Bohemians 2 Shamrock Rovers 1

Dan’s the Man as Gypsies go eight unbeaten against their fiercest rivals taking all three points in a hotly contested derby.

Bohs, missing their regular back four, started on the front foot with Andy Lyons having the first real shotin anger, trying to curl a left footed effort to the far top corner.

Rovers responded well, and the dynamic midfield of Greg Bolger, Dylan Watts and Jack Byrne looked to take control.

It took a while to get going but when it did, boy did it catch fire!

The Gypsies were gifted the ideal opportunity to break the deadlock just fifteen minutes in. Jack Byrne dived in wildly on Kevin Devaney just inside the edge of the area and referee Rob Rogers was left with no option but to point to the spot.

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Danny Mandroiu stepped up confidently and smashed his penalty to his left but Alan Mannus ws equal to it, making an excellent save to turn the ball around the post.

Just moments later from a deep corner to the back post, Stephen Bradleys men, thought they had taken the lead. Dan Carr looped his header back across goal only for Andy Lyons to react sharply and head clear.

The first half drama wasn’t finished yet. As Rovers looked to build out from the back, Keith Longs troops saw their opportunity to pounce, pressing as a unit. Kevin Devaney’s toe ricocheted the ball into Ryan Swans path and as the forward turned sharply, Greg Bolger came through the back for their second penalty.

Up stepped Mandroiu to make amends for his earlier miss, slotting into the bottom right hand corner.

Just before the break James Talbot made a miraculous double save to keep his side in front. The Bohs stopper got down well to save Aaron Greens low drive on the slick surface, but couldn’t hold it. Ex-Bohs man Dylan Watts came flying in on the rebound and Talbot reacted bravely to dive at the feet of the midfielder and tip over.

The Hoops deservedly got themselves back on level terms just six minutes into the second half. Dan Carr finished brilliantly,poking the ball home first time past the helpless Talbot following Ronan Finn’s clever lob over the Bohs back line.

In an enthralling game end to end game, Mandroiu stole the show with, what should be the goal of the season, letting the ball run across his body before hitting an outrageous and unstoppable strike from 25 yards out with his left foot!

It was back to the walls stuff for the Phibsboro outfit as Rovers piled on the pressure through Carr down the left side, delivering cross after cross but the bohs rearguard held strong.

The home side really should have killed off the tie when Mandroiu missed his point blank header from Wade-Slaters dinked cross. Both Ryan Swan and sub Keith Ward should have done better from the following goal mouth scramble but Roberto Lopes did well to clear on both occassions.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Aaron Barry, Michael Barker, Paddy Kirk, Keith Buckley (c) (Robbie McCourt 90+1’), Conor Levingston (Scott Allardice 45’), Danny Mandroiu, Luke Wade-Slater, Ryan Swan, Kevin Devaney (Keith Ward 55’). Subs: Sean Bohan, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward, Sam Byrne, Ryan Graydon, Ross Tierney.
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Greg Bolger, Dylan Watts, Ronan Finn (c), Dan Carr, Trevor Clarke (Sean Kavanagh 60’), Aaron Greene, Jack Byrne
Subs: Leon Pohls, Sean Kavanagh, James Furlong, Joel Coustrain, Thomas Oluwa, Brandon Kavanagh, Orhan Vojic
Referee: Rob Rogers
Booked: Lee Grace (Shamrock Rovers); Michael Barker, Paddy Kirk, James Talbot (Bohemians)

BOHEMIANS 5 FINN HARPS 3

Bohs tighten their grip on third place as they run out 2-1 winners against a battling Finn Harps side, who remain rooted at the foot of the table.

In a lightening quick start to proceedings, both teams had found the back of the net before most of the fans had taken their seats!

Bohs got off to the dream start when Keith Ward smashed a right footed effort from just outside the area, only to see it cannon off the post and fall tantalizingly to the feet of Kevin Devaney to tap home.

Looking for their first result at Dalymount since February 1999 and in Ollie Horgan’s 200th game in charge, Harps equalised straight from the kick off before The Gypsie faithful had finished celebrating.

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Daniel O’Reilly rose highest at the back post from a deep cross, but again saw an effort come back off the woodwork. Niall Logue reacted quickest at the back post to hammer home to stun the home fans.

As the game settled the home side began to exert their dominance, regaining the lead just before the half hour mark.

Scott Allardice, who impressed against Cork City in the EA Sports Cup on Monday, deservedly retained his spot in the starting 11 and it was his beautifully floated ball that created the second as he picked out Mandroiu at the back post. The Bohs attacking midfielder saw his poked effort hit the post and Ryan Swan tapped home from a yard out for his first of the season.

A case of right place at the right time for all three goals!

The second half started just action packed as the first, as ex-Bohs man Raf Cretaro equalised from 25 yards out, seeing his powerful strike bounce in off the far post.

Just three minutes later Bohs regained the lead through a Danny Mandroiu 30 yard free kick that seemed to go through the wall and catch Burke wrong footed.

Before the hour mark, it was 4-2 to the home side as Swan netted his second with a delicate lobbed volley over the on rushing Burke, from a long ball over the top.

The challenge for the Donegal outfit became insurmountable when Caolan McAleer received his second yellow of the night for a late challenge on Paddy Kirk.

There was still time for Keith Ward to put the icing on the cake following Andy Lyons marauding run down the right and low cross. Cowan failed to deal with the cross and the ball fell to the feet of Keith Ward who slotted home.

Amazingly, the goal of the game was to come. Daniel o’Reilly powered home a 35 yard free kick, and yes incredibly again in off the post to take the shine off the scoreline and make it 5-3, in a truly breathless encounter.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Paddy Kirk, Aaron Barry (c), James Finnerty, Scott Allardice (Luke Wade-Slater 73’), Conor Levingston, Danny Mandroiu, Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 78’), Keith Ward (Sam Byrne 81’), Ryan Swan

Subs: Sean Bohan, Sam Byrne, Keith Buckley. Ryan Graydon, Michael Barker, Luke Wade-Slater, Dawson Devoy

Finn Harps: Peter Burke, Daniel O’Reilly, Jacob Borg, Keith Cowan (c), Caolan McAleer, Raf Cretaro (Stephen Doherty 75’), Mikey Place (Mark Timlin 65’), Sean Boyd, Sam Todd (Gareth Harkin 59’), Tony McNamee, Niall Logue

Subs: Colm Deasy, Gareth Harkin, Mark Timlin, Mark Russell, Liam Walsh, Stephen Doherty, Mark McGinley

Referee: Graham Kelly

BOHS KICK OFF NEW SEASON WITH VICTORY

BOHEMIANS 1 FINN HARPS 0

CORCORAN THE MATCHWINNER, continuing where he left off last season with the only goal in a hard fought one-nil victory over Finn Harps.

112 days , nine new signings in the off season but it was the Bohs “old guard” who got them over the line at a packed Dalymount park.

The much changed Bohs side, giving debuts to five players, looked to take the game to the newly promoted visitors and should have taken the lead with just 10 minutes played. Keith Wards delightful pass over the top found the right to left run of Dinny Corcoran who controlled well, but scuffed his left footed volley straight at Burke.

The visitors stemmed the tide and began to get a foot hold in the game, with skipper Gareth Harkin making his presence felt in the middle of the park. Ollie Horgans men were terribly unlucky not to snatch the lead when Daniel O’Reillys header hit the foot of the post from Gareth Harkins inswinging delivery.

With nothing between the sides, it took until five minutes before the break for the first real bit of footballing quality to rear its head in the game and it was three of the “regulars” who combined brilliantly. Ward fizzed a through ball to Corcoran, who had the presence of mind to step over the ball to Keith Buckley, who in turn, layed it off first time back to Corcoran to tap home, with the help of the post.

The Gypsies dominated much of the second half and just after the hour mark really should have put the game to bed. The hugely impressive Danny Mandroiu played in fellow debutant Luke Ward-Slater for a one on one, but shot straight at Burke. From the resuting rebound Dinny Corcoran skied his effort with the goal at his mercy.

Bohs eventually got over the line and hung on for a valuable three points following some severe Harps pressure as Keith Longs new look side get off to an impressive start showing some grit and determination with flashes of brilliance through man of the match, Mandroiu.

BOHEMIAN FC: James Talbot, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Danny Mandroiu (Scott Allardice, 91’), Dinny Corcoran (Sam Byrne, 89’), Conor Levingston, Keith Ward, Keith Buckley, James Finnerty, Luke Wade-Slater (Ryan Swan, 80’)

FINN HARPS: Peter Burke, Daniel O’Reilly, Jacob Borg (Mark Coyle, 64’), Gareth Harkin, Caolan McAleer, Sam Verdon (Tony McNamee, 81’), Nathan Boyle, Raffele Cretaro (Mikey Place, 64’), Sam Todd, John Kavanagh, Niall Logue

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