Thursday 23 May 2019

Bohs continue remarkable Dublin Derby record as nine-man Shamrock Rovers go down in Tallaght

Shamrock Rovers 0 Bohemians 1

Referee Paul McLaughlin shows a red card to Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers, 20, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers at Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Referee Paul McLaughlin shows a red card to Trevor Clarke of Shamrock Rovers, 20, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers at Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

BOHEMIANS kept up their remarkable record against deadly rivals Shamrock Rovers with yet another win at Tallaght Stadium in a pulsating Dublin derby.

We had one goal, two red cards for the home side and a record attendance for a league game at Tallaght Stadium, a crowd of 6,414 which included the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and all-time international goalscorer Robbie Keane.

Bohs have enjoyed this fixture over the last 18 months and their supporters came away from Tallaght high on another win, but referee Paul McLaughlin played a key role in the outcome.

Rovers were down to 10 men as early as the 27th minute when left back Trevor Clarke was sent off for a foul on Danny Grant just outside the box. Ten minutes later Rovers were down to nine, Lee Grace getting a second booking for an apparent handball in the box, though TV replays showed that the ball from Keith Buckley had struck him in the face, not the hand.

Grace was sent off, Dinny Corcoran converted the penalty at the second time of asking and Bohs had their lead. Rovers piled on pressure in the second half despite their numerical disadvantage, but Bohs held out. Rovers retain leadership of the league but this loss will be costly ahead of Friday's trip to Dundalk as they travel without the suspended Clarke and Grace.

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