Bohs came into this evening’s clash following a frustrating 2-1 away defeat at Finn Harps and looking to avenge a 4-1 opening day Dalymount Park defeat at the hands of tonight’s visitors, Derry City.
In a very open and entertaining first half, both sides looking comfortable on the ball, it was the visitors who seemed to make their possession count and just 20 minutes in, thought they had grabbed the lead. A scramble in the Bohs defence saw the ball fall to striker Rory Patterson. His scuffed effort somehow beat Shane Supple but as it trickled in, teammate Nathan Boyle, on the line at this stage, helped the ball over when leaving it would have given his side the lead.
Derry began to show their class and got the goal their play arguable deserved but not for the lack of effort from Shane Supple. The Bohs keeper made an outstanding save from Ronan Curtis who cut inside from the left wing and hit a rocket of a volley but the rebound fell to Barry McNamee who did well to get his knee over the ball and volley home.
Bohs should have equalized right on half time. Left winger Ciaran O’Connor got to the by-line following a nice touch around the corner from Dinny Corcoran, but couldn’t find a teammate with his cut back.
The second half was a much grittier affair, never really replicating the football of the first, which suited the visitors. Bohs, kept at arms length for much of the second half couldn’t build any spell of sustained pressure but were given a boost with 10 minutes to go when Aaron Barry received a straight red card for hauling down substitute Izzy Akinade as the big man raced clear on goal.
A fantastic result for the travelling side as they maintain their push for a European place, meanwhile The Gypsies will now be looking nervously over their shoulder at the drop following their third defeat in a row.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple (C) , Dan Byrne, Dinny Corcoran, Ciaran O’Connor, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Dan Casey, Keith Ward, Ian Morris, Warren O’Hora
Subs: Lorcan Fitzgerald, Philip Gannon, Keith Dalton, Georgie Poynton, Ismahil Akinade, Greg Murray, Dylan Hayes
Derry City: Gerard Doherty (C) , Conor McDermott, Dean Jarvis, Aaron McEniff, Nicky Low, Barry McNamee, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson, Nathan Boyle, Darren Cole, Aaron Barry
Subs: Josh Daniels, Eric Grimes, Rory Holden, Mark Timlin, Jamie McIntyre, Eoin Toal, Lukas Schubert
Referee: Robert Hennesy
Report by Darryl Geraghty