Tuesday 26 March 2019

Mandroiu screamer sets Bohs on way

UCD 0-2 Bohemians

Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile
Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Danny Mandroiu scored a cracking goal to set Bohemians on their way to a second win of the season as they had far too much for promoted UCD at the UCD Bowl.

The victory sets up an early top-of-the-table clash on Monday when Shamrock Rovers visit Dalymount Park in the big Dublin derby.

UCD started well, wasting a chance to score just 26 seconds in when Jason McClelland side-footed wide from Neil Farrugia's cross.

Bohemians settled with Keith Buckley and Dinny Cocoran coming close before the brilliance of Mandroiu lit up the game on 29 minutes.

And the former Republic of Ireland youth international, man of the match in last week's home win over Finn Harps, did it all himself.

Cutting past several defenders in from the left, the 20-year-old struck a right-footed drive from 20 yards that arrowed to the net off the underside of the crossbar.

It got better for Bohemians three minutes later as they doubled their advantage.

Left-back Paddy Kirk got to the end line to cross for Corcoran to score with a spectacular left-foot volley.

UCD worked hard to get back into the game from the resumption with skipper Gary O'Neill testing James Talbot from a free-kick early on.

McClelland was presented with an opening inside the area on 76 minutes, bringing a good save from Talbot.

And the Bohemians keeper was there again five minutes later to turn a Conor Davis effort around a post.

UCD - Kearns; Tobin, Collins, Scales, Dignam; Coffey (Doyle, 69), McClelland, Molloy, O'Neill, Farrugia; Davis (Mahdy, 83).

Bohemians - Talbot; Lyons, Cornwall (Barry, 83), Finnerty, Kirk; Wade-Slater (Swan, 77), Buckley, Levingston, Ward; Mandroiu; Corcoran (Regba, 82).

Ref - S Grant (Wexford).

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