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Date: 1 p.m. July 26, 2009
Venue: Dalymount Park
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Att: 5,000 (est)
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Bohemians 0 - 0 Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Jul 26 2009
The top two sides played out an entertaining scoreless draw at Dalymount Park at the unusual time of 1pm, which leaves the defending champions still five points clear of their bitter rivals. It was a keenly contested affair as one would expect between these teams, however the chances that fell were few and far between. Perhaps Bohs’ were experiencing a hangover from the disappointment of losing so narrowly on Wednesday night in the Champions League qualifier but this game lacked a creative spark needed to unlock the defences.

The novelty of a Sunday lunch time kick produced a carnival atmosphere with both sets of fans in fine voice. Indeed the Rovers fans couldn’t resist a dig at Bohs’ cruel exit from Europe on Wednesday night to Red Bull Salzburg, their pre match banner reading ‘Red Bull clipped your wings’.

Although Bohs had the majority of possession throughout the first half it was Rovers who had more clear cut chances early on. A Craig Sives header from Shane Robinson’s free kick forced Brian Murphy into an excellent one handed save. Rovers’ ace marks man Gary Twigg also came close on 20 mins. The Bohs’ defence hesitated when the ball appeared to come off the striker’s hand but Twigg played on and his left foot shot was just wide.

The closest either side came to opening the scoring in the first half fell to Bohs on 35 minutes. Connor Powell, following a mazy run through the heart of the Rovers defence, played in Patrick Madden who seemed destined to score only to be denied by a superb double save from Barry Murphy. The Rovers keeper was at it again 2 minutes later palming a Jason Byrne free kick out for a corner.

Just seven minutes into the second half Aiden Price almost scored an own goal. Joseph Ndo beat two men down the left flank and played it to Powell whose cross shot was sliced by Price towards goal only for Murphy’s sharp reactions to spare his defenders blushes. It was a frustrating afternoon for Cameroon international Ndo. Always looking for a killer pass, on numerous occasions he ignored the simple ball only to give away possession.

Bohs looked to push forward in search of a goal by bringing on Killian Brennan and Glenn Crowe. The sheer presence of Crowe caused problems in the Rovers defence for the 20 minutes he was on the pitch. In the 75th minute his flick on resulted in a Paul Keegan shot being blocked by Price. Rovers seemed to settle for a draw as they replaced striker Dessie Baker with midfielder Stephen Bradley with 10 minutes remaining and Gary Twigg will reflect on a match where he had little chance to influence the result.

Bohs had an excellent chance to win it deep in injury time. Crowe played in Gary Deegan but his left foot shot from 16 yards out was just past the far post. It was a rare instance of a clear sight at goal as the game petered out late on. Both sides will consider a point to be a decent result. Bohs’ maintain a healthy gap at the top of the table while Rovers will feel a point away to the champions is a good point earned. It will be interesting to see how Bohs’ now react to not having a European distraction and will they maintain their lead the top of the league or can the Hoops continue their resent run of good form and keep the pressure on.

Extratime.ie Man of the match: Barry Murphy, in a match with few chances his three excellent saves kept Rovers in the match and earned a crucial point.

Bohemians Murphy; Rossiter (Cronin ’84), Oman, Shelly, Powell; Murphy (Brennan ‘71), Deegan(c), Keegan, N’Do; Madden (Crowe ’71), Byrne. Subs not used: McGuinness, Gregg(gk). Yellow Cards: Keegan, Deggan.

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy; Tracey, Price, Sives, Flynn; Purcell, Rice (McGill’82), Robinson(c), Cahill; Twigg, Baker (Bradley ’82). Subs not Used: Madden, Maguire, Duggan(gk). Yellow cards: Tracey, Robinson, Baker.



Bohemians
Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
Mark Rossiter
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Brian Shelley
Defender
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Anto Murphy
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
0Booked: 0'
Midfielder
Gary Deegan
0Booked: 0'
Midfielder
Paddy Madden
Forward
Jason Byrne
Forward

Substitutes
Jason McGuinness
Defender
Matt Gregg
Goalkeeper
Glen Crowe
Forward
Glenn Cronin
Midfield
Killian Brennan
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Corie Tracey
Defender
0Booked: 0'
Craig Sives
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Shane Robinson
Midfielder
0Booked: 0'
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Tadhg Purcell
Midfielder
Ollie Cahill
Midfielder
Gary Twigg
Forward
Dessie Baker
Forward
0Booked: 0'

Substitutes
Eric McGill
Midfield
Darragh Maguire
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Robert Duggan
Goalkeeper
Stephen Bradley
Manager


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