Fagan too hot for Galway
Galway United 0 Bohemians 3
Galway supporters have become accustomed to hard luck stories and another was added to the lengthy list at Terryland Park last night.
United showed the character and courage Jumbo Brennan had demanded for his first game in charge, but the Tribesmen were ultimately undone by two controversial decisions.
That will scarcely bother Pat Fenlon, who continues to guide the Gypsies through a testing season with admirable poise and they look in fine fettle to push for a European berth.
There was a touch of good fortune about the manner in which Bohs were awarded a ninth-minute free-kick when referee Rob Rogers deemed that Yob Son had fouled Christy Fagan off the ball. but Killian Brennan wasn't complaining as, from nearly 30 yards out, he unleashed a glorious free-kick, which fizzed into the top corner.
Galway were unfortunate not to equalise in the 17th minute as Paul Sinnott's drive brought a fine reflex save from Barry Murphy.
Then 11 minutes after the restart, Galway's Stephen Walsh was dismissed when he picked up a second yellow card for standing in front of a Bohs free-kick.
On 57 minutes, Fagan was fouled in the area by Son and the striker converted the penalty, while three minutes from time Bohs put the seal on it when Fagan again scored after clever approach play by Anto Flood.
Galway United -- Winn; Sinnott, Gaughan, Son, Eduardo (Browne, 82); Sibanda, G Kelly, Ryan (S Kelly, 70), Walsh; Murphy, Caldwell (Gilmore, 62).
Bohemians -- Murphy; O'Brien, Burns (Cahill, 35), Price, Rossiter; Buckley (Flood, 59), Cronin, Hurley, Brennan (Bayly, 73); Traynor, Fagan.
REF -- R Rogers (Dublin).