Thursday 22 February 2018

Hamilton puts seal on positive finale for Bohs

Bohemians 3 Finn Harps 1

Ismahil Akinade of Bohemians. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ismahil Akinade of Bohemians. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Bohemians had too much for Finn Harps at Dalymount Park as they finished the season in a creditable fifth place in the Premier Division table.

The better side from the start, Keith Long's Gypsies should have been more than a goal to the good at the interval.

That lead came on 29 minutes when Izzy Akinade (right) tried to work a one-two with Dinny Corcoran.

Philly Gannon stole in ahead of Akinade onto the return to bring a parry save from Harps' keeper Ciarán Gallagher.

The rebound fell kindly for Gannon, though, who bundled home his first goal for the club.

And that should have been added to five minutes later when a Gannon corner was handled in the area by Packie Mailey.

Corcoran stepped up only to see his feeble penalty come back off a post.

Akinade would make no such mistake as the Gypsies got their second goal on 62 minutes.

Hardworking skipper Derek Pender got to the end-line on the left to cross for Akinade to score with a downward volley at the back post.

And the game was over as a contest there minutes later.

Oscar Brennan's cross from the right ran to 18-year-old substitute Jamie Hamilton to fire home his first senior goal for Bohs.

Harps' consolation came on 75 minutes when substitute Paddy McCourt's corner entered the net off a Bohs defender.

Bohemians - McCabe; Wilson, Casey, O'Hora (Poynton, h-t), Pender; Brennan, Morris; Akinade, Gannon (Wearen, 72), Kavanagh (Hamilton, 37); Corcoran.

Finn Harps - Gallagher; McNulty, Mailey, Cantwell, Coll; Morrissey, Harkin (McCourt, 62), Timlin (Walsh, 82); McAleer (Houston, 69), Keita, Dsane.

Ref - R Hennessy (Clare)

 

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