Date Time League Season
8 May 2021 6:00 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Bohs blow Harps away

Bohemians finally found the performance and result that they have been looking for, as they blew away Finn Harps 4-0 at Dalymount Park this evening.

The impressive Ross Tierney was unplayable at times with fine supporting attacking performances from Liam Burt, Ali Coote and Dawson Devoy.

Tierney opened the scoring after 13 minutes; while Coote added two long-range strikes in the first half, before the winning captain Keith Buckley added the gloss to the performance in second half injury time.

It was all Bohemians, as Burt and Tierney showed some early signs of what was to come with surging runs down both flanks; and it was Burt who created the opening goal.

The Scot capitalised on a defensive mistake, broke down the wing and his low cross evaded everyone until Tierney applied the simplest of finishes at the back post to put Bohs ahead.

Harps had barely gotten used to being behind when they had double the hill to climb. A driving 50-yard run saw the Harps defence part like the Red Sea; and Coote hit a long-range effort from well outside the box.

A mixture of the bounce and the low sun in his face seemed to trouble McGinley and he’ll be disappointed not to have kept out the midfielders strike.

Coote effectively ended the game as a contest on the stroke of half time with another goal, which took the wind of the Donegal sides sails. Another defensive mix up saw the ball arrive at his feet and his piledriver found the bottom corner of the net past McGinley’s dive.

Ollie Horgan rang the changes at the interval, and it had an immediate effect with an increased intensity from Harps.

Will Seymore found himself on the end of a Foley flick but couldn’t get enough power into his final effort.

Minutes later Seymore returned the opportunity to Foley, but the league’s top striker will be disappointed not to have forced a save from James Talbot in the Bohemians goal.

The visitors, fatigued after their mid-week exploits, were unable to maintain the pressure though and Bohemians provided the better quality through the second half.

It wasn’t for the lack of chances thought as Burt found himself on the end of a great pass from Devoy but a fantastic one handed save from McGinley kept the ball out of the net.

Bohs would have the last word; and it was their captain Keith Buckley who chested down the ball and volleyed home to seal a good win for the Phibsboro side.

Keith Long will be happy to finally have produced the result and performance that he would have been expecting to see more of this season.

Meanwhile Harps will be counting their wounds after a bruising trip to the Capital.

  • 94'

    Keith Buckley steps up to the captains role to seal a fantastic win for Bohemians. His volleyed effort from the edge of the box puts the cherry on the cake for the home side.

  • 92'

    Devoy finds Kelly on the edge of the box and he really should find the net from that position. McGinley pulls off a fantastic save. Sums up Kelly's season so far.

  • 90'

    Keith Ward finds his name on the list of cautions today.

  • 86'

    Double substitution for Bohemians as Keith Ward and Robbie Mahon replace Tierney and Burt who have surely earned a rest today.

  • 80'

    Promise Omochere replaces double scoring Ali Coote with ten minutes left.

  • 75'

    Tony McNamee replaces the injured substitute Sean Boyd and his first action is to be upended twice in the box by Rory Feely and then James Talbot but the referee unconvinced. No real appeals from Harps either.

  • 71'

    Ross Tierney drives through the middle for Bohs and with options either side, drives an effort that hammers the cross bar as he catches the entire Harps defence by surprise. Unlucky not to double his tally for the evening.

  • 65'

    A strong hand from McGinley keeps Bohs out as Liam Burt unleashed a powerful effort from the edge of the box.

  • 60'

    Ethan Boyle gets himself in the Referee's notebook as tempers are certainly rising in Dalymount. Harps are certainly up for the fight in this second half.

  • 54'

    Barry McNamee stands over a freekick just outside the Boh's box but can't keep his effort down and trouble Talbot.

  • 48'

    The league's top scorer Adam Foley has a chance but can't get either power or accuracy into his effort as it trickles to the right of the far post.

  • 45'

    Triple change for Harps: Boyle, Boyd & Dunleavy replace for Coyle, Folan & Owolabi

  • 45'

    Well the form book was well and truly thrown out in that first 45 minutes. Boh's produced a top notch performance against a Finn Harps side who just don't look like they are at the races this evening.

  • 45'

    Finn Harps have a mountain to climb in the second half as Ali Coote grabs another goal for Bohs. A blunder at the back for Harps saw the ball roll out to Coote. Bohemians are looking like what we have come to expect from them in recent seasons.

  • 33'

    Rob Cornwall the latest Boh's player to try and take advantage of the lowering sun beaming directly into the face of McGinley in net's for Harps. He shoots from 40 yards but doesn't trouble the Donegal stopper.

  • 30'

    Involved in everything at the moment, Owolabi chases a lost cause and blocks Talbot's clearance only for the ball to just miss the target. James Talbot can breath a shy of relief.

  • 27'

    Owolabi picks up a booking for an over eager challenge on Rob Cornwall as the Boh's defender clears the ball. Bohemians have been struggling to break through the imposing Harps rearguard.

  • 24'

    The strength of Owolabi almost creates a chance for the Donegal side but his chipped cross is cleared. Harps maintain possession and earn the corner. Boh's eventually clear their lines.

  • 20'

    Fantastic individual goal for Ali Coote as he pushes straight through the middle of the field after turning his man deep in his own half. McGinley will be disappointed to be beaten from 30 yards by the Scot.

  • 17'

    Kosovar Sadiki is the first player booked for a rash challenge on Burt who's been a continuous thorn in the side for Harps so far.

  • 13'

    Bohemians hit the front with Burt's fantastic cross turned home at the back post by Ross Tierney for his 3rd goal of the season. That will relieve the pressure a little on the Gypsies.

  • 8'

    Tierney again has a credible appeal for a foul as Sadiki's intervention see's him upended just outside the box. It's been all Bohemians so far.

  • 6'

    Referee Graham Matthews waves away the half hearted shouts from the Bohemian's players for a spot kick as Stephen Folan appears to push Tierney to the ground just inside the corner of the penalty box.

  • 5'

    A lively start from Bohemians with Liam Burt and Ross Tierney both showing some nice touches in the opening exchanges.

  • Mark Coyle and Barry McNamee get proceedings underway with a great burst into the Bohemians half.

  • A minutes silence is being observed in splendid sunshine in honour of the passing of former League of Ireland player Alan Keely, former Irish International Alan McLoughlin and Boh's supporter Liz Sheedy.

  • A Bohemians victory could push the Phibsboro side into the top half of the table, while Harps will be eager to put pressure on the sides above them and strengthen their hold on fourth place in the Premier Division.

  • Ali Coote and Rory Feely return to the the home side's starting line up as Bastien Hery returns from injury to make the substitutes bench tonight.

  • Harps are unchanged from their historic first win at the Brandywell on Monday with the division's top scorer Adam Foley in flying form for Ollie Horgan's side.

  • Just 15 minutes to kick off in Dalymount Park as the hosts, Bohemians, hope to kick start their stuttering league campaign against early surprise packet Finn Harps.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
3Anto Breslin Defender
4Rory Feely Defender
5Rob Cornwall Defender
8Ali Coote Midfielder 20', 45'
11Liam Burt 10 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward
16Keith Buckley Midfielder 94'
18James Finnerty Defender
26Ross Tierney 30 Midfielder 13'
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
10Keith Ward 11 Midfielder 90'
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
21Bastien Hery Midfielder
30Robert Mahon 26 Midfielder

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender 17'
5Dave Webster Defender
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
11Barry McNamee 10 Midfielder
14Mark Coyle 24 Midfielder
17Mark Russell Defender
19Adam Foley Forward 90'
28Will Seymore Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward 27'
57Stephen Folan 8 Defender
32Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
8Johnny Dunleavy 57 Defender
9Sean Boyd 26 Forward
10Mark Timlin 11 Midfielder
15Jamie Browne Forward
16Shane McEleney Defender
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle 14 Defender 60'
26Tony McNamee 9 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 1)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v Bohemian FC

(Series 17)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Finn Harps

(Series 8)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps 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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