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Date Time League Season
13 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Dundalk come from behind to deliver against Bohemians

Dundalk came from behind to score three goals and keep pace at the top of the league with victory over Bohemians tonight.

Goals from Patrick Hoban, Robbie Benson, and Paul Doyle in the second half delivered the Lilywhites a confidence-boosting win that set the standard for how they will perform in the second half of the season.

Bohemians took the lead thanks to a Ciaran Kelly strike, but Dundalk pushed into another gear after the break, which the visitors couldn't handle.

Both teams had early chances to score, with Dundalk starting the better of the two, but it was the away side who would score first.

A corner for the Dalymount Park outfit was not cleared by the Dundalk defence and it dropped to Bohs defender Ciaran Kelly at the back post, who opened his body up to steer the ball home to give the away side the lead.

Dundalk kept pressing, and Robbie Benson had the biggest chance of the first half when his 35-yard effort was pushed over the bar by James Talbot; he would earn another opportunity in the second half.

The second half had a completely different feel to it than the first, with Dundalk displaying confidence, control, and, most importantly, goals.

Only four minutes into the second half, Robbie Benson sent the ball to Patrick Hoban, who fired a low attempt past James Tablot with the tiniest of touches to level the game. If the first goal was well-executed in terms of teamwork, the home team's second goal was even better.

Second-half substitute Keith Ward provided the creative spark that Dundalk required, as his clever pass to Daniel Kelly allowed the pacy winger to break free of the Bohemians back line. His deft touch to Benson was inch-perfect, and he would score the Lilywhites all-important second six years to the week after his first-ever Dundalk goal.

Dundalk would seal the contest with another well-worked goal, with Paul Doyle providing the all-important finish late in the tie.

Similar to his goal against UCD last week, the midfielder would pounce onto a loose ball on the fringe of the area and hit a well-taken shot, although with a big deflection, to add a third.

Dundalk secure the win, but they turn up the style a little as they show that timing is crucial - O'Donnell's calls for personnel changes this season in games are proving to be invaluable so far.

  • 90'

    Dundalk came from behind to score three goals and keep pace at the top of the league, with goals from Patrick Hoban, Robbie Benson, and Paul Doyle in the second half delivering the Lilywhites a confidence-boosting win that set the standard for how they will perform in the second half of the season. Bohemians took the lead thanks to a Ciaran Kelly strike, but Dundalk pushed into another gear after the break, which the visitors couldn't handle.

  • 90'

    Five added minutes here at Oriel.

  • 89'

    Ryan Cassidy is booked for Bohemians.

  • 85'

    Coote is booked for a foul on Ward.

  • 82'

    Patrick Hoban leaves to a standing ovation as David McMillan comes on

  • 78'

    It doesn't matter how they happen but they do! Paul Doyle with a snapshot very similar to that of his effort in UCD and it takes a wicked deflection and in. Dundalk 3-1 now up in Oriel.

  • 72'

    Twardek is on for Liam Burt, the talented midfielder is a welcome option to Keith Ward.

  • 71'

    Six years to the day since he scored his first goal for Dundalk Benson has a tap-in after an unselfish lay-off from Daniel Kelly from a superb Keith Ward pass

  • 70'

    GOAL! Ward, Kelly, Benson! Keith Ward with the pass of the night feeds Daniel Kelly who looks up and with the clever pass feeds Robbie Benson to slot the ball home from close range.

  • 69'

    Tonight's attendance: 2748

  • 68'

    Paul Doyle is on for his 125th career appearance. His Premier Division debut came against Bohs three years ago when Keith Long’s side won 2-0 at the UCD Bowl on February 22nd 2019. The goalscorers on the night were Danny Mandroiu and Dinny Corcoran.

  • 66'

    Double change for Dundalk: Keith Ward on for Bradley and Paul Doyle on for Adams.

  • 61'

    Sloggett is booked for a foul on Omochere.

  • 60'

    Liam Burt with another snapshot from outside the area but is well saved by Sheppard.

  • 56'

    It looked as if Hoban had broken free but he was just offside.

  • 53'

    CHANCE: A fantastic cross is sent in and Hoban with a glancing header that just goes wide of the far post.

  • 48'

    GOAL! Robbie Benson lays the ball off to Hoban and he smashes it past Talbot to draw things level, game on here.

  • 46'

    We are back underway at Oriel, no changes from either side.

  • 45'

    CHANCE: Hoban collects the ball on the edge of the area and his low effort well close was well covered by Talbot.

  • 41'

    Daniel Kelly breaks free and tries to hook it over the keeper and on the second ball, Joe Adams's chip goes well over the bar.

  • 40'

    CHANCE: Daniel Kelly collects the ball inside the area and his snap shot on the turn strikes the side netting.

  • 35'

    A free-kick from Joe Adams sees it swung into the area, but it fails to clear the first man and Bohemians are on the attack that breaks down.

  • 29'

    SAVE: What a save from James Talbot as Robbie Benson lets one fly from 35 yards and he has to tip it over the bar.

  • 26'

    The former Dundalk midfielder tries to come back to haunt his old club but his low effort from close range was well saved by Sheppard.

  • 23'

    Dundalk continues to press with Robbie Benson and Daniel Kelly pushing high but that final pass is just not paying off for them.

  • 19'

    Bradley looks to try and take Dundalk back into this game but his shot from his left, the type he became famous for at the beginning of this season was blocked down.

  • 15'

    Dundalk had only conceded the first-half goals so far this season before Kelly's opener - Joe Thomson's opener for Derry City in the 2-2 draw on the opening day and Jordan Flores and Promise Omochere's goals for Bohs in the 2-2 draw the week after.

  • 13'

    GOAL! Ciaran Kelly slams the ball home from close range as the corner which was played short was not picked up by a Dundalk player and Kelly was on hand to turn it home.

  • 12'

    CHANCE: A great opportunity for Bohemians as Burt receives an excellent pass from Omochere and Sheppard does really well to push it around the post.

  • 9'

    Burt with a low effort outside the area that is blocked down but his trickery is causing Dundalk issues as he skips past the home players with ease.

  • 6'

    Levingston with a low effort from outside the area but Sheppard does well to get down to save.

  • 5'

    CHANCE: Mark Connolly from the corner latches onto the ball at the near post with a half volley that flashes across the face of the goal but just goes wide.

  • 4'

    Dundalk has started very brightly here and Joe Adams earns Dundalk a corner following some clever link-up play.

  • 1'

    We are underway at Oriel Park, Dundalk pushing already for an early opener to start the game as bright as possible.

  • The teams are out on the pitch we will be underway soon at Oriel, the sides have switched sides looks like Dundalk will be shooting towards the 'home end' for the first half as NOT per tradition. Mind games already from Keith Long and the away side.

  • Tonight is Long’s 30th time managing against Dundalk. His record so far is won 6, drawn 5 and lost 18 with 25 goals for and 54 against.

  • Tonight will be Stephen O’Donnell’s 10th time facing off against Keith Long. There has been nothing between the two former Dundalk title winners so far with 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats apiece.

  • Stephen O'Donnell makes four changes from the side which drew 2-2 away to UCD last week with Sam Bone, Mark Connolly, Steven Bradley and Robbie Benson in for Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Keith Ward and Paul Doyle

  • Good Evening from Oriel Park, the home of football as Dundalk FC take on Bohemians as part of the 'Fantastic Friday' match ups.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
7Daniel Kelly 11 Midfielder
8Robbie Benson Midfielder 71'
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward 48'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder 61'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Steven Bradley 17 Midfielder
20Joe Adams 21 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
11John Martin 7 Forward
17Keith Ward 16 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle 20 Midfielder 78'
23John Mountney Midfielder
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward

Bohemians

1James Talbot Goalkeeper
5Ciaran Kelly Defender 15'
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
8Ali Coote 22 Midfielder 86'
9Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
10Dawson Devoy Midfielder
11Liam Burt 23 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston 21 Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
19Sam Packham Defender
20Promise Omochere 17 Forward
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
12Max Murphy Midfielder
17Ryan Cassidy 20 Forward 89'
21Jordan Flores 14 Midfielder
23Kris Twardek 11 Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins 8 Midfielder
26James McManus Midfielder
27Cian Byrne Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Dundalk

(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

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, 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.