Shamrock Rovers 0
Bohemian FC 1 (D. Mahon)
FAI Dr. Tony O’Neill Under 19 National League19th November, 2011 at Tallaght Stadium
HOOPS FAIL TO FIRE ON ALL CYLINDERS
This game between keen rivals was played in perfect conditions on Saturday afternoon before a good-sized attendance at Tallaght Stadium. At any time and at any level, games between Rovers and Bohs have that extra bit of spice about them, very often pride is at stake, and this occasion was no different. Playing on their home territory, the Hoops were favourites but the visitors did their homework well. They played it very tight and for much of the game managed to frustrate their opponents on the wings. The two big lads playing up front for the Hoops, Thomas O’Rourke and Niall Forrester suffered somewhat as a result but still they had chances, O’Rourke in particular and he must have gone home afterwards wondering just how on another day when he could have less chances he would have been sure of finding the net at least once.
Full credit must go to Bohs ‘keeper Dean Brady for although he surely had full confidence in the four playing in front of him he never dropped his alertness from start to finish and played no small part in denying the Hoops at least a share of the spoils. Bohs were up for this, make no mistake, within the first twenty minutes they had Luke Byrne and Paddy Seerey booked by referee Rob Clarke who also saw the need to have a few stern words with Daniel Byrne for a foul on Forrester. The early bookings had some effect on Bohs game plan and as the first half wore on the Hoops found themselves getting on top. But, thanks to that man Brady in between the posts, the teams went in at half time on level terms. In the three minutes leading up to the break, Brady saved from Garry Comerford just after he had somehow managed to get hold of the ball amid a desperate scramble in the box and was called into action twice more just before the whistle went for half time. By contrast, at this point of the game Paddy Reilly at the opposite end was having little to do.
Paul Moffat and Lee Lismore challenge for the ball at Tallaght Stadium
Bohs came out with guns blazing immediately after the restart. Dan Mahon managed to get around Marc Keeley and took a shot that had the look of a certain goal about it but it went wide. That was a let off for the Hoops but the crucial goal for Bohs came in the fiftieth minute after they won a free close to the left touchline, near to the Hoops’ goal area. Daniel Byrne took the free and delivered well into the box where Dan Mahon managed to evade the Hoops’ defenders and fire the ball past Reilly’s left and into the net. There was forty minutes left for Rovers to turn the game around and they responded with urgency. Lorcan Shannon, on the right, got some good balls into the box but Bohs were throwing bodies in the way to deny the Hoops’ forwards. Kelvin Jackson and then Paul Connolly looked lively when they came on and time after time Rovers got the ball into the box but a combination of wides and good goalkeeping from Brady denied them. Yet, it looked almost certain a goal would come but it never did. It wasn’t all one way traffic in the second half, Daniel Byrne and Conor O’Brien went close to increasing Bohs’ lead. Rovers had to plan from the start without Donal Branagan and Sean Dixon but still they began with a formidable eleven which makes this defeat, their fourth of the season, all the more hard to take.
Shamrock Rovers: 1 Paddy Reilly. 2 Dean Power. 3 Jack Memery. 4 Garry Comerford (Connolly 78 mins). 5 Marc Keeley (Byrne 71 mins). 6 Karl McGrath. 7 Lorcan Shannon. 8 Niall Forrester. 9 Thomas O’Rourke. 10 Paul Moffat. 11. Bobo Nkanu (Jackson 63 mins).
Substitutes: 13. Kelvin Jackson. 14 Paul Connolly. 15 Donal Branagan. 16 Lee Stacey. 17 Dean Ebbe. 18 Charlie Kenna. 19 Ciaran Byrne
Bohemians: 1 Dean Brady. 2 Michael Barker. 3 Philip McCabe. 4 Paddy Seerey. 5 Ryan Thorpe. 6 Daniel Byrne. 7 Michael Scott. 8 Luke Byrne. 9 Lee Lismore (O‘Brien 58 mins). 10 Dan Mahon. 11 Garrett Lloyd (Davidson 63 mins).
Substitutes: 12 Corey Davidson. 14 Dan Higgins. 15 Jack Watson. 16 Conor Brady. 17 Conor O’Brien. 18 Cian Gordon. 20 Greg Murray
Match report compiled by Robert Goggins