Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bohs stay in the hunt

Bohemians 3 Dundalk 1

Garry Doyle

They remain the longest of long shots but after registering three wins on the trot and eight victories from their last 11 games, Bohemians are clinging on in the title race.

Few expect them to win it, but if their form continues and the four teams up ahead continue to self-destruct, then who knows?

The team Pat Fenlon has assembled on a shoestring is swiftly maturing into a powerful force, though not quite as powerful as the remnants of Hurricane Katia, which disrupted the match tempo.

Nonetheless, while Katia was a big factor, Killian Brennan was a more significant one. The excellence of his technique resulted in Bohs passing their way through the Dundalk defence on two occasions in the first half and then, on 50 minutes, led to the opening goal.

Brennan scored a rare goal with his right foot five minutes after the interval after receiving a long clearance, shooting low beyond goalkeeper Peter Cherrie.

If that was impressive then Ger O'Brien's goal was even more so -- a 30-yard run and subsequent 30-yard shot which found its way in via the underside of the crossbar.

Dundalk responded through Johnny Breen but in injury time Christy Fagan sidefooted in Anto Flood's cross.

Bohemians -- Sexton; O'Brien, Heary, Burns, Rossiter; Brennan, Hurley (McEvoy 85), Cronin, Buckley (Bayly 76); Flood, Downes (Fagan 63).

Dundalk -- Cherrie; Madden, C Byrne, McHugh, Murphy; Griffin, Bennett, Bolger, Quigley; Breen, J Byrne.

Ref -- D McKeon (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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