Bend it like Byrne! St. Pats winger hits a Beckham-esque effort as the Saints go Marching on hammering Bohs 4-0.
A jam packed Dalymount Park, which included President Michael D. Higgins, was witness to its first home Dublin derby of the season, with St. Pats the visitors on a glorious evening.
And it was the hosts who looked brightest from the off but were dealt a massive blow when Jamie Doyle lunged in late on Michael Barker and strangely enough, it was the Bohs man who seemed to come off worse with the stretcher being called immediately and was subsequently replaced by Dean Casey.
Despite the break in play Bohs continued in the ascendancy with Paddy Kavanagh volleying over, just before last weeks match winner Dan Byrne saw his effort from 12 yards out rise just over at the last second.
This sparked the game into life and both sides took turns of decent spells of possession.
It was the visitors who had the games best chance a half an hour in, when a long hopeful ball over the top found its way to ex-Bohs man Kurtis Byrne who found himself clear one on one. Shane Supple stood tall to deny the winger and somehow the game remained 0-0.
It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken and just 10 minutes later Pat’s good work was rewarded when Conan Byrne raced down the right wing and picked out talisman Fagan at the edge of the box. Despite having his first effort blocked, the sharp number nine reacted first to volley home, sending the rapturous away end into hysteria.
Right on the stroke of half time the Saint’s doubled their lead with a goal of the season contender, if not winner already! Conan Byrne spotted Supple off his line and with an audacious effort, lobbed the Bohs number one from just inside his own half. An incredible way to grab your 100th league goal and in some style too.
Amazingly there was still time for a miss of the season contender from Fagan, who blasted over from just three yards out with the goal at his mercy, following Kurtis Byrne’s low cross.
Luckily Fagan and his teammates were not left to rue the missed chance and two nil became three just minutes into the second. A terrible mix up at the back from the ever reliable Lorcan Fitzgerald allowed man of the moment Byrne to grab his second, cleverly poking the ball home and in turn sapping every ounce of optimism the Gyspsie’s faithful had of a comeback in the process.
Try as they might, the home side never recovered from the loss of Jamie Doyle early on, who was shaping up to be to the focal point in their attack, proving again that the loss of Izzy Akinade and Dinny Corcoran up front is just too much for a small squad to cope with.
Keith Long’s miserable night went from bad to worse when Supple was then forced off in the 71st minute with no sign of a knock.
The game never got going following a spate of substitutions and Pat’s made it two wins from two Dublin derby’s as the home side saw their four game unbeaten run come to a disappointing end.
And just to compound the misery around Phibsborough, ex hero Kurtis Byrne got in on the action, notching the 4th in the 91st minute getting the goal his performance deserved.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple (Greg Murray), Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward (Philip Gannon), Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Jamie Doyle (Dean Casey), Georgie Poynton
Subs: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Philip Gannon, Fuad Sule, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan
St. Pats: Conor O’Malley, Michael Barker, Ian Bermingham, Gavin Peers, Patrick Cregg, Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan (Josh O’Hanlon (Billy Dennehy)), Jonathan Lunney (Sam Verdon), Lee Desmond, Kurtis Byrne, Alex O’Hanlon
Subs: Barry Murphy, Graham Kelly, Sam Verdon, Rory Feely, Darragh Markey, Billy Dennehy, Josh O’Hanlon
Referee: Jim McKell
Image Credit: PFAI