Date Time League Season
19 November 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Kelly grabs point for Bohs

Having only been on the pitch a single minute Georgie Kelly rescued a point for Bohemians against Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds tonight in the final game of the season.

The 77th minute strike cancelling out a sensational goal from Johnny Kenny in the first half , the Premier Division’s top scorer will be hoping to bring his superb form into the upcoming FAI Cup final.

A bright start for the home side was epitomized by the Ireland u19 star and Riverstown native Kenny, channeling his trickery on the outside of The Gypsies box before cutting the ball inside and into the back of keeper James Talbot’s net.

Mark Byrne, Greg Bolger and John Mahon then went on to pick up a yellow card a piece for tactical fouls from then until the halftime break, while the visitors attempted to get the ever dangerous Dawnson Devoy more as the game progressed.

The second half saw Bohs turn up the heat in Sligo town, Mallon and Buckley having an especially huge impact for them when they replaced Keith Ward and Conor Levingston in the 56th minute.

Liam Burt and Ross Tierney then both came close to equalising, but it took Kelly entering the fray in place of Tyreke Wilson for the game to metamorphose to 1-1.

The ensuing time saw both sides give the match their all but despite sic minutes of injury time no winner was unearthed before the final whistle.

Sligo will be satisfied to have redeemed a patchy middle to end third of the season with European football already wrapped up before this fixture but given Derry City’s 2-1 triumph over Dundalk this evening the FAI Cup final has taken a whole new importance for Bohemians.

Missing out on fourth place by two points as a consequence to the Oriel Park outcome, they now will have to rely on a first class showcase in the Aviva on Sunday week when they come to blows with St Patrick’s Athletic.

  • 96'

    Final whistle and it's 1-1 between Bohs and Sligo in the final game of the season

  • 95'

    Corner to Bohs. Talbot is even up for it

  • 93'

    Rovers' corner late on right beside the corner flag

  • 92'

    Bohs corner comes to nothing

  • 91'

    Feely stands Figueira up in Bohemains's area

  • 89'

    Ping pong by Bohs around Sligo's box there concludes in Burt drifting the ball over the bar

  • 87'

    Cornwell off, Feely on for Bohs

  • 86'

    Banks involved in play in both sides of the field in the moments just gone

  • 84'

    Neat play from Bohs ends in McGinty picking up the ball

  • 83'

    Figeuria chance but Bohs regain possession

  • 81'

    Wright nudged off the ball as he was clean through on goal. Fantastic defending from Bohs

  • 78'

    McDonell gets a yellow card

  • 77'


  • 75'

    Wilson off for Bohs, G Kelly on

  • 74'

    Figueira on for Sligo, DeVries comes off

  • 71'

    BURT gets on the ball inside Sligo's box and shoots but it's handled by McGinty

  • 70'

    Superb strike from Tierney meets the crossbar but has Rovers scared for a moment. Out over the endline in the end however

  • 69'

    Bolger off as he hands the captains armband to Mahon. Morahan enters the fray in his place

  • 68'

    Bolger down receiving treatment

  • 67'

    Burt been tenacious for Bohs on the right hand side in this second half. Puts a cross into Omochere but the header sails over the bar

  • 66'

    Cornwall tries one from distance and earns a corner for Bohs

  • 63'

    Byrne and Kenny off, Horgan and Keogh on.

  • 62'

    Mallon shot saved by McGinty

  • 62'

    Mallon sticks a good ball into the area but its cleared by Banks

  • 60'

    Robbie McCourt goes into the book

  • 56'

    Ward off Mallon on. Levingston also makes way for Buckley to come on

  • 56'

    Buckley on

  • 53'

    Brilliant cross field ball from Bohs but the control goes over the endline

  • 52'

    Kenny back in action

  • 52'

    Kenny down injured

  • 51'

    Wright's shot is saved by Talbot

  • 51'

    Great tackle from McCourt to cut out the Bohs attack

  • 50'

    Free for Sligo just inside Bohs' half

  • 45'

    Corner Sligo

  • 45'

    Second half underway!

  • 45'


  • 44'

    Burt fouled on the halfway line

  • 43'

    Kenny does well there on the attack

  • 39'

    Burt goes to ground on the edge of Sligo's box but no free awarded

  • 37'

    John Mahon gets a yellow

  • 37'

    Chance Bohs after some great play from Tierney

  • 35'

    Kenny fouled there but he seems to be okay

  • 31'

    Bolger receives a yellow for a tactical foul on Bohs

  • 30'

    Kenny hits the crossbar after the ball comes over his head and he gets a phenomenal touch on it

  • 30'

    Bohs growing into the game in the last few minutes. Devoy looking dangerous the few times he's been on the ball

  • 26'

    Ward takes and its cleared by Sligo. Kenny goes on a run and it dribbles out wide

  • 26'

    Bohs earn a free deep in Sligo's half

  • 24'

    Banks effort from distance goes well wide

  • 21'

    Brilliant clearance from Bolger leads to a Kenny opportunity as the youngster forces Talbot into a full stretch save

  • 21'

    Liam Burt exceptional there breaking through but just loses it at the last moment

  • 19'

    McDonell gets himself into an advanced position after slipping the grasps of a few Bohs players, then dispossessed just on the edge of the box

  • 17'

    Sligo comfortable with one touch football tonight as Bohs seem to be stepping off a touch

  • 16'

    Yellow card for Livingston on Mark Byrne

  • 14'

    DeVries throws the ball to Kenny on the edge of the box and after some trickery he catches his man inside and fires the ball into the back of the net

  • 13'

    McGinty comes out to act as sweeper keeper but nearly gets caught off his line in the process. Kick out for him instead

  • 12'

    McDonnell sends Kenny through on goal and he takes one touch before releasing the ball towards Talbot. Saved, corner for Sligo

  • 10'

    Bohs on the counter catches Mahon out but Bolger plucks Sligo out of the tricky situation

  • 10'

    Bolger plays a sensational ball into DeVries amongst the Bohs box

  • 6'

    Mahon does well to interrupt Omochere who looses his footing inside Sligo's box and McGinty collects

  • 5'

    Banks forces James Talbot into a fantastic save

  • 4'

    No major chances as of yet, both sides getting a feel for the ball

  • 1'

    Bohs on the offensive early on

  • 7:48 and we're underway!

  • Nearly time for kick off in the Showgrounds

  • Sligo's team is in! McGinty, Bolger and Kenny are back in the lineup while Buckley is replaced in a precautionary measure by Blaney. It's Shane's first appearance since August after his comeback from injury

  • “The pressure is off when it comes to sealing the European place but the pressure isn’t off when it comes to winning games.”  “We owe it to ourselves to finish off this season as best we can… We’ll do our utmost to win the game and sign off in the best way possible.”

  • Speaking on the clash Sligo manager Buckley says that while they were “disappointed” with their performance last week his side will seek to improve” today. “I thought we improved in the second half but we still needed to be more clinical in our play. We needed to be more ruthless in general” he said.

  • In comparison, the results between Sligo and The Gypsies have went both ways with two wins for the Yeats County and their most recent encounter seeing the capital city scraping all three points back in August thanks to a Keith Buckley net.

  • Bohs on the other hand beat champions Shamrock Rovers 3-1 at Dalymount Park, sealing three wins from three against their Dublin Derby rivals throughout the year. A Lee Grace own goal opened the scoring and Daniel Mandroiu equalised for the Hoops before the upcoming cup finalists finished up the game with a strike a piece from Promise Omochere and Rob Cornwall.

  • A Jamie McGonigle brace was the undoing of Liam Buckley’s men there as Rovers were without Ireland u19 star Johnny Kenny, who was on international duty, stakeholder keeper Edward McGinty who was absent due to illness and captain Greg Bolger who was injured. All three return to the squad once again this evening, as does Robbie McCourt who picked up a knock during the game.

  • The Bit O’Red will conclude the season in third no matter the outcome having secured a European spot two weeks ago but have to make good on their most recent 2-0 loss away to Derry City last series.

  • With one eye on the FAI Cup final Bohemians still need to come away with a result from their match versus Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds tonight to wrap up fourth place.

  • With one eye on the FAI Cup final Bohemians still need to come away with a result from their match versus Sligo Rovers in the Showgrounds tonight to wrap up fourth place.

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
5Robbie McCourt Defender 60'
14Shane Blaney Defender
21John Mahon Defender 37'
6Greg Bolger 8 Midfielder 31'
9Ryan DeVries 10 Forward
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 3 Midfielder
17Adam McDonnell Midfielder 78'
24Johnny Kenny 11 Forward 14'
44Andre Wright Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan 12 Defender
8Niall Morahan 6 Midfielder
10Walter Figueira 9 Forward
11Seamus Keogh 24 Midfielder
20Darren Collins Forward
22David Cawley Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney Forward
33Peter Maguire Defender


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
3Anto Breslin Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
5Rob Cornwall 4 Defender
19Tyreke Wilson 12 Defender
14Conor Levingston 16 Midfielder 15'
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
10Keith Ward 7 Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder
26Ross Tierney Midfielder
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
4Rory Feely 5 Defender
7Stephen Mallon 10 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly 19 Forward 77'
15Roland Idowu
16Keith Buckley 14 Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 24)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 18)
4 - 0
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

4 - 3

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 6)
1 - 3
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers

(Series 12)
0 - 1
Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers


The Showgrounds
The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.