Akinade’s first goal for Bohs secured win over Sligo Rovers at Dalymount
Bohemians 1-0 Sligo Rovers
Ismahil Akinade’s first goal for Bohemians secured this win over Sligo Rovers at Dalymount Park.
Akinade finished an excellent Bohs’ 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 with Sander Puri and Morten Nielsen missed sitters in the second half as Sligo battered the Bohs’ box.
The visitors could have been ahead when Puri cut inside Stephen Best in the 23rd minute, his powerful left-footed shot was beaten away by Dean Delany, the Bohs’ goalkeeper was in for a busy night.
The winner came just after the half-hour. Anto Murphy’s throw in found Paddy Kavanagh, he was given too much space and easily crossed to Keith Buckley who cleverly flicked the ball into the path of Akinade to smash the ball into the net.
Then the controversial moment, which, in the end had no direct impact on the result. Anto Murphy was shown a straight red card by ref Paul McLoughlin after a strong but fair tackle on David Cawley.
Murphy got the ball and it was not a two footed tackle. Another questionable decision by a League of Ireland ref this season. McLoughlin had let an earlier tackle by Cawley on Roberto Lopes go without a card, both very similar incidents.
You would have been forgiven for thinking it was a defence against attack training exercise for long periods 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 Delany.
And then the two best chances for Sligo.
First, Raf Cretaro’s cross was only palmed away by Delany, it broke to Puri who had the goal at his mercy, but he decided to shoot straight at defender Roberto Lopes on the line instead of into the corner and Bohs survived.
Morten Neilson will be wondering how he missed another opener with 18 minutes left, Corcoran’s wayward shot 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 – Paul McLoughlin (Monaghan)