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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017
Venue: Oriel Park
Att: 2,047
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Scored: 44'
- Ismahil Akinade 44'



League Report: Dundalk 0 - 1 Bohemians

Sat, Oct 21 2017

Ismahil Akinade was the thorn in Dundalk's side once more as his sensational first-half goal was the difference. Credit: Tom Beary

Dundalk’s eight-match unbeaten run in the SSE Airtricity League came to an abrupt end on Friday night as they were defeated 1-0 by Bohemians in treacherous conditions at Oriel Park.

 

Ismahil Akinade – often a menacing character when facing the Lilywhites – was again the scourge of Dundalk as it was his screamer, worthy of winning any match, that was the difference between the sides.

 

Having finally conceded their League of Ireland crown without even playing last Tuesday, Stephen Kenny was able to rest several key players for Dundalk’s final home game of the season, with one eye on their FAI Cup final showdown with Cork City just two weeks from Sunday.

 

Bohs, on the other hand, were forced into making changes which, as a result, had a typical end of season feel to it with both teams struggling to stamp any real authority, though it’s fair to say that the players weren’t helped by what were surely the worst conditions seen at Oriel for many a year.

 

Indeed, it was Bohs who created the first chance of the night as early as the second minute after Niclas Vemmelund – who didn’t enjoy his best night in a Dundalk shirt – was dispossessed by Paddy Kavanagh. His pass found its way to Dinny Corcoran but the centre forward’s effort was saved by Gary Rogers.

 

Dundalk almost used the adverse weather conditions to their advantage when Jamie McGrath’s long-range shot, with assistance from the forceful wind, almost caught out Shane Supple but the Bohemians stopper would have been relieved to see the ball cannon off the post and not into the back of his net.

 

Supple was almost left red-faced once again after he spilled a Robbie Benson shot into the path of David McMillan, who needed little invitation to tap into an empty net, but the flag went up and the goal was ruled out for offside, much to the delight of the Bohs keeper and frustration of the Oriel Park faithful.

 

The visitors came close to what would have been an unlikely lead when Kavanagh’s corner from the left was turned over the bar by Corcoran, before McGrath broke through at the other end to cross for Thomas Stewart but he couldn’t add to his two league goals this season, directing his effort well wide of the target.

 

Keith Long’s hard-working side then took a surprise lead just one minute before half time, when Akinade latched on to a loose ball in the Dundalk defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past the despairing Rogers, sending the travelling contingent of Bohs supporters into raptures.

 

The Gypsies almost doubled their advantage when Akinade – a constant thorn in Dundalk’s side – broke down the left flank before squaring for Corcoran but Rogers got down well to produce another save.

 

Dundalk then had claims for what looked a stonewall penalty waved away by referee Derek Tomney in stoppage time when substitute Jamie Hamilton appeared to have bundled over Chris Shields in the box.

 

Bohs held on for the three points which guarantees them a top-half finish in the Premier Division.

 

Dundalk: Gary Rogers; Niclas Vemmelund, Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare, Shane Grimes (Carlton Ubaezuonu 81); Sean Gannon, Chris Shields, Robbie Benson, Thomas Stewart (Jake O’Connor 85); Jamie McGrath, David McMillan.

Subs not used: Gabriel Sava, Ben Kelly, Dean Watters, Eric Whelan, Jack O’Keefe.

Booked: None.

 

Bohemians: Shane Supple; Dylan Hayes, Rob Cornwall, Dan Casey, Derek Pender; Ismahil Akinade, Oscar Brennan, Ian Morris (Dan Byrne 76), Paddy Kavanagh; Philip Gannon (Jamie Hamilton 89), Dinny Corcoran.

Subs not used: Colin McCabe, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Keith Dalton, Eoin Wearen, Andy Lyons.

Booked: Brennan (44), Hayes (50), Cornwall (55).

 

Referee: Derek Tomney.

Attendance: 2,047

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade (Bohemians).

 

 



Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Niclas Vemmelund
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Shane Grimes
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Sean Gannon
Defender
Chris Shields
Midfielder
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder
Robbie Benson
Midfielder
Thomas Stewart
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward
David McMillan
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Watters
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Jack O'Keeffe
Forward
Jake O'Connor
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Ben Kelly
Goalkeeper
Eric Whelan
Midfield
Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Dan Casey
Defender
Rob Cornwall
Defender
55Booked: 55'
Dylan Hayes
Defender
50Booked: 50'
Derek Pender
Defender
Oscar Brennan
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
Philip Gannon
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfielder
Ian Morris
Midfielder 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Ismahil Akinade
Forward
44Scored: 44'
Dinny Corcoran
Forward

Substitutes
Daniel Byrne
Defender
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Keith Dalton
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Jamie Hamilton
Midfield
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
Andy Lyons
Midfield
Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Eoin Wearen
Midfield


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