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Date: 6 p.m. May 15, 2021
Venue: Bishopsgate
0 - 2
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Scored: 29'
- Liam Burt 29'

Scored: 74'
- Ali Coote 74'


League Report: Longford Town 0 - 2 Bohemians

Sat, May 15 2021

Longford boss Daire Doyle. Credit: Gerry Shanahan

Ronan MacNamara reports from Bishopsgate

Bohemians made it back-to-back wins as a stunner from Liam Burt and Ali Coote’s tidy finish gave the visitors a comfortable 2-0 win over a struggling Longford Town.  

It is now ten games without a win for Daire Doyle’s charges who remain second from bottom.

This was a tough game on paper for Keith Long’s side after De Town had come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture at Dalymount Park.

Both sides huffed and puffed in a scrappy opening quarter, and it became apparent that whoever got to grips with the difficult playing conditions was going to take control of the game.

So it proved, as Bohs went close through 20-year-old Ross Tierney who blasted wide from close range after Coote fired in a low cross.

The Gypsies dominated the remainder of the half showing great variety in their play, playing through the thirds and often going direct to Georgie Kelly who linked up excellently with Tierney.

And they deservedly broke the deadlock, as a thunderous strike from Burt nestled into the top right corner from the edge of the box to score his third goal of the season.

De Town offered no attacking threat in the opening half, with Rob Manley cutting an isolated figure, with too much space between him, Dylan Grimes, Aaron Bolger and Dean Byrne.

Keith Long’s charges piled on the pressure before half time, a handball from Coote saw his delicate chip over Michael Kelly ruled out. Town had to defend well to head away dangerous crosses from Dawson Devoy and Coote.

The visitors almost doubled their advantage just before the hour mark. Coote shot narrowly wide after Kelly met Tyriek Wilson’s corner but his header was blocked before James Finnerty recycled the ball well in the area to find Coote.

Longford stopper Michael Kelly pulled off a stunning save to keep his side in the game denying Georgie Kelly who ran across the front post to glance Coote’s free kick on goal.

The home side were awarded numerous soft frees much to the frustration of the booked Bohemians manager Keith Long. Finnerty almost glanced Grimes’ deep curling free kick into his own net.

The visitors doubled their lead after 74 minutes. Tierney’s pull back wasn’t cleared by the Town defence and Coote pounced to slot home from 8 yards, after the hosts had enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Dawson Devoy almost put the icing on the cake in added time but his curling effort from 25 yards sailed just over the bar.

It was a deserved win for Bohemians who held on for a second consecutive clean sheet with Finnerty and his defensive compatriot Rob Cornwall impressing at the back.

 

Longford Town: Michael Kelly; Shane Elworthy, Michael McDonnell, Aaron O'Driscoll; Dylan Grimes, Aodh Dervin, Aaron Bolger (Sam Verdon 74), Dean Zambra (c) (Aaron Robinson 74); Karl Chambers (Patrick Kirk 65), Dean Byrne, Rob Manley (Conor Davis 74).

Subs not used: Aaron Dobbs, Joseph Manley, Matthew O'Brien, Lee Steacy, Callum Thompson.

Booked: Patrick Kirk (88), Sam Verdon (90+2).

 

Bohemians: James Talbot; James Finnerty, Rory Feely (Andy Lyons 46), Rob Cornwall (Ciaran Kelly 82), Tyreke Wilson; Dawson Devoy, Ali Coote (Anto Breslin 84), Liam Burt, Keith Buckley (c), Ross Tierney (Keith Ward 82); Georgie Kelly (Promise Omochere 82).

Subs not used: Bastien Hery, Conor Levingston, Robert Mahon, Stephen McGuinness.

Booked: Rob Cornwall (25), Dawson Devoy (70).

 

Referee: Adriano Reale

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Ali Coote (Bohemians).


Longford Town
Michael Kelly 30
Goalkeeper
Shane Elworthy 2
Defender
Michael McDonnell 5
Defender
Aaron O'Driscoll 12
Defender
Dylan Grimes 7
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfielder
Aaron Bolger 14
74'
74Subbed Off: Sam Verdon 74'
Midfielder
© Dean Zambra 6
74'
74Subbed Off: Aaron Robinson 74'
Midfielder
Karl Chambers 19
65'
65Subbed Off: Patrick Kirk 65'
Forward
Dean Byrne 20
57Subbed On: 57'
Forward
Rob Manley 8
74'
74Subbed Off: Conor Davis 74'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Dobbs 9
57'
57Subbed Off: Dean Byrne 57'
Forward
Conor Davis 25
74'
74Subbed On: Rob Manley 74'
Forward
Patrick Kirk 3
65'
65Subbed On: Karl Chambers 65'
Booked: 88'
Defender
Joseph Manley 22
Defender
Matthew O'Brien 17
Midfield
Aaron Robinson 4
74'
74Subbed On: Dean Zambra 74'
Midfield
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Callum Thompson 11
Midfield
Sam Verdon 10
74'
74Subbed On: Aaron Bolger 74'
Booked: 92'
Forward
Bohemians
1 James Talbot
Goalkeeper
18 James Finnerty
Defender
4 Rory Feely
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: Andy Lyons 46'
5 Rob Cornwall
Defender
Booked: 25'
82'
82Subbed Off: Ciaran Kelly 82'
19 Tyreke Wilson
Defender
28 Dawson Devoy
Midfielder
Booked: 70'
8 Ali Coote
Midfielder
Scored: 74'
84'
84Subbed Off: Anto Breslin 84'
11 Liam Burt
Midfielder
Scored: 29'
16 Keith Buckley ©
Midfielder
26 Ross Tierney
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: Keith Ward 82'
12 Georgie Kelly
Forward 82'
82Subbed Off: Promise Omochere 82'

Substitutes
6 Ciaran Kelly
Defender 82'
82Subbed On: Rob Cornwall 82'
21 Bastien Hery
Midfield
3 Anto Breslin
Defender 84'
84Subbed On: Ali Coote 84'
14 Conor Levingston
Midfield
2 Andy Lyons
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Rory Feely 46'
30 Robert Mahon
Midfield
25 Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
30 Promise Omochere
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Georgie Kelly 82'
10 Keith Ward
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Ross Tierney 82'