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Date Time League Season
12 August 2021 6:00 pm UEFA Europa Conference League 2021

Match Report

Bohs bow out of Europa League

PAOK Salonika had the measure of Bohemians tonight in Thessaloníki as they cancelled out the Dublin side’s first leg lead to claim overall victory in the UEFA Europa Conference League tie.

A Stefan Schwab header followed by a Diego Biseswar thunderbolt secured the three points and left The Gypsies devastated as they crash out of the competition with both incredible memories and a tinge of regret.

A goal-less in the second half, Keith Long’s men will have been disappointed not to have got on the tally sheet after an improved performance after the interval.

Coming into it the Irish side knew it was going to be tough given PAOK’s exceptional record at home, having emerged victorious in 21 of their last 22 games.

They heat didn’t aid the situation either as Bohs donned their blue and yellow kit amongst 31 degrees and 46% humidity.

The home side had the pick of the chances, converting one of their earliest to ensure it was an uphill battle for the capital city side from the 3rd minute.

Stefan Schwab managed to get on the end of a cross to slot the ball past James Talbot, supplemented by Diego Biseswar solo run strike just before the half hour mark the fixture was all but wrapped up before halftime.

A superb 10 minutes afterwards gave Emerald Isle onlookers a glimpse at hope as Dawson Devoy and Georgie Kelly had opportunities Bohs fans would have put their house on them to score, but to no avail.

The ensuing last hour saw a repertoire of substitutions enter the fray and the Dublin outfit up the intensity to find the aggregate equaliser but it never surfaced, only locating yellow cards for Keith Buckley and Rob Cornwall in sheer desperation instead. 

Keith Ward nearly made a miracle in the six minutes of stoppage time, but his effort veered wide and meant Bohs bowed out of Europe as record breakers 2-0 in the game and 3-2 over the two matches.

  • 96'

    Comes to nothing. It's all over and Bohs have been defeated by PAOK 2-0, 3-2 on aggregate.

  • 96'

    Corner Bohs, surely the last play of the game

  • 93'

    After a GREAT chance for Bohs goes are, Cornwall goes in the book. Fantastic work from Stephen Mallon but Keith Ward strikes wide

  • 91'

    Keith Buckley goes in the book

  • 90'

    6 minutes added time announced. Enough time for the Dubliner's to find an equaliser!

  • 84'

    Stephen Mallon also comes in for Dawson Devoy

  • 84'

    Goalscorer Biseswar is replaced by Burg, while Rory Feely comes in for Andy Lyons

  • 81'

    10 mins to go and its' 2-0 still to the hosts. 3-2 on aggregate its not looking good for Bohs

  • 78'

    Ross Tierney off for Conor Levingston.

  • 73'

    PAOK rolling on subs after the water break as we get back underway

  • 72'

    Waterbreak

  • 71'

    Half chances for both sides coming to the fore but nothing concrete

  • 60'

    Lyons plays a superb ball into Kelly who you'd bet your house on to finish but to no avail. Remains 3-2. Ali Coote comes off with presumably a knock as Keith Ward replaces him

  • 56'

    Fairly even since the interval but the goals Bohs have to score in order to advance in the competition loom

  • 46'

    Shot from Devoy easily collected by PAOK's keeper

  • 45'

    2nd half has just kicked off! Big 45 coming for Keith Long's side

  • 48'

    3 minutes added time conlcudes to send us to halftime. 3-2 on aggregate leaving Bohs with a hill to climb in the second half

  • 40'

    PAOK nearly go 3-0 up there but their attacker skies the ball right infront of goal

  • 37'

    Freekick for the Dublin outfit. Breslin throws a searching ball in but it ultimately comes to nothing

  • 36'

    Tierney back up to Bohs's delight. Game back in play

  • 35'

    Ross Tierney down for Bohs as a member of PAOK's backroom team is awarded with a yellow card

  • 34'

    Good save from Talbot quickly followed up by a rocket shot from PAOK which powers off the crossbar. Home fans and team claiming it went in but the ref is having none of it

  • 31'

    Past the half hour mark now and its looking dim for Bohemians. The score 3-2 on aggregate they now have the lions share of work to do to go through

  • 28'

    TWO NIL TO THE HOME SIDE. Looked as if Bohs came back on the pitch physically but maybe not mentally as Diego Biseswar cuts through The Gyspie's defence to double PAOK's lead

  • 25'

    Waterbreak

  • 19'

    The Dublin side growing into this game as it continues on. Cootes, Buckley and Devoy all making great strives forward

  • 10'

    Closest Bohs have come in the opening 10 is when Liam Burt tried to find the the head of Georgie Kelly but it was punched to safety by the oppositions keeper.

  • 3'

    Its a goal for the home side to Bohemains's dismay. Stefan Schwab headed home the ball at the end of a cross to make it 2-2 on aggregate inside the first five minutes

  • 2'

    Bohs in their blue and yellow away kit this evening as PAOK have the pick of the opening chances

  • Underway in Greece! Remember a win or a draw would suffice for Keith Long's men

  • Bohs would appear to have an uphill battle to fight though given PAOK’s exceptional record at home, having emerged victorious in 21 of their last 22 games that have taken place there, but to progress the just have to maintain the current scoring difference

  • The temperature sits at 31 degrees while the humidity is at 46%. A warm one in Greece for the Irish lads!

  • Under 5 minutes to kick off as it looks like the sun is about to set in Thessaloniki

  • On the bright side Dawson Devoy was selected as the SSE Airticity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of The Month for July, and with Georgie Kelly, Ross Tierney, Liam Burt and last time’s brace scorer Ali Coote all perilous in front of goal, it’s proven anything can happen when Bohs step out onto the pitch.

  • While the roar of the Aviva won’t be at their dispensary this time around, neither will the chants of their die hard away supporters after police confirmed yesterday evening that only those with a Greek passport may enter the ground and any Irish fan who has purchased a ticket may be refunded.

  • A fantastic showing for Coote, Nelson Oliveira bagged the opposition’s only goal of the match with ten minutes to go, making the closing stages a tense affair but the boys in red and black held out the scoreline to cheers of elation.

  • Looking to echo their first leg where the Greek side succumbed 2-1 at The Aviva thanks to a masterclass from Ali Coote on the 3rd of August, Keith Long’s men just have to protect their aggregate lead in order to progress in this international competition.

  • Bohemians continue their UEFA Europa Conference League crusade against PAOK Salonika this evening at Toumba Stadium, Thessaloníki (6pm). My name is Alanna Cunnane and I will be bringing you tonight's match updates here at Final Whistle!

Bohemians

1James Talbot Goalkeeper
5Rob Cornwall Defender 93'
18James Finnerty Defender
2Andy Lyons 4 Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
28Dawson Devoy 7 Midfielder
16Keith Buckley Midfielder 91'
26Ross Tierney 14 Midfielder
8Ali Coote 10 Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely 2 Defender
27Sean Grehan Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
14Conor Levingston 26 Midfielder
24Aaron Doran Midfielder
7Stephen Mallon 28 Midfielder
10Keith Ward 8 Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
30Robert Mahon Midfielder
50Enda Minogue Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(3rd Qualifying Round)
2 - 1
UEFA Europa Conference League
Aviva Stadium

Bohemians v PAOK

Ground

Toumba Stadium
PAOK Stadium, 1, Μικράς Ασίας, Άνω Τούμπα, Κάτω Τούμπα, 4th District of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Regional Unit, Central Macedonia, Macedonia and Thrace, 54351, Greece

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