Thursday 14 December 2017

Flood wonder strike holds star-studded Toffees

Bohemians 1 Everton 1

If there is one thing Bohemians and Everton have in common, it is a shortage of money and love of a bargain.

Yet that's where the similarities end. To David Moyes, Seamus Coleman's €80,000 capture from Sligo represents the biggest steal of the century. That sort of sum would address the Dubliners' wage demands for a few months.

With this in mind then, the fact the Gypsies managed to put out a second-string side last night and hold the Premier League team to a draw in their friendly at Dalymount Park deserves plenty of credit.

And also a little context. To start with, Everton never left second gear. And when they did, they oozed class, not least their midfield pair, Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini, whose excellence of touch and fluidity of movement made this game one worth watching.

The pass of the night belonged to winger Ross Barkley, who produced a brilliant ball to dissect the Bohs defence to set up Fellaini at the back post.

From there, the Belgian headed back across goal and Jermaine Beckford tapped in the opening goal. They could have had more as Irish U-21 international Shane Duffy and striker Victor Anichebe, went close. Late on, Apostolos Vellios and Leon Osman had shots well saved by Bohs 'keeper Craig Sexton.

But the night was stolen by Bohs winger Anto Flood, whose equaliser, a 25-metre strike with his left foot, after he used his right to create space for himself, was magnificent.

Bohemians -- Sexton ( Brady 84); O'Reilly, Burns (Lopes 60), Feely, Rossiter; Flood (Dixon 65), Buckley (McEvoy 26), Cronin (Seery 75), O'Brien (Hurley 60), Burke (Forrester 65); Fagan (Downes 75).

Everton -- Mucha (Howard 46); Hibbert, Heitinga (Distin 46), Duffy (Mustafi 46), Garbutt; Fellaini (Neville 69), Arteta (Bilyaletdinov 68), Rodwell, Barkley (Osman 46); Beckford (Velios 46), Anichebe (Baxter 69).

Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).

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