Sunday 24 March 2019

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Bohemians 4 Cork City 2

Bohemians players celebrate after Daniel Kelly scored their second goal
Bohemians players celebrate after Daniel Kelly scored their second goal

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Dundalk took a step towards the Premier Division title without kicking a ball as a vibrant Bohemians side inflicted what could be a fatal blow to Cork City's title hopes, Bohs 4-2 winners at home to the current champions.

The story, from the Bohemian viewpoint, was that this win keeps up their superb record, seven straight wins in all competitions, a night when winger Daniel Kelly (22) had the game of his life with two goals as Bohs move into the top five in the table.

But the wider picture is that Cork are now six points behind leaders Dundalk, and Stephen Kenny's outfit have a game on hand, with the two clubs meeting in the league next Friday, but Cork's morale will have taken a serious beating by this loss, ex-Ireland defender Damien Delaney taken off after a torrid first 45 minutes.

An own goal, Delaney's overhit back pass to keeper Peter Cherrie which went over te line, gave Bohs the lead on 11 minutes, the Gypsies profited from some more slack defending as winger Daniel Kelly, who was playing Leinster Senior League football for St Patrick's CY only 12 months ago, scored in the 22nd and 30th minute.

A header from Graham Cummins gave Cork something of a lifeline on 35 minutes but captain Derek Pender started and finished off a nice team move to make it 4-1 to Bohs just before half time.

City had more shape about them in the second half and got the score to 4-2 when Jimmy Keohane headed in a cross by Karl Sheppard on 57 minutes but while they had possession for long spells they had no way back into the game, efforts from Cummins and Conor McCarthy not enough to beat Shane Supple.

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