| SSE Airtricity League - Dalymount Park - Friday 12th June 2015
|Prendergast 77' Kelly 84' 94'|| Waters 9'
|Match Photographs here|
Make no mistake about it; this was absolutely a game of two halves. Going on the first half performance by both teams only a clairvoyant would have bet against the Hoops at half time. During the opening forty-five minutes Rovers were in cruise control throughout with Stephen McPhail in particular bossing the middle of the park. However, the loss of Conor Kenna at half time was obviously to have a major bearing on the final outcome of the game.
Rovers began well, putting Bohs ‘keeper Dean Delaney under some light pressure. At the other end though Ismahil Akinade caused some problems of his own right from the start and Craig Hyland did very well to get to grip with this threat without wasting any time. Both sides were working well to put some good moves together but it was Rovers who reigned when it came to applying the heavy pressure. It wasn’t long before the Hoops took the lead.
(Goal 1:0 – 9th min.) – Marty Waters
Stephen McPhail stepped up to deliver a perfectly flighted free kick on the right close to the touchline and Marty Waters met the ball with his head to finish with a well delivered effort from which Delaney had no chance.
Four minutes later McPhail sent the ball to Gary McCabe who then switched to Brandon Miele. Luke Byrne picked it up from Miele and won a corner. From McCabe’s corner kick Dave Webster rose highest in the box to meet the ball but couldn’t get it on target as he headed it wide. Akinade for Bohs continued to cause some problems up front, heading close over the bar from Anto Murphy’s throw. Jake Hyland got a touch in a crowded box to shoot wide.
The pace slackened for a little while but soon picked up again. A neat exchange between Miele and Simon Madden resulted in McCabe finishing with a shot over the bar. Goalmouth opportunities were few and far between but on the balance of play Rovers had the edge by far as McPhail excelled. Hoops captain Conor Kenna pulled up close to half time and required treatment. He didn’t come back out for the second half and was replaced by Tim Clancy.
The second half was such a contrast to the first. Perhaps the loss of Kenna caused the Hoops to become more cautious. In the first half they had taken the game to their opponents throughout and their constant pressing upfield saw the defence rarely under pressure. After the break Rovers played deeper into their own half as Bohs applied the pressure. Gareth McCaffrey forced ‘keeper Delaney into a fine save in the 57th minute. Rovers could have doubled their lead in the 81st minute after Miele’s fine ball out to Simon Madden was stopped by a handball; McPhail’s free kick curled away from the goal though as it went over the bar. That was a major let off for Bohs.
(Goal: 1-1 – 77th min.) – Derek Prendergast
Derek Prendergast, who was enjoying a fine game for Bohs, headed home from Lorcan Fitzgerald’s corner to give his side an equaliser. It was game on for sure at this point.
Rovers responded with Waters sending Gavin Brennan close in on goal but Delaney made a timely dive at Brennan’s feet to deny the Hoops the lead once again.
(Goal: 2-1 : 84th min.) – Dean Kelly
Fitzgerald’s free kick was met by the head of Kelly who had an easy task of putting it over the line and giving Bohs the lead.
There was four minutes of added time during which the Hoops pushed forward in a desperate effort to get one back. The game was on a knife edge at this point with the final outcome still not certain.
(Goal: 3-1 : 94th min.) – Dean Kelly
Hyland was forced to come racing well out of his box to challenge Akinade but the Bohs striker came off best and managed to knock the ball across the box to where the unmarked Kelly had manoeuvred himself to and the former Hoops star had the easy task of simply tapping the ball over the line to ensure the full points for Bohs.
Check out the Rovers / Bohs head to head stats.
ROVERS HEAD TO DALYMOUNT FOR DUBLIN DERBY.
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE JOHNNY FULLAM
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