Wednesday 23 October 2019

Bohs spot on to edge past Longford

Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot saves a penalty from Dean Byrne of Longford Town. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot saves a penalty from Dean Byrne of Longford Town. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

If Bohemians are to go all the way in the FAI Cup this season they will go about it the hard way as they were pushed to the brink of an exit by Longford Town before a dramatic win in a penalty shoot out.

Ninety minutes of football could not provide a goal, though we came close to one when Longford missed a penalty with nine minutes to go. A two-goal burst in the opening stages of extra-time, from Andre Wright and Jack Doherty, had the teams level at 1-1, but it still needed a penalty shoot-out to separate the two sides.

And the key moment was when Bohs keeper James Talbot saved from his opposite number Lee Steacy, Bohs winning 5-4 in sudden death after the sides both missed their first kicks, with Danny Mandroiu wide for Bohs and Dean Byrne's effort for Longford saved by Talbot.

Galway United are into the last eight of the Cup thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Cork City, Conor Melody with the only goal of the game late in the first-half, that defeat effectively ending Cork's season.

Shamrock Rovers came through their test against First Division opposition with a 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

Rovers had struggled to break them down but 11 minutes into the second-half they finally made the breakthrough, Gary O'Neill heading home from a Jack Byrne cross. On the hour mark Aaron Greene scored his 12th of the season, then Aaron McEneff finished well on 73 minutes before Sean Kavanagh added a fourth late on.

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