Fast start from Bohs proves too much for Finn Harps
Bohemians 2 Finn Harps 0
Oscar Brennan scored a cracking first goal for the club to get Bohemians back on track as Finn Harps had manager Ollie Horgan and midfielder Barry Molloy sent off at Dalymount Park.
Bohs hadn’t scored a league goal since Dano Byrne’s winner at Drogheda United last month. They took six minutes to finally put that right - even if they didn’t score it themselves.
Harps’ defence was caught flat by Kaleem Simon’s through ball and in trying to chase down the run of Georgie Poynton, Harps’ right-back Damien McNulty toed the ball past keeper Ciaran Gallagher into his own net.
Keith Long’s side maintained their bright start; left-back Lorcan Fitzgerald surged forward on 14 minutes to crack a shot from distance straight into the midriff of Gallagher.
Harps have never lacked fight this season and they worked their way back into the game with Sean Houston and Ciaran O’Connor both having half chances.
Just on the half hour mark, lively left winger Caolan McAleer collected Gareth Harkin’s pass to cut across and work Shane Supple in the home goal.
But it got no better for Harps as boss Horgan was sent to the stand for dissent six minutes later for arguing over a Bohs free kick.
Bohs started the second half as they did the first and were rewarded with their second goal four minutes in.
Kaleem Simon’s clever back drag found Brennan who took a touch before blasting a right-footer to the bottom corner of the net from over 25 yards.
Five minutes later Harps had midfielder Molloy, booked in the first half, sent off for a yellow card offence.
Harps didn’t lie down and they pressed until the last, though not really threatening Supple until nine minutes from time.
McAleer weaved some magic on the right wing, ghosting past two defenders, before arrowing a shot that whizzed just wide of the far post.
Brennan might then have added a third for Bohs in stoppage time, but Gallagher made a fine diving save to push the ball out for a corner.
Bohemians: Supple; Pender, Byrne, Cornwall, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh (Hayes, 84), Morris, Poynton (Sule, 90), Brennan; Doyle, Simon (Nolan, 87)
Finn Harps: Gallagher; Boyle, McNulty, Cantwell, Coll; Molloy; Harkin, McCourt (McGlynn, 79), Houston, McAleer; O’Connor (Dsane, 74).
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).