Darryl Geraghty reports from Dalymount Park
They Gypsies all but cemented their place in Europe for next season with a mssive, and deserved, 2-1 win over Champions Dundalk at a boisterous Dalymouant Park.
From the off The Gypsies sat into a rigid 4-4-2with the aim of hitting Duundalk on the break, which worked to perfection, inviting their illustrious opponents to break them down as the game set into an expected pattern.
Despite Dundalk dominance for nearly a half an hour, it was the hosts who snatched the leadagainst the run of play thanks to a smart first time finish by Luke Wade-Slater. Danny Grant showed tremendous feet beating two players coming inside off the left wing before springing free down the right side to calmly slot past the onrushing Gary Rogers.
Keith Long’s troops were dealt a massive blow just before the break when influential centre back Rob Cornwall, recently back from a lengthy spell, looked to tangle with Georgie Kelly in the area. The incident looked innocuous at the time, but the stretcher was called for. Cornwall was ok to give a thumbs up to the applauding crowd on his way down the touchline, so hopefully the injury isn’t too serious.
With such an out of character performance from the double winners, they looked to the bench for a lfit but the introduction of the big guns, Sean Gannon and Michale Duffy, failed to inspire Vinny Perths side.
Incredibly Dundalk, who were on a 31-game unbeaten domestic run going into tonight’s game, found themselves two down thanks to Andre Wright’s powerful strike from outside the area. The big front man showed tremendous strength to hold off Sean Hoare and fashion a yard of space before hammering home a thunderous effort into the bottom corner.
The Lilywhites, possibly with their eyes on bigger prizes, did continue to press and got a late consolation through Michale Duffy, smashing home from inside a packed area but it was a deserved win on the night as Keith Long got his tactics spot on as his side can mathematically seal European football with a point from their next two games.
Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Derek Pender (c), Rob Cornwall (Arron Barry 43’), Scott Allardice, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy, 84’), Danny Grant, Andre Wright (Ryan Swan, 93’), James Finnerty, Paddy Kirk, Ross Tierney, Luke Wade-Slater
Subs: Mick Kelly, Arron Barry, Ryan Graydon, Michael Barker, Ryan Swan, Katlego Mashego, Dawson Devoy
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers, Sean Hoare (Lido Lotefa, 71’), Jamie McGrath, Georgie Kelly, Dane Massey (c), Sean Murray, Cameron Dummigan (Sean Gannon, 61’), Robbie Benson, Daniel Cleary, Daniel Kelly (Michael Duffy, 61’) Andy Boyle
Subs: Aaron McCarey, Sean Gannon, Chris Shields. Michael Duffy, Lido Lotefa, Dylan Hand, Dean Jarvis
Referee: Graham Kelly