|7 July 2022||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2022|
Bohemians recovered from a goal down to secure a 3-1 victory this evening at the UCD Bowl. Jordan Flores cancelled out Thomas Lonergan’s opener before Liam Burt put the Gypsies ahead on the stroke of halftime. A Dawson Devoy penalty made it 3-1 with a minute left on the clock to seal all three points for Keith Long’s side.
The home side started the better team and failed to make good chances pay. Michael Gallagher couldn't compose himself in a good position to score midway through the second half and Sam Todd almost put the home side ahead from the resulting corner.
Thomas Lonergan also had several chances but could not convert in the opening half-hour. Just as UCD fans worried their wastefulness may cost them, Lonergan finally converted with a beautiful curling effort which found the top corner giving Tadgh Ryan no hope in the Bohs goal.
The Students’ lead was short-lived, however. Just minutes later a Kian Moore error let a Jordan Flores long-range shot spill into his own net. Bohs then took the lead on the stroke of halftime. Promise Omochere had a close-range effort deflected but the ball landed favourably for Liam Burt who headed home on the 6-yard box.
UCD struggled to make an impression in the second half as the Gypsies showed excellent game management to frustrate the hosts. Dawson Devoy also kept the UCD defence on their toes with some lovely ball carrying as he drove at the center-back pairing of Sam Todd and captain Jack Keaney.
The College’s best chance came with 15 minutes to go as a John Ryan freekick found Sam Todd at the back post. The center-back was unable to fully control the ball however and was closed down by Tadgh Ryan in the nick of time.
If UCD had any hope of getting an equaliser that task was made far more difficult on the 80th minute when Sam Todd was given his marching orders after a second yellow. The former Finn Harps and Derry City man was lucky to avoid red when he made a last-man tackle in the first half but a late tackle on Jordan Flores meant referee Alan Patchell had no option but to produce the second yellow
The three points were sealed on the 89th-minute mark when Devoy converted a spot-kick which was almost reached by Kian Moore in the UCD net. Evan Osam fouled substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe who took the ball cleverly away from the full-back to invite the challenge. The third goal put the game out of UCD’s reach and the travelling Bohs faithful were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
The result has solidified the Phibsorough outfits hold on 6th place and brings them closer to Sligo Rovers who were in UEFA Europa Conference action this evening. Next up for the Gypsies is a friendly in Berlin to face Union Berlin on Saturday before returning to league action against Drogheda next Friday.
Meanwhile, UCD remain bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. Next up for the Students is an away visit to Sligo Rovers in 10 days time.
|27. Tommy Lonergan||30'|
|36'||6. Jordan Flores|
|22. Sam Todd||43'|
|45'||11. Liam Burt|
|70'||6. Jordan Flores|
|18. Donal Higgins||76'|
|22. Sam Todd||80'|
|26. John Ryan||86'|
|89'||28. Dawson Devoy|
|UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland|