COULDN’T ASK FOR MOORE

BOHEMIANS 2-1 DROGHEDA UTD

Bohemians waited until July to secure their first league win at Dalymount Park but have now won two at home on the trot in the Premier Division after securing a deserved triumph over Drogheda on Friday evening, writes CONOR HAYES.

Karl Moore was the hero in an eventful game as he grabbed the first early on and set up Jason Byrne for the winner in the second half. Both sides finished the game a man down as Steven Beattie and Gavin Brennan were given their marching orders for a tussle off the ball.

The home side made three changes from the team that drew with UCD last week with Karl Moore, Jason Byrne and Dave Mulcahy coming in. Beattie deputised for the injured Anto Murphy at full-back.

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The game began quietly with the ever busy Gary O’Neill having the first shot on goal for the away side but it flew over. Bohemians were looking every bit the side who had not scored in their last three games but just before the fifteenth minute they produced a wonderfully worked goal.

A nice ball out of defence by Dan Byrne found its way to Dinny Corcoran in the centre circle who played an inviting through ball past the retreating Drogheda defenders and into the path of Karl Moore. Jason Byrne was calling for it at the far post but the winger had only eyes for goal as he powered it past Michael Schlingermann and to the roof of the net.

After being the provider, Corcoran then set about getting on the scoresheet himself and came agonisingly close on two occasions. First, a Mulcahy pass saw the former UCD man hit a lovely turning volley which beat the keeper but cannoned off the crossbar. Next, a whipped corner from Moore found the striker lurking in the six yard box but his header could only find the frame of the goal.

Bohs would then miss another glorious chance to double their lead a minute into the second half. Some trickery on the right wing saw Kevin Devaney charge into the box, his powerful cross could only be parried by Schlingermann into the path of Moore whose scuffed shot came towards Byrne diving forward with his head not more than two yards from the line. Many in the Jodi Stand were celebrating only to see the Drogheda keeper emerge with the ball in his hands.

The men in red and black then seemed to lose their initiative and United playing in all white seemed to sense their oppostion’s nervousness and looked to take advantage. They did just that after forcing a corner shortly after the hour mark. Gavin Holohan’s ball was punched away but directly into the path of Brennan who coolly finished inside the box.

It seemed that Bohs were doomed to repeat the same story at Dalymount that they have endured all season with missed opportunities in front of goal costing them valuable points. However, Moore wasn’t done for the evening and less than five minutes later the Gypsies would regain the lead.

Dan Byrne brought the ball out from defence and attempted to play in the wide man charging down the left, the pass was slightly over hit and Alan McNally seemed favourite to clear but Moore’s desire won the day as he emerged with the ball after a wonderfully timed tackle. He then had the presence of mind to pick out Jason Byrne at the back post. It’s been a long goal drought for the former Cardiff forward but he reminded us all why he’s one of the best strikers to ever grace our league as he thundered his shot into the far corner.

The game had not been a particularly truculent affair but with seventeen minutes remaining something spilled over between Beattie and Brennan on the right touchline. The Drogheda man went down clutching his face after it appeared the makeshift right back had raised his hands.

Anthony Buttimer’s eyes had been on play but his fourth official had clearly seen the full incident and advised the referee to dish out a red card apiece. The two offenders verbally continued their row as they exited the field and both managers will be furious over losing two valuable players to a long suspension for such indiscipline.

The sending off seemed to disrupt the visitor’s rhythm more than Bohemians’ and while there were a few nervous moments in the penalty area as the game entered its final moments, Byrne’s goal proved to be the decisive one.

So after three games without a win and a goal, Bohs return to form just in time for Monday, when they entertain Shamrock Rovers in Phibsboro for the second time in a fortnight.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Steven Beattie, Dan Byrne, Aidan Price, Derek Pender; Kevin Devaney (Keith Buckley 90+1), Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Karl Moore; Dinny Corcoran (Adam Evans 85), Jason Byrne (Ryan McEvoy 78). Subs Not Used: Aaron Shanahan (GK), Jack Memery, Jake Hyland, Craig Walsh.

Drogheda United: Micheal Schlingermann; Daire Doyle, Alan McNally, Ciaran McGuigan, Shane Grimes; Peter McGlynn; Cathal Brady (Declan O’Brien 72), Gavan Holohan, Gavin Brennan, Carl Walshe (Gareth Brady 85); Gary O’Neill. Subs Not Used: Paul Andrews, Paul Crowley, Sean O’ Connor, Roy Kireans, Dylan Connolly.

Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork)

Mr Green Man of the Match: Karl Moore

BOHS FAIL TO TAKE CHANCES

UCD 0-0 BOHEMIANS

Bohemians endured a frustrating Friday night in Belfield, as despite a large amount of possession and a host of chances, they could only secure a 0-0 stalemate with UCD, writes CONOR HAYES.

Their control of this fixture was set in motion from the opening whistle but the visitors will be disappointed with the final pass which so often deserted them on a evening where they owned the ball.

Bohs made five changes from the disappointing League Cup semi on Monday starting with the team which had secured excellent home results against St Pat’s and Cork. They began by pressurising the Students in their own half and the away side created numerous early chances.

First a UCD kick out was cleared right into the path of Dinny Corcoran but he couldn’t find the ball to Steven Beattie who was waiting unmarked in the box.

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With just over ten minutes gone, Eoin Wearen, making a trademark late run into the box, latched on to Kavangh’s pass but struggled to get the ball out of his feet and the UCD defence eventually cleared.

It seemed at this point that a Bohs goal was a certainty as Pender spurned their best chance of the half. Wearen released the Bohs skipper marauding from full back but his shot was half stopped by Students’ net minder Niall Corbett before Gareth Matthews mopped up on the line and completed the job.

Next, an Anto Murphy long throw found it’s way to Roberto Lopes at the edge of the area but he fired over. Devaney, who looked a constant danger throughout, then found Wearen inside the area, who had Corbett stretching, but it crept just wide.

The game then entered a lull as UCD seemed to have dealt with the early Bohs barrage. But just as half time approached a scuffed shot deflected wide for a Bohs corner. From the delivery, Murphy jumped at the back post but his header was pushed wide. The defender seemed to suffer a nasty fall and was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle.

The second period began just as the first, with Bohs in the ascendancy. Devaney, ever a menace to the UCD defence, robbed possession just outside of the danger zone, he cut inside and found Kavanagh who slotted it wide from eight yards. In truth, it was a sitter.

The former Sligo man was involved again as his low driven cross found Lopes, now playing at right back, but his shot deflected wide. Subsitute Dave Mulcahy then nodded wide from a Kavanagh corner. Lopes was still willing to attack despite his position change and won the ball high up the pitch but UCD again got a blocker just in time to divert it away from goal.

Devaney then took centre stage once more. He collected the ball inside his own half on the right-hand side, drove past four of the home side’s defenders and into the area but when it came time to shoot his effort lacked the necessary conviction and it was cleared away before the ‘keeper even had to intervene.

Bohs defenders were constantly trying to involve themselves in the effort to break the deadlock and it was Price this time whose headed effort from a wonderful Kavanagh cross forced a great save from Corbett.

As we entered the last twenty minutes, UCD must have expected another onslaught to begin but instead the men in red and black seemed to lose their initiative at a crucial moment. Just though, as it seemed that the game would peter out for a draw, UCD would have a chance to win it in injury time and Bohs would have no fewer than three as the clock ran past ninety.

In what would have been the smash and grab of the season Chris Mulhall had a glorious chance ten yards from goal but shot directly at Dean Delaney after a mix-up in the Bohs defence. Up the other end, Wearen’s pass from the right was just behind substitute Karl Moore who hooked it over the bar.

There was still time for the best chance of the half. A long punt from Price found Mulcahy whose lovely cushioned header fell right into the path of Corcoran, some Bohs fans were already celebrating, but they didn’t count on Ian Ryan, who produced a superb block just as Dinny got his shot away. Beattie, acting now as a winger, then found Wearen but his shot deflected into the wrong side of the netting.

There would be no time for the corner and Bohs will be cursing a game where they dominated but lacked a killer instinct against a determined UCD side who defended stoutly.

The Gypsies will try get back to winning ways against Drogheda at Dalymount on Friday night.

UCD: Niall Corbett; Gareth Matthews, Hugh Douglas, James Kavanagh, Ian Ryan, Tom O’Halloran (Aymen Ben Mohamed 67), Colm Crowe, Robbie Benson, Robbie Creevy, Timmy Molloy (Samir Belhout 70), Conor Cannon (Chris Mulhall 84). Subs Not Used: Conor O’Donnell (GK), Gregory Sloggett, Gary Burke, Sean Coyne.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Aidan Price, Dan Byrne,Anto Murphy (Dave Mulcahy 45+1), Patrick Kavanagh (Karl Moore 70), Roberto Lopes, Eoin Wearen, Kevin Devaney (Jason Byrne 79), Dinny Corcoran, Stephen Beattie. Subs Not Used: Jack Memery, Keith Buckley, Craig Walsh, Aaron Shanahan (GK).

Referee: Kevin O’Regan

Man of the match: Kevin Devaney.

 

ROVER AND OUT

EA Sports Cup Semi Final

BOHEMIANS  0 – 2  SHAMROCK ROVERS

Bohemians’ terrific run in cup competitions was brought to a shuddering halt as old rivals Shamrock Rovers put the Gypsies to the sword in the EA Sports Cup Semi Final. The defending champions punished poor defending at the start of both halves to send Owen Heary’s men crashing out at the penultimate stage. Goals from Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters and Dean Kelly were enough to send the Hoops into their 3rd consecutive League Cup final in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The visitors, under the guidance of caretaker manager John Gill, started brightly, and carved out the first opportunity of the game after just two minutes. Derek Pender was beaten to the ball in the left back position by Rovers’ Sean O’Connor, who delivered a perfect cross for Ryan Brennan. Luckily for Bohs, the former Drogheda man sent his diving header high and wide into the hooped horde behind the goal.

The opening goal wasn’t long in coming however, and it was one that would keep Owen Heary awake at night. A defensive mix-up between Pender and Aidan Price allowed the ball to bounce through to the unmarked Waters, who stroked the ball underneath the onrushing Dean Delany to put the Tallaght side ahead. Cue delirium from the otherwise subdued Shamrock Rovers fans in the Des Kelly Stand.

Bohs grew into the game without creating many real clear cut opportunities. Set pieces and Anto Murphy long throws were the only bother to Rovers, with Dave Mulcahy twice coming close with close range headers. Jason Byrne perhaps had the best chance just before the break, but he snatched at a left-footed shot that went wide past Barry Murphy’s left-hand post.

Heary signalled his intent with the half-time introduction of Dinny Corcoran for Craig Walsh, but the second half was just 8 minutes old when the Hoops landed the killer blow. Derek Pender was caught out again down the right side, allowing Ryan Brennan to clip a ball toward the back post. The cross should have been intercepted by Roberto Lopes, but he slipped and fell, allowing Dean Kelly to poke home the second with some ease.

The second goal seemed to stun the Gypsies on and off the field, with the atmosphere in the Jodi Stand turning against referee Robert Rogers. While Rogers had a relatively poor game, the home side could have no real qualms with the result. They huffed and puffed in the last half an hour without really creating much in the way of clear cut chances. Again, scrambles from corners were the only scraps on offer. Owen Heary must now lift the side for a trip to UCD on Friday. The FAI Cup date with Cork City now takes on greater significance – it is Bohs’ last chance of silverware in 2014.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Aidan Price, Roberto Lopes, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley (Adam Evans, 81) Eoin Wearen, Dave Mulcahy, Karl Moore (Steven Beattie, 60) Craig Walsh (Dinny Corcoran, 46) Jason Byrne. Subs not used: Aaron Shanahan, Jack Memery, Ryan McEvoy, Jake Hyland.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, Simon Madden, David O’Connor, Conor Kenna, Luke Byrne, Sean O’Connor (Ciaran Kilduff), Ryan Brennan, Shane Robinson, Ronan Finn, Dean Kelly, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters (Karl Sheppard, 50). Subs not used: Craig Hyland, Jason McGuinness, Evan Osam, Stephen McPhail, Rob Cornwall.

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