After a disastrous last outing against Dublin rivals, and current EA Sports Cup holders, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Keith Long’s decimated squad took on an excellent Cabinteely side, who themselves, are on a great run of four league wins in a row.
Missing the likes of Shane Supple, Izzy Akinade, Eoin Wearen and Dinny Corcoran to name a few, tonight’s cup encounter gave some of the younger talent an opportunity to shine against “Cabo”, who currently sit joint second in the first division.
The home side dominated the majority of the play early on and had the first chance of the game when the lively Dylan Hayes broke through the Cabinteely midfield with ease and was extremely unlucky to see his 20 yard left footed effort go just wide of Jack Menton’s post.
But despite the host’s good early possession, particularly Fuad Sule looking impressive trying to build from the back, Cabinteely showed they wern’t just here to make up the numbers, looking dangerous on the break with Steven Bell providing the threat over the top. And it was the Cabo front man who almost nicked the opener himself when Bohs keeper Greg Murphy got in a tangle with the forward and luckily escaped with the ball at his feet.
Following the bright start Bohs were unable to make their domination count, besides having a couple of long range efforts from Rob Cornwall and Sule as the home fans became frustrated.
Bohs came out firing in the second half and took the lead on the 47th minute. Dylan Hayes played a clever one-two with Sule and the right back dinked a lovely ball right onto Steven Nolans head. The front man did well to loop his header over Menton giving the keeper no chance.
The visitors became increasingly frustrated at not getting a foothold in the game and saw both Maher and Harney go into the book in quick succession. Maher’s late lunge on the talented Dean Casey saw the winger forced off with what looked like an ankle injury to add to Keith Long’s list of walking wounded.
Bohs missed a glorious chance to double their lead from the penalty spot as the action began to heat up. Menton made an outstanding save to his left at full stretch to deny Philip Gannon, following a soft foul on the Bohs midfielder.
The Gypsies continued to turn the screw and midfielder Sule was unlucky to see his right footed effort come crashing off the bar in the 75th minute and substitute Jamie Hamilton saw his side foot attempt creep agonizingly wide moments later.
Bohs saw out the game with relevant ease and will be delighted to get back to winning ways but the Bohs boss will be questioning just what he has done to suffer more bad luck of two more injuries to an already paper thin squad, losing both Casey and Kirk to injuries.
Bohemians: Greg Murray, Dylan Hayes, Rob Cornwall (Dan Byrne), Oscar Brennan, Patrick Kirk (Jamie Wilson), Fuad Sule, Eoghan Morgan, Philip Gannon, Dean Casey (Jamie Hamilton), Brandon Perry, Steven Nolan
Subs: Kian Clarke, Dan Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, Jamie Wilson, Eoghan Stokes, Cian Fay, Dylan Thornton
Cabinteely: Jack Menton, Adam Harney, Darragh McConville (Mark Hanlon), Sean Fitzpatrick, Andrew McGovern, Rob Duggan (Jason Byrne), Adam Maher, Jack Hudson, Michael Scott (Cian Lynch), Steven Ball, Paul Fox
Subs: Mick Kelly, Mark Hanlon, Aaron Robinson, Cian Lynch, Cian O’Sullivan, Rob McGee, Jason Byrne
Referee: Derek Tomney