Date Time League Season
29 August 2021 4:00 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Late Lyons goal sees Bohs into last eight

A stunning late Andy Lyons strike wins the Derby and sends Bohemians into the quarter finals of the FAI Cup after a 2-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers.

Both sides ended the game with ten men after Ronan Finn and Georgie Kelly were both dismissed late in the second period.

It was a high tempo start from the hosts with Dawson Devoy and Ali Coote seeing plenty of the ball early on but struggled to find that killer pass inside the Rovers’ final third. Stephen Bradley’s side slowly grew into the game and almost opened the scoring inside the first quarter of an hour.

Graham Burke and Aaron Greene linked up well inside the Bohs box and Burke’s left footed effort came agonisingly close but his shot rifled off the post and away. The teams went into the interval level with neither side able to make the breakthrough.

Keith Long’s side came out for the second half at a ferocious pace and Rovers struggled to keep up with the pace of Bohemians in the first ten minutes of the half. Bohs opened the scoring after Ali Coote’s sensational strike from 30 yards went into the top corner leaving Alan Mannus with no chance in the Rovers net.

Bohs dropped back deep in the final 15 minutes and conceded a free kick out on the Rovers right wing. Dylan Watts’ delivery was met by the head of Graham Burke who headed the ball into the path of centre back Roberto Lopes who fired home from close range to equalise for the visitors.

Bohs immediately went down the other end straight from kick off and almost went back in front through Ross Tierney who rattled the Shamrock Rovers crossbar before Ronan Finn challenged Georgie Kelly inside the area. Kelly reacted furiously at Finn sparking a brawl between both sides which inevitably ended in Kelly being sent off and Finn being shown a second yellow leaving both sides to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men.

Just as it looked like the game was heading towards extra time, Bohs full back Andy Lyons cut in from the right and beautifully fired the ball into the back of the Rovers net sending the Bohs faithful crazy. Bohemians progress to the final eight of the competition and will be hungry to bring silverware back to Dalymount Park after knocking the Premier Division champions out of the FAI Cup.

  • 93'

    Dylan Watts with a half volley from outside the area but Talbot saves well.

  • 91'

    Six additional minutes here. Rovers pushing for an equaliser to send the game to extra time.

  • 87'

    Bohs lead again Andy Lyons with a screamer. Crazy scenes here at Dalymount.

  • 80'

    Finn is shown a second yellow for Rovers. Both sides down to ten men.

  • 80'

    Finn is shown a second yellow for Rovers. Both sides down to ten men

  • 80'

    Tierney hits the bar for Bohs and and brawl brakes out between both sides. Finn down injured for Rovers. Kelly has been sent off for Bohs.

  • 78'

    Goal for Lopes from close range. Watts free kick finds Graham Burke who heads it down the Lopes who levels the game.

  • 76'

    Ciaran Kelly is replaced by Finnerty.

  • 74'

    Emakho replaces Towell.

  • 68'

    Burt plays the ball into Ross Tierney who turns brilliantly and lets a shot off with his right foot which is saved by Mannus.

  • 65'

    Mandroiu replaces O'Brien and Watts comes on for McCann.

  • 62'

    Talbot with a good save to deny Lopes from close range after he failed to catch Burkes across. Lopes and Cornwall both booked for some afters.

  • 62'

    Burt tries his effort from distance after cutting in from the left but his effort goes straight at Mannus.

  • 56'

    Ali Coote with a screamer from 30 yards into the top left corner after a great free kick routine.

  • 54'

    Finn is the third Rovers player in the referee's book.

  • 50'

    Bohs have started the 2nd period as they started the 1st. Shamrock Rovers struggling to get out of their half early on this period.

  • 47'

    Ali Coote's free kick goes narrowly over the bar and the closest Bohs have come so far.

  • 47'

    Free kick at the edge of the area for Bohs.

  • 46'

    Sean Gannon with a last ditch tackle to stop Georgie Kelly who was through on goal.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway for the 2nd period.

  • 45'

    Half time and the sides go in level at the interval.

  • 46'

    Sean Gannon with a last ditch clearance after Ali Coote's dangerous cross looked like it was going to find Georgie Kelly for a tap in.

  • 43'

    Gary O'Neill booked for a tactical foul on Liam Burt.

  • 43'

    Andy Lyons with a vital headed clearance for Bohs after Graham Burke's cross looked destined to find the on rushing Aaron Greene.

  • 39'

    The tempo has slightly eased from both sides with very little to seperate the two teams so far.

  • 30'

    Burke with an inch perfect through ball into Rory Gaffney but Ciaran Kelly does excellently to put a halt to the Rovers attack

  • 27'

    Joey O'Brien and Georgie Kelly having a great battle here so far. Kelly's hold up play has been vital for the hosts in this first period.

  • 17'

    Shamrock Rovers growing into the game here after a slow start from the away side.

  • 11'

    Aaron Greene and Gaham Burke link up excellently inside the Bohs area and Burkes left footed strike hits the post. Rovers coming agonisingly close to opening the scoring

  • 6'

    Bohs have a penalty claim turned down. Coote's delivery from a free kick finds the head of the in form Georgie Kelly who's header strikes McCann and Bohs fans appeal for handball. Referee waves play on.

  • 6'

    End to end stuff here so far with both sides not shying away from tackles early on.

  • 1'

    Early chance for Bohs with a free kick about 25 yards out. Coote's effort goes into the wall and out for a throw.

  • 1'

    And we're underway.

  • Great atmosphere here at Dalymount Park. Both sides out on the pitch now, kick off moments away.

  • Shamrock Rovers XI: Mannus, Finn, Gannon, Lopes, O'Brien, Greene, McCann, O'Neill, Towell, Gaffney, Burke.

  • Bohemians Starting XI: Talbot, Lyons, Cornwall, Kelly, Breslin, Devoy, Buckley,Tierney, Coote, G.Kelly, Burt.

  • Hello and welcome to for today's coverage of the Dublin Derby between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Team news to follow shortly.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender 87'
3Anto Breslin Defender 83'
5Rob Cornwall Defender 65'
6Ciaran Kelly 18 Defender
8Ali Coote 4 Midfielder 56'
11Liam Burt Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward 81'
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
26Ross Tierney 20 Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
4Rory Feely 8 Defender
10Keith Ward Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
18James Finnerty 6 Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere 26 Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
23Sean McManus

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender 82'
4Roberto Lopes Defender 78'
8Ronan Finn Midfielder 54'
9Aaron Greene Forward
10Graham Burke Forward
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder 44'
17Richie Towell 38 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward
26Chris McCann 7 Midfielder 49'
28Joey O’Brien 14 Defender
7Dylan Watts 26 Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou 28 Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
27Dean McMenamy Midfielder
34Conan Noonan Midfielder
38Aidomo Emakhu 17 Midfielder
29Dylan Duffy Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 8

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 7)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 10)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemian FC

(Series 1)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shamrock Rovers


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

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and