Clinical Derry add to Bohs’ woes

SSE Airtricity League

Dalymount Park played host to a historic opening night in the SSE Airtricity League as Bohemian FC took on Derry City in the final league opener of the current incarnation of the ground.


Bohs were the architects of their own downfall as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat in what was also Club President Matt Devaney’s last home game at the helm.


Derry City kicked off both the game and the new season, which saw both teams start lively and attacking.


The first big chance came when the returning Dinny Corcoran latched onto a through ball from Derek Pender but hit a tame effort towards Derry ‘keeper Ger Doherty.


Derry City opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Aaron McEneff smashed home a penalty after Rory Patterson was taken down in the box by Bohs stopper Shane Supple.


From then both teams exchanged chances, with Dean Jarvis missing a chance to extend the away side’s lead with a free header from a corner.


Bohs began to get fans out of their seats after that with a few solid chances, but couldn’t find an equaliser.


Ian Morris earned the game’s first yellow card for a saucy challenge in the 35th minute


Bohs conceded a comical second in injury time of the first-half when Derek Pender over-hit a routine backpass almost into his own net. Shane Supple managed to clear off the line as far as substitute Nathan Boyle who scored an easy goal to give them a comfortable half-time lead.


Bohs began the second half lively, earning both a free kick and a corner in the opening few minutes, the latter of which almost saw them pull one back.


However, things got worse for the home side in the 51st minute when the impressive first half substitute Nathan Boyle bagged his second of the night after breaking through the Bohs defense.


Bohs had shouts for a penalty waved away when referee Paul McLaughlin didn’t believe Paddy Kavanagh had been taken down unfairly in the box.


Bohs got one back through Dinny Corcoran in the 56th minute who capitalised on a lapse in the away defence.


And they had a second disallowed shortly after when Jamie Doyle fouled Ger Doherty in the build-up to Keith Ward volleying home from close range.


Bohs again handed Derry a goal when Jamie Doyle’s poor pass was intercepted by Nathan Boyle whose shot was saved before the rebound was bundled in by Lucas Schubert, taking his first touch after coming on as a sub.


The game plugged away without many chances of note until Bohs substitute, DIT student Kaleem Simon, provided some much needed spark to the home team, though he could not influence the scoreline for the home side.


Speaking to the Liberty after the game, Bohs midfielder Ian Morris accepted the players were to blame for the defeat, saying: “There’s no point sugar-coating it, we dominated the possession, created a hell of a lot more chances than they did but we gave the ball away in poor areas and they capitalised on that.”


Morris is however optimistic for next week’s derby game away to Shamrock Rovers, saying there’s “no better game to bounce back to than Rovers away, it’s one that everyone looks forward to.” However, he admitted “it will take me a few days to recover from this one.”

Bohs will need to show much more when they travel to Tallaght to face arch rivals Shamrock Rovers next week, while Derry play host to recently promoted Limerick FC.



Bohemians: Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Oscar Brennan, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Keith Ward (Kaleem Simon, 62), Georgie Poynton; Jamie Doyle (Philip Gannon, 79), Dinny Corcoran.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Conor McDermott, Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis, Ben Doherty (Scott Whiteside, 68); Nicky Low, Aaron McEneff, Josh Daniels (Lukas Schubert, 64), Barry McNamee, Ryan Curtis; Rory Patterson (Nathan Boyle, 28).

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