Monday 9 December 2019

Wearen wraps it up for Bohs to dent Cork's title plans

Bohemians 2 Cork City 0

Derek Pender, Bohemians, in action against Cillian Morrison, Cork City
Derek Pender, Bohemians, in action against Cillian Morrison, Cork City
Steven Beattie, Bohemians, scores his side's opening goal despite the efforts of Darren Dennehy, Cork City
Eoin Wearen, Bohemians, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

John Fallon

IT TOOK five months to come but Bohemians' first home league win of the season last night was well worth the wait.

Goals in each half by Steven Beattie and Eoin Wearen sealed a deserved victory at Dalymount Park and put a dent in Cork City's title aspirations.

Cork's first league defeat in nine games may have been painful but not their main concern at the end given a serious injury sustained by Brian Lenihan that stopped play for 10 minutes in the second half.

The full-back landed awkwardly from an aerial challenge against Derek Pender and was eventually taken away by ambulance with his neck protected in a brace.

Bohemians boss Owen Heary kept faith with the same team that drew against St Patrick's Athletic last time out and they broke the deadlock on seven minutes.


Cork's defence were caught square from Anto Murphy's right-wing cross, allowing Beattie to nod past Mark McNulty.

City struggled to find their usual tempo, illustrated by Cillian Morrison's lacklustre shot over the crossbar from distance approaching the break.

Heary's heroes should have been out of sight well before their second arrived nine minutes before full-time. On the hour, a wicked cross from Paddy Kavanagh found Dan Byrne rising unchallenged in the air, yet he nodded the ball over.

Chance after chance came the way of Bohemians, with Kevin Devaney and Kavanagh threatening in advance of Wearen's clincher. The former West Ham United man pounced to sweep home a right-wing centre by substitute Jason Byrne from close range.

BOHEMIANS – Delaney; Murphy, D Byrne, Price, Pender; Devaney (Buckley 90+10), Lopes, Wearen, P Kavanagh (Moore 90+8); Corcoran, Beattie (J Byrne 63).

CORK CITY – McNulty; Lenihan, D Dennehy, Murray, Davoren (O'Shea 55); C Morrison (Kearney 55), Dunleavy, Healy, B Dennehy; O'Sullivan, O'Flynn (D Morrissey 63).

Ref – N Doyle.

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