Match report: Bohemians 6 Treaty United 2

Bohemians opened up the SSE Airtricity WNL 2021 campaign with a win over Treaty United at the Oscar Traynor Centre in a match that produced eight goals.

This fixture produced nine goals in Bohemians’ last home game of the 2020 season, with Treaty stealing the three points with a 5-4 win.

This time round, it was Bohs who took all three points as Sean Byrne and his management team masterminded a dominant performance over the opposition.

The Gypsies opened up the scoring in the eighth minute when Treaty United were put under pressure from their own kickout. Bronagh Kane was first to react to a bad pass from the Treaty goalkeeper and slotted the ball home into an empty net for an early lead.

In what could be a record, Kane added hers and Bohemians’ second goal just 37 seconds later as Treaty were put under immediate pressure from the tip-off and Chloe Darby won the ball in midfield before a quick pass to Naima Chemaou saw the striker play in Kane, who composed herself before slotting past Ryan.

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Bohs grabbed their third in the 16th minute as a Paula Dorans throw found Chloe Darby. Her quick one-two with Abbie Brophy saw Darby break down the right before sending a pinpoint cross to Naima Chemaou in the box, she controlled the ball before volleying home a debut goal.

Bohemians were rewarded again for their pressure in the 37th minute as Kane won a free-kick near the sideline. Chemaou’s set piece found captain Sophie Watters’ run in the box. She controlled the ball before slotting a left-foot shot past Ryan.

Treaty pulled a goal back just before the interval – Aoife Cronin tapping home at the back post following a Rebecca Horgan cross.

The away side pulled another goal back 11 minutes after the break when an Emma Costelloe corner wasn’t dealt with by the Bohs defence, as the ball found its way to Shannon Parbat who fired home from close range.

Treaty United mounted more pressure on the Bohs defence and nearly grabbed a third goal when Cronin and Coombes clashed in the box, Cronin’s quick turn and shot looked destined for the net only for it to hit the post.

Bohs got back on track with the introduction of Aoife Robinson on the hour mark. The striker’s energy saw her dispossess a Treaty defender before playing a pass to Erica Burke and, when the ball fell back into the path of Robinson, she curled a right-foot shot into the top right-hand corner of the net, all within 36 seconds of entering the field of play.

With seven minutes remaining, Bohs hit their sixth goal when Watters won a free-kick near the corner flag, Chloe Darby swung in the resulting free which found Robinson unmarked at the back post to head home.

Darby went close to adding a seventh goal late on but her shot came back off the post, but it was all smiles for the women of Bohemians as they sit on top of the league after week one in the FAI WNL.

Bohemians: Niamh Coombes, Paula Doran, Jade Reddy, Isobel Finnegan, Chloe Flynn, Ally Cahill, Sophie Watters (Capt.), Chloe Darby, Abbie Brophy, Bronagh Kane, Naima Chemaou. Subs: Erica Burke for Chemaou (H/T), Annmarie Byrne & Erica Byrne for Reddy & Cahill (52), Aoife Robinson for Kane (59), Niamh Kenna for Finnegan (84). Unused subs: Katie Lovely, Claire Conlon, Ciara Mulligan, Courtney Maguire (GK).

Treaty United: Medbh Ryan, Alannah Mitchell, Shannon Parbat, Eve O’Sullivan, Jenna Slattery, Aoife Horgan, Gillian Keenan, Olive Gibson, Aoife Cronin, Alana Roddy, Aine Walsh – Subs Rebecca Horgan for Keenan (20), Emma Costelloe for Slattery (24), Ciara Griffin & Jesse Mendez for Gibson & Walsh (72), Michaela Mitchell (GK), Tara O’Gorman, Clodagh Doherty, Lauran Keane, Eimear Carey.

BOHEMIANS 0 WATERFORD 2

In what turned out to be his last game, John Sheridan’s Waterford FC hit two first half goals, to inflict Bohs second defeat in a disappointing week, as The Gypsies failed to close the gap on leaders Shamrock Rovers at the top of the table.

Despite the outcome, the hosts came flying out of the traps and had two good chances within the first 90 seconds. Andre Wright could have done better with a header from an Andy Lyons floated cross, and the reinstated Danny Mandroiu flashed a shot inches wide of Brian Murphys far post.

Waterford, struggling to get a foot hold in the game, might have conceded a penalty with the lively Danny Grant turning brilliantly inside Oluwatunmise Sobowate, who looked to bundle the winger to the floor. Much like the incident a week previous, the referee waved away the claims much to the bemusement of the Bohs bench.

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But, as is often the case at this level, if you don’t punish your opposition when you’re on top, you are susceptible to being punished. And that’s exactly what happened with 24 minutes played. Alistair Coote’s speculative drive took a wicked deflection off Dan Casey and slipped through the arms of Stephen McGuinness. They Gypsies did have a warning just prior to the opener, as Tyreke Wilson had a powerful effort well parried away.

John Martin was next to have a go from distance and smashed the cross bar as Bohs struggled to regain their composure and regain the upper hand. Disaster struck right on the stroke of halftime, the visitors doubled their lead when left back, Wilson curled in a beautiful free kick from slightly right of the area. And as a half that started so brightly for the home side, ended miserably, and now faced an uphill battle in the second half

As expected Bohs dominated possession after the break but struggled to break down a resolute Waterford rearguard. It took until just after the hour mark for Bohs to muster a meaningful effort, with player of the month, Grant cheating the ball down and quickly hit left footed volley from the edge of the area, But unfortunately was straight down the throat of Murphy.

The visitors continued to carry a threat though, and while looking comfortable without the ball, had chances to add to their tally. Wilson hit the foot of the post with another excellent free kick from a similar position to his goal and Martin had a back post header hit the post and bounce away from goal.

With the game slowly drifting away, boss Keith Long looked to freshen things with the introduction of Promise Omochere and Keith Ward. The new faces brought about immediate impact forcing a spate of corners, one of which brought a goal mouth scramble that was brilliantly defended by Murphy and co.

Dan Casey had a late header just miss the near post, but unfortunately for Keith Long and his troops just couldn’t force the breakthrough against a stubborn and very organised Waterford defence.

Next up for The Gypsies is a tough away trip to in-form Sligo Rovers, with a massive three points on offer in the race for European football next season.

Bohemian FC: Stephen McGuinness, Andy Lyons, James Finnerty, Dan Casey, Anto Breslin, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney (50’ Conor Levingston), Daniel Mandroiu (77’ Keith Ward), Kris Twardek, Danny Grant (77’ Promise Omochere), Andre Wright (70’ Glen McCauley)

Subs: James Talbot, Ciaran Kelly, Conor Levingston, Dawson Devoy, Keith Ward, Promise Omochere, Glen McCauley

Waterford FC: Brian Murphy, Jake Davidson, Tyreke Wilson, Robert Weir, Alistair Coote, Michael O’Connor (69’ Dean Walsh), Matthew Smith, John Martin (82’ Niall O’Keefe), Robbie McCourt, Kurtis Byrne, Oluwatunmise Sobowate

Subs: Tadhg Ryan, Dean Walsh, Darragh Power, Alex Phelan, William Fitzgerald, Paul Martin, Niall O’Keefe

BOHEMIANS 2 DUNDALK 1

In what was an excruciatingly long 154 days since The Gypsies tasted competitive action at the Home of Irish Football, what better way to restart than to welcome the Champions.

Keith Longs men enjoyed a good 1-0 win away at Turners cross upon their return, and were looking to leapfrog tonight’s opponents, who sat just a point ahead in the league standings in second place.

Coming into the game, the hosts had the best defensive record in the league, conceding just the three goals despite being without last season’s player of the year James Talbot since the start of the season. Stephen McGuiness has been in excellent form keeping 4 clean sheets in his five appearances

Bohs got off to a dream start, when, after just seven minutes and with their first meaningful attack, took the lead with a quality move. Anto Breslin whipped in an enticing cross to the back post and found Danny Grant , who stole a yard on his marker, to power home the opener.

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Incredibly Bohs doubled their lead just eight minutes later through an excellent counter attack.The in-form Stephen McGuiness, who had kept 4 clean sheets in his previous five outings, launched a long ball over to the left wing in the direction of Kris Twardek who did brilliantly to collect on the run. The pace Canadian then proceeded to turn Sean Gannon

inside out before a deep cross to the back post to found Keith Ward. The playmaker cleverly cushioned the ball first time to skipper Keith Buckley, who smashed home via a deflection.

It was just wave after wave of pace and power as Bohs continued to cut through the Dundalk rearguard. JJ Lunney had a great chance to get his name on the scoresheet just after the half hour mark, when slipped through by Kris Twardek cleverly on the edge of the box

The momentum of the game started to swing back in the visitors favour with the introduction of John Mountney for ex-Bohs man, Daniel Kelly after just 34 minutes, who understandably didn’t look best pleased. The bout of pressure that told afterwards, as Stefan Colovic whipped in a dangerous left footed cross to the back post, and Michael Duffy nodded home.

The action packed first half wasn’t done there! Right on the half time whistle, Gary Rogers pulled off a wonderful acrobatic save to tip over Andre Wrights looping header, when it looked like it was sailing in.

As expected, with the boost of the goal just before half time, the reigning Champions came out all guns blazing. Almost immediately from the kick off should have equalised through talisman Pat Hoban. Goalscorer, Duffy, did well to fashion a yard of space on the left, before clipping a ball to the back post. Hoban managed to direct his header onto the cross bar, but the rebound fell invitingly to Mountney who elected to

dive and head the ball when a volley might have been a better option. Regardless, McGuiness reacted sharply at point blank range to parry way the rebound.

The hosts responded well and really should have extended their lead as they created some glorious chances on the break. Both wingers, Grant and Twardek, were guilty of missing great chances having been put clear through on goal. Substitute, Dawson Devoy, also went close but his curling effort narrowly missed the top corner.

As we entered the tense final stages, and with their grip on the title slowly slipping away, the Lilywhites began to throw everything they had at the resolute Bohs backline. Daniel Cleary went close after a scramble in the area, but scooped the ball just wide of the post. Shortly after, Mountney raced trough on goal from a sloppy lay off but smashed his left footed effort high and wide, as the Gypsies held on.

To their credit, Keith Longs troops battled bravely to see out the remaining minutes and ensure all three points for a deserved victory and now sit in second place, leading the chasing pack behind the old enemy as they look to make a title race of it.

Bohemian FC: 25. Stephen McGuiness, 2. Andy Lyons, 5. Rob Cornwall, 4. Dan Casey, 3. Anto Breslin, 16. Keith

Buckley, 8. JJ Lunney, 10. Keith Ward (28. Dawson Devoy, 70’), 11. Kris Twardek, 12. Danny Grant, 15. Andre Wright

Subs: 1. James Talbot, 18. James Finnerty, 6. Ciaran Kelly, 14. Conor Levingston, 28. Dawson Devoy, 30. Promise Omochere, 9. Dinny Corcoran

Dundalk FC: 1. Gary Rogers, 2. Sean Gannon, 21. Daniel Cleary, 44. Andy Boyle, 14. Dane Massey (17 Nathan Oduwa, 86’), 5. Chris Shields, 6. Jordan Flores (18. Will Patching, 65’), 27. Dan Kelly (8. John Mountney, 34’), 22. Stefan Colovic, 7. Michael Duffy, 9. Pat Hoban

Subs: 20. Aaron Mccarey, 3. Brian Gartland, 8. John Mountney, 10. Greg Sloggett, 17 Nathan Oduwa, 18. Will Patching, 23. Cameron Dummigan

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