Saturday 19 October 2019

Bohs see off stern challenge from Crumlin to set up semi with old foes

Crumlin United 0-2 Bohemians

Andy Lyons of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Andy Lyons of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Crumlin players, from left, Blair Mandiangu, Conor Murphy and Noel Cummins remonstrate with referee Graham Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile
James Talbot of Bohemians makes a save. Photo: Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

With Dublin's drive for five complete, a Bohemians-Shamrock Rovers derby - the prize on offer an appearance in the FAI Cup final - will now be the hottest ticket in the capital as Bohs dismissed the challenge of non-league Crumlin United to make it into the last four.

Crumlin had a sprinkling of ex-League of Ireland talent in their side, and the quick feet of winger Liam Brady did cause some moments of worry to Keith Long's outfit. However, a goal in each half from Andre Wright and Andy Lyons made sure that there was no slip-up for the Phibsborough club. 

Bohs had failed to score before the 85th-minute mark in their previous two games in the cup - both hard-fought home wins over lower-tier opposition - but they made things a bit easier on their supporters last night, taking the lead after only 15 minutes.

Wright had scored five goals for the club before this cup tie, and his sixth was one of the simplest he'll ever net. The forward just had to get a touch to Danny Grant's cross and stab the ball past Michael Quinn in the Crumlin goal.

That could have been the spark for Bohs to dominate but it was Crumlin who responded, with two good chances from Liam Brady in the space of two minutes.

Effort

The first, a shot from the brother of Ireland and Burnley star Robbie Brady, was saved by James Talbot, while on 20 minutes his effort was narrowly wide.

Those moments made Bohs nervous but it was one-way traffic after that, as the Gypsies enjoyed near-constant possession, though they lacked the ability to make it count as Crumlin stood firm. Wright was unlucky not to convert an Andy Lyons cross on 22 minutes, and later on Wright saw a couple of headed attempts go over.

Eight minutes into the second half, former Bohs player Craig Walsh went close for Crumlin, with his shot deflected out for a corner.

By the 55th minute Bohs had the game wrapped up, with defender Lyons finishing off a pass from Ryan Graydon.

Gingi Aki was lively when he came on, forcing Talbot into a save, but Bohs had a grip on the semi-final which they would not lose.

CRUMLIN - Quinn; Cummins, Fagan, Mandiangu, G Brady; Hyland; Walsh, Donnelly (Burgess 63), Murphy; L Brady (Aki 78); Kelly.

BOHEMIANS - Talbot; Lyons, Finnerty, Cornwall, Pender (Kirk 68); Allardice, Tierney; Graydon, Devoy, Grant (Wade-Slater 76); Wright (Swan 85).

REFEREE - Graham Kelly.

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