Teen Tierney steps up as Bohemians see off Cork City in EA Sports Cup quarter-final
The youngest player on the park had the talent needed to settle this EA Sports quarter-final and keep Bohemians on course for their first trophy in a decade.
Keith Long's side managed to put their recent woes in the league to one side as a 2-0 win at home to Cork City put them into the last four, a goal in each half from 18-year-old Ross Tierney and a penalty eight minutes from time by Daniel Mandroiu earning Bohs a badly-needed win.
Aside from one appearance in the Leinster Senior Cup, this was the first glimpse of Tierney in the first team and the St Kevin's Boys product, who was born around the time Roddy Collins' Bohs team clinched the double in 2001, looked at home on the big stage.
After a run of five league games without a win, four of those defeats, Bohs needed a lift of some description to halt their slide. They had to work for it though, as Cork looked comfortable in the early stages in front of a small Monday night crowd, with just 665 punters paying into Dalymount Park.
Bohs had an opening on the half-hour mark when Ryan Graydon was felled in the box and ref Robert Hennessy pointed to the spot. Sam Byrne stepped up to take the kick but Tadhg Ryan guessed correctly and saved.
The anguish for the home side lasted just three mintues as Tierney put Bohs in front. A good move left Graydon in sight of goal, his effort came off the post but Tierney was on hand to get the ball over the line.
Cork struggled to get a foothold and suffered another blow on 82 minutes when Gearoid Morrissey's push on Mandroiu led to a penalty. Substitute Mandroiu took over the spot-kick duties from Byrne and slotted home the clincher.
Elsewhere, Dundalk will contest an EA Sports Cup semi-final for the fifth time in six years after eventually seeing off UCD at Oriel Park.
Arriving on the back of nine consecutive defeats, the last thing the Students needed was to concede early on but they fell behind after just seven minutes when John Mountney’s corner from the right was headed home by Brian Gartland.
Things may have panned out differently but for two Aaron McCarey saves. The first saw the Monaghan native parry a Conor Davis effort. The second was more spectacular, McCarey showing fantastic agility to tip a deflected Paul Doyle shot over the crossbar.
Dundalk’s second goal came after 18 minutes. Cameron Dummigan split the UCD backline wide open and John Mountney had all the time in the world to pick his spot past Gavin Sheridan.
Vinny Perth’s side almost cut loose after that with Lido Lotefa and Mountney hitting the woodwork while Georgie Kelly had a goal ruled out for offside.
To their credit, the visitors, with Mark Dignam making an impression, put some nice moves together and they set up a tense finish when Yoyo Mahdy stabbed home with 11 minutes to play.
Georgie Kelly, however, put the result to bed when he swept home in stoppage time after Lotefa was denied by Sheridan.
Waterford also booked their semi-final place after Scott Twine scored the only goal against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.