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25 February 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk defiant in Bohs battle

Bohemians were pulled back twice by Dundalk in a thrilling contest at Dalymount Park.

In a game that was high tempo from the offset, Jordan Flores marked his debut with a goal against his former club with Dundalk pulling level thanks to Pat Hoban.

Promise Omochere scored the goal of the evening with an audacious chip just before halftime but a resurgent Dundalk drew level with a second goal in two games for loanee winger Stephen Bradley.

Bohemians have the first chance of note as Jordan Flores' long-range effort whistled past Nathan Sheppards far post. For the visitors, Daniel Kelly would have the first of two goal-scoring opportunities following a clever break Kelly’s shot took a deflection for a corner. Bohemians kept asserting pressure and it paid dividends as Flores would mark his full debut for his new club with a goal, a pinpoint corner that was sent into the Dundalk goal area with Flores was on hand to score against his former club with a well-placed header, the celebrations and the lead would be short-lived.

Some 90 seconds later, Dundalk would be back on level terms courtesy of Patrick Hoban. The Dundalk striker clinched his 160th career goal as he pounced from close range to powerfully head the ball past the onrushing James Talbot from a Dundalk corner.

Bohemians would keep pressing forward however it would be the Lilywhites who nearly went ahead as the half wore on. Kelly broke free of the Bohemians' defensive line and saw his low effort well saved but in reality, he should have scored with only Talbot to beat.

Bohemians were to go ahead as referee Paul McLaughlin played the advantage and Kris Twardek sent in an excellent cross after Lewis Macari lost his footing in the build-up. Promise Omochere seeing the ball was behind him used his heel to flick the ball over Sheppard for it to nestle into the back of the net.

The second half in large was in the visitor's favour as they chased the tie and took the contest to the host. Robbie Benson had an opportunity early doors but Talbot was equal to the opportunity. Dundalk didn't have long to wait for their equaliser as Daniel Kelly's cross to the back post was met by Stephen Bradley with the Hibernian loanee heading deftly past Tablot to equalise.

Promise Omochere had a chance to put the home side back in the lead only for him to lose his footing at the opportune moment. Bradley nearly snatched a winner for the Lilywhites only to be denied by Talbot at the near post.

Both sides had late chances to clinch the three points but neither Mark Connolly nor Jamie Mullins could put their name in lights as the hero of the hour. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Bohemians were pulled back twice by Dundalk in a thrilling contest at Dalymount Park. In a game that was high tempo from the offset, Jordan Flores marked his debut with a goal against his former club with Dundalk pulling level thanks to Pat Hoban. Promise Omochere scored the goal of the evening with an audacious chip just before halftime but a resurgent Dundalk drew level with a second goal in two games for loanee winger Stephen Bradley.

  • 90'

    CHANCE: Ward's freekick finds Connolly at the back post but his header is always rising, Connolly's reaction after the chance says it all.

  • 88'

    CHANCE: Was that it? Jamie Mullins gathers the ball and he hits a low effort that's deflected and saved by Sheppard.

  • 87'

    We are into the final minutes here, this game is hanging in the balance. A single chance could prove to be the winner, at present it's hard to say who will get it.

  • 84'

    Finnerty goes into the book.

  • 78'

    Sam Bone is booked as Bohemians continue to huff and puff a little.

  • 76'

    Keith Ward sends the ground silent with a curling free-kick that leaves Talbot flat-footed, this game hangs in the balance.

  • 75'

    Paul Doyle is on for Dundalk in place of Greg Sloggett.

  • 72'

    A fantastic low effort from Stephen Bradley which forced Talbot to save well, if he was out of position he could have been in trouble.

  • 69'

    Change for Bohemians: Jamie Mullins on for Mallon

  • 68'

    Change for Dundalk: John Martin on for Daniel Kelly to make his Dundalk debut.

  • 65'

    Change for Bohemians: Jordan Doherty on for Jordan Flores

  • 65'

    Omochere looks to be clean through after getting away from Connolly, just at the vital time he trips and falls, big let off for Dundalk

  • 63'

    Sam Bone and Stephen Mallon clash and there are massive shouts for a penalty that is waved away.

  • 62'

    Daniel Kelly has got a yellow card and conceded a foul in a dangerous area.

  • 60'

    It has been all Dundalk in the last few minutes, McMillan upfront and his dynamic movement have meant Bohemians are a little stretched at present.

  • 55'

    GOAL DUNDALK: Stephen Bradley with his second goal for the club as he latches onto a Daniel Kelly cross and he heads it home via a deflection of the post.

  • 52'

    Double change for Dundalk as David McMillan and Keith Ward come on for Pat Hoban and Dan Williams.

  • 48'

    CHANCE: That could have been 3-1 Bohs as Dawson Devoy's effort just flashed across the face of goal.

  • 47'

    Robbie Benson caused a stir in the Bohemians' defence but his turn and shot were very weak and Talbot easily gathers.

  • 46'

    And we are back underway at Dalymount, Bohemians will be shooting towards the traditional 'home' end of the second half.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: That was breathless at times but Bohemians are worthy of their lead, a well-headed effort by Jordan Flores was cancelled out by Patrick Hoban for Dundalk. Dundalk had a big call for a hand ball but Bohemians retook the lead thanks to a superb effort by Promise Omochere.

  • 45'

    CHANCE: Another great run by Twardek and his pass to Omochere falls correct but his effort was weak and its well saved.

  • 44'

    GOAL BOHEMIANS! A cross from Wilson is sent into Omochere and his deft backheel loops over Sheppard and into the back of the net, to be honest my description doesn't do it justice it was a sublime effort.

  • 43'

    BIG BIG shouts here for a handball from the Dundalk away end, Dan Willams, James Talbot and Tyreke Wilson get tangled and it appeared that Wilson handled it on the ground. The referee waves it away.

  • 42'

    CHANCE: Pat Hoban weaves his body and hits a low effort that has to be tipped away by Talbot.

  • 38'

    Daniel Kelly breaks through and his effort is pushed around the post for a corner, calls for offside fell on deaf ears.

  • 34'

    A snapshot from Greg Sloggett on the edge of the area that forces a good save down to his left from Talbot, Sloggett has that in his pocket to be fair he scored a fantastic goal here last season.

  • 34'

    Just a second career goal that at Dalymount Park for Hoban and it's the 100th goal scored by Stephen O'Donnell teams since he went into management

  • 32'

    Dan Williams goes into the referee's book for a foul.

  • 30'

    GOAL DUNDALK! An instant response from the away side as a corner sent in by Benson was met by Hoban who was on hand to power it home from close range.

  • 28'

    GOAL BOHEMIANS! That had been coming as they have been giving Dundalk some serious pressure. A corner was sent in and Jordan Flores was on hand to score against his former club. The ghost of Christmas past returns.

  • 24'

    You just cant take your eyes off this one, Dundalk is under a bit of pressure from a very high pressing Bohemians' side, Dundalk are countering with attacks but the advance in the final third is letting them down.

  • 20'

    Mark Connolly is down after clashing with Promise, an unstoppable force and an immovable object come to mind.

  • 15'

    CHANCE! A great corner sent in saw Omochere rise highest to try and nod it past Sheppard but it just goes inches wide of the post.

  • 14'

    Bohemians really beginning to test Dundalk's defence, which was exposed badly last week at times with a series of crosses into the area, Connolly and Boyle dealing with all incoming threats with ease.

  • 10'

    Daniel Kelly collects the ball from Robbie Benson's close pass but he cant get his shot to test Talbot and it goes wide, the resulting corner as his effort did take a deflection comes to nothing with the ball flying high over its intended target Andy Boyle at the back post.

  • 8'

    Jordan Flores with an attempt from the outside of the box, his effort goes well wide of Sheppard's far post, a half clearance by Andy Boyle led to the ball falling to Flores to take his attempt.

  • 5'

    A real midfield tussle here in Dalymount, Dundalk and Bohemians leaving nothing to hide with plenty of challenges. Neither side have had a chance of note.

  • 1'

    An early tussle in the area between Twardek and Macari and the referee blows for a free to Dundalk - the young Stoke loanee will have his hands full today.

  • 1'

    We are underway, Robbie Benson starts the game under a massive wall of noise.

  • And here are the teams! Dundalk in white and Bohemians are in the familiar black and red. Here we go this place is full of noise.

  • Two years ago yesterday Boh's new boy Jordan Flores was on the scoresheet for Dundalk - scoring the third in a 3-0 win over Cork City at Oriel Park in what proved to be the last game there pre-Covid. Duffy and Hoban also scored on the night. He would go one better the following week with his Puskas contender goal against Shamrock Rovers.

  • Since that win which saw Chris Sheilds miss a penalty, they have lost 2-1 twice in October 2019 and August 2020, 5-1 here last May and it was 1-1 here last time out between the sides last October when Georgie Kelly's late penalty cancelled out Sami Ben Amar's opener.

  • This hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the away side in recent years: Dundalk haven't won in their last five league visits to Dalymount stretching back to a 2-0 win in May 2019 when Georgie Kelly and Sean Hoare were on target.

  • Bohemians make their league bow tonight having last week's game postponed: Jordan Flores makes his debut against old club Dundalk tonight.

  • News from the Dundalk camp: Two changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Derry City last week with Daniel Kelly and Greg Sloggett coming in for Joe Adams and Paul Doyle respectively.

  • Good Evening from Dalymount, probably if I can say one of my favourite grounds to visit in terms of atmosphere and action. Ciaran Callan here reporting on tonight's action.

Bohemians

1James Talbot Goalkeeper
3Tyreke Wilson Defender
4Rory Feely Defender
7Stephen Mallon 22 Midfielder
8Ali Coote Midfielder
10Dawson Devoy Midfielder
15Grant Horton Defender
18James Finnerty Defender 84'
20Promise Omochere Forward 44'
21Jordan Flores 6 Midfielder 28'
23Kris Twardek Midfielder
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
5Ciaran Kelly Defender
6Jordan Doherty 21 Midfielder
12Max Murphy Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins 7 Midfielder
26Jack O’Reilly Defender
16JJ McKiernan
17Ryan Cassidy Forward

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
6Sam Bone Defender 78'
7Daniel Kelly 11 Midfielder 62'
8Robbie Benson Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward 30'
10Greg Sloggett 21 Midfielder
16Steven Bradley Midfielder 55'
19Daniel Williams 17 Midfielder 32'
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
3Brian Gartland Defender
11John Martin 7 Forward
17Keith Ward 19 Midfielder
20Joe Adams Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 10 Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 31)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Dundalk

(Series 20)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Bohemian FC

(Series 13)
5 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Dundalk

(Series 4)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Bohemian FC

(Quarter Final)
1 - 4
FAI Cup
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Dundalk

(Series 16)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Bohemian FC

(Series 7)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Dundalk

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Paul McLaughlinAllen Lynch
Emmett Dynan
Robert Harvey

Ground

Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.