Match report: Bohemians 1 Sligo Rovers 3

As one Super League crumbled, another continued full steam ahead as Bohemians and Sligo Rovers played out an enthralling and high-quality, end-to-end encounter at Dalymount Park.

Stunning efforts exchanged by Jordan Gibson and Liam Burt had the teams level going into the final 15 minutes, but the in-form Bit O’Red grabbed all three points with some clinical finishing by substitutes Mark Byrne and David Cawley.

Bohs bounced into the encounter on the back of two 1-0 wins on the road, and with the Dublin Derby up next, Keith Long shuffled his pack making five changes from the side that beat Waterford on Friday evening.


The home side should have taken the lead after just three minutes. A frantic start saw Georgie Kelly pounce on a slack back-pass, but saw his low shot well saved by Ed McGinty.

Sligo responded immediately and it was their turn to miss a gilt-edged chance. The visitors, who sat joint top going into the clash, won the ball in the Bohs area from some sloppy defending and the ball found its way to new kid on the block, Johnny Kenny, with the goal at his mercy.

Bohs keeper James Talbot showed excellent reactions to get down and deny the 17-year old.

The relentless pace did not let up as McGinty was forced into action again just before the half-hour mark.

Anto Breslin, on a rampaging overlap run, clipped a delicious cross to the back post and winger Jack Moylan, on his full league debut, did well to get his header on target but the Ireland U21 international saved well yet again.

The breathless encounter, now resembling a basketball game, continued as the visitors snatched the lead following some excellent build-up play in the final third.

Kenny, brimming with confidence following his first league goal against Finn Harps, slid in Romeo Parkes from deep, and although he was initially covered, showed incredible awareness to float to the ball to his right, teeing up Gibson to smash home a first time volley.

For the remainder of the half, the hosts dominated possession but just lacked that final ball to get themselves back on terms, as the Bit O’Red defended comfortably enough.

Keith Long’s came flying out of the traps after the break and equalised within minutes of the restart with a stunning effort from Burt.
The winger cut in from the left wing, and curled a magnificent effort to the far post giving McGinty no chance.

A war of attrition developed as both teams refused to give an inch. Heavy, full-blooded challenges followed by a spate of bookings as both sides showed their mettle.

With just a quarter of an hour remaining, the visitors put together yet another excellent move in the Bohs final third.

Ex-Shamrock Rovers man Greg Bolger floated a lovely cross onto the head of Kenny, who found himself in between Rob Cornwall and Ciaran Kelly. The front man clevely flicked the ball onto unmarked Byrne coming in from the left. The substitute showed great composure to flick the ball over the onrushing Talbot to give his side the lead.

The Gypsies responded with a double change, in came Ali Coote and Keith Ward, and it was the latter who really should have made an instant impact.

Breslin’s initial low effort fell back to the feet of Ward, and with two defenders on the line, he somehow managed to miss the target.

Still reeling from the miss, Bohs fell further behind as Sligo made it 3-1 through another substitute Cawley, who smashed home into the roof of the net from just inside the area to seal all three points on a frustrating night for the home.

Bohs will not have much time to dwell on that though as up next on Friday it is the big one as the Gypsies travel across town to visit rivals Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Rob Cornwall (c), Ciaran Kelly, Anto Breslin, Ross Tierney (Ali Coote 81), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 81), Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly (Promise Omochere, 72). Unused substitutes: Andy Lyons, Tyreke Wilson, James Finnerty, Robbie Mahon, Thomas Oluwa.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty, Colm Horgan (Lewis Banks 86), John Mahon, Garry Buckley, Robbie McCourt, Greg Bolger (c), Jordan Gibson, Niall Morahan, Walter Figueira (Mark Byrne 58), Johnny Kenny, Romeo Parkes (David Cawley 74). Unused substitutes: Richard Brush, Ryan DeVries, Regan Donelon, Darren Collins, Scott Lynch, Peter Maguire.

Referee: Neil Doyle.


Bohemians made it two wins from two on the road and continued to climb up the table with a comfortable performance over Waterford at the RSC.

Rob Cornwall’s first-half finish was enough to bag all three points and condemn their hosts to their fourth defeat in five, as Bohs earned another 1-0 win on the bounce following last week’s impressive victory at Oriel Park.

Bohs, forced into one change from last week with Rory Feely coming in for the injured Andy Lyons, started the game on the front foot and looked to take the game to their hosts and set the agenda on a sunny but chilly evening in Waterford.

Despite their slow start, Kevin Sheedy’s side showed they carried a threat of their own, with new man Isaac Tshipamba showing great pace and skill to beat two bohs defenders, but his shot was well saved by James Talbot.


The Blues also carried a threat from set pieces, but Gypsies fans will be pleased to see the new look backline holding firm for their second clean sheet in a row.

Going forward, there was a bit more zip about the play as the side looked to play quicker and create more as a result. The creative Keith Ward stung the palms of Paul Martin early on and looked to come in off the left hand side to get involved throughout.

The deadlock was broken, and deservedly so, just before the break as the Bohs pressure finally told.

Many first goal-scorer bets were ripped up when unlikely hero Cornwall was on hand to tap home, despite Martin’s excellent save from a thunderbolt of a free-kick from Tyreke Wilson against his old club.

The Gypsies started the second half on the back foot and really could have found themselves level.

The visitors were thankful that Blues skipper Kyle Ferguson’s free header in the box was straight at the relieved Talbot, following a couple of high balls into the area.

This warning shot seemed to wake Keith Long’s troops up and they in turn showed some encouraging creativity in the final third.

A lovely quick passing move including Ward and Liam Burt resulted in a low cross from the winger just inches away from the toe of Georgie Kelly just before the hour mark.

Things were freshened up just minutes later with the introduction of Jack Moylan and Dawson Devoy for Ross Tierney and the aforementioned Ward.

Moylan took up the right hand side berth and the pacey Burt switched over to the left wing, and was beginning to show glimpses of what he is capable of with his direct running and skill to beat his man.

It was this exact avenue that should have resulted in Bohs doubling their lead, with man of the match Burt flying down the left, leaving defenders in his wake, then cutting back cleverly to the penalty spot but Moylan could only side-foot his effort straight at the keeper.

There was a little worry creeping in now that, despite their dominance and continued threat, that the lead was just 1-0 going into the final 10 minutes, and a late corner for the hosts did nothing to ease the nerves.

A poor delivery, followed by a lightning quick break, however, saw Devoy clean through on goal.

But the talented youngster was just unable to get the ball fully under control and snatched at his shot slightly, hitting it straight at Martin, who to his credit performed excellently on the night following the surprise omission of former Bohs keeper Brian Murphy.

Although unable to match the performance or tempo of the previous week at Oriel Park, and frustrated that they failed to make their numerical advantage pay when Waterford played the last 25 minutes a man down due to Tshipamba’s injury, there were certainly positive signs of this Bohemians side continuing to gel.

Now, after two away games on the trot, Bohs will look to build on back-to-back victories when they return to the Home of Irish Football on Tuesday night as Sligo Rovers make the trip to Dalymount Park.

Waterford: Paul Martin, Darragh Power, Jamie Mascoll, Kyle Ferguson (c), Cameron Evans, James Waite (Jack Stafford 56), Isaac Tshipamba, Tunmise Sobowale, Adam O’Reilly (Katlego Mashigo 61), John Martin, Daryl Murphy (Prince Mutswunguma 36). Unused substitutes: Niall O’Keeffe, Eric Molloy, Shane Griffin, Matthew Connor, Josh Collins.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Rob Cornwall, James Finerty, Tyreke Wilson, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy 63), Ross Tierney (Jack Moylan 63), Keith Buckley (c) , Ali Coote, Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, Conor Levingston, Promise Omochere, Bradley Rolt, Thomas Oluwa.

Referee: Adriano Reale.

Match report: Dundalk 0 Bohemians 1

Bohemians grabbed our first win of the season on Friday night with an impressive and morale-boosting win at Oriel Park thanks to an early Georgie Kelly penalty.

Keith Long had spoken in previous weeks about the team needing time to gel with nine new players incorporated in his squad, but this was the perfect tonic as Bohs put in an assured team performance to take all three points back down the M1.

Both sides entered the encounter off the back of a slower than expected start to the season sitting on a point apiece, and desperately hoping to get back on track.

For the visiting Gypsies, Long elected for two changes to the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to St Patrick’s Athletic last Saturday.


In came Tyreke Wilson, for his first start to the season at left-back in place of Anto Breslin, while Keith Ward was included at the expense of Dawson Devoy.

Despite the changes, it was the Lilywhites who looked to enforce their game plan and try to dominate proceedings, with Andy Boyle clipping the crossbar with an early header and Michael Duffy cutting in from the left wing but dragging a tame shot past James Talbot’s near post.

Bohs dealt with these early jabs, and responded well landing a big blow of their own.

Ross Tierney, being deployed in the No 10 position, picked up the ball and drove at the heart of the Dundalk defence, showing brilliant pace and a low centre of gravity, and was eventually scythed down by wreckless challenge by Dan Cleary just inside the edge of the area.

Up stepped Kelly, who confidently sent Peter Cherrie the wrong way to give Bohs the lead against his former side, with just 12 minutes played.

The hosts made a big call in dropping under-fire keeper Alessio Abibi and bringing in the aforementioned Cherrie in a bid to try resolve their defensive woes.

They responded well to the early setback. Pat Hoban, on the occasion of his 200th appearance for Dundalk, went close with a header midway through the first half but was martialled well by central defensive duo Rob Cornwall and James Finnerty.

It was Bohs who carried the bigger goal threat in the first half. They looked dangerous on the break, and were almost gifted a chance to double their lead just after the half-hour mark when Kelly pounced on a sloppy play by Cherrie, dispossessing the keeper but couldn’t pull the ball back to Tierney in the area.

Just before the break, it looked as if Liam Burt had doubled the Gypsies’ lead but, with Cherrie beaten all ends up, he was unlucky to see his powerful low drive narrowly miss the bottom corner.

As expected, the FAI Cup winners came out in the second half with a fire in their bellies looking to push for an equaliser but were met with a strong resolute Bohs defensive unit.

But Bohs’ hard work was almost undone before the hour mark following some sloppy play from their own throw-in, and had Talbot to thank for keeping the lead intact as he denied Sam Stanton from point-blank range with one of the saves of the season so far.

Rory Feely, who had replaced the injured Andy Lyons at right back earlier in the half, delivered a dangerously whipped cross just past the penalty spot but the busy Tierney was unable to guide the ball goalwards, as Bohs continued to carry a threat despite less possession than their hosts.

Kelly also went close with a dipping strike just outside the edge of the area.

As their desperation grew, Dundalk opted for a more direct route, bombarding Talbot’s area with long hopeful crosses and despite appeals for penalties, including a handball claim against Cornwall, did not otherwise create many clear-cut opportunities to trouble the Bohs backline.

The clock ticked agonizingly towards the 90-minute mark and the final whistle was greeted with a sense of relief from the Gypsies players and staff as they secured their first win of the 2021 season.

Long and his troops will be hoping this much-improved performance and result can be the catalyst to make it two wins from two away to Waterford at the RSC next week.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Cameron Dummigan (Ryan O’Kane 78), Dan Cleary, Andy Boyle, Sam Stanton (David McMillan 63), Chris Shields (C), Raivas Jurkovkis (Darragh Leahy 63), Han Jeongwoo (Patrick McEleney 45), Ole Erik Midstkogen (Junior 63), Pat Hoban, Michael Duffy. Unused substitutes: Greg Sloggett, Jesus Perez, Val Adedokun, Alessio Abibi.
Bohemians: James Talbot, Andy Lyons (Rory Feely 50), Rob Cornwall, James Finerty, Tyreke Wilson, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy 84), Ross Tierney, Keith Buckley (C), Ali Coote (Ciarán Kelly 83), Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Bradley Rolt, Jack Moylan, Robbie Mahon, Bastien Héry, Anto Breslin.
Referee: Rob Harvey.

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