Sunday 22 April 2018

Morgan strike shares spoils

Bohemians 2-2 Sligo Rovers

Adam Morgan scored his fourth goal of the season as Sligo Rovers twice came from behind to earn a battling point against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Adam Morgan scored his fourth goal of the season as Sligo Rovers twice came from behind to earn a battling point against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Adam Morgan scored his fourth goal of the season as Sligo Rovers twice came from behind to earn a battling point against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Though it ended a run of three defeats for Bohs, Keith Long's Gyspies remain second bottom of the table ahead of Monday's trip to champions Cork City.

Following that third successive 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Waterford earlier in the week, Long made three changes to his starting 11 last night.

Keith Buckley returned in central midfield, Ian Morris made his first start of the season and Eoghan Stokes started up top.

Both sides had half-chances in a dour opening quarter.

And while there was no doubting the endeavour on show, the game lacked a real spark early on. Thankfully, it arrived courtesy of a sublime lead goal from Bohs' number 28 Stokes, in the 28th minute.

Oscar Brennan swept a pass out right for the run of the striker who worked the ball on to his left foot before curling a majestic shot to the far top corner, giving goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann no chance.

But poor defending from a corner by Bohs gifted Sligo a soft equaliser seven minutes later.

Rhys McCabe floated an innocuous-looking delivery to the near post. But David Cawley was left unattended to score with a downward header.

Bohs enjoyed good possession after the interval and regained the lead with their third corner of the half on the hour mark.

Karl Moore's ball into the area was flicked on to the back post where Ian Morris arrived to score with a diving header.

But, once again, Bohs switched off from a set-piece to concede an equaliser within two minutes.

McCabe's free-kick on the right was only partially cleared and Morgan found the net with a crisp, left-foot volley.

In a fiercely contested second half, neither side could find a winner.

Bohs did come closest, though.

Paddy Kavanagh drilled a shot wide from substitute Dinny Corcoran's lay-off before cracking a low drive off the butt of the post on 84 minutes.

Bohemians - Supple; Pender, Cornwall, Casey, Leahy; Morris (Corcoran, 78); Kavanagh, Buckley, Brennan, Moore; Stokes (Ward, 80).

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann; Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, Waters; McAleer, Cawley, Roddan (Moorhouse, 86), McCabe, Roy (Wixted, 67); Morgan (Morrison, 90+1).

REF - Ray Matthews (Longford).

Irish Independent

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