The “Home of Irish Football” played host to the Champions Cork City with a big three points on offer at both ends of the table.
The visitors started in dominant fashion and took the lead after 10 minutes. Colm Horgan did well to cut inside on his left foot and delivered a low cross from the right wing towards striker Graham Cummins. Although the big number nine didn’t get a touch, it was enough to put off Shane Supple as the ball floated in at the back post.
The home side responded brilliantly having four corners in a row almost immediately and went on to dominate proceedings for the remainder of the half. The outstanding Dylan Watts, almost single handedly tried to drag his side back in to the game, fizzing a number of shots inches wide past Mark McNulty’s post.
Just before the break Eoghan Stokes sprayed a brilliant cross field ball to Kieth Buckley who was bombing on from right back. Buckley cut inside onto his left foot and incredibly Stokes, who made a lung bursting run, was on the end of the low cross and unluckily for the striker volleyed straight at Cork stopper, McNulty.
The Gypsies started the well and just minutes in, an outrageous cross field ball from Watts, found the toe of the busy Keith Ward on the left who did well to shake off Horgan but dragged his shot wide of the near post.
Despite the domination and neat play, the home side were made to pay for not taking their chances and were caught cold in the 65th minute. Substitute Kieran Sadlier’sclever thinking and quick throw in released Cummins over the top who sowed great pace and composure to slot the ball into the far top corner and make it 2-0.
This sucker punch deflated the hosts who plugged away for what remained and will play worse this season and pick up points. Whereas John Caulfield and his troops will know this was a massive three points earned and a professional enough performance and as the old saying goes, Champions find a way of winning, when their not at their best.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward, Danny Grant, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts, EoghanStokes
Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philly Gannon, DinnyCorcoran, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kirk, Rob Manley
Cork City: Mark McNulty, Geroid Morrissey, Jimmy Kehone, Conor McCormack, Graham Cummins, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Conor McCarthy, ColmHorgan, Barry McNemee, Sean McLoughlin
Subs: Peter Cherrie, Danny Kane, Aaron Barry, Kieran Sadlier, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Howard, Josh O’Hanlon