League of Ireland

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Wearen goal saves face for struggling Bohemians

Bohemians 1 St Patrick's Athletic 1

Published 12/07/2014|02:30

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Ken Oman, St Patrick's Athletic, in action against Dinny Corcoran, Bohemians
Ken Oman, St Patrick's Athletic, in action against Dinny Corcoran, Bohemians

Five personnel changes suggested St Pat's had one eye on Wednesday's Champions League qualifier with Legia Warsaw, but if they are to get anything out of that game, their performance will have to drastically improve.

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Christy Fagan and Ian Bermingham both started on the bench, while Killian Brennan was left out of the squad completely as Liam Buckley evidently had the crucial trip to Poland in mind.

A sluggish performance against Shamrock Rovers last time out meant Pat's couldn't gain ground on the pace-setters and playing their second derby in six days, the champions put in a similarly underwhelming display.

Confidence was high amongst the home supporters, especially given that Bohemians had gone three games unbeaten, but Mark Quigley's goal silenced them.

Conor McCormack was forced off injured after seven minutes and his replacement Lee Lynch took just three minutes to make his impact.

Lynch played a brilliant one-two with Conan Byrne down the right flank before the latter's cross was expertly dispatched into the top corner by Quigley.

Pat's opener didn't deter Bohs, however, and they deservedly pulled level on the half-hour mark. Roberto Lopes played the ball to Eoin Wearen and he unleashed a cracking left-footed curling effort that beat Brendan Clarke all ends up.

The hosts missed a glorious chance at the start of the second half. Kevin Devaney breezed passed Lorcan Fitzgerald but Dinny Corcoran's shot blazed over.

Devaney was guilty of another miss five minutes later. He cut inside Fitzgerald but his shot skewed off his left foot and never threatened Clarke.

Fagan did put the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside as both sides pushed for a winner that never came. Bohs' search for their first home win of the season goes on but for Pat's, their focus will immediately turn to European matters.

Bohemians: Delaney; Murphy, Price, Byrne, Pender (capt); Wearen, Lopes, Devaney (Walsh 79), Kavanagh; Beattie; Corcoran (Byrne 83).

St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; O'Brien (capt), Oman, Browne, Fitzgerald; Bolger, McCormack (Lynch 7), Chambers; Byrne, Quigley, Forrester (Fagan 67).

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin)

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