Bohemians dictate tempo to see off nine-man Longford
Longford Town 0 Bohemians 2 EA Sports Cup Quarter-final
Two goals for Bohemians helped them to an easy victory over First Division side Longford Town in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup at City Calling Stadium.
There were initial doubts that this cup encounter would be played due to a waterlogged pitch. However, after a delay referee Robert Rogers deemed the sod playable.
Bohemians were awarded a penalty in the 13th minute after Noel Haverty deliberately handballed Dinny Corcoran's shot from going into the goal. Haverty was issued a red card but the spot kick was saved by the former Shelbourne 'keeper Chris Bennion.
The Gypsies finally broke the deadlock three minutes before the break. A pinpoint pass into the danger zone by Lee Whelan was headed into the net by the in-form Corcoran.
Longford Town were reduced to nine men in the 60th minute after Kevin O'Connor was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
In the closing minutes the Dublin side increased the pressure and Dan Byrne doubled their tally three minutes from full-time with another unchallenged header to wrap up the victory for the Gypsies.
Longford Town – C Bennion; P Sullivan, N Haverty, P Flynn, W Tyrell (D Cowan 73); S Russell, S Rice, K O'Connor, E Nkolol; P Hynes (G Shaw 60), D O'Sullivan (G O'Connor 64).
Bohemians – D Delaney; D Pender, A Murphy, A Price, R Lopes; D Byrne, S Traynor (S Beattie 79), J Hyland (P Kavanagh 75), D Corcoran; K Buckley, K Devaney.
REF – R Rogers
* Last night's other EA Sports Cup quarter-final between Shamrock Rovers and Cork City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.