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Saturday 20 September 2014

Last-gasp Wearen grabs Bohs winner

Limerick FC 1 Bohemians 2

Cian O’Connell

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

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4 July 2014; Bohemians' Kevin Devaney, second from right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick FC v Bohemians, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Bohemians' Kevin Devaney, second from right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's second goal. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick FC v Bohemians, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFIL
4 July 2014; Patrick Nzuzi, Limerick FC, in action against Paddy Kavanagh, Bohemians. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick FC v Bohemians, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Patrick Nzuzi, Limerick FC, in action against Paddy Kavanagh, Bohemians
4 July 2014; Anto Murphy, Bohemians, in action against Rory Gaffney, Limerick FC. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Limerick FC v Bohemians, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Anto Murphy, Bohemians, in action against Rory Gaffney, Limerick FC.

Throughout a curious campaign, Bohemians have encountered plenty of bother at Dalymount Park, but Owen Heary's charges have proven to be resilient on the road.

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This was another gritty display which ultimately had Limerick reflecting on their failure to build on an encouraging start.

Hesitant initially, the Gypsies fell behind in the ninth minute after miserably failing to deal with Rory Gaffney's long throw-in. The ball subsequently spilled kindly for Stephen Folan, who reacted promptly to steer Limerick ahead.

Dean Delany had to be alert in the 28th minute to thwart an Ian Turner effort from an acute angle as Limerick continued to probe before Bohs wasted a chance to equalise on 32 minutes.

Referee Tom Connolly ruled that Robbie Williams fouled Kevin Devaney in the area but, for the second week in a row, Dinny Corcoran failed to convert a penalty as Limerick custodian Shane Cusack pushed the spot-kick on to an upright.

On the stroke of half-time, Cusack palmed away a Roberto Lopes header as Limerick went in protecting a slender interval lead.

After the restart, Bohs remained defiant and eventually got back on terms in the 62nd minute. A poor Cusack clearance was controlled by the busy Steven Beattie and his clever pass released Paddy Kavanagh, who restored parity.

Suddenly Limerick appeared bereft of confidence and Bohs were keen to land another blow which they duly did in the last minute. Substitute Craig Walsh's assist allowed Eoin Wearen to decorate a fine display with the winning strike.

Bohemians' unbeaten run currently stands at four matches in all competitions which is providing them with a dash of belief and momentum. All they have to do now is win a home match.

Limerick, in contrast, have failed to fire since the mid-season break.

Limerick FC – Cusack; Nzuzi, Oji, Folan, Williams; Agyemang (McManus, 88), Duggan, Hughes; Turner, Gaffney, Mann (McGrath, 64).

Bohemians – Delany; Pender, Byrne, Murphy, Memery; Devaney (Walsh, 80), Lopes, Wearen, Kavanagh (Moore, 90); Corcoran (Byrne, 85), Beattie.

REF – T Connolly (Dublin)

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