Sport League of Ireland

Saturday 16 December 2017

Cretaro completes fightback for Gypsies


THE life of a goalscorer is often a strange one and, for Raffaele Cretaro, a day to quickly forget at Dalymount Park on Saturday suddenly turned in to one he will fondly remember thanks to an 86th-minute strike which gave Bohemians a slender advantage to take into the second leg of their Setanta Sports Cup semi-final.

In an open and entertaining affair, Pat Fenlon's side were forced to come from a goal behind to beat 10 -man Linfield. A thumping Mark McAllister header after 13 minutes had the visitors’ considerable away support in full voice and the impressive Blues looked much the better side for the majority of the first half.

However, an equally powerful Ken Oman header just two minutes before the inter val offered Bohs a reprieve they scarcely deserved.

The Gypsies were a totally different proposition after the break and, aided by the dismissal of Marcus Kane after 67 minutes for two yellow-card offences, laid siege on the Linfield goal.

Having passed up three very presentable opportunities earlier, Cretaro rediscovered his goalscoring touch with the full-time whistle fast approaching after being sent through by Gary Burke’s clever pass.

Bohemians (4-4-2): C O’Connor, O Heary, B Shelly, K Oman, C Powell; K Brennan, P Keegan, M Rossiter (G Cronin 63), M Quigley (G Burke 73); A Greene (J Byrne 63), R Cretaro.

Linfield (4-4-2): S Addis, J Ervin, C Casement, W Murphy, BJ Burns (M Carvill 70); B McCaul (J Tomelty 77), M Gault, D Curran, M Kane; M Miskimmin, M McAllister (Munster 78).

Referee: T Connolly.

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