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Bohemians back to winning ways with victory over Finn Harps

Home Comforts for Bohs as they take all three points in a tough clash with visitors Finn Harps.

Jake Kelly and Ismahil Akinade were the heroes for Bohs, as they get their league form back on track with a hard fought 2-0 win at Dalymount this evening.

Having played out a 0-0 in the reverse fixture, both sides did battle in Phibsboro looking to get their seasons back on track and with just one point separating them, it was a golden opportunity to start crawling their way up the table.

Bohs started much the better side, looking slightly more determined and sharper even though this enthusiasm spilled over with just two minutes on the clock when young defender Stephen Best was booked for a crunching tackle.

Bohs had chances through Ismahil Akinade, with a good turn and shot, and a free kick through Mark Quigley but were unable to find the breakthrough.

Shane Supple was then called into an excellent  double save when Tony McNamee’s long-range effort was pushed away to his right and the follow up, from Ruairi Keating, was bravely blocked by the Bohs stopper.

Undoubtedly the chance of the half fell to the home side when Roberto Lopes burst through midfield and found himself two on one with Kurtis Byrne to his left. Unfortunately, and much to the frustration of the home fans, his miss-hit pass allowed keeper Richard Brush to smother the effort.

Both teams exchanged half chances with neither able to really make it count in the final third when it mattered, 0-0 at the break.

The second half started in slow fashion with both teams sloppy in possession but the hosts finally got the goal their play deserved in the 68th minute. A brilliantly worked move began with Eoin Wearen laying the ball into the inside right channel to Ismahil Akinade, who then fizzed a cross along the 6 yard box and half time sub Jake Kelly’s cool first time finish made it 1-0.

The gypsies then added another on the 81st minute to alleviate any of the home fans nerves. Mark Quigley, playing in the deep lying forward role slipped through Akinade and showed tremendous strength and pace along with a cool head to slot past the on coming Brush.

Keith Long’s men make the long trip to Turners cross to face high-flying Cork City next, with The Harps welcoming Kenny Shiels and his third place Derry City side to Finn Park.

Bohemian FC: :  Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Mark Quigley, Kurtis Byrne (Jake Kelly 45’), Stephen Best, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris (Eoin Wearen 63’), Ismahil Akinade (Marco Chindea 90’)

Subs: Dean Delaney, Jason Caffrey, Warren O’Hora, James Kavanagh

Finn Harps: Richard Brush, Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Tony McNamee (Adam Hanlon 75’), Tommy McMonagle (David Scully 81’), Sean Houston, Josh Mailey, Ethan Boyle (Ryan Curran 75’), Ruairi Keating, Barry Molloy

Subs: Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Funston, Raymond Foy, Kevin McHugh,

Referee: Sean Grant

Darryl Geraghty

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