Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gypsies continue their Long march

Jason Byrne celebrates after scoring Bohemians' equalising goal against Longford Town at Dalymount Park
Jason Byrne celebrates after scoring Bohemians' equalising goal against Longford Town at Dalymount Park

Jamie Moore

Bohemians came from behind to beat Longford Town 3-1 at Dalymount Park last night to advance to the last eight of the EA Sports Cup as their excellent start under Keith Long continues.

Holders Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic also progressed with wins over Shelbourne and Crumlin United respectively.

Ayman Ben Mohamed had given Longford a brilliant lead but goals from Jason Byrne, James O'Brien and Kealan Dillon saw Bohs through. They have won seven of Long's nine competitive games in charge this season.

Longford's opener courtesy of Ben Mohamed came in the 13th minute, his shot from 25 yards sailed into the top corner. Dean Delany has kept clean sheets in five of his six games this season, but he could only watch this cracker fly in.

Bohs equalised in the 28th minute. O'Brien found Karl Moore and his perfect cross was glanced into the far corner by master marksman Byrne.

O'Brien put Bohs in front six minutes before half-time and Paul Skinner will not look forward to reviewing the match video. He let O'Brien's seemingly harmless from shot from 30 yards bounce under him and into the net.

Dillon got the third within two minutes of coming on to secure the win with 20 minutes left.

Long changed nine of the 11 that beat Drogheda on Friday, while Longford boss Tony Cousins retained just five of the team that drew 2-2 with St Pat's on Saturday.

Many of the players left out will return when the teams meet again in the league on Friday night.

Dundalk are still on course to defend their title thanks to a 1-0 win over First Division Shelbourne. John Mountney got the only goal at Oriel Park.

The other game in Dublin saw St Pat's romp to a 4-1 victory over non-league Crumlin. Sam Verdon scored twice, while James Chambers and a Luke Carrig own goal kept up the Saints' interest in the competition.

In the night's other game, UCC beat Cobh Ramblers 3-2.

Irish Independent

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