Date Time League Season
20 April 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Trio on target in Rovers win

Jordan Gibson, Mark Byrne and David Cawley were on target, as Sligo claimed all three points with a deserved 3-1 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The visitors dominated the first half and opened the scoring after 30 minutes with a fantastic volley from Gibson.

Bohs found themselves level early in the second half after a long-range strike from Liam Burt almost broke the net in Dalymount Park.

But as Bohs pushed for a winner they were caught on the hop as substitute Byrne coolly slotted the ball home after 77 minutes; before Cawley sealed all three points the visitors with a stunning strike with three minutes of normal time remaining.

With both teams eyeing a place in the top three you’d be forgiven for thinking that they would be happy to deny their rivals three points and settle for a draw in their encounter at Dalymount Park. But you’d be wrong.

These clubs really exploded out of the starting blocks, and both should have been on the scoreboard after less than five minutes.

Firstly Bohemian’s striker Georgie Kelly found himself one on one with Ed McGinty, but could only poke his strike at the Sligo Rovers keeper from short range. 

Those present barely had time to draw breath before Sligo missed a great chance of their own. After a quick break, Leaving Cert student Johnny Kenny gathered a loose ball, but couldn’t direct his close-range effort past Bohs goalie James Talbot.

This game continued frantically, but Sligo gradually wrestled control of proceedings, and took a deserved lead after half an hour.

Romeo Parkes, who terrorised the Gypsies defence in the opening half, latched onto a through ball. He seemed to have squandered the chance to shoot, but showed great composure to pick out Jordan Gibson.

Gibson unleashed a rocket of a volley to give the away side the first goal of this tie. The Westerners bossed the rest of the half and looked to be comfortably in charge at the break.

If Keith Long was looking for an instant response from his charges after half-time he certainly got it.

Less than 90 seconds into the half, Liam Burt collected a pass on the edge of the Sligo box and sent a thunderbolt of a shot flying into the top corner from 25 yards to draw his side level.

Buoyed by Burt’s goal Bohemians grew into the game, and controlled possession for long periods of the second period.

They had an excellent chance to grab the lead midway through the half, as the ball fell kindly to Keith Ward inside the box, but with only a defender on the line, he couldn’t hit the target.

The Gypsies were left to rue their missed chances, as with just less than 20 minutes remaining Sligo substitute Adam Byrne coolly tapped home a cross, from Kenny to give the visitors the lead.

Rovers were then able to seal their win with three minutes of normal time remaining, as Bolger picked out an unmarked David Cawley 16 yards out from the Bohemians goals, who spun and fired a rocket of a shot into the top corner.

This win sends Sligo to second in the table where they are behind Shamrock Rovers only on alphabetical difference, while Bohemians remain in sixth.  

  • 1'

    The game is on!

  • 94'

    Full time. The ref blows the whistle and Sligo Rovers are deserving winners here tonights.

  • 94'

    Yellow card for the youngster Johnny Kenny as he tried to track back to break up a Bohemians attack.

  • 87'

    That was a fantastic strike from Cawley but the Bohs defence will have questions to answer. They barely laid a glove on the visitors who were able to patiently knock the ball around in the Bohs box in the build up.

  • 87'

    What a strike!! Cawley surely has sealed all three points here for the Bit O' Red. He picks up a pass in the box and arrows the ball straight into the top corner.

  • 83'

    Ward almost has an instant impact!! It falls kindly to the substitute on the edge of the box but with the keeper off his line, he can only blast his shot wide.

  • 79'

    Ward also replaces Levingston.

  • 79'

    Ward also replaces Levingston.

  • 79'

    Coote replaces Tierney

  • 79'

    Coote replaces Tierney

  • 79'

    Double substitution for Bohs as Keith Long rolls the dice here.

  • 77'

    That goal has come against the run of play as Bohs had largely controlled possession in the second half.

  • 77'

    Goal ! It breaks kindly to Byrne who calmly slots the ball home from close range.

  • 73'

    Another sub for Sligo as Cawley comes on for Parkes.

  • 73'

    Another sub for Sligo as Cawley comes on for Parkes.

  • 71'

    Georgie Kelly makes way for Promise Omochere

  • 71'

    Georgie Kelly makes way for Promise Omochere

  • 70'

    A searching through ball from Bohs almost goes the whole way through and Mc Ginty is forced into action with a strong punch to clear.

  • 66'

    The game begins to open up a bit as the ball pings about a bit, it ends with a corner to Bohs which comes to nothing.

  • 64'

    Bolger is the third Sligo player to enter the referee's notebook.

  • 57'

    Figueria goes down holding his hip and is unable to continue. He is replaced by Mark Byrne.

  • 55'

    Colm Horgan earns himself a booking as he drags Burt back as he tried to make a run. The Scotsman has been running riot in the first ten minutes of the second half.

  • 51'

    So close! A clever free-kick from Burt finds the head of Georgie Kelly whose glancing header can only find the side netting.

  • 47'

    That's exactly what the doctor ordered for the hosts, who despite being by far second best are now level.

  • 47'

    GOOAAALL !!!! Liam Burt unleashes a rocket of a strike which whistles past Mc Ginty in the Sligo goal.

  • 46'

    The referee blows the half time whistle. Sligo have been the better team here this evening and deserve their lead. With 45 minutes to go Bohemians will need to improve if they want to take anything from this one.

  • 38'

    Bohs enjoying a sustained spell of possession but look unable to create any meaningful chances.

  • 31'

    It was a brilliant finish from Gibson but that goal belongs to Parkes. The big man showed great pace, skill and vision to pick out his teammate for the opener.

  • 30'

    What a goal for the visitors!! Sligo broke quickly down the left. Parkes seemed to have hung onto the ball too long but was able to pick out Gibson with a sumptuous cross, who hammered a defiant volley past Talbot.

  • 26'

    Feeley earns himself a yellow card for a body check on Figueria. Parkes clips the ensuing free-kick onto the butt of the post but the flag was up.

  • 23'

    A bullet header from Moylan is well saved by Mc Ginty. That was Bohs best chance in a while.

  • 16'

    Sligo string about 20 passes together but a heavy touch from Parkes sees the move break down.

  • 12'

    Mc Court is booked for a rash challenge on the edge of the Bohs box.

  • 10'

    What a shot!! Johnny Kenny picks up the ball on the edge of the Bohs box and lets of a rasper of a shot which dips wickedly onto the crossbar.

  • 6'

    Any fear that both sides would take a defensive option has been quickly dispelled. Georgie Kelly almost beats the offside trap as he latches onto a long ball but the linesman raises his flag at the last second.

  • 3'

    Seconds later a huge chance falls to Rovers. Parkes wins it in the box and it comes to Kenny, but Talbot denies the striker at point-blank range.

  • 3'

    The ball broke to Georgie Kelly on the edge of the small rectangle but he could only direct his shot at Ed Mc Ginty in the Sligo goals.

  • 3'

    What a miss!

  • Sligo make one change from the team that beat Finn Harps with Johnny Kenny coming in for De Vries.

  • While Finnerty, Coote , Ward and Buckely make way.

  • Bohemians have made four changes from the starting eleven that earned a 1-0 win against Waterford last time out. Ciarán Kelly, Breslin, Levingston, Devoy and Moylan come into the starting XI.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Bohemians and Sligo Rovers.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
3Anto Breslin Defender
4Rory Feely Defender 26'
5Rob Cornwall Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
11Liam Burt Midfielder 47'
12Georgie Kelly 20 Forward
14Conor Levingston Midfielder
23Jack Moylan Midfielder
26Ross Tierney Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
8Ali Coote Midfielder
10Keith Ward Midfielder
17Thomas Oluwa Forward
18James Finnerty Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
20Promise Omochere 12 Midfielder
30Robert Mahon Midfielder

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper
3Colm Horgan 2 Defender 55'
5Robbie McCourt Defender 13'
6Greg Bolger Midfielder 66'
7Jordan Gibson Forward 30'
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
10Walter Figueira 12 Forward
21John Mahon Defender
24Johnny Kenny Forward 90'
26Garry Buckley Midfielder
27Romeo Parkes 22 Forward
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks 3 Defender
9Ryan DeVries Forward
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) 10 Midfielder 77'
19Regan Donelon Defender
20Darren Collins Forward
22David Cawley 27 Midfielder 86'
23Scott Lynch Defender
33Peter Maguire Defender

Past Meetings

(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


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