Sunday 17 December 2017

Nine-man Bohs blow chance to heap pressure on title rivals

Bohemians 0 Bray Wdrs 0

Stephen Finn

BOHEMIANS finished with nine men as they were held to a draw by struggling Bray Wanderers but still saw their slim title hopes kept alive after a dramatic night at Dalymount Park.

A talking point before kick-off was confirmation of a friendly for Bohs against Celtic next Sunday -- which could be a precursor to a move for striker Paddy Madden to the Scottish side for a reported €100,000.

Bohs looked a little nervy at the back early on and a sloppy Mark Quigley pass sent Gary Shaw straight through on goal in the 25th minute but 'keeper Chris O'Connor made a crucial save.

Five minutes later Glen Cronin was unfortunate to see a low strike deflected onto the butt of Matt Gregg's right upright with the Bray 'keeper well beaten.

As the Bray defence bedded in in the second half, the home fans pepped up when they heard of UCD's lead goal against Rovers midway through the second half.

Their mood changed in the 72nd minute when Quigley was shocked to be shown a straight red card after a clash with Adam Mitchell that saw the Bray defender hit the ground in dramatic fashion.

The chaos continued in the 77th minute when Bohs 'keeper O'Connor was sent off for taking down Shaw outside his area.

Shaw brought an impressive save out of sub 'keeper Barry Murphy in the 82nd minute and moments later Murphy tipped away a Dean Zambra strike.

Dane Massey was denied a winner by another brilliant Murphy save in the 90th minute.

Paul Keegan almost snatched a 94th-minute winner for Bohs but Gregg somehow turned his close-range effort around a post.

BOHEMIANS -- C O'Connor; Heary (McGuinness 63), Shelley, Oman, Rossiter (Murphy 79), Cretaro, Keegan, Cronin, Quigley, J Byrne (Greene 86), Madden.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; Webster, Mitchell, Prendergast, Houston (Shields 46), Zambra, Dempsey, D O'Connor, Massey, D Doyle (O'Neill 73), Shaw.

Ref -- P Sutton (Clare).

Irish Independent

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