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Friday 2 December 2016

Late Ben Mohamed winner sinks Bohemians

Longford Town 2 Bohemians 1

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

Longford boss Tony Cousins didn’t start 20-year-old winger Ayman Ben Mohamed – who is Muslim – as it’s the middle of Ramadan and he is fasting between dawn and dusk
Longford boss Tony Cousins didn’t start 20-year-old winger Ayman Ben Mohamed – who is Muslim – as it’s the middle of Ramadan and he is fasting between dawn and dusk

Ayman Ben Mohamed took his frustration out on Bohemians as Longford bounced back to victory at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

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As with last week, Longford boss Tony Cousins didn't start the 20-year-old winger - who is Muslim - as it's the middle of Ramadan and he is fasting between dawn and dusk.

"Ayman is in Ramadan at the moment, so obviously his eating pattern isn't the same. It's difficult, particularly for an evening game," explained Cousins.

"That's why I didn't start Ayman last week as well. He can't play the full match.

"You can see he is an exciting player. He gives us something on the left-hand side."

That Ben Mohamed, who's father is Tunisian, certainly did when coming on as a second-half substitute, rifling home an 88th-minute winner from close range.

Town started brightly with David O'Sullivan shooting them in front after just three minutes.

Bohs battled back in the second half, equalising on the hour when Keith Buckley tapped the ball home.

"Having to come off the bench, I obviously wasn't too happy," said Ben Mohamed.

"You want to start the game. But it was great to come on and score the winner and prove a point.

"It was important for us to bounce back after two defeats. It's great to get the goal, but more important to get the win."

Longford Town - Skinner; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter (Tyrell, 26), Powell; Salmon (Shannon, 74), O'Connor, Rice, Doherty (Ben Mohamed, 56); O'Sullivan, Shaw.

Bohemians - Delany; A. Murphy, Prendergast, Mulcahy Fitzgerald (Best, 67); Kavanagh, Lopes, Creevy (Dillon, 86), Evans (Moore, 58); Buckley; Akinade.

ref - R Rogers (Dublin).

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