Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kurtis Byrne nets the winner as Bohemians down Longford

Bohemians 1 Longford 0

Kurtis Byrne of Bohemians celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Kurtis Byrne of Bohemians celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Bohemians moved up to fifth in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with their second 1-0 win in a row last night.

Their victory over bottom team Longford Town had a very similar theme to the win over relegation threatened Wexford Youths on Monday night.

Top scorer Kurtis Byrne got the only goal of a poor game in the first half in front of 1,158 fans. The dubious goals panel can debate who actually scored it.

Jake Kelly’s cracking delivery is not up for debate however. His dipping cross evaded everyone, including goalkeeper Ryan Coulter and flew into the net in the 33rd minute.

Byrne was the closest Bohs’ player to it and claimed a glancing touch with his head during the celebrations. The stadium announcer awarded him the goal but from the press box, it looked like the free went straight in.

Byrne however, was credited with the goal.

Longford have won just twice all season but will rue this night as a missed opportunity to bridge the gap between themselves and Wexford, which remains at six points with five matches remaining.

Bohs’ defender Derek Prendergast twice denied Town in the early exchanges, first from Kealan Dillon and then Eddie Dsane.

Kelly missed Bohs’ best opportunities, heading over before seeing his goal-bound shot blocked on the line.

Pat Flynn, Don Cowan and sub Dave O’Sullivan all had tame efforts to equalise but it just wasn’t enough for Alan Mathews’ team, who have scored just 21 league goals all season.

Bohemians’ climb up the table continues but tougher tests await. They’ll meet Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Dundalk in the coming weeks.

Bohemians: Delany; Pender, Prendergast, Molloy, Fitzgerald; Lopes, Buckley; P Kavanagh (Wearen, 75), O’Halloran (Quigley, 70), Kelly (Chindea, 92); K Byrne

Longford Town: Coulter; Mulhall (Haverty, 46), Flynn, Mvita, Powell; Gannon; Cowan (Simon, 73), Dillon (O’Sullivan, 66), K O’Connor, McGlynn; Dsane.

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