|1 July 2022||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2022|
Derry City stayed apace at the top of the Premier Division courtesy of edging a five-goal thriller, emerging as 3-2 victors against Bohemians.
Joe Thomson and Ali Coote exchanged goals before, less than a minute after Coote’s equaliser, an unstoppable volley from Matty Smith restored Derry’s lead.
An unfortunate own goal from Dawson Devoy gave the Candystripes a two-goal cushion yet Devoy scorched a long-range beauty home to ensure a nail-biting final five minutes, where Derry held on.
An enthusiastic opening saw both sides exert pressure. Although Derry had a few decent chances; among them, a Will Patching free kick and Danny Lafferty half volley that were both tremendously saved by Tadgh Ryan. Visiting keeper Brain Maher was then tested, a smart stop with his feet denying Promise Omochere.
All the attacking action soon yielded a goal. Caoimhin Porter, a prominent presence throughout, played in the on running Joe Thomson. Ryan had rushed off his goal-line and Thomson stayed calm to convert with a coolly executed chip that put Derry ahead at the break.
Keith Long sent his side out with renewed vigour and their upped intensity drew dividends just before the hour. Concerted pressure saw Porter meekly head away only as far as Ali Coote who equalised with a well-taken volley.
Yet, the home side’s buoyancy was quickly quenched as from kick off, Derry restored their lead. Porter made amends with his second assist of the evening, this a superb, high cross which Matty Smith, arriving at the back post, slammed an unstoppable volley into the roof of Ryan’s net.
Ruadhri Higgins, keen to ensure the points, sent top scorer Jamie McGonigle on and his pace helped him earn a free kick off Jordan Doherty. Patching’s delivery was typically teasing, and the ball wriggled in, the unfortunate Dawson Devoy credited with an Own Goal.
However, Devoy was soon back scoring at a more familiar end, after receiving a pass from the eager Jamie Mullins, Devoy struck a scorcher from range to set up a nerve-wracking end.
Despite an almighty push, an Omochere shot headed off the line by the excellent Shane McEleney, he made a number of fine defensive blocks all game, was as close as Bohs came to claiming a late point.
Back-to-back league wins for Derry, momentum restored at the perfect time as they begin their Europa Conference League journey against FC Riga on Thursday. Bohs meanwhile, travel to UCD on the same night, undoubtedly motivated to avenge tonight’s home loss.
|20. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe||38'|
|42'||8. Joe Thomson|
|8. Ali Coote||59'|
|61'||15. Matty Smith|
|28. Dawson Devoy||76'|
|28. Dawson Devoy||86'|
|Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland|