Brennan inspires Bohs
Longford Town 1 Bohemians 3
Published 29/08/2011 | 05:00
Considering what they did to St Pat's with nine men, it was no surprise Bohemians managed to beat Longford Town with 11. No surprise, except that there nearly was one.
With trouble brewing outside the ground -- two arrests were made after a dozen or so fans clashed with Gardai at the away entrance to Flancare Park -- there was also discomfort inside it for Bohs when Longford took a first-half lead.
For a moment, a shock seemed possible. Then, experience out-thought youth and normality resumed, Aidan Downes, Killian Brennan and a Chris Deans own goal ensuring that the Gypsies progressed to the quarter-finals after Craig Walsh had put the Midlanders ahead.
"We were sloppy initially," said Brennan. "Nothing was going right for us, but we knew if we could get our basics together then things could happen for us."
And they did. Brennan inspired on the left side of midfield, creating the second goal before contributing the third with a stunning strike, but on the other side of midfield, Ger O'Brien was equally influential.
"We've a great team spirit here," continued Brennan. "And once you have a tight bunch of players, anything can happen."
Longford Town -- Rouse; Dowling, Deans, Hope, Cronin; Crawley (Skelly 49), Walsh (Lee 64), Hyland, Sammon, Brady; Cowan (Purdy 76).
Bohemians -- Sexton; Heary, Burns, Price (Rossiter 46), Cahill; O'Brien, Hurley, Cronin (Buckley 85), Brennan; Flood, Downes (Fagan 74).
REF -- R Winters (Wicklow).