Bohemians’ poor home form continued as they lost a game in which they were the better side for the vast majority of proceedings, writes CONOR HAYES. A header from former Bohs man Evan McMillan and a goal on the counter attack from Danny North gave the Bit O’ Red a fortuitous win at a sunny Dalymount Park on Easter Monday.

It will be a tough defeat for Owen Heary’s side to take as again a defensive error at a crucial moment allowed a largely lacklustre Sligo to grab a foothold in a game when it appeared Bohs might be able to fashion their first home league win of the season.

There were four changes from the defeat at St Pat’s on Friday with Philip McCabe, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh and Steven Beattie coming in, the latter starting in a forward role.


The visitors, however, started with confidence as one would expect from a team who had scored 10 goals in their last two matches and it was Joseph Ndo who created an early opening. With less than three minutes gone, the Cameroonian veteran produced a trademark flick into Kieran Djilali, who could only scuff his shot wide. Bohs then responded with their first effort on goal as Mulcahy won a battle in midfield and laid it off for Paddy Kavanagh but his attempt flew wide.

20-year-old McCabe unfortunately went off feeling ill after 15 minutes but his replacement Kevin Devaney was proving a decent attacking outlet for the home side and he was involved in two half-chances around the half-hour mark. First he crossed in for Ryan McEvoy, who may have been better shooting himself instead of passing it to Craig Walsh in an offside position.

Next, the Sligo native ran on to Kavangh’s through ball but could only lift it over Gary Rogers goal.

The game had a sleepy Bank Holiday feel to it and it seemed to be drifting quietly towards half-time before Bohs and Devaney again produced the best chance of the opening period. Latching on to a throw-in, he fought his way between Sligo defenders Jeff Henderson and Ross Gaynor and fired a shot which was well parried by Rogers.

The home side began the second half with similar purpose as good play by Devaney set up Mulcahy to have a crack, but the effort was far too high. The Bohs skipper almost opened his account a few minutes later as his header from a Ryan McEvoy free kick went a lot closer but also over the bar.

Bohs were motoring now and Walsh was released down the left hand side but his hooked cross into the box was just cleared in time by Jeff Henderson, while Devaney waited to pounce. With 15 minutes gone of the second half, Bohs were pressing high up the pitch nearly broke the deadlock as McEvoy almost caught Rogers napping while he dallied on the ball in front of goal.

Just a minute later, the men in red and black missed a glorious opportunity as great play from Moore on the left saw him find Walsh inside the area but he placed his shot just wide of Rogers right-hand post.

Sligo came into it more as the game clock went past 70 minutes as David Cawley shot wide after nice play from Djilali. But Bohs responded in kind and again pressing created a chance as Stephen Traynor, on as a sub for Walsh, robbed Ndo and was through on goal but was taken down by Henderson. The ref only produced a yellow which given the circumstances was rather lenient.

Derek Pender then came to the rescue for Bohs as John Russell produced a surging run and a dangerous ball into the danger zone but the Gypsies’ vice-captain just slid in time and prevented a goal.

With 12 minutes remaining, Sligo took the lead as Djilali’s corner to the back post went through Lee Murphy’s hands and landed into the path of McMillan who nodded home.

The goal seemed to really demoralise Bohemians and in their fruitless attempt for an equaliser, they looked vulnerable on the counter attack. First Djilali missed a sitter after great work from Danny North but then as the game entered injury time, the former Grimsby striker finished the job himself. Roberto Lopes missed his clearence and the ball fell to another substitute Sean Maguire, finding North who finished powerfully.

There was still time for Bohs to force a penalty as Russell handled in the area but just to complete a hapless day, Jason Byrne’s effort lacked conviction and was easily held by Rogers diving to his left.

A third defeat in a row then and little comfort will be drawn from the fact that on Friday they travel to Leeside for a clash against top-of-the-table Cork City.

BOHEMIANS: Lee Murphy, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Philip McCabe (Kevin Devaney 15), Karl Moore, Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy, Craig Walsh (Stephen Traynor 63), Paddy Kavanagh (Jason Byrne 83), Steven Beattie. Subs not used: Dean Delany, Dano Byrne, Jake Hyland, Keith Buckley.
SLIGO ROVERS: Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Danny Ledwith, Evan McMillan, Jeff Henderson, David Cawley, Ross Gaynor (John Russell 61), Paul O’Conor (Danny North 61), Joseph Ndo (Sean Maguire 77), Aaron Greene, Kieran Djilali. Subs not used: Richard Brush, Kalen Spillane, Eric Odhiambo, Jack Dykes.



Bohemians produced an improved performance from the poor display against Limerick last week but the result was the same as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in Inchicore on Friday night, writes CONOR HAYES.

A great finish from Jason Byrne had given Bohs the lead but goals from former Bohs pair Christy Fagan and Chris Forrester sealed the win for the champions in front of President Michael D. Higgins and ensured a second defeat on the bounce for Owen Heary’s side.

Bohs made five changes from the game against Limerick with forward Byrne, captain Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy and Andy Mulligan coming into the side. Both sides began cautiously as the Bohs five-man midfield pressed their opponents into making mistakes in the initial stages.


Despite having the lion share of possession the champions did not look dangerous early on but did have the first shot in anger on eight minutes. Forrester was a threat roaming inside from the left-hand side and he found himself at the edge of the box after eight minutes but his looping effort went comfortably over the bar.

Craig Walsh looked to have been given the task of shackling Irish international Keith Fahey and he went about the task enthusiastically, ensuring the vaunted midfielder did not get a foothold in the game during the first half.

Bohs didn’t really threaten their opponents’ goal during this period but after 23 minutes they found themselves in the lead after a stunning strike from Byrne. A driving run from Walsh in midfield saw him pick out the lone striker, who had peeled off the last defender and from the edge of the area he produced an audacious chip over a stunned Brendan Clarke and into the net. A goal of instinctive brilliance.

The away side’s lead was to be short-lived, however, as Pat’s levelled just four minutes later. Ger O’Brien cross into the area was only half-cleared by Aidan Price, the ball rolled into the path of Fagan, who finished coolly into the corner.

The Richmond Park outfit were buoyed by their equaliser and dominated the rest of the first half, creating numerous chances. Conan Byrne was creating havoc down Bohs’ left side and twice his searching balls into the danger zone almost found Fagan who was lurking.

On 37 minutes, Fahey’s free-kick was floated into the area and picked out Fagan inside the six-yard box. His downward header looked destined for the goal but was superbly clawed away by Bohs net-minder Lee Murphy. Bohs were praying for the half-time whistle now and three minutes from the break they escaped conceding again as James Chambers headed over.

The visitors began the second half with more of a foothold in the game and had the chance to take an unlikely lead in the 49th minute as a Darragh Reynor free-kick found Price in space but he could only direct his header wide. Murphy then again showed his shot-stopping ability with a super save on to the post from a long range thunderbolt from Fagan.

Karl Moore had been summoned from the bench at half-time and at times looked dangerous on the left wing, after 57 minutes his cross was just deflected wide of  Byrne, who was waiting to apply the finish.

Jason’s namesake Conan continued to be a menace to the Gypsies’ defence and his ball in on 64 minutes found Forrester three yards from goal but he somehow manged to blaze it over much to the glee of Bohemians supporters behind the goal.

Forrester’s embarrassment would not last, however, as barely a minute later, his side had the lead for the first time. Fahey, whose influence in the game continued to grow, found Conan Byrne with a perfect through ball, the winger then drilled a cross into the middle of the area which after a scramble found its way to Fagan who had his second of the night.

Bohs tried to respond and their chance came with 17 minutes remaining. Good work from Moore found Reynor, his pin-point swinging cross found Jason Byrne only a few yards from goal but he skewed his free header wide.

One felt Bohs would be punished for such profligacy and the killer goal duly arrived four minutes later. Fagan this time the provider as his pass fell to Forrester who skillfully beat two defenders in the box before sending Murphy the wrong way and finding the net.

The game fizzled out at this point with Pats clearly happy with their two goal advantage while the men playing in green couldn’t create a way back into the match.

So a disappointing night for Bohemians, they will try to bounce back and improve their home form against Sligo at 3pm on Easter Monday.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien (c) (Conor McCormack 81), Sean Hoare, Ian Bermingham , Kenny Browne, James Chambers (Sam Verdon 89), Keith Fahey, Lee Lynch, Conan Byrne, Christopher Forrester, Christy Fagan.
Subs not used: Pat Jennings, Derek Foran, Lorcan Fitzgearld, Peter Durrard, Daryl Kavanagh.

Bohemians: Lee Murphy, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Darragh Reynor, Keith Buckley (Paddy Kavanagh 77), Ryan McEvoy, Dave Mulcahy (c), Craig Walsh (Steven Beattie 62), Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore 45), Jason Byrne.
Subs not used: Gavin Moore, Dan Byrne, Jake Hyland Stephen Traynor.



Bohemians’ first visit to the Athlone Town Stadium at Lissywoolen proved to be a fruitful one as Owen Heary’s men grabbed all three points to record their second victory of the season on Monday night. Bottom club Athlone finished with 10 men as they were put to the sword thanks to goals from Dano Byrne, Jason Byrne, and one of the most comical own goals ever witnessed in the League of Ireland.

Veteran striker Byrne and Kevin Devaney were the only outfield changes from the team that drew with Bray Wanderers, while Lee Murphy replaced the suspended Dean Delany in goal. Bohs boss Heary will be delighted with a first league victory since the opening weekend as the Gypsies jumped into fifth place in the SSE Airtricity League table, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Wearing their green away strip, Bohs were quick out of the blocks with Paddy Kavanagh creating the first opening on four minutes. Playing from the right flank, he jinked inside before switching the play across to Kevin Devaney on the left. Devaney got the ball on his right foot and let fly from 18 yards, but the ball crashed off the crossbar and went over. Devaney was impressive as a substitute against Bray, and did well on his third league start of the season here. He had a goal disallowed mid-way through the first half for what appeared to be a handball before he prodded Jason Byrne’s cross into the roof of the net.

Athlone offered little going forward, and all signs point to a long and rather difficult season ahead for Mick Cooke’s men. Bohs were finding them hard to break down, with most opportunities arising from inswinging Darragh Reynor corners. The opening goal came from one such incident just two minutes before the break. Having skewed a couple to the near post, this time Reynor floated the ball to the back stick where Dano Byrne was on hand to turn the ball home for his first goal in the colours of his boyhood club. The disadvantage was compounded for Athlone as skipper Aidan Collins was stretchered off after injuring himself attempting to block the goal.

The second half started slowly, but exploded into life with two goals and a red card in the space of just six minutes. First, the dismissal; Stephen Traynor slid in to get the ball on the right wing, and was clattered late by a lunging Derek Prendergast. The Athlone defender’s tackle caught Traynor on the thigh, and referee Kevin O’Regan reached into the back pocket for a straight red. Prendergast didn’t protest too much, and even offered an apology to Traynor before trudging off.

Although that incident could have deflated the home team, they amazingly grabbed an equaliser almost immediately. A long cross-field pass found Sean Brennan on the right, and he crossed for Graham Rusk – who beat Murphy with an arrowed finish from 16 yards.

In 15 years’ time, there will be an own-goal compilation video on Youtube that simply has to feature Bohs’ second goal. Reacting to a quick throw from Derek Pender, James O’Brien lunged and swung his leg to stop the ball from getting to Stephen Traynor. Much to everyone’s amazement, the ball shanked off his boot looped up, and soared over keeper Paul Skinner from all of 25 yards at an amazing angle. It even postage-stamped the top corner.

Heary went for the jugular, bringing on Stephen Beattie and Dinny Corcoran and switching to a 4-4-2. With Athlone pushing for an equaliser, Bohs capitalised on the break. A wonderful cross-field Devaney pass set Beattie through, but his simple square ball was somehow missed by Jason Byrne. Not to be denied, the legendary striker got the insurance goal with six minutes remaining. A Reynor corner was taken short to Traynor who clipped an inviting ball in. Dano Byrne rose to flick it on, and namesake Jason was on hand to slide in Bohs’ third at the back post. That goal confirmed a well-deserved win for the Gypsies, who host Limerick at Dalymount on Friday.

Athlone Town: Paul Skinner, Aidan Collins (Jason Marks, 45), Sean Byrne, Alan Byrne, Derek Prendergast, Mark Hughes, Kealan Dillon, Sean Brennan (Conor McMahon, 59), James O’Brien, Philip Gorman, Graham Rusk. Subs not used: Craig Sexton, Barry Clancy, Declan Brennan, Ian Sweeney.

Bohemians: Lee Murphy, Derek Pender, Aidan Price, Roberto Lopes, Darragh Reynor, Kevin Devaney (Karl Moore, 85), Dano Byrne, Craig Walsh (Dinny Corcoran, 70), Paddy Kavanagh (Steven Beattie, 64), Stephen Traynor, Jason Byrne. . Subs not used: Ryan McEvoy, Philip McCabe, Keith Buckley, Jake Hyland. Man of the Match: Dano Byrne

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