the back of a disappointing week, with Bohs going down unexpectedly 1-0 away at “The Battle at the Bowl”as some have dubbed it. Meanwhile, The Saints saw their European dream ended at the hands of Norrkoping on Thursday night.

Both teams started the fiery affair with a look of neither wanting to loose. Ryan Swan looked dangerous over the top for the home side, whilst Simon Madden and Paddy Kirk looked a great clash in the offing.

The visitors were well on top as the half progressed, as the Bohs side looked devoid of intensity or creativity. Keith Buckley, skipper for the day, was the one stand out in a poor opening period, as he was first to every second ball and trying to rally the troops.

Mikey Drennan forced James Talbot into a couple of smart saves, but just before the break it was The Gypsies who snatched the lead through Ryan Swan. Luke Wade-Slater caused all sorts of trouble running at the Pat’s rearguard, but just as he looked to go down a blind alley, Kevin Devaney appeared out of nowhere to help out. Devaney, then dug out a wonderful cross with his left, and Swan reacted sharply to nip in front of Brendan Clarke to nod home.

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The second half followed much the same pattern of the first, The home side sitting in happy to hit the Saints on the break. But Harry Kennys men just couldn’t find the breakthrough. Set piece after set piece bombarded the Bohs box, but Talbot remained relatively untroubled.

Ans just like the first half Bohs ended the period with a flurry. Conor Levingston kept his composure to slot home from the penalty spot after referee Rob Rogers spotted handball from a Bohs corner that caused all sorts of confusion.

Ryan Swan put the icing on the cake with his second of the day, after substitute Danny Grants brilliant run and shot was deflected into his path for a simple finish.

A huge three points for Keith Long’s men who end the week on a high, keeping themselves in pole position for a third place finish and will be boosted by the return of pacey wideman Danny Grant who came on with a couple of minutes remaining.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy, Paddy Kirk, Keith Buckley (Dawson Devoy, 90’), Conor Levingston, Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Ward (Scott Allardice 79’), Kevin Devaney (Danny Grant 89’), Ryan Swan

Subs: Paul Cleary, Aaron Barry, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Dawson Devoy, Ryan Graydon, Danny Grant

St. Pats: Brendan Clarke, Kevin Toner, Ciaran Kelly, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (James Doona 71’), Simon Madden, Cian Coleman (Jake Walker 79’), Jamie Lennon, Darragh Markey (Chris Forrester 87’), Mikey Drenna, Dean Clarke

Subs: Barry Murphy, David Webster, James Doona, Chris Forrester, Rhys McCabe, Paul Cleary, Jake Walker

Referee: Rob Rogers

BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 0

Spoils shared in the race for the European spots as an injury hit Bohs side played out a 0-0 against an impressive Derry City side.

Both sides came into tonights epic encounter on a high following huge victories on Friday and showed their attacking intent from the off, in a hugely entertaining and open encounter in the Dalymount sunshine.

The visitors, six points behind Bohs at the start of play, went closest early on when the busy Ciaran Harkin had James Talbot scrambling across his goal with an effort from 25 yards out.

Declan Devine’s men continued to stroke the ball around neatly and thought they had taken the lead when the in-form Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe cut inside from the left wing and reversed his shot back towards the near post as Talbot stood and watched it go narrowly wide.

The Gypsie’s, minus star man Danny Mandroiu with a slight calf strain, responded well. Keith Ward began to look a threat going close with a couple of efforts from distance.

The second ha;f followed much of the same pattern of the first, Ward looking the most threatening for the home side volleying just over after the restart.

The excellent Barry McNamee had the biggest chance of the second half, winning the ball back from skipper for the evening Darragh Leahy inside his own box. Just as he looked to square to David Parkhouse for a tap in, out flew Talbot to smother the danger.

The Bohs stopper wasn’t done there, just moments later producing an incredible double save, first to deny Parkhouse who was put clean through by McNamee, then to deny Junior on the follow up.

Bohs man-of-the-match Keith Ward went close agaiin from distance in the dying minutes, but it just wasn’t to be for the fan favourite as time trickled away.

With such a quick turn around from Friday night both teams would probably be happy with a point on reflection, especially as St. Pat’s suffered defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers.

BOHEMIAN FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy, Scott Allardice, Conor Levingston, Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan

Subs: Derek Pender, Robbie McCourt, Sam Byrne, Paddy Kirk, Sean Bohan, Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy

Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Ciaron Harkin, Gregg Sloggett, Jamie McDonagh, Gerardo Bruna, David Parkhouse, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Eoin Toal, Ally Gilchrist, Barry McNamee

Subs: Aidy Delap, Nathan Gartside, Shane McNamee, Eoghan Stokes, Darren Cole, Brendan Barr, Jack Malone

Referee: Sean Grant[/toggle]

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