Sunday 22 April 2018

Dennehy spot on to dash Bohs' European dream

Bohemians 0 Cork City 1

Bohemian's manager Keith Long
Bohemian's manager Keith Long

The biggest night at Dalymount Park for years ended with disappointment for Bohemians.

Their defeat to cup finalists Cork City means Keith Long's team finish fifth and miss out on the Europa League qualifiers.

Billy Dennehy's penalty with seven minutes remaining clinched second place for the visitors.

Colin Healy's cross struck the hand of Anto Murphy and Dennehy sent Dean Delany the wrong way to secure the points.

Bohs' best chances fell to Keith Buckley and Paddy Kavanagh, but Cork's win could have been more convincing.

Steven Beattie's dipping wide free-kick looked like it might sneak in at the near post - Dean Delany just about ensured it didn't.

After a goalmouth scramble that wouldn't have looked out of place in the Phoenix Park, Karl Sheppard eventually had the shot, but Derek Prendergast blocked it wide for a corner.

Sheppard missed Cork's best chance on the stroke of half-time, shooting wide after Kevin O'Connor's pass.

Keith Buckley's chip looked as though it was dropping in, but a flying Mark McNulty tipped it over.

Paddy Kavanagh's deflected shot was Bohs' only other chance - McNulty would not have saved it had it been on target.

John Dunleavy forced Delany into a point-blank save with 15 minutes left, while the Bohs keeper had Buckley to thank for clearing Mark O'Sullivan's header off the line.

Bohs' Euro dreams are on hold for another year; Cork's cup final dreams are only just beginning.

Bohemians - Delany; Hayes (J Byrne 79), Mulcahy (Prendergast 12), A Murphy, Fitzgerald; Buckley, Wearen, Lopes, Kelly (Evans,85); Kavanagh; Akinade.

Cork City - McNulty; McSweeney, Dunleavy, Murray, Gaynor; B Dennehy (Ogbene, 89), Miller (D Dennehy 35), K O'Connor, Sheppard (Healy 73); Beattie, O'Sullivan.

REF - N Doyle (Dublin)

Irish Independent

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