Date Time League Season
15 October 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Late Kelly peno hands Bohs draw with Dundalk

Georgie Kelly’s last gasp penalty rescued Bohemians a point as for much of this game, it looked as if Keith Long’s side would leave a pitch they dominated for periods with nothing to show for it.

Sami Ben Amar a player that has divided many opinions at Dundalk this season, was on hand to grab a first-half goal but Kelly kept his composure to slot home as a last-minute penalty to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Both clubs traded early chances to try and steal an early march with Sean Murray and Ross Tierney having sights on goal, but neither tested the respective keepers.

The first half hit a flashpoint as each team had real opportunities to take the lead in quick succession - the difference being that Bohemians squandered and Dundalk capitalised.

Andy Lyons broke free from his defensive role and his shot took a deflection off Andy Boyle to go wide for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Georgie Kelly missed a free header from seven yards. Immediately Dundalk took advantage breaking with speed and forcing a defensive mix up that saw Talbot and Hoban contest the ball that fell loose and kindly to Sami Ben Amar who hooked the ball into an empty net.

Bohemians pressed for an equaliser but Peter Cherrie stopped Bohemians at every turn despite the consistent threat of Georgie Kelly who’s goal-bound effort late in the half looked certain to go in only for a late intervention from Greg Sloggett.

Bohemians were intent on getting an equaliser and took the game to their visitors for much of the second half with Lyons looking to test Cherrie once more only for his effort to flash wide. Cherrie would be called upon once more and like he did last week he pulled off a terrific save this time to deny Promise Omochere's long-range effort.

Dundalk had a chance to put the tie to bed when Will Patching was given the freedom Dalymount Park and he struck a low hard effort that bounced off Talbots chest, the ball fell to McMillan but he chose power over placement and his effort went over the bar.

Frustrations continued to mount for the hosts, however, the pressure valve was well and truly released when in the dying minutes of normal time they were awarded a penalty.

Initially, the referee blew for a free-kick to Dundalk after Ali Coote went down in the area but was quickly told to change his decision by his assistant and he pointed to the spot.

Kelly won’t want to watch the penalty back anytime soon as his scuffed effort crept under Cherrie, but they all count and it was for a claim of the share of the spoils. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Georgie Kelly’s last gasp penalty rescued Bohemians a point as for much of this game, it looked as if Keith Long’s side would leave a pitch they dominated for periods with nothing to show for it. Sami Ben Amar a player that has divided many opinions at Dundalk this season, was on hand to grab a first-half goal but Kelly kept his composure to slot home as a last-minute penalty to give both sides a share of the spoils.

  • 89'

    And it has just sneaked in, Kelly goes straight down the middle and it sneaks under Cherrie.

  • 89'


  • 87'

    It looks as if Coote was on hand to tap in to score only for Andy Boyle once again to put the ball out for a corner.

  • 85'

    This is going to be a tense final few minutes here, Bohemians in desperate search of an equaliser are throwing more than the kitchen sink at this Dundalk defence but Peter Cherrie has become something of the last line of everything.

  • 80'

    CHANCE! Peter Cherrie spills the ball and Georgie Kelly was on rushing but his shot goes over the bar under pressure from Cherrie.

  • 75'

    Bohemians make a triple change with Buckley, Idowu, Mullins coming on and Levingston, Burt, Omochere come off.

  • 69'

    CHANCE! Will Patching given the freedom of the ground hits a low hard effort that bounces off Talbots chest, the ball falls to McMillan but he went for power and it flies over the bar.

  • 67'

    Sami Ben Amar is off and Daniel Kelly comes on.

  • 63'

    From the resulting corner, there is a pinball in the Dundalk box ending with a Bohs header that goes over the bar. Dundalk pressed firmly to the pin of the collar here.

  • 63'

    WHAT A SAVE! Once again another week another magnificent save from Peter Cherrie who denies Promis Omochere's long-range effort with a terrific stop!

  • 59'

    James Talbot is booked for dissent after a Dundalk counter-attack started with what looked to be a foul from Greg Sloggett.

  • 58'

    The first big opportunity for Dundalk as McMillan's knockdown finds Sloggett and his volley is well saved by Talbot.

  • 56'

    Bohemians really knocking on the door, they are putting Dundalk under serious pressure with Lyons shot causing all sorts of issues but it goes wide of Cherries goal.

  • 49'

    Ben Amar gets a caution.

  • 47'

    Ross Tierney gets a ball on the edge of the area but his effort goes well wide.

  • 46'

    Murray takes the kick-off and we are back underway at Dalymount Park.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Dundalk takes the lead thanks to some fortune with Sami Ben Amar taking the spoils. Dundalk looking comfortable but Bohemians are always a threat.

  • 45'

    Ben Amar with a low effort that could have caused Talbot issues but it has gone wide.

  • 45'

    Just before halftime, Patrick Hoban is off and McMillan is on, looks like Hoban has an injury with a suspected hamstring.

  • 45'

    Always a threat here but Wilson's long-range effort was always rising.

  • 40'

    Breslin is given a caution following a foul on Ben Amar

  • 38'

    Devoy sees a gap on the edge of the area and takes a low effort which is deflected for a corner, Cherrie however catches it well and sends the ball forward to Hoban.

  • 35'

    Since the goal Peter Cherrie has been called into action on a few occasions, the first from a Bohemians free-kick and then from a corner he had to be big to ward off the attentions of Georgie Kelly. Dundalk is on the edge at the moment.

  • 33'

    Will Patching is also booked for a foul on Georgie Kelly in the build-up to Cleary's foul.

  • 32'

    Daniel Cleary is booked for a rough challenge outside the box.

  • 27'

    And right up the end, Dundalk take the lead! There was a mix up between Hoban and Talbot and Sami Ben Amar was on hand to latch onto the loose ball and hooks it into the net!

  • 26'

    CHANCE: Lyons breaks from the defence and his shot takes a deflection off Boyle and it just goes wide for a corner. From the corner, Georgie Kelly misses a free header from seven yards! You could have put your house on that!

  • 25'

    Bohemians have a series of corners but Dundalk are able to clear them, plenty of action but all this game is missing is a goal.

  • 23'

    Sam Stanton head breaks the path of the free-kick, however, the referee stops the play as he deems it a head injury.

  • 22'

    A break from Bohemians as Wilson is taken down in the area and there are brief shouts for a penalty but it's right on the line. Very VERY close to a penalty!

  • 21'

    Dundalk enjoying a good phase of posession however Bohemians are defensively well set up and working very hard to keep Patrick Hoban at bay.

  • 15'

    Murray gets the ball on the edge of the area but it goes well wide of Talbots post.

  • 10'

    Ten minutes have gone by at Dalymount Park. Bohs have been the better side when it comes to attacking phases of play but there have been no clear-cut chances as of yet.

  • 8'

    Peter Cherrie sends the ball forward and Sean Murray sees Talbot off his line his shot is high and looping but Talbot gets a hand to it.

  • 4'

    Dundalk defence is under pressure as the ball comes into the area a few times from crosses, Ross Tierney was about to pull the trigger but it's blocked down by Leahy.

  • 2'

    Michael Duffy gets in behind the defence but his shot was low and Talbot has an easy one saving the shot.

  • 1'

    We are underway here at Dalymount Park, Bohemians kick us off here.

  • Bohemians have not come out onto the pitch now, Dundalk and Vinny Perth on the pitch having a discussion, big game ahead tonight.

  • The Bohemians pre-match presenters have said that 'Dundalk were brilliant' against Shamrock Rovers. They also commented that Keith Buckley could be rested with the view of Shamrock Rovers in mind next week.

  • One change to the Dundalk lineup: Sami Ben Amar comes in for the suspended Cameron Dummingan.

  • News from the home side is that Bohemians are without Rory Feely who is suspended, James Finnerty is out with a groin injury and Stephen Mallon has a hip issue.

  • Team news from the Dundalk camp prior to tonight is that Sonni Nattestad returns from international duty as does Raivis Jurkovskis however the Latvian misses out due to suspension after an accumulation of five yellow cards. As does Cameron Dummigan with both serving a one-match ban. Patrick McEleney and Brian Gartland are out through long-term problems however in good news Daniel Kelly and David McMillan both return to the squad following their injuries.

  • Good Evening from Final Whistle HQ. Ciaran Callan is here to bring you through tonight's action of Bohemians FC and Dundalk FC from Dalymount Park. We should have team news shortly so as soon as it comes in we will let you know.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper 59'
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender 40'
5Rob Cornwall Defender
11Liam Burt 16 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward
14Conor Levingston 15 Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere 22 Midfielder
26Ross Tierney 8 Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy 10 Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
8Ali Coote 26 Midfielder
9Cole Kiernan Forward
10Keith Ward 28 Midfielder
15Roland Idowu 14 Midfielder
16Keith Buckley 11 Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins 20 Midfielder
27Sean Grehan Defender


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Sean Murray Midfielder
17Sami Ben Amar 27 Forward 27'
18Will Patching 24 Midfielder 33'
21Daniel Cleary Defender 32'
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
12Cameron Yates
24Mayowa Animasahun 18 Defender
27Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

(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
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


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