Byrne strikes as Bohemians see off Wexford Youths
Wexford Youths 0 Bohemians 1
A regular scorer of spectacular goals, Kurtis Byrne was happy to oblige with a tap-in as Bohemians got back to winning ways at Dalymount Park.
Byrne’s eighth goal of the season – his fourth in five games – settled a nondescript affair as Wexford, who deserved a point, blew a chance to make up ground on Finn Harps at the bottom of the table.
Shane Keegan’s side, four points behind Harps in the relegation play-off place, remain six points ahead of bottom side Longford Town.
Despite six changes from Friday’s 0-0 draw with Derry City, Wexford started the better, with Bohs’ Shane Supple the first keeper worked on 21 minutes, getting across well to save Aidan Friel’s drive from distance, and the influential Eric Molloy volleying wide.
Then, somewhat against the run of play in the final minute of the half, Bohs took the lead.
Byrne’s initial header from Patrick Kavangah’s cross was touched into the air by the off-balance Graham Doyle before the striker followed up to poke the ball over the line.
Lax defending might have cost Youths a second goal early in the second half when Derek Prendergast was allowed get his head to a Lorcan Fitzgerald cross to flick the ball just over the top.
Keith Buckley then threaded a delightful pass through for Byrne who saw his shot trickle wide across the face of the Youths goal.
Bohemians – Supple; Pender, Prendergast, Morris, Fitzgerald; P. Kavanagh (Kelly 70), Lopes, Wearen, O’Halloran (Quigley 70); Buckley; K Byrne (D Byrne 90+3),
Wexford Youths – Doyle; Friel (Murphy, 82), Grace, Last, O’Connor; Molloy, Higgins, Kenny, Dunne (Mulligan 72); Furlong, Porter (Keenan 61).
Ref – D McKeon (Dublin).