Sunday 19 November 2017

Classy McGlynn keeps Bohs in with slim shout

Bohemians 3
UCD 1

Jamie Moore

Goals from Jason Byrne, Gareth McGlynn and Mark Quigley kept Bohemians' slim title hopes alive on Dalymount Park's pristine surface after Paul Corry had given UCD hope midway through the second half.

This game saw the two sides of Bohs -- at their brilliant passing best in the first half, but nervous, shaky and edgy after the break.

It took 13 minutes for Bohs to get the first shot on target, with Byrne's shot from just inside the box just going over Billy Brennan's crossbar.

Brian Shorthall's header was then palmed to safety by Chris O'Connor, while Karl Moore floated a left-footed free kick just over as the Students came more into the game.

Bohs had the ball in the net shortly afterwards, but referee Anthony Buttimer ruled that Owen Heary had handled in the build-up, denying Jason McGuninness the goal after Rafael Cretaro's shot was pushed onto Heary's arm by Billy Brennan.

UCD were sitting deeper and deeper as Bohs found it hard to find the 'killer' breakthrough.

The defence-splitting pass finally came on 29 minutes courtesy of Gareth McGlynn, whose inch-perfect delivery found the inrushing Byrne and he took a touch before smashing the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Paul O'Connor.

Bohs, now totally in control, smelled blood and almost scored again just after the half-hour. Cretaro's corner found McGlynn, whose shot was cleared off the line by Karl Moore.

A second goal was inevitable and it came in the 37the minute as patient build-up play involving Cretaro, Heary and Quigley resulted in man of the match McGlynn finishing into the top corner.

Byrne, MyGlynn and Heary all came close to putting Bohs further ahead as the second half struggled to get going.

UCD gave Pat Fenlon and the Bohs fans in the crowd of 890 a fright with 22 minutes left, when Corry swept Chris Mulhall's pass into the bottom corner. But Bohs were in no mood to let this one slip and on 84 minutes substitute Paddy Madden dispossessed O'Connor and fed Quigley, who beat Brennan to clinch the win.

Bohemians - O'Connor; Heary, Shelly, McGuinness, Powell; Brennan, McGlynn, Cronin (Higgins ,89), Quigley; Cretaro (Greene, 86), J Byrne (Madden, 72).

UCD - Brennan; O'Connor, E McMillan, Leahy, Shorthall; Ward (Mulhall, 45) Bolger, Corry, Moore; Rusk (Wilson, 82); Kilduff.

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork)

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