An 88th-minute Mark Quigley penalty broke the hearts of the travelling Wexford Youths fans in an enthralling, action-packed game at Dalymount Park.

Both sides were going into tonight’s SSE Airtricity league clash with just three points from their opening three league games between them. Keith Long’s troops were looking to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 derby defeat on Monday night to St. Pat’s, whereas the visitors were desperate to get their first points on the board having lost all three league games so far this campaign, including tough games against Shamrock Rovers and reigning champions Dundalk.

After a frantic start to the game, the visitors found themselves in dream land with just nine minutes on the clock after Anto Murphy miscontrolled a pass from left-back Lorcan Fitzgerald, allowing Wexford Youths front man Paul Murphy to steal possession. He found himself one on one with the onrushing Dean Delaney, who hauled him down. The penalty was confidently dispatched by Daniel Furlong, who sent the keeper the wrong way.

But Bohs responded almost immediately when a delightful cross from the left wing found Mark Quigley in the box. He made no mistake brilliantly placing the header in the bottom corner.


Some more slack defending led to the Wexford Youths taking the lead again on 20 minutes. A long throw from Craig McCabe was hurled into the box. It looked like it got a nick of a defender’s head and the unmarked Chris Kenny nodded home. The Bohs fans and players screamed angrily for an offside call but the linesman kept the flag down.

With some a very nervy defending from the Bohs backline, including a number of unforced errors, unhappy home boss Keith Long wasted no time in changing things. He replaced Derek Prendergast with Dan Byrne at the heart of the defence with just 34 minutes on the clock. The change brought about a bit more stability at the back as Bohs began chasing the equaliser.

Both sides then missed glorious chances to add to their tallies. First, Bohs hitman Quigley slipped a lovely through ball to strike partner Kurtis Byrne who managed to drag his shot just wide. This was followed a few minutes later by Youths frontman Furlong volleying just wide with only Delany to beat.

As half-time approached, the home fans were treated to a wonder strike from right winger Paddy Kavanagh, which evened things up. The Bohs wide man whipped a fierce shot from 25 yards out from the right wing into the far corner, leaving Graham Doyle with no chance. 2–2 at half time. A pretty impressive and hectic first half from both teams who, prior to tonight, had only managed one goal each in their previous three games.

The Gypsies started the second half much the better side with the tricky Aymen Ben Mohammed taking on all comers with a couple of exceptional runs that struck fear into the opposition defence. The talented winger drew a crunching tackle from Craig McCabe who caught him high around the midriff. He was shown a yellow but on another day he could have seen red. It was soon becoming “The Ben” show as the wide man was at the centre of everything good for the home side and looking the most likely to create something.

Bohs were really turning the screw now, desperately seeking the goal their second half play deserved but the away side continued to work impressively hard to keep Bohs at bay, while also looking dangerous on the counter. Furlong was a constant threat over the top all night.

Disaster struck for Bohs with just 10 minutes remaining, when another long ball into the box resulted in an almighty scramble. Chaos ensued and keeper Delaney looked to have been fouled from an attempted overhead kick of Chris Kenny but referee James McKell kept the whistle from his mouth and giant defender Gary Delaney rose highest to head into the empty net.

Facing the prospect of losing their second game in five days, the home fans despair turned to joy when in the 88th minute, midfielder Roberto Lopes was clipped in the box by Danny Ledwith after nipping just in front of him to collect a low cross. Quigley confidently stepped up, kept his cool and put the penalty high to the keepers right hand side.Youths keeper Graham Doyle will feel a bit unlucky as he got hands to it, pushing it in off the post, but the pace and accuracy was too much.

Bohs boss, Long, will be happy with how his side showed a dogged, determined and never say die attitude to rescue a point right at the death, having found themselves behind on three separate occasions. There is no doubt some work to be done on the training ground to cut out the errors at the back but if they continue to show this passion, the players, staff and fans could be in for an exciting season. The Gypsies will be hoping to get back to winning ways starting with a home tie against Longford Town in the EA Sports Cup this coming Tuesday.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Anto Murphy, Derek Prendergast (Dan Byrne 34), Lorcan Fitzgerald; Paddy Kavanagh (Jake Kelly 78), Dave Mulcahy, Roberto Lopes, Ayman Ben Mohamed (Adam Evans 90+2); Kurtis Byrne, Mark Quigley.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Lee Grace, Ryan Delaney; Aidan Friel, Jonny Bonner (Craig Wall 87), Chris Kenny (Stephen Last 90+2), Eric Molloy (Danny Ledwith 57); Danny Furlong, Paul Murphy.
Referee: James McKell (Tipperary).



It turned out to be a tough Monday night for the travelling Gypsies fans as they saw their side go down 3–0 in the first Dublin derby of the season at a chilly Richmond Park.

Coming into the game, both teams had identical records – a win and a loss each – and were looking to build on good wins last time out with St Pat’s beating Longford 1–0 away from home, and Bohs beating Sligo Town 1–0 at Dalymount Park.

But it was a nightmare start for the away side when the Gypsies found themselves 1-0 down with just four minutes on the clock. Mark Timlin headed home a great cross from Ian Bermingham after a swift move down the left for his first of the season. It seemed as if Liam Buckley’s men had targeted Bohs’ right-hand side from the off with a couple of lovely switches of play dropping just behind Bohs captain Derek Pender.

Pat’s pacey left-hand side of Billy Dennehy and Bermingham continued to cause problems for the Gypsies and just eight minutes later, Christy Fagan doubled the home side’s advantage. Dennehy looped a right-foot volley, from the left wing, over isolated Bohs centre-half Roberto Lopes, for Fagan to nod home. The Pat’s No 9 looked slightly offside but the flag stayed down, much to the jubilation of the home fans. It was the striker’s third in as many games and 50th goal for the Saints.


Keith Long will no doubt be furious at his side’s slack start to the game and bitterly disappointed his side didn’t match the intensity of their Dublin rivals. Despite this nightmare start, the raucous away fans were in full voice desperately trying to lift their side. It seemed to have an affect as they began to grow more and more into the game and looked comfortable in possession.

Kurtis Byrne, who was looking to follow up on his winner against Sligo, hit a nice right-footed volley which was well saved by Brendan Clarke. This was followed by a free-kick from former Saints frontman, Mark Quigley, from about 30 yards out which also hit the target. It was a reminder to the home side that the game was not yet over.

With Bohs desperately trying to claw their way back into the game, Paddy Kavanagh and Ismahil Akinade found themselves in referee Padraig Sutton’s book after some full-blooded tackles.

After what must of been a very stern half-time talking to, Bohs came out and dominated the start of the second half. As a unit they pushed a further 20 yards up the pitch to take the game to the hosts. Eoin Wearen began dictating play and the energetic Keith Buckley was a lot more vocal in trying to organise the side. Pat’s dropped deeper and deeper and seemed to take the foot off the gas a little, protecting their two-goal cushion.

Ex-Irish international Keith Tracey started to show his class in keeping possession, portraying his long-range passing ability, finding team-mates with ease, and in turn frustrating the visitors who were probing but to no avail. That frustration boiled over when Bohs striker Akinade was deemed late on Shane McEleney and subsequently picked up his second yellow of the game and received his marching orders. That seemed to end Bohs’ hopes of clawing their way back into the game.

Long decided to go with three at the back after replacing Derek Prendergast with Ayman Ben Mohammed in one last throw of the dice. The tiring Quigley was also replaced by the fresh legs of Jake Kelly in a bid to liven things up and hopefully pull one back.

But with the game coming to a close, Man of the Match Billy Dennehy got the goal his performance deserved and subsequently rubbed salt in the wounds of the away side by nodding in the third headed goal of the night, following good work by Conan Byrne down the right.

Despite looking good in possession and continuing to fight bravely with 10 men, there will be no time to dwell on this performance for Long’s men with a big game coming up at home to Wexford Youths this Friday and the passionate Bohs fans will no doubt be expecting a big reaction from the players after a night to forget.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien (capt), Ian Bermingham, Darren Dennehy, David Cawley, Keith Treacy (Sam Verdon), Christy Fagan, Mark Timlin (Conan Byrne), Graham Kelly, Shane McEleney, Billy Dennehy
Subs not used: Dylan McGlade, Darragh Markey, Jason McGuinness, Patrick Jennings.
Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender (capt), Roberto Lopes, Derek Pendergast (sub Ayman ben Mohammed), Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley, Mark Quigley (sub Jake Kelly), Kurtis Byrne, Stephen Best, Paddy Kavanagh, Ishmahil Akinade.
Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Daniel Byrne, David Mulcahy, Adam Evans, Dylan Hayes.
Referee: Padraig Sutton



Bohemians put last week’s loss away to Cork firmly behind them with a solid display in front of their home crowd for the first time this season. A battling performance and a stunning goal from Kurtis Byrne was enough for the three points to stay in Dublin 7.

After an initial cagey opening ten minutes, Byrne collected a brilliantly weighted pass over the top of the Sligo defence with a fantastic controlled touch, allowing him enough space to strike a half-volley effort into the top corner from all of 20-25 yards.

Michael Schlingermann, at full stretch, could only wave goodbye to the ball that was destined to rattle the net for a goal that could well make it into the shortlist for the March goal of the month award.

Bohemians continued to play the aerial passes for Ishmail Akinade to chase, as chances came at a premium as both sets of players tried to figure each other out.


The first half ended with a rare piece of Sligo pressure on the home side’s goal. Chris Lyons, the former Bohemian, twisted and turned his way into the box, but his cross was cut out just before it could reach Jaanai Gordon.

Keith Long’s marches had an excellent opportunity to double the lead barely two minutes into the second half, as a brilliant Akinade turn left the Sligo defence for dead, giving Mark Quigley the chance to shoot from a yard outside the box. Schlingermann was equal to the clever, low-hit shot that bended around the wall.

The pace picked up in the second half, as Sligo looked for the leveller. Jaanai Gordon caused headaches for the Dubliners’ defence all night, and after getting the better of Lorcan Fitzgerald, he whipped in a tantalising cross that Anto Murphy eventually cleared for a corner.

Keith Buckley came agonisingly close to capping off a fine performance with a stunning goal, but his 20-hard effort came back out off the post. Akinade was quick to latch onto the loose ball, but Sligo keeper Schlingermann was quick to reposition himself and snuff out the danger.

Paddy Kavanagh was introduced for Mark Quigley, and didn’t take long in making a nuisance out of himself for the visiting defenders. With twenty minutes remaining his pinpoint cross found the head of Akinade, whose strong header could only reach the palms of Michael Schlingermann.

The Bit o’ Red were wasteful throughout the evening, and a free kick on their left flank represented their last good chance to get something from the game. A poor delivery found no awaiting players, however, and Dean Delaney saw the ball sail out past his posts for a goal kick.

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