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Thursday 18 December 2014

Mulligan helps Bohs to victory

Published 21/08/2013 | 05:44

SHELBOURNE have been plunged back into the relegation mire by local rivals Bohemians.

The Gypsies propelled themselves off the foot of the table following their exhilarating 1-0 win over arch rivals Shamrock Rovers.

It was a bravado defensive performance from Bohs, who lead since the second minute. Arklow's Andy Mulligan, operating on the right flank, swung in a corner kick. Anto Murphy dummied it and when Luke Byrne's scuffed his shot, Dave Mulcahy stepped in to rattle it home.

Mulligan's former Arklow Town club-mate Danny Ledwith was desperately unlucky not to restore parity two minutes later when his free kick crashed back off Dean Delaney's upright.

Ledwith then nearly created a leveller as his left-wing cross found Karl Sheppard but the Reading striker couldn't beat Delaney, who pulled off an excellent save.

Ledwith was then replaced by Mark Quigley as Trevor Croly looked for goals but there was none to come for Rovers.

They almost fell further behind when Dinny Corcoran released Mulligan but the winger slotted his effort inches wide of Barry Murphy's far stick.

That was the end of that though and those precious three points lift Bohs above both Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne and into the safety zone.

Shels had the unenviable task of travelling to Richmond Park to take on league leaders St. Patrick's Athletic and Shaun Maher's strike condemned Johnny McDonnell's side to a 1-0 loss. Adam Hanlon and Stephen Hurley both started for the Tolka Park side.

UCD look to have dramatically turned a corner and are hot favourites to remain in the top flight this season.

They fell behind to Limerick FC in Thomond Park on Friday after Craig Curran netted for the hosts. But strikes from Dean Clarke, David O'Connor and Cillian Morrison earned the Students a 1-3 win. Hugh Douglas was an unused substitute for Martin Russell's men.

Unlike UCD, Longford Town have been on a downward slope as of late but they got another win under their belt on Saturday evening with a large helping hand from Davy O'Sullivan.

It was midway through the first half when he grabbed his 18th league strike of the season. David O'Neill was brought down by Salthill Devon defender Shane O'Rourke and O'Sullivan won his battle of wits with Salthill goalkeeper James Keane.

And O'Sullivan added the second goal of his brace 16 minutes from time when Josh O'Hanlon's corner kick wasn't properly cleared and the Wicklow Town man was the first to react as he prodded home the loose ball.

That win keeps Longford trailing Athlone Town by five points, with six matches remaining.

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