Thursday 26 April 2018

Akinade strike not enough for Bohs to advance

Bohemians 1 1 Galway United

Bohemians Kurtis Byrne
Bohemians Kurtis Byrne

Barry Lennon

Bohemians missed the chance to leapfrog Sligo Rovers last night with Ismahil Akinade’s early goal not enough against a resilient Galway United at Dalymount.

Bohs could have leapfrogged Sligo Rovers following their draw against Bray, but Tribesmen captain Ryan Connolly’s strike scuppered Dublin club’s plans.

Bohs’ result also ended the their winning streak as the league resumed from its midseason break.

Akinade put the Gypsies ahead in the opening ten minutes when he met Keith Buckley’s pinpoint cross to defeat goalkeeper Conor Winn.

Galway tried to return fire immediately but John Sullivan’s strike straight into the arms of netminder Dean Delany was easily dealt with.

Captain Ryan Connolly managed to peg one back for the Tribesmen with his powerful 30th minute strike.

The league’s top goalscorer Vinny Faherty set up Connolly who defeated a stretched Delany to the bottom left-hand corner.

Both sides had failed to fully capitalise on their goal-scoring opportunities when entering the dressing room at half-time at 1-1.

Stephen Folan netted first for the visitors with a simple tap-in after ten minutes but his efforts were adjudged to be off-side by referee Robert Harvey.

Bohemians though had the better chances throughout.

Mark Quigley also failed to make the most of an Akinade cross, firing over the bar minutes after the opener. After the break Bohs again had the better chances Dave Mulcahy sending a Pender free-kick skyward.

BOHEMIANS – Delany; D Byrne (Ben Mohamed 81), Mulcahy, Pender (c) (Prendergast 50), Hayes; Wearen, Lopes, Buckley, Quigley (Kavanagh 59), K Byrne; Akinade.

GALWAY UTD – Winn; Cantwell, Sinnott, Folan, Walsh;

Sullivan, Connolly (c), A Byrne; Horgan, Devaney (Shanahan 83); Faherty (Cunningham 74).

REF –  R Harvey

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