Ten-man Bohs hold on to deny Sligo after Akinade strike
BOHEMIANS 1 SLIGO ROVERS 0
Ismahil Akinade’s first goal for Bohemians secured victory at Dalymount Park.
Akinade finished an excellent move in the 31st minute, but it was backs to the wall for Keith Long’s team for the majority of the match after Anto Murphy was controversially sent off ten minutes before half-time.
Sligo caretaker managers Gavin Dykes and Joseph N’do will be wondering how their team didn’t win the game. They dominated for large spells, but Sander Puri and Morten Nielsen missed sitters in the second half as Sligo battered the Bohs’ box.
Bohs’ winner came just after the half-hour. Murphy’s throw-in found Paddy Kavanagh, who was given too much space and crossed the ball to Keith Buckley, who cleverly flicked it into the path of Akinade.
Murphy was shown a straight red card by referee Paul McLoughlin after a strong but seemingly fair tackle on David Cawley.
It looked like a defence against attack training exercise in the second half but Sligo could not find a way through a spirited Bohs defence.
Alan Keane headed wide before Dinny Corcoran’s shot was blocked by combination of Derek Prendergast and keeper Dean Delany.
After Raf Cretaro’s cross was only palmed away by Delany, it broke to Puri who had the goal at his mercy, but shot straight at Roberto Lopes on the line.
Neilson will be wondering how he missed with 18 minutes left. Corcoran’s wayward clearance dropped to him, but he shot wide from three yards and Bohs held on for their first win since the mid-season break.
BOHEMIANS – Delany; A Murphy, Prendergast, Mulcahy, Best; Kavanagh, Lopes, Dillon (Creevy, 64), Evans (J Byrne, 76); Buckley; Akinade.
SLIGO ROVERS – Brush; Cretaro, Keane, Dykes, Donelon; Puri, Boylan, Cawley, Armstrong (Neilsen, 46), Ward (Keating, 64); Corcoran.
REF – P McLoughlin (Monaghan)