10 man Galway United hold off in form Bohemians to snatch a share of the spoils.
Despite wet and windy conditions, Dalymount Park played host to an entertaining game that saw Bohemians draw 1-1 with Galway United this evening.
In a lively game, It didn’t take the visitors long to have their first effort on target when Shane Supple was forced to react sharply to deny David Cawley, who had a well hit right footed shot to the near post. Bohs responded almost immediately with an effort of their own. Georgie Poynton hit a crisp 25-yard effort that was just held by Conor Winn. Ronan Murray looked a dead cert to score after just 10 minutes in. The Galway man, turned excellently from a knockdown in the box but leaned back just a bit too much and his volley sailed over the bar from 12 yards out.
The Gypsies took the lead five minutes later, following some exciting end to end play. Paddy Kavanagh’s dancing feet down the right wing forced the visitors to concede a corner. Lorcan Fitzgerald delivered a great in-swinging cross and in form striker Dinny Corcoran deftly flicked the ball to the far post.
The hosts weren’t content with just sitting on the one nil. Shortly after, winger Jamie Doyle skipped past his marker but his powerful left footed drive was inches wide of the near post.
Galway began getting a foot hold in the game and on the 40th minute managed to get themselves back on level terms. Vinny Faherty raced on to a clever through ball just to the right of the box and Supple slid in to bring him down. The horrible conditions were certainly playing their part now with the ball getting held up and seemed to catch out the Bohs number 1. From the resulting free kick, Murray whipped in low cross that evaded everyone in the box and crept into the far post.
Bohs were dealt a big blow at half time with talismanic striker Corcoran being replaced by Kaleem Simon, but the front man seemed to end the half moving about ok.
Galway, now playing with the wind at their back, began forcing Bohs onto the back foot, keeping the majority of possession without threatening Supple too much. On the hour mark the home side were cursing their luck again with skipper Derek Pender being forced off with a muscle injury and Dylan Hayes coming on in his place.
The visitors found themselves down to 10 men on 67 minutes when Alex Byrne received his second yellow from bringing down Fitzgerald from behind. Referee Neil Doyle was left with no other option but to give his marching orders to the combative midfielder. The home supporters began to sense victory against the side second from bottom but, on the pitch, were struggling to break down a well organized United defence. With time running out, the optimism was slowly turning to frustration around the ground.
The home side were unable to find the needed breakthrough and it will be Galway who will be happy to get out of Phibsboro with their second point of the season. Meanwhile, Keith Long’s troops will see it as potentially two points dropped but extend their unbeaten run to three games nevertheless.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender (Dylan Hayes), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Dinny Corcoran (Kaleem Simon), Keith Ward, Patrick Kavanagh, Jamie Doyle, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton (Oscar Brennan)
Subs: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Philip Gannon, Dean Casey,
Manager: Keith Long
Assistant: Trevor Croly
Galway United: Conor Winn, Colm Horgan, Marc Ludden, Lee Grace, Alex Byrne, David Cawley, Vinny Faherty (Conor Melody), Kevin Devaney (Jesse Devers), Gary Shanahan, Ronan Murray, Stephen Folan
Subs: Ciaran Nugent, Maurice Nugent, Aaron Conway, Robert Spelman, Gary Kinneen
Manager: Shane Keegan
Assistant: Johnny Glynn
Referee: Neil Doyle
Image Credit: Michael Ryan Photography