Thursday 19 September 2019

Bohs second as Buckley fumes over Murray's 'stupid' red card

Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 2

Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley was left frustrated as Ronan Murray's rush of blood cost his side dearly at the Showgrounds, where victory enabled Bohemians to move up to second place in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Murray was shown a straight red card on 42 minutes after he appeared to throw the ball towards referee Derek Tomney, who had adjudged that the former Dundalk player had dived.

The game was scoreless at the time, and the home side were impressing, but it all changed after Murray's dismissal and second-half goals from James Finnerty and Dinny Corcoran earned all three points for the visitors.

Disrupted

"I felt we were marginally on top at that stage, but the sending-off disrupted things - that's for sure," said Buckley.

"It is disappointing because it is a stupid sending-off from his end. He regrets it, and we will be without him next week now, but we just have to move on."

Bohs had a slice of luck with the opening goal as Finnerty hooked the ball over his shoulder and over the head of Rovers goalkeeper, Mitchell Beeney.

But there was nothing lucky about the second as Daniel Grant played in Corcoran, who slotted home the rebound after his initial effort hit the post.

Bohs also finished with ten players after Robert Cornwall was sent off for a challenge on Romeo Parkes.

SLIGO rovers - Beeney, Dunleavy (Twardek 77), Callan-McFadden, Mahon, Donelon (Banks 77), Keaney, Cawley, Fordyce (Leverock 55), Murray, Parkes, Coughlan.

BOHEMIANS - Talbot, Pender, Cornwall, Finnerty, Leahy, Grant (Graydon 84), Buckley, Levingston, Devaney (Regbha 88), Ward (Barry 88), Corcoran.

REF - D Tomney.

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