Friday 23 February 2018

Bohs rally in second half to gun down Dublin rivals

St Pat's 1 Bohs 3

Keith Ward of Bohemians is congratulated by team-mate Dinny Corcoran
Keith Ward of Bohemians is congratulated by team-mate Dinny Corcoran

Bohemians blitzed St Patrick’s with a second-half comeback to win a riveting Dublin derby at Richmond Park.

The big win avenged a 4-0 rout to St Pat’s back in March and eased Bohs’ relegation worries.

The result leaves the Saints deep in the mire, second bottom of the table.

Pat’s dominated the first half, fully deserving their 40th- minute lead.

Substitute Alex O’Hanlon came in off the left flank, showed clever feet to make the space, before beating Shane Supple to the far corner of the visiting keeper’s net with a low drive for a lovely first goal for the club.

Much better after the break, Bohemians punished poor defending to equalise six minutes into the second half.

Pat’s keeper Conor O’Malley and captain Ian Bermingham seemed to get their wires crossed to allow Oscar Brennan to ghost in and shoot to the far corner of the net.

Dinny Corcoran then put Bohemians ahead on the counter-attack on 69 minutes.

Keith Ward, one of the best technicians on the pitch, weighted a precise ball through for the run of the big striker, who showed superb composure to rifle to the net for his ninth goal of the season.

The influential Ward then set up Poynton for Bohs’ third strike on 86 minutes with the midfielder racing in to drill past O’Malley for a fine finish that settled the contest.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – O’Malley; Kelly, Feely, Desmond, Bermingham; Verdon (Keena 76), Lunney; C Byrne, Markey (Bayly 85), K. Byrne (A O’Hanlon 21); Fagan.

BOHEMIANS – Supple; Pender, Cornwall (O’Hora 76), Byrne, Morris; Sule (Gannon 67); Poynton, Brennan, Ward, Simon (Kavanagh h-t); Corcoran.

REF – N Doyle (Dublin)

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