DALYMOUNT DELIGHT AS The Gypsies seal all three points at a rain soaked Dalymount Park.

Both sides came into this hugely important Dublin Derby on the back of a disappointing week, with Bohs going down unexpectedly 1-0 away at “The Battle at the Bowl”as some have dubbed it. Meanwhile, The Saints saw their European dream ended at the hands of Norrkoping on Thursday night.

Both teams started the fiery affair with a look of neither wanting to loose. Ryan Swan looked dangerous over the top for the home side, whilst Simon Madden and Paddy Kirk looked a great clash in the offing.

The visitors were well on top as the half progressed, as the Bohs side looked devoid of intensity or creativity. Keith Buckley, skipper for the day, was the one stand out in a poor opening period, as he was first to every second ball and trying to rally the troops.

Mikey Drennan forced James Talbot into a couple of smart saves, but just before the break it was The Gypsies who snatched the lead through Ryan Swan. Luke Wade-Slater caused all sorts of trouble running at the Pat’s rearguard, but just as he looked to go down a blind alley, Kevin Devaney appeared out of nowhere to help out. Devaney, then dug out a wonderful cross with his left, and Swan reacted sharply to nip in front of Brendan Clarke to nod home.


The second half followed much the same pattern of the first, The home side sitting in happy to hit the Saints on the break. But Harry Kennys men just couldn’t find the breakthrough. Set piece after set piece bombarded the Bohs box, but Talbot remained relatively untroubled.

Ans just like the first half Bohs ended the period with a flurry. Conor Levingston kept his composure to slot home from the penalty spot after referee Rob Rogers spotted handball from a Bohs corner that caused all sorts of confusion.

Ryan Swan put the icing on the cake with his second of the day, after substitute Danny Grants brilliant run and shot was deflected into his path for a simple finish.

A huge three points for Keith Long’s men who end the week on a high, keeping themselves in pole position for a third place finish and will be boosted by the return of pacey wideman Danny Grant who came on with a couple of minutes remaining.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy, Paddy Kirk, Keith Buckley (Dawson Devoy, 90’), Conor Levingston, Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Ward (Scott Allardice 79’), Kevin Devaney (Danny Grant 89’), Ryan Swan

Subs: Paul Cleary, Aaron Barry, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Dawson Devoy, Ryan Graydon, Danny Grant

St. Pats: Brendan Clarke, Kevin Toner, Ciaran Kelly, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (James Doona 71’), Simon Madden, Cian Coleman (Jake Walker 79’), Jamie Lennon, Darragh Markey (Chris Forrester 87’), Mikey Drenna, Dean Clarke

Subs: Barry Murphy, David Webster, James Doona, Chris Forrester, Rhys McCabe, Paul Cleary, Jake Walker

Referee: Rob Rogers


Spoils shared in the race for the European spots as an injury hit Bohs side played out a 0-0 against an impressive Derry City side.

Both sides came into tonights epic encounter on a high following huge victories on Friday and showed their attacking intent from the off, in a hugely entertaining and open encounter in the Dalymount sunshine.

The visitors, six points behind Bohs at the start of play, went closest early on when the busy Ciaran Harkin had James Talbot scrambling across his goal with an effort from 25 yards out.

Declan Devine’s men continued to stroke the ball around neatly and thought they had taken the lead when the in-form Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe cut inside from the left wing and reversed his shot back towards the near post as Talbot stood and watched it go narrowly wide.

The Gypsie’s, minus star man Danny Mandroiu with a slight calf strain, responded well. Keith Ward began to look a threat going close with a couple of efforts from distance.

The second ha;f followed much of the same pattern of the first, Ward looking the most threatening for the home side volleying just over after the restart.

The excellent Barry McNamee had the biggest chance of the second half, winning the ball back from skipper for the evening Darragh Leahy inside his own box. Just as he looked to square to David Parkhouse for a tap in, out flew Talbot to smother the danger.

The Bohs stopper wasn’t done there, just moments later producing an incredible double save, first to deny Parkhouse who was put clean through by McNamee, then to deny Junior on the follow up.

Bohs man-of-the-match Keith Ward went close agaiin from distance in the dying minutes, but it just wasn’t to be for the fan favourite as time trickled away.

With such a quick turn around from Friday night both teams would probably be happy with a point on reflection, especially as St. Pat’s suffered defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers.

BOHEMIAN FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy, Scott Allardice, Conor Levingston, Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon, Ryan Swan

Subs: Derek Pender, Robbie McCourt, Sam Byrne, Paddy Kirk, Sean Bohan, Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy

Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Ciaron Harkin, Gregg Sloggett, Jamie McDonagh, Gerardo Bruna, David Parkhouse, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Eoin Toal, Ally Gilchrist, Barry McNamee

Subs: Aidy Delap, Nathan Gartside, Shane McNamee, Eoghan Stokes, Darren Cole, Brendan Barr, Jack Malone

Referee: Sean Grant[/toggle]

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.


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)

Website by Simon Alcock