Date Time League Season
21 June 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Kelly delivers as Bohs edge Rovers

In a frantic and intense derby at Dalymount Park, Georgie Kelly scored yet again to secure victory for Bohemians over Shamrock Rovers.

The home side started the first-half well, but fell away. Rovers’ Rory Gaffney had chance after chance to put his team ahead, but failed to do so.

After four goals last time out, Kelly wasn’t going to miss an opportunity that came his way, as he spun away from his man and finished brilliantly into the bottom corner for the winner.

The Gypsies came out full of energy, raring to go for the Dublin derby. However, the work of Roberto Lopes and Sean Hoare stopped Kelly from getting any chances to score.

It was then the visitors time to attack. Gaffney sliced a shot well wide in acres of space in the box. Then Graham Burke hit the post, and Gaffney once again missed a chance, to leave Stephen Bradley wondering how his side weren’t ahead at half-time.

Bohs upped their game in the second-half, with plenty of energy and class from the likes of Dawson Devoy, Tyreke Wilson and Alistair Coote.

Then after some back-and-forth play, it was Kelly’s time to shine. Liam Burt carried the ball in midfield, and slid a pass into the feet of the powerful striker. Rovers’ Lopes got touch tight to him, but Kelly turned and held him off, before finishing low into the bottom left corner.

The Hoops came back at the home side, with shots from Burke and Mandroiu. James Talbot in the Bohemians net was sensational to pull off a string of saves to keep his side in front.

In spite of some periods of possession Rovers couldn’t get a grip on the game, with Bohs breaking up attacks and frustrating their rivals.

Without any ‘Bradley time’ magic, Shamrock Rovers have slipped to second in the table once again. Though it’s by goal difference, their up and down form will still be of great concern.

On the other side of the spectrum, Keith Long can be immensely proud of the performance his men put in. They dug in, looked dangerous on the attack, and with a striker like Kelly there’s always a chance of snatching a win. Bohs have the derby day bragging rights, and they deserve them.

  • Full-time: Bohemians 1 - 0 Shamrock Rovers

  • 90'

    Conor Levingston is on for Bohs.

  • 90'

    Ross Tierney is off for Bohs.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes.... it's 'Bradley time'.

  • 89'

    Looks like it'll be throw everyone forward and route-one for Rovers in the dying moments.

  • 87'

    It will be interesting to see how the change at centre-back for Bohs could change the end of this game. Especially with 'Bradley time' upcoming in a couple of minutes.

  • 85'

    James Finnerty comes on for Bohs.

  • 85'

    Rob Cornwall comes off for Bohemians.

  • 80'

    Keith Ward is on for Bohs.

  • 80'

    Liam Burt is off for Bohs.

  • 80'

    Burke has a shot after Gaffney lays the ball off to him. Talbot is equal to it, as he has been all evening.

  • 79'

    Tyreke Wilson goes on another pacey run. He links up with Tierney and then goes down in the box, but the ref is having none of it.

  • 76'

    The Hoops are now getting the ball down and playing. They're looking more dangerous, but are yet to carve out an opportunity.

  • 73'

    Rovers have been poor in the past few minutes, the Home side look the more likely to score, so Stephen Bradley may need to look to his bench again.

  • 68'

    A scramble in the Rovers box nearly put Bohs ahead by two, as Georgie Kelly couldn't quite get the ball out from under his feet. Coote then had a crack, but Lopes got across to block.

  • 64'

    Aaron Greene is on for the Hoops.

  • 64'

    Lee Grace is off for Rovers.

  • 61'

    Graham Burke drives inside and shoots with his left foot. Talbot is the hero again as he parries the ball away once again.

  • 58'

    Nearly an instant reply from the Hoops. Mandroiu shoots from distance, Talbot has to be alert and agile to get across to parry it away.

  • 56'

    Goal! Bohemians are ahead! Georgie Kelly gets another! He spins his man in the box after being fed by Burt and finishes excellently.

  • 54'

    Ronan Finn comes on for Rovers.

  • 52'

    Chris McCann leaves the field with an injury.

  • 51'

    The Hoops have started the brighter this half, but they haven't been able to carve out any quality opportunities.

  • 49'

    First attempt of the half. Mandroiu send a free-kick into the wall and it deflects out for a corner.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway! Rovers kick off.

  • A high octane half in which both sides have had dominant periods. Stephen Bradley will probably be the happier of the two managers though, with the best chances coming for Rovers. The problem, Rory Gaffney couldn't put the ball in the net.

  • Half-Time: Bohemians 0 - 0 Shamrock Rovers

  • 45'

    Dawson Devoy takes a shot from the edge of the area, it deflects wide.

  • 43'

    Graham Burke leaves one in on James Talbot after he collects the ball. Burke is lucky to get away without picking up a yellow card.

  • 40'

    Sean Hoare gets a yellow for a no-nonsense foul.

  • 40'

    It has been a bitty and scrappy past five minutes. Neither side has been able to string many passes together, and there's been plenty of fouls.

  • 33'

    Lovely one-two and mazey run from Tyreke Wilson. Lopes is there to body check the young full-back to put an end to his progress.

  • 30'

    Five minutes of pressure from Bohs as they get hold of the ball and keep it. Not too many great chances or shots, but better for the home side.

  • 28'

    Coote creates some chaos on the edge of the box with a run inside from the right. He lays it off to Liam Burt who whips a shot just wide.

  • 26'

    Chris McCann goes flying into a tackle and picks up a yellow for his trouble. A real derby day foul that one.

  • 24'

    Lopes and Hoare have dealt with the threat of Georgie Kelly excellently so far. Bohs are yet to have a good chance, and the visitors have their back line to thank.

  • 20'

    It was a fast start from Bohs, but Shamrock Rovers are now dominating proceedings. They could be up by two or three goals if they'd taken the chances gifted to them by the home side.

  • 18'

    Gaffney wastes another chance! Mandroiu robs Buckley in the midfield. He then fed Gaffney who couldn't decide whether to pass or shoot, and so does neither, and sends the ball harmlessly wide.

  • 15'

    A fantastic save from Talbot in the Gypsies' net. Rory Gaffney bears down on goal before striking towards the bottom corner. Talbot gets down to his right and tips the shot behind.

  • 13'

    Lee Grace takes down Devoy on the half-way line, and he picks up the first card of the evening.

  • 10'

    An O'Neill shot deflects to Gaffney, the number 20 puts the ball across the face of goal and it clips the base of the post. The Hoops are really growing into this.

  • 8'

    A cross from the right finds Gaffney as Cornwall slips. The big striker lashes at the ball with his left foot, and it sales well wide. A great chance wasted.

  • 6'

    First venture forward from the Hoops comes as a corner causes some problems for the Bohs defence. Graham Burke has a shot but it's well over the bar.

  • 4'

    Rovers are having to be defensively solid early on. Bohs are dominating the ball, and are getting it to Kelly in a direct fashion.

  • 1'

    And we're off, Bohemians kick off. This battle of Dublin is underway.

  • It should be an exciting game this evening. A derby, with fans in attendance, and with both teams in good form. The defence's are mean, but the attacking quality on show is high.

  • Bohemians team news: Keith Long makes a single change to the team that put five past Drogheda. Keith Buckley comes into midfield, replacing Conor Levingston.

  • Shamrock Rovers team news: there's one change to the side that thumped Waterford in their last outing. Gary O'Neill comes in for Aaron Greene.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Bohemians vs Shamrock Rovers. I'm Jon Parkin and I will be covering this evening's derby game.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
5Rob Cornwall 18 Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
8Ali Coote Midfielder
11Liam Burt 10 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward 56'
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
26Ross Tierney 14 Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
10Keith Ward 11 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston 26 Midfielder
18James Finnerty 5 Defender
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
21Bastien Hery Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
2Sean Gannon Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender 40'
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace 9 Defender 13'
10Graham Burke Forward
14Daniel Mandriou Midfielder
15Liam Scales Defender
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney Forward
26Chris McCann 8 Midfielder 26'
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
8Ronan Finn 26 Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 5 Forward
19Dean Williams Forward
21Adam Wells Defender
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
24Max Murphy Midfielder
34Conan Noonan Midfielder

Past Meetings

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


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Neil DoyleRob Clarke
Wayne McDonnell
Rob Hennessy


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

A master's journalism student at Birmingham City University. Jon Parkin has done interviews with numerous people from across the English football pyramid. He has also written for website My Old Man Said for over a year and a half.