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

Match Report

Waterford hang on to beat Bohemians

Waterford got some measure of revenge in their second game against Bohemians in four days, as they defeated the Gypsies 2-1 at Dalymount Park this evening.

Despite some lethargic play and slow spells in the first-half, Georgie Kelly opened the scoring just before the break. He rounded Paul Martin and slotted into the gaping net.

The Blues took their chances though, as a throw in from Greg Halford led to a double save from James Talbot, before John Martin stabbed home.

The visitors completed the comeback with a break down the left. This allowed Phoenix Patterson to play in Anthony Wordsworth, who grabbed the winner.

Bohs threatened early on, even though the visitors tried to control possession and build up carefully from defence. Kelly saw a left-footed effort curl just past the post after Promise Omochere burned past his marker and played a low cross.

With the Dalymount crowd dying down, the Gypsies decided to inject some energy into the atmosphere. Seconds after blasting an ambitious effort well over the bar, Dawson Devoy controlled the ball in midfield. He spied a curved run from Kelly, and met it perfectly. There was no doubt as the League of Ireland’s top scorer calmly knocked the ball away from Martin and then into the net.

Marc Bircham needed to get his players fired up for the second half after their flat display. His words seemingly worked as the visitors levelled the scores after 50 minutes.

Experienced centre-half Halford took a short throw-in. A cross into the Bohs box caused havoc. James Talbot threw himself at two Blues shots in a fantastic effort, but John Martin pounced on the loose ball and tapped over the line.

With doubt in the Gypsies minds, a defensive error from Rory Feely allowed Patterson down the left. The tricky winger cut the ball across to Wordsworth, who placed his shot past the despairing Talbot.

It’s a disappointing collapse for Keith Long’s men, who looked disjointed after going behind. Their European hopes now lie heavily on winning the FAI Cup final or pushing into the top four places in the table. Bircham and Waterford can be pleased with a good night’s work and a hard fought victory, as well as dragging themselves away from the relegation play-off.

  • Full time: Bohemians 1-2 Waterford

  • 90'

    Waterford are closing out the game brilliantly, forcing fouls and throw ins high up the pitch.

  • 90'

    A corner for Waterford means the game is slipping away from Bohs.

  • 90'

    Idowu has a second go after a pass from Devoy. This attempt is much closer and fizzes past the far post.

  • 90'

    Roland Idowu beats his marker, takes a shot. The less said about that the better. It goes out for a Waterford throw.

  • 90'

    Greg Halford with a fantastic tackle to rob Omochere on the break. His experience has been invaluable today.

  • 90'

    Bohs are pushing for the equaliser. Can they get it?

  • 90'

    6 added minutes.

  • 89'

    Yellow card for Stringer.

  • 89'

    Yellow card for Patterson.

  • 85'

    Bohs are getting the ball forward quickly, but there's still a disjointed nature to the attack. They can't find the final pass to open up the Blues defence.

  • 82'

    Greg Halford has been on the ground for about 4 of the last 5 minutes, no sign of a Waterford sub though.

  • 81'

    Eddie Nolan is off for the Blues.

  • 81'

    Callum Stringer is on for the Blues.

  • 78'

    Every Blues player... and their dog, are going down with cramp in stoppages of play now. It's clear to see just how much Waterford want this win.

  • 76'

    Bohs suddenly look really disjointed, passes aren't finding their marks and first touches aren't as close as before.

  • 72'

    Not looking good for Bohs as Georgie Kelly goes off with an injury.

  • 72'

    Cole Kiernan is coming on for Bohs.

  • 71'

    Waterford have turned this around, a couple of breaks and they've put themselves in the driving seat. Bohs are trying to up the tempo to get back into the game.

  • 68'

    Shane Griffin is on for Waterford.

  • 68'

    Ronaldo Green is off for Waterford.

  • 68'

    Ali Coote is on for Bohs.

  • 68'

    Keith Ward is off for Bohs

  • 67'

    Keith Ward hits a great chance straight at the 'keeper.

  • 66'

    1-2 Waterford! Wordsworth scores! Patterson picks him out for an easy finish after a Bohs mistake in defence.

  • 63'

    Dawson Devoy shows magical feet to dance past a couple of tackles. He chips the ball into Omochere, who heads just wide. Fantastic chance.

  • 62'

    Anthony Wordsworth gets a yellow for a hard tackle on Rory Feely.

  • 60'

    Conor Levingston and Jamie Mullins are off for Bohs.

  • 60'

    Ross Tierney and Roland Idowu come on for Bohs.

  • 57'

    Georgie Kelly picks up a yellow card after going for the ball, his foot connects with 'keeper Paul Martin's head. A dangerous challenge.

  • 56'

    End-to-end as John Martin is picked out by a Waterford cross, he has time and space, but leans back and puts the ball over the bar.

  • 55'

    Surely Omochere should score! Feely picks out Georgie Kelly with a throw, he pulls it to Omochere, who hits his shot straight at Paul Martin.

  • 54'

    Patterson causes some trouble with a run inside, his shot is blocked before Wordsworth slashes wide.

  • 52'

    All of a sudden, Waterford have come into the game. A shot pings off Levingston and hits the bar!

  • 50'

    Goal Waterford! John Martin scores after a clever throw-in routine.

  • 46'

    It's back underway at Dalymount Park.

  • Half-time Bohemians 1-0 Waterford

  • 41'

    Geogie Kelly scores! Dawson Devoy finds Kelly with a well timed pass. He rounds the 'keeper and slots home. A magnificent run and pass.

  • 40'

    Dawson Devoy shoots from 30-yards, it's a good way over the bar.

  • 39'

    Bohs are playing in fits and starts, one second they look very dangerous, the next they're lobbing a cross into the 'keeper's arms.

  • 36'

    After a lull in the game, Junior dashed forward for the Blues with the ball. He twisted and turned before lashing a shot at goal. Kelly gets a foot in to block it though.

  • 31'

    Levingston with another foul, he's lucky not to be off.

  • 30'

    Some better play from the Blues results in a cross from Phoenix Patterson. Some good defending from Finnerty prevents anyone meeting it.

  • 28'

    Yellow card for Conor Levingston.

  • 27'

    It's unbelievable how slow Waterford's play out the back is. It's no wonder the game has no tempo and the crowd has died down at Dalymount.

  • 23'

    Keith Ward dinks a pass into Georgie Kelly behind the defence. The number 12 is offside, and so his shot on target doesn't matter.

  • 18'

    As clear of a yellow card as you'll see. Stafford pulls back Devoy while on the break.

  • 17'

    The wall does its job. Junior's hit loops harmlessly over the bar.

  • 17'

    Levingston takes down Junior in a fantastic position to shoot. A lazy tackle that may cost the home side.

  • 15'

    The visitors are trying to get balls in behind and threaten the Bohs backline, however it has been really ineffective. Keith Long's men look the more likely to open the scoring.

  • 11'

    First sighter for Georgie Kelly. Promise Omochere easily outpaced his full-back, pulled a cross towards Kelly, who turned and let a shot go. It went just past the left-hand post, very close.

  • 11'

    Bohs aren't pressing hard and are letting Waterford play their way out from the back. It isn't getting the Blues anywhere, their passes are easily cut out, the pace of the play is too slow to be dangerous.

  • 7'

    Eddie Nolan has a pop from a deep free-kick. It's off target and easily caught by James Talbot.

  • 6'

    First signs of life from Waterford as Power drives forward from the right, it makes its way to Junior and Patterson on the left, but they can't make anything of it.

  • 3'

    Another promising chance for Bohs, Mullins has a curling effort blocked by Greg Halford.

  • 2'

    Mullins has the first chance of the game, the ball just escapes his reach after Omochere played him into a good position.

  • 1'

    And Conor Levingston gets the game underway!

  • Both managers have made changes, but it's clear who has the greater depth, with Waterford having only six players on the bench sue to injuries and suspensions. Bohs however, have a pretty strong team out, in spite of rotation.

  • Bohemians team news: Keith Long names a rotated line-up, with seven changes to the team that won in the semi-final. Alistair Coote, Liam Burt, Andy Lyons, Anto Breslin, Keith Buckley, Ross Tierney and Rob Cornwall drop out. They are replaced by Rory Feely, Tyreke Wilson, James Finnerty, Conor Levingston, Jamie Mullins, Promise Omochere and Keith Ward.

  • Waterford team news; there are four changes to the side that lost in the FAI Cup semi-final, most of which are forced. Brian Murphy, Kyle Ferguson, Shane Griffin and Niall O'Keefe are out. Ronaldo Romario Green, Paul Martin, Cameron Evans and Greg Halford are in.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Bohemians vs. Waterford. I'm Jon Parkin, and I will be covering tonight's game.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
10Keith Ward 8 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly 9 Forward 41'
14Conor Levingston 26 Midfielder 28'
18James Finnerty Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins 15 Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
8Ali Coote 10 Midfielder
9Cole Kiernan 12
11Liam Burt Midfielder
15Roland Idowu 22
26Ross Tierney 14 Midfielder


22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
Greg Halford Defender
Phoenix Patterson Midfielder 89'
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder 66'
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12John Martin Forward 50'
16Ronaldo Romario Green 7
19Jack Stafford Midfielder 18'
46Eddie Nolan 26
Jamal Dupree Midfielder
5George Forrest
7Shane Griffin 16 Midfielder
16Jeremie Milambo
26Callum Stringer 46 Midfielder 87'
30Kyle Cooke Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Semi Final)
1 - 0
Dalymount Park

Bohemians v Waterford

(Series 23)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Bohemian FC

(Series 14)
3 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Waterford

(Series 5)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Bohemian FC

(Series 11)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Waterford

(Series 2)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Bohemian FC


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

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