Saturday 27 May 2017

Flood hits the mark to see Gypsies home and dry

UCD 0, BOHEMIANS 2

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

IT remains to be seen whether this win will be Pat Fenlon's last act as Bohemians manager, but if he was to resign in the coming days it wouldn't be a bad note to leave on.







The man who puts the team-sheets together at the Belfield Bowl might have jumped the gun by listing Pat Devlin as the Bohemians boss, but having failed to reach agreement with the club over recent days, the Gypsies board could be on the lookout for a replacement before next week's Dublin derby against Rovers.

Fenlon, who refused to comment on his future last night, received warm applause from the visiting fans when entering and exiting the ground last night, and in between his hastily put-together side showed they have more than enough in their locker to deal with teams from the lower echelons of the division.

Chris O'Connor -- down as a "long-term" absentee in the pre-match bulletins -- made a seemingly miraculous recovery from his shoulder injury to start in Barry Murphy's absence and the Australian-born stopper didn't have a save to make.

His opposite number, Ger Barron, was the busier man and he was forced into a stunning save to deny Anto Flood after initially flapping at Killian Brennan's corner.

Owen Heary broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, ghosting in at the back post to nod home Brennan's deep corner.

The visitors remained in control after the break and it was Flood who sealed the win, steering home from the edge of the box.

UCD -- Barron; O'Connor, Haro, Leahy, Nangle; Meenan (Marshall h-t), Corry, Creevy, Langtry (Forrester h-t); Benson (Belhout 73), Rusk.

BOHEMIANS -- O'Connor; Heary, Burns, Price, O'Brien; Buckley (Ferrester 79), Brennan, Rossiter, Traynor (Joyce 83), Burke (Bayly 64); Flood.

REF -- A Kelly (Cork).

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