Bohs put on a five star display as they survive an early scare to progress comfortably into the next round of the EA Sports Cup, winning 5-1 on the night
In what was a welcome distraction from their current league form, for both sides, Bohs played host to a Cabinteely side also looking to kickstart their season.
As expected, there was a raft of changes for both sides, the visitors making nine changes and Bohs fielding a completely different 11 to the side that beat Bray Wanderers Friday night.
The game started at a frenetic pace with players eager to impress, with both teams having great chances to take the lead inside the first two minutes. Daniel Grant, who looked impressive on the right wing throughout, broke through the Cabinteely rearguard and from just outside the penalty area, couldn’t generate much power behind his left footed strike on the stretch.
The visitors immediately went up the other end and Michael Scott almost took advantage of some sloppy defending, dragging his low effort inches wide of the far post.
With just nine minutes on the clock Sean Fitzpatrick made himself a hero at both ends. Firstly, clearing off the line from Rob Manley, who followed up a spill by Stephen McGuiness. Almost immediately, the big centre half went up the other end and powered home a header at the back post to give the visitors the lead.
Bohs came to life in the 37th minute when man of the match Daniel Grant burst down the right wing, beating Broderick and was eventually brought down by Kieron Butler in the area. Up stepped Dylan Watts, and what seems to be a reoccurring theme at Dalymount, the penalty was well saved by McGuiness. This time, however, Watts reacted quickest to head home the rebound.
Just a minute later, that man again Grant broke the offside trap and raced clear through on goal, but was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post to the grateful feet of Rob Manley to tap home.
The Gypsies weren’t done there, just before half time they made it three with Manley tapping home his second from a beautifully worked corner kick routine played across the box.
Bohs dominated the second half as the pace dropped off and just after the hour mark made it 4-1 with a wonder strike. Daniel Grant, who was outstanding on the night, got the goal his performance deserved scoring brilliantly from all of 40 yards, side footing a looping volley over keeper McGuiness’ who only half cleared.
The host’s went on to make it five – one when Dylan Watts netted his second of the evening, cleverly touching the ball one side of Fitzpatrick and racing around the other. The midfielder showed great composure to slot the ball to the far corner with his right foot as Bohs safely cruised into the next round.
Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Daniel Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley
Subs: Sean Bohan, Steven Nolan, Dylan Thornton, Cian McMullen, Mitchell Byrne, Luke Nolan, Ryan Graydon
Cabinteely FC: Stephen McGuiness, Karl Byrne, Jamie Broderick, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kieron Butler, Eoghan Morgan, Anthony Dolan, Luke Clukas, Paul Fox, Kaleem Simon, Michael Scott
Subs: Finn McGowan, Jack Hudson, Kyle Hogan, Keith Dalton, Brandon Perry, Jack Tuite, Stephen Ball
Referee: Derek Tomney