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Date Time League Season
1 July 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Derry edge five-goal thriller with Bohemians

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.

  • Thanks for joining me tonight, what a thriller that turned into!

  • Derry hold on, 3-2 win!!

  • 89'

    Frantic off the line defending from Derry denies Omochere a leveller!

  • 86'

    A scorcher from Devoy! He's made amends for his OG, Mullan did well in teeing him up and what a rocket! 5 minutes plus added time to play!

  • 80'

    Murphy is hooked for Ciaron Kelly

  • 79'

    Max Murphy now booked as Bohs frustration begins to show

  • 76'

    Own Goal extends Derry's lead. McGonigle has an immediate impact, winning a free kick off Jordan Doherty. Patching curls a wicked delivery in and the unfortunate Dawson Devoy has an OG to his name

  • 71'

    Tyreke Wilson has come on for Conor Levingston for the hosts

  • 71'

    Tyreke Wilson has come on for Conor Levingston for the hosts

  • 71'

    Jamie McGonigle is on for Derry, the club's top scorer replacing James Akintunde

  • 71'

    Jamie McGonigle is on for Derry, the club's top scorer replacing James Akintunde

  • 64'

    Bohs first change sees Twardek off for youngster Jamie Mullins

  • 64'

    Bohs first change sees Twardek off for youngster Jamie Mullins

  • 61'

    Brandon Kavanagh has also come on for the busy Porter

  • 61'

    Brandon Kavanagh has also come on for the busy Porter

  • 61'

    Derry captain Eoin Toal returns from injury replacing Danny Lafferty

  • 62'

    Derry captain Eoin Toal returns from injury replacing Danny Lafferty

  • 64'

    What a few minutes! Couple of subs to update you on now

  • 61'

    Porter immediately makes amends, hanging another delicious cross to the back post where Matty Smith strikes a sweet volley, which thunders into the top of Ryan's net!!

  • 59'

    Ali Coote lashes home for Bohs after Porter's poor clearing header! But wait...

  • 50'

    Bohs upping the intensity early on, Kris Twardek's cross is attacked by Omochere but he nods it into Maher's gloves

  • 45'

    Second half has began!

  • 45'

    Half Time: Bohs-0 Derry City-1

  • 42'

    Derry ahead! Porter pings a pass into an onrunning Thomson, Ryan had rushed off his goaline and Thomson nonchalantly lobs him! Superbly calm finish

  • 35'

    Now Bohs threaten, Maher making a smart stop with his feet to deny the dangerous Omochere

  • 35'

    Derry's best chance! Caoimhin Porter whips in a peach of a cross and Danny Lafferty hits a smashing half-volley which Ryan saves not once but twice, also denying Joe Thomson on the rebound

  • 30'

    Devoy wellies a shot from forty yards out that Maher juggles but just about holds

  • 19'

    And now the Candystripes bare their attacking teeth! Concerted pressure leads to a free kick which Will Patching, match-winner last week, strikes nicely but Tadhg Ryan gets across well to save it

  • 13'

    Bohs well on top but not troubling Brian Maher. Shane McEleney has made a handful of important defensive interventions at the back for Derry

  • 4'

    Promise Omochere with a weaving dribble on the left, it falls to Dawson Devoy who shoots wide of the post from the edge of the box

  • 1'

    Underway!

  • Good evening, I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to tonight's coverage of Bohemians vs Derry City here on FinalWhistle.ie. Kick Off is an hour away

Bohemians

1Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
24Max Murphy 6 Midfielder
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
4Rory Feely Defender
6Jordan Flores Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder 86'
76'
8Ali Coote Midfielder 59'
14Conor Levingston 19 Midfielder
20Promise Omochere Forward
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward 38'
11Kris Twardek 22 Midfielder
45Daithi Folan Goalkeeper
6Ciaran Kelly 24 Defender
11Liam Burt Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson 14 Defender
22Jamie Mullins 11 Midfielder
27Cian Byrne Midfielder
28James McManus Midfielder
24Aaron Doran Midfielder

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
24Danny Lafferty 6 Defender
3Ciaran Coll Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
33Caoimhin Porter 20 Midfielder
8Joe Thomson Midfielder 42'
14Will Patching Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney Midfielder
11James Akintunde 9 Forward
12Matty Smith 25 Forward 61'
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
6Eoin Toal 24 Defender
9Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward
20Brandon Kavanagh 33 Midfielder
25Evan McLaughlin 12 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
34Orrin McLaughlin Forward
37Daithi McCallion Defender
38Liam Mullan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Bohemian FC

(Round 8)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Derry City

(Series 33)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Bohemian FC

(Series 26)
3 - 3
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Derry City

(Series 15)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Bohemian FC

4 - 5
eLOI Group A
Online Event

Derry City v Bohemian FC

(Series 8)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Derry City

(Series 13)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Derry City

(Series 4)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Bohemian FC

Ground

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

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