2 - 1
FT

Ali Coote 55' -
Scored: 55'


Georgie Kelly 80' -
Red: 80'


Andy Lyons 87' -
Scored: 87'


Scored: 78'
- Roberto Lopes 78'

Red: 80'
- Ronan Finn 80'


FAI Cup Report: Bohemians 2 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Aug 29 2021

Ali Coote celebrates his side's opening goal Credit: Martin Doherty

Macdara Ferris reports from Dalymount Park

Bohemians booked themselves a place in the quarter-final of the FAI Cup at the expense of their Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. 

After Pico Lopes cancelled out Ali Coote’s stunning strike for Bohs, Andy Lyons scored the winner for the Gypsies three minutes from the end of a hard fought but deserved victory over the Hoops.

It was a match that ended with both teams playing with ten men after Georgie Kelly and Ronan Finn were sent off 12 minutes from time.

The results of these Dublin derby games between Bohs and Rovers have gone in sets. Between July 2017 and June 2019 Bohs reigned supreme over Rovers in an eight game winning seven and drawing one.

The Hoops then won the next five before Georgie Kelly was the match winner for the Gypsies earlier this season in Dalymount Park but now it is back-to-back win for Bohs over Rovers and boy did the 800 Bohemians fans enjoy their Sunday afternoon’s entertainment.

The opening half was a hectic affair typical of a Bohs Rovers derby. The home team were the better side but the closest either team came to scoring was when Graham Burke’s effort bounced back out off the post with James Talbot just looking on.

With a host of defensive injuries, and the departure of Liam Scales to Celtic, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley deployed Sean Gannon on the right side of his defensive three and Aaron Greene at left wing back.

A feature of the first half was some strategic fouling from Rovers who it seemed to rotate the oh-too-robust tackles around their team, starting with Lopes taking down Liam Burt inside 15 seconds of the match kick off.

Coote hit that free kick straight into the wall and his deliveries into the box from other fouls from Lopes on seven minutes, Joey O’Brien three minutes later and Aaron Greene on 13 minutes were all cleared by the resolute Rovers defence.

By then Burke had hit the frame of the goal after Richie Towell and Greene combined down the left. 

Burke was definitely the player that the Bohs were having to pay most attention to but Ciarán Kelly was well placed to get timely tackles in to prevent the Hoops getting the opener. 

Lyons meanwhile needed to be aware of Greene popping up on the back post as Rovers looked to exploit space on the Bohs right.

Rovers ‘keeper Alan Mannus had little to do and at the other end Talbot on a couple of occasions just needed to be on his toes to jump out in front of a couple of long Rovers balls over the top.

Referee Neil Doyle’s patience with the Rovers fouling ran thin at the end of the first half when Gary O’Neill took down Burt as he broke on half way to earn the Kerryman a yellow card.

In first half injury time only a brave Gannon header over his own bar from inside his own six yard box prevented Kelly getting his head on Coote’s whipped in cross from the right and keep the game scoreless at the break.

And within a minute of the break again Gannon thwarted Kelly by getting back to block Kelly’s goalbound effort to concede a corner.

When the opening goal arrived ten minutes into the second half, it came from a Rovers foul from Finn that saw him go in the book before Coote rifled the shortly taking free kick into the top corner of the goal from 30 yards with a stunning strike. 

Stephen Bradley brought on ex-Bohs men Danny Mandroiu and Dylan Watts in place of McCann and O’Brien with O’Neill slotting in on the left of the back three as the Hoops looked to get back in the game.

They managed to do so 12 minutes from time when a former Bohs player scored. Mandroiu had been fouled and when Burke headed down the free kick at the backpost, Finn squared for Lopes to slot home from inside the six yard box.

Bohs should have gone back into the lead two minutes later when Ross Tierney blasted the ball back out off the Rovers cross bar. In the melee that followed Kelly squared up to Finn and received a straight red card, while the Rovers skipper picked up a second yellow to also get his marching orders. 

Lyons then popped up with the winner three minutes from time as his effort from the edge of the box beat Alan Mannus to lift the one remaining rood in Dalymount Park.

Talbot had to make a couple of saves in the six minutes of injury time but the Bohs defence did enough to see their team through.

The Gypsies have yet to make a cup final at the Aviva Stadium in the revamped Lansdowne Road but have had great success in that venue this year winning all three of their UEFA Europa League Conference League qualifiers.

They are now just two games away from a return to the Dublin 4 venue.

Bohemians: James Talbot; Andy Lyons, Ciaran Kelly (James Finnerty 76), Rob Cornwall, Anto Breslin; Ali Coote (Rory Feely 90), Dawson Devoy, Liam Burt, Keith Buckley (c), Ross Tierney (Promise Omochere 83); Georgie Kelly.
Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness, Tyreke Wilson, James McManus, Keith Ward, Conor Levingston, Jamie Mullins. 
Booked: Anto Breslin (50), Rob Cornwall (65). 
Sent off: Georgie Kelly (80). 
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Joey O'Brien (Dylan Watts 65), Roberto Lopes, Sean Gannon; Ronan Finn (c), Gary O'Neill, Chris McCann, Aaron Greene; Richie Towell (Aidomo Emakhu 73), Rory Gaffney, Graham Burke.
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Max Murphy, Dylan Duffy, Dean McMenamy, Daniel Mandroiu, Conan Noonan. 
Booked: Gary O'Neill (45) ,Chris McCann (47) ,Ronan Finn (54) ,Roberto Lopes (65) Ronan Finn (80). 
Sent off: Ronan Finn (80). 
Referee: Neil Doyle. 
Attendance: 800
extratime.com Player of the Match: Andy Lyons (Bohemians)


Bohemians
LSept. 24, 2021
Bohs 1 - 2 Harps
LSept. 27, 2021
Dundalk 2 - 1 Bohs
WOct. 2, 2021
Longford 1 - 4 Bohs
DOct. 15, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 Dundalk
DOct. 18, 2021
Shamrock R 1 - 1 Bohs
James Talbot 1
Goalkeeper
Andy Lyons 2
Scored: 87'
Defender
Ciaran Kelly 6
76'
76Subbed Off: James Finnerty 76'
Defender
Rob Cornwall 5
Booked: 65'
Defender
Anto Breslin 3
Booked: 50'
Defender
Ross Tierney 26
83'
83Subbed Off: Promise Omochere 83'
Midfielder
Dawson Devoy 28
Midfielder
Ali Coote 8
Scored: 55'
90'
90Subbed Off: Rory Feely 90'
Midfielder
Liam Burt 11
Midfielder
© Keith Buckley 16
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly 12
Sent Off: 80'
Forward

Substitutes
Keith Ward 10
Midfield
Promise Omochere 30
83'
83Subbed On: Ross Tierney 83'
Midfield
Jamie Mullins
Midfield
James McManus
Midfield
Stephen McGuinness 25
Goalkeeper
Conor Levingston 14
Midfield
James Finnerty 18
76'
76Subbed On: Ciaran Kelly 76'
Defender
Rory Feely 4
90'
90Subbed On: Ali Coote 90'
Midfield
Tyreke Wilson 19
Defender
Shamrock R
WSept. 24, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 1 Shamrock R
WOct. 1, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Derry
LOct. 8, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
WOct. 15, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Sligo
DOct. 18, 2021
Shamrock R 1 - 1 Bohs
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
28 Joey O'Brien
Defender 65'
65Subbed Off: Dylan Watts 65'
4 Roberto Lopes
Defender
Booked: 65'
Scored: 78'
2 Sean Gannon
Defender
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
Booked: 45'
26 Chris McCann
Midfielder
Booked: 47'
9 Aaron Greene
Midfielder
8 Ronan Finn ©
Midfielder
Booked: 54'
Sent Off: 80'
Booked: 80'
17 Richie Towell
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: Aidomo Emakhu 73'
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward
10 Graham Burke
Forward

Substitutes
7 Dylan Watts
Midfield 65'
65Subbed On: Joey O'Brien 65'
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
Conan Noonan
Forward
24 Max Murphy
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Midfield
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield 73'
73Subbed On: Richie Towell 73'
Dylan Duffy
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup Second Round

Date: 4 p.m. Aug. 29, 2021

Venue: Dalymount Park

Referee: Neil Doyle

Attendance: Unknown

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