Friday 23 March 2018

Bohs find scoring touch

Bohemians 2 Galway Utd 0

Ben Mohamed, who received an international call-up from  Tunisia on Thursday, was also involved in their second goal 10 minutes after the break.
Ben Mohamed, who received an international call-up from  Tunisia on Thursday, was also involved in their second goal 10 minutes after the break. newsdesk

Bohemians, who hadn’t scored in their previous seven matches, ended their goal-famine as strikes by Paddy Kavanagh and Mark Quigley earned them victory over Galway United at Dalymount Park.

Kavanagh, who was one of three Gypsies players to limp off injured, struck after 10 minutes, smashing a low shot beyond Conor Winn from man-of-the-match Ayman Ben Mohamed’s cross.

Ben Mohamed, who received an international call-up from  Tunisia on Thursday, was also involved in their second goal 10 minutes after the break.

The talented winger sprinted clear on a counter-attack before being fouled and Keith Long’s side won a penalty from the resulting free kick with a move straight off the training ground that bamboozled the visitors.

Mark Quigley’s low ball found Eoin Wearen on the edge of box. His one-touch pass sent Ben Mohamed through and he was dragged down by Gary Shanahan, the result being a penalty and a yellow card.

Quigley stepped up to smash the spot-kick into the top corner to secure the win for Bohs.

McEneff holds nerve to secure replay for Derry

Derry City and Drogheda United will have to meet again in the second round of the FAI Cup after Aaron McEneff’s penalty secured a 1-1 draw for the home side at the Brandywell last night.

Sam O’Connor had put Drogheda ahead in the 33rd minute, and it looked like it wouldn’t be Derry’s night when Rory Patterson missed a spot-kick just before the hour-mark. When they were awarded another, however, McEneff did the needful, necessitating a replay.

There was action aplenty at the Belfield Bowl, where hosts UCD advanced past Bray Wanderers despite squandering a three-goal lead.

Gary O’Neill, Gregory Sloggett and Kieran Waters had the Students 3-0 ahead at half-time, but Ryan Brennan’s hat-trick, the last a penalty, tied matters within 11 minutes of the restart.

O’Neill wasted a chance to put UCD back in front when he missed from the spot but Ryan Swan was the home team’s saviour with a goal on 68 minutes.

Elsewhere, goals from Kevin O’Connor, Gavan Holohan, Steven Dooley and Mark O’Sullivan saw Cork City advance past St Peter’s of Athlone on a 4-0 scoreline at Turner’s Cross.

At the Regional Sports Centre, first-half strikes from Lee Duffy and Philip Gannon helped Longford Town to a 2-0 victory at Waterford United.

Shamrock Rovers easily accounted for Cork side Midleton at the Tallaght Stadium, with Gary Shaw, Seán Heaney, Pat Gregg and Brandon Miele finding the net as the Hoops won 4-0.

Meanwhile, 10-man Firhouse Clover battled bravely but ultimately fell to a strong-finishing Wexford Youths.

David Vickery saw red for the Dublin side just after the interval with the sides still tied  at 0-0.

But the visitors broke the deadlock on the hour mark through Jonathan Bonner before a late brace from Paul Murphy, the first from the penalty spot, wrapped up a 3-0 win for Youths.

Kilduff back with a bang

Dundalk 2 Shelbourne 0

Thirty-two days after fracturing two vertebrae in an EA Sports Cup defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, Ciaran Kilduff returned to action to seal Dundalk’s place in the third round of the FAI Cup.

There were more than a few eyebrows raised when the striker’s name appeared on the team sheets and, 13 minutes after replacing David McMillan, he flew through the air to hammer home a Darren Meenan corner to finally see off Shelbourne.

Kevin Doherty’s side held out for 21 minutes before the locals made the breakthrough. Robbie Benson set Daryl Horgan free on the left and he checked back inside to lift a delightful right- footed finish over Shelbourne goalkeeper Jack Brady.

Benson almost doubled the lead three minutes later but his header just cleared the crossbar.

Shels’ best chance came when Lorcan Shannon picked out Adam Collins with a free-kick but the centre-back couldn’t keep his header on target.

Brady kept Dundalk at bay in the second half but he had no answer to Kilduff’s effort, the Kilcock man acrobatically smashing the ball home to mark his return with a bang.

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