Date Time League Season
19 August 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shelbourne and Bohemians draw in Dublin Derby

Shane Farrell's second-half penalty ensured a share of the spoils from an ill-tempered Dublin Derby, as ten-man Shelbourne recovered to stifle Bohemians and earn a point at Tolka Park.

Shels manager Damien Duff spoke beforehand about how his players had prepared well for this fixture and that motivation wouldn't be a problem.

They were behind almost immediately, after Aaron O'Driscoll's clumsy challenge on the edge of the box was duly punished by a dangerous defender in Tyreke Wilson, adept from set-pieces.

Gavin Molloy produced an excellent recovery run to protect O'Driscoll as the visitors looked to exploit him in transition, before disaster struck for the 23-year-old forcing him to be stretchered off.

Ethon Varian's needless push into his back saw him clatter into his goalkeeper, and he was knocked unconscious as a result.

After a lengthy stoppage to ensure he was okay, Shels were forced into a double defensive change as both he and captain Luke Byrne came off injured.

In fairness to the hosts, they responded well to that setback and created multiple chances to equalise before the half-hour mark.

Ciaran Kelly's last-ditch sliding intervention denied Shane Farell as he advanced into the area, looking to shoot.

Someone who did let fly was Matty Smith: leaving one defender in his wake, cutting past another and watching his effort trickle narrowly wide.

A minute later, he forced Jon McCracken into an acrobatic stop from distance, before Farell fired wide from long-range himself after his lofted free-kick delivery went unrewarded.

Shels' top goalscorer Sean Boyd missed this matchup with a groin injury and his absence was particularly obvious in those moments, where cooler heads and more composure would've seen them pull back level.

Things got more difficult still on the stroke of half-time, as John Ross Wilson was shown a straight red card after a high, reckless challenge through Declan McDaid.

McDaid could've compounded their woes in first-half stoppage-time, but flashed a first-time effort wide of the post with the goal gaping after good work from Kris Twardek on the flank.  

Ten minutes after the restart, they got an equaliser without warning.  

Despite Kelly's vehement protests, the referee didn't hesitate to point to the spot after he hauled down an overlapping Jack Moylan in the box.

Farrell fired home with an excellent spot-kick, a worthy scorer for a player who worked tirelessly both with and without possession.  

McCracken was forced into another big stop, this time tipping substitute JJ Lunney's powerful effort over the crossbar, as you wouldn't know Shels were the team battling a numerical disadvantage.  

Farrell made a goal-saving interception late on, overextending himself to deny sub Jonathan Afolabi as he bore down on goal in the box.

Between him and Shane Griffin's defensive efforts, it was a dogged display by Duff's men to emerge with a hard-fought point given the circumstances.  

Bohemians were downbeat at full-time, but had more than enough time and chances to put the hosts to the sword. A draw keeps both in the Premier Division's bottom half, while Sligo in 5th dropped points elsewhere this evening.

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  • Bohs will be downbeat after dropping two points here, but only have themselves to blame after lacking composure with some promising chances as well as conceding a sloppy penalty to boot.

  • 95'

    FT: Shelbourne 1-1 Bohemians. That\'s it! Duff\'s men, who played with ten men for a half, rescue a point from a match they easily could\'ve lost here... They\'ll happily take a draw from a derby with plenty of needle, Farrell was the worthy saviour after a tireless display from the forward - both in attack and defensively.

  • 94'

    McManus on for Sullivan... last throw of the dice for the visitors here..

  • 92'

    Farrell, three minutes from being his team's saviour, becomes the 10th player into the referee's book.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of stoppage-time to be added on. Will either side conjure up a winner here?

  • 88'

    Ironic jeers from the home support now, as a stoppage in play allows McManus a chance to receive treatment for cramp. Shels have slowly, gradually kept a lid on things with ten men so far...

  • 83'

    Carr replaces Moylan now, in the latest change for the hosts.

  • 77'

    Great challenge! Farrell briefly goes down with cramp after overextending himself to deny Afolabi as he bares down on goal in the box, the last touch off the striker means it's a Shels goal-kick.

  • 75'

    Coote should do better, but his effort at Clarke's near post is comfortably held by the goalkeeper.

  • 73'

    Burt has threatened down the right-hand side for Bohs, who have the numerical advantage, but Afolabi in particular has been quiet since his introduction - no service. Not what you want to hear as an attacker.

  • 68'

    McManus is booked now after committing two chippy fouls in a matter of moments, then Molloy gets one too.

  • 67'

    SAVE! McCracken gets a strong hand to tip Lunney\'s powerful effort over the crossbar, corner comes to nothing, but you wouldn\'t know Shels have a man less right now...

  • 65'

    Burt replaces an ineffectual Twardek now, who - besides creating one opportunity deep in stoppage-time - hasn't done much well creatively tonight.

  • 60'

    Shane Griffin is next into the referee's book for the hosts, in what has been described as a "professional" - tactical - foul. Another dangerous set-piece for Bohs fizzles out though.

  • 57'

    Double change in the wake of that penalty for the visitors: Afolabi and Murphy on, for Varion and Coote.

  • 55'

    FARRELL FIRES HOME THE EQUALISER! It's all square, an excellent penalty.

  • 54'

    SHELBOURNE PENALTY! They have a chance to equalise after a coming together between Moylan and Kelly...

  • 52'

    Conor Kane off, Aodh Dervin on in his place now for the hosts.

  • 49'

    After a patient passage of play in the Shelbourne half, goalscorer Wilson is unmarked outside the area and tries his luck from distance, but the effort flies above the top corner.

  • 45'

    Second-half is underway, no changes at the break for either side. I'll let you know if, and likely when, that changes.

  • 52'

    HT: Shelbourne 0-1 Bohemian, the whistle blows and a chorus of boos reverberate around Tolka Park - chants of \"you\'re not fit to referee,\" harsh as the official has asserted his authority on an ill-tempered game so far.

  • 50'

    Chance! Twardek marauds forward down the flank, cuts the ball back for McDaid who flashes a first-time effort wide of the post!

  • 49'

    Back to Wilson's dismissal: high, reckless, studs up and he went straight through McDaid... couldn't have any complaints in truth.

  • 48'

    Burke and now Moylan are booked for respective tackles...

  • 45'

    SHELS DOWN TO TEN! FROM BAD TO WORSE... John Ross Wilson scythes down Declan McDaid and is off!

  • 44'

    James Clarke tries his luck on the edge of the area after what appears to have been a well-intentioned free-kick routine... but a comfortable catch on the line for Brendan Clarke in the Shels goal.

  • 41'

    Goalscorer Wilson is next into the book and he can have no complaints after charging down the ball but crashing unceremoniously into a Shels player near the touchline.

  • 35'

    Kelly again to Bohs' rescue, this time with a timely block in the box as Shelbourne have seized the initiative now and are intently charging down the flanks, threatening an equaliser.

  • 30'

    Shels stirring now with a few chances to chew on... Farrell's teasing delivery from another cheap free-kick goes unrewarded before he fires an ambitious effort wide.

  • 27'

    Save! McCracken produces an acrobatic stop to thwart Smith a second time in quick succession, this time from distance and out for a corner. Foul on the edge of the box puts a stop to that.

  • 26'

    Close! Matty Smith with Shels' biggest chance so far! Successive passes tee him up on the edge of the box, he leaves Feely and cuts past Kelly before striking goalwards. It trickles narrowly wide of the far post.

  • 22'

    Moylan latest to give away a cheap free-kick, this time from a further distance but another Bohemians opportunity is headed away, into another foul! Tempers flaring a little as the ball fizzles out for a goal-kick.

  • 19'

    Lunney and Ledwidge are both on for Shelbourne at the back, in place of Byrne - who has an unspecified injury - and the aforementioned O'Driscoll.

  • 18'

    Ciaran Kelly makes an important last-ditch sliding intervention to deny Shane Farell as he advances into the area, looking to shoot.

  • 17'

    Play resumes as O'Driscoll is stretchered off to a warm reception from both sets of fans. Knocked unconscious by that needless push, you can only hope he's okay.

  • 14'

    Kameron Ledwidge is warming up on the sidelines and receiving his final instructions, he'll be introduced in an enforced early substitution once play resumes. O'Driscoll still receiving treatment.

  • 10'

    Varian is next into the book after he shoves O'Driscoll into Clarke, and leaves the defender in a motionless heap. It doesn't look good, players gesturing for urgent medical attention and the stretcher is coming out too.

  • 8'

    Molloy produces an excellent recovery run to protect O'Driscoll as Coote speeds past him in transition, baring down on goal. It's going to be a long night for the 23-year-old.

  • 6'

    Wilson hits the ball sweetly, and wheels away to celebrate as it flies towards the bottom corner with aplomb! It was a silly set-piece to give away, Shels now have an early deficit to overturn...

  • 5'


  • 4'

    Aaron O'Driscoll is first into the referee's book for a late lunging tackle on the edge of the box.

  • 3'

    McDaid's heavy touch sees Shels threat a counter-attack with McCracken off his line... but Moylan tries his luck from distance and it trickles harmlessly wide.

  • Minute's silence is impeccably observed and after a brief delay, the referee blows his whistle - we're underway!

  • The crowd are in fine voice, players out of the tunnel and now is time for a minute's silence as they show their respects after news this week of the sudden death of Bohemian's club volunteer Derek Monaghan.

  • "We need to execute our final pass to create more opportunities, need to be more ruthless in both boxes," he says.

  • By contrast, his opposite number Keith Long dismissed recent form and their league table position, warning his players with a difficult task ahead of them tonight.

  • "If you can't get up for this, you might as well go home," he declares, only half-joking pitchside.

  • During a pre-match interview, Shels boss Damien Duff said preparation for this game has been very good, the players have trained well and he\'s expecting it to continue tonight.

  • The players are currently going through their respective warm-ups, so how about some pre-match reading while you wait? Why is this particular encounter so important tonight? Click on the article tab and read my match preview!

  • Team news for both sides is already in, so check out the line-ups tab for that... KO is 20 minutes away now, one of seven fixtures - across the Premier and First Division - taking place around the grounds tonight.

  • My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll guide you through the evening's action at Tolka Park, with both sides eager to get back to winning ways after disappointment last time out.

  • Good evening and welcome to tonight's live play-by-play commentary, as two of the Premier Division's strugglers collide in the Dublin Derby: Shelbourne host Bohemians with kick-off at 7.45pm. Stay tuned for updates.


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
23Luke Byrne 6 Defender
2John Ross Wilson Defender 45'
3Conor Kane 16 Defender
4Aaron O’Driscoll 32 Defender 4'
5Shane Griffin Defender 60'
7Brian McManus Midfielder 68'
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder 68'
10Jack Moylan 14 Midfielder 48'
17Shane Farrell Forward 55'
Matty Smith Forward
Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
Lewis Temple Defender
6JJ Lunney 23 Midfielder
8Josh Giurgi Defender
14Daniel Carr 10 Forward
16Aodh Dervin 3 Midfielder
32Kameron Ledwidge 4 Defender


40Jon McCracken Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender 5'
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
19Ryan Burke 24 Defender 47'
7Declan McDaid Midfielder
8Ali Coote 22 Midfielder
11Kris Twardek 11 Midfielder
17John O’Sullivan 28 Midfielder
22James Clarke Midfielder
18Ethon Varian 20 Forward 10'
1Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
2Josh Kerr Defender
22Jamie Mullins 8 Midfielder
24Max Murphy 19 Midfielder
11Liam Burt 11 Midfielder
28James McManus 17 Midfielder
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
20Jonathan Afolabi 18 Forward
27Cian Byrne Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 20)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Round 20)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 10)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 11)
1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Round 6)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 1)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 26)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 17)
3 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 8)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 14)
1 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 5)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.