Phibsboro victorious: Bohemians 1 – 0 St Pats

Bohemians beat St Patrick’s Athletic 1-0 at Dalymount Park after Stephen Mallon capitilised on a Jack Scott error.

D7 and D8 were matched up for the first time in the league this season, as Bohs got revenge for last season’s FAI Cup final. Keith Long’s side picked up their first win of the season as early pressure begins to mount on Tim Clancy with one win in three.

Despite the cup final being last November, only six players who started that day were on display in Dalymount for the February 28th match. Bohs had four, with St Pats only having two along with a new manager in the dugout.

St Pats started on top with Tunde Owolabi putting the ball in the back of the net 3 minutes into the match after a rebounded Mark Doyle shot but the goal was deemed to have been offside.

Owolabi continued to cause problems, showing his pace forcing Talbot into a great save in the 13th minute.

After early pressure, Bohemians began to grow into the game playing some great football. West Ham’s on-loan goalkeeper Joseph Anang was forced into two great saves including a fantastic save onto the post as Mallon shot was saved from eight yards out.

The goal came early in the second half after Scott failed to clear a high ball and Mallon pounced on the mistake by smashing the ball into the bottom right corner.

Tim Clancy responded by bringing on Darragh Burns and surprisingly taking off Tunde Owolabi, St Pats only threat in the first half. Despite being a bright spark in the second half, Burns couldn’t help his team to a goal in what was a dour second half for the Inchicore side. Lacking serious creativity in midfield and constant sideways passes made it easy for Bohs to defend and take all three points.

After losing most of their star players from last season, Keith Long has once again shown his quality. His Bohs followed up the victory over their Dublin rivals with a 1-1 draw at Finn Harps on March 4th.

Meanwhile Tim Clancy’s Inchicore side registered a win against Shamrock Rovers last Friday night at Richmond Park.

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