Two injury hit sides played out a bruising encounter in Phibsboro this evening. With a massive three points on the line, it was the home side who came out as victors thanks to an own goal and a thunderbolt from Brennan.
The Gypsies came into the game a point behind the visitors and despite a poor recent run of results they have been turning in some good performances and this continued tonight with a strong professional job at home.
Bohs got the dream start going one nil up after just six minutes following a poor goal kick from Ciaran Gallagher. The ball fell to the feet of Kaleem Simon just inside the centre circle, and the forward cleverly played the ball through to the onrushing Georgie Poynton who found himself one on one and just as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger, defender Damien McNulty stretched in to poke the ball past his own keeper.
The game descended into a very scrappy affair with neither keeper being overly worked. Both teams opted for the killer ball over the top to pacey strikers. The valuable three points that were so crucial to both sides added an element of “tension” to the affair. Finn Harps manager was given a stern talking to by referee Graham Kelly and right before half time the flash point occurred.
Winger Caolan McAleer went down pretty soft under pressure from Georgie Poynton but didn’t hear the referee’s whistle. And as he got back up to chase the ball, clashed with Paddy Kavanagh in a 50/50, resulting in handbags from both sides.
Just five minutes after half time Bohs doubled their lead with an excellent 25-yard effort from midfielder Oscar Brennan following a neat little backheel set up from striker Simon. The physicality didn’t let down in the second half and just moments later things went from bad to worse for the visitors with Barry Molloy receiving a second yellow for a late challenge in the midfield.
Paddy “the Derry Pele” McCourt was unable to pull the strings in the middle as he would have liked, but it was evident he was not at 100%. And Bohs hardworking midfield gave the ex-Celtic man little or no space to work with.
Bohs saw out the game in professional manner, with Shane Supple having little to do but it it’s a hard earned three points as they look to pull away from the relegation zone. Finn Harps to their credit battled bravely right to the end but being down to 10 men and unable to fill a full bench ultimately proved just too far a stretch.
Bohs make the long trip up to Derry next week looking to build momentum whilest Ollie Horgan’s walking wounded face another tough away trip to runaway leaders Cork.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Derek Pender (c), Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Jamie Doyle, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton
Subs: Greg Murray (GK), Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Fuad Sule, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Damien McNulty, Ciaran Coll (c), Killian Cantwell, Gareth Harkin, Ciaran O’Connor, Caolan McAleer, Sean Houston, Barry Molloy, Paddy McCourt, Ethan Boyle
Subs: Tommy Lee McCarron, Gareth Doherty, Simon McGlynn, Dylan McCroary, Eddie Dsane
Referee: Graham Kelly