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Twardek inspires Bohemians to north Dublin derby win over Shelbourne

Bohemians 2 Shelbourne 0

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Bohemians' Danny Mandroiu, centre, celebrates with team-mate Paddy Kirk, right, after scoring his side's second goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Bohemians' Danny Mandroiu, centre, celebrates with team-mate Paddy Kirk, right, after scoring his side's second goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Bohemians' Danny Mandroiu, centre, celebrates with team-mate Paddy Kirk, right, after scoring his side's second goal in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

A Canadian import kept his cool to inspire Bohemians to a win in a Dublin derby at the second time of asking this season to put the Gypsies clear in third place in the league table.

Winger Kris Twardek, a Canadian-born player who has represented the Czech Republic at youth level and had spells in London and Sligo before arriving at Bohs, didn't score in their 2-0 win over Shelbourne.

But he certainly made his mark on a scrappy northside Dublin affair, claiming an assist for second half goals from Andre Wright and Danny Mandroiu, the first a headed effort from Wright and the insurance goal a clever lob by Mandroiu.

His good form could even come at a cost for Bohs as he's on the verge of selection by Canada for a bout of qualifiers for the Olympic games in Mexico later this month and such a vital asset would be missed by Bohs if he's called up, a bridge that Keith Long will have to cross at the time.

The first Bohs-Shels derby in seven years was one for the locals, who made Dalymount Park a sell-out, but not one for the purists, a tense game which had lots of passion but lacked precision.

The Reds could have been ahead at the break as they had been the better side until Wright broke the deadlock.

Shels keeper Jack Brady barely had a save to make in the first half, most of the home side's efforts lacking accuracy and while Stephen McGuinness in the Bohs goal was busier, he wasn't too stressed.

Karl Sheppard, not the most popular man in Dalymount Park due to his association with Shamrock Rovers, was a constant worry for Bohs until Wright scored eight minutes into the second half.

Danny Grant sent in a cross, Twardek headed on to Wright and he made no mistake with his own header.

On 61 minutes Bohs had it sewn up, Twardek's cross from the right win met at the far post by Mandroiu and he was able to lob Brady and squeeze the ball into the corner of the net, no way back for Shels who can only rue not making the most of their first-half possession.

BOHEMIANS - McGuinness; Lyons, Cornwall, Casey, Kirk; Levingston (Tierney 88), Buckley; Twardek, Mandroiu, Grant (Ward 70); Wright (McAuley 81).

SHELS - Brady; Friel, O'Reilly, O Brennan, Fitzgerald; Sheppard, R Brennan (Poynton 67), Deegan, Rooney (Fernandes 82); Dobbs(Farrell 67), Kilduff.

REF - Neil Doyle

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