Date Time League Season
18 September 2022 2:00 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

Shelbourne beat Bohemians to progress to Final Four

Jack Moylan and a Sean Boyd brace saw Shelbourne seal their semi-final berth in this season's FAI Cup as they swatted a sluggish Bohemians display aside at Tolka Park.

Boyd was active and a nuisance from the off, trying his luck from close-range as Shane Farrell - their best player on the afternoon - frequently fizzed dangerous deliveries into the box.

After ten minutes, set-piece specialist Tyreke Wilson curled a low free-kick effort narrowly wide, in one of few chances for the lethargic-looking visitors.

Two minutes later, Gavin Molloy fed Boyd who had plenty of space outside the box but flicked his effort over the crossbar. He lacked composure in those promising situations, but Moylan certainly didn't to break the deadlock.

He left Wilson in his rearview mirror, marauding forward from the right side, before playing a one-two passing exchange with Matty Smith whilst evading a sliding James Clarke challenge.

Through on-goal with onrushing goalkeeper Jon McCracken to beat, he picked his spot and blazed it into the roof of the net with aplomb.

Farrell, operating at left wing-back, was aggressive in possession and could've had a goal and penalty in the space of three minutes.

He robbed Conor Levingston of possession before letting fly from distance, before being hauled to ground - too easily for the referee's liking.

Moylan twisted his ankle and limped off gingerly afterward, but couldn't continue and was replaced by Brian McManus shortly after the half-hour mark.

He combined with Boyd to almost score moments following his introduction, charging through on-goal - but for McCracken's great anticipation off his line to snuff out the danger.

McCracken acrobatically tipped McManus' half-volley over the bar from distance not long after, before being left at sea by a defensive breakdown leading to Shels' second.  

Moments after the aforementioned save, Boyd benefited from some weak Bohs defending to double the lead in the 38th minute.  

JJ Lunney's corner was headed partially clear, Molloy's blocked effort found its way to Farrell and the cross somehow evaded both Ciaran Kelly and Wilson before Boyd ghosted in-behind Rory Feely to thump home at the far post.  

Tempers flared shortly afterwards from both sets of players as Farrell was down clutching his face after a dangerous challenge by Clarke.

Five bookings were shown in the immediate aftermath, though multiple stoppages in play didn't stop the flow as Shels searched for more goals.

Bohs made a quadruple change at half-time as their Cup run was quickly coming to an end, but again Shelbourne were on top after the restart.  

Boyd should've scored again but McCracken denied him with a brave block outside his area, then minutes later the forward hesitated when he should've released Smith on the overlap.

Damien Duff was increasingly agitated as he knew a two-goal cushion is never an infallible one, though they weathered a brief storm before putting the tie beyond doubt.

Liam Burt and substitute Alistair Coote did their utmost to help bring Bohs back in with a half-chance of rescuing the situation, though comeback opportunities were dwindling by the minute.  

Coote set up fellow sub Jordan Flores with a clever reverse pass on the edge of the area and he struck the post, moments before Boyd's tireless running was rewarded down the other end.  

A slack backpass was quickly seized upon, before he used his long strides to bypass Feely's last-ditch sliding challenge and slotted through McCracken's legs to finish.  

Bohs' body language spoke volumes afterwards as the third goal knocked the fight out of them.  

Soon enough the suffering was over, as the rowdy Shelbourne supporters serenaded their players and celebrated a memorable afternoon's work. Into the semi-finals they go as the prospect of silverware draws ever closer, with Treaty United, Waterford or Derry City / Shamrock Rovers next.


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper 55'
2John Ross Wilson Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
23Luke Byrne Defender
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender 39'
6JJ Lunney Midfielder
10Jack Moylan 7 Midfielder 20'
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward 38', 72'
15Matty Smith 16 Forward
17Shane Farrell Forward
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
28Stephen Negru Defender
8Josh Giurgi Defender
7Brian McManus 10 Midfielder
8Mark Coyle Midfielder
16Aodh Dervin 15 Midfielder
22Gavin Hodgins Midfielder
14Daniel Carr 9 Forward


40Jon McCracken Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
19Tyreke Wilson 19 Defender
6Jordan Doherty 24 Midfielder
7Declan McDaid 8 Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder
14Conor Levingston Midfielder 39'
17John O’Sullivan 21 Midfielder
22James Clarke 11 Midfielder 39'
18Ethon Varian Forward 39'
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
19Ryan Burke 19 Defender 66'
2Josh Kerr Defender
8Ali Coote 7 Midfielder
11Kris Twardek 22 Midfielder
21Jordan Flores 17 Midfielder 57'
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
24Max Murphy 6 Midfielder
30Nickson Okosun Forward
  • I've been Mosope Ominiyi, thanks for joining me today. Stay tuned on the site for the full match report, reaction and more - as well as the aforementioned final FAI quarter-final: Derry City vs. Shamrock Rovers with my colleague Rory Morrow as kick-off is in under an hour's time. Until next time, have a great end to your Sunday!

  • 93'

    Nice post-match scenes as Duff gets all the players and staff into a circle, saying a few motivational words before they break and applaud the supporters. Contrastingly, Bohs players are talking to the travelling fans and they're - understandably - not happy. They simply didn't turn up early enough to dent Shels here before it was too late.

  • 93'

    FT: Shelbourne 3-0 Bohemians - Shels started well, duly punished their slow-starting visitors and it could've been much worse too. Derry vs. Shamrock Rovers in the other quarter-final with KO at 5pm, but it's time to celebrate for Damien Duff's men. Bohs were second best and while unfortunate in some moments, firmly second best.

  • 90'

    Three minutes' stoppage-time and Bohs fans have already left in their droves. This is merely a formality. "Your season's over, it's time to go home," chants reverberate around Tolka Park from Shels supporters.

  • 88'

    Feely heads over the crossbar from an Ali Coote corner and while it looked as though the final touch came off a Shels player, goal-kick is awarded. Everything has gone the hosts' way this afternoon!

  • 85'

    Another Shelbourne change as advertised: Boyd gets a hero's reception as he walks off, Carr replaces him now. Carr's first action is to help tee up Molloy from distance... a low strike that McCracken is equal to, though.

  • 80'

    Aodh Dervin on for Smith in Shels' first substitution - it was his perfectly-weighted return pass for Moylan which started the afternoon's goals and he acquitted himself well. Daniel Carr warming up too.

  • 75'

    Bohs' body language rather says it all really, the third goal knocked the stuffing out of them and it came just as they were looking a bit dangerous - Flores might've halved the deficit moments beforehand.

  • 73'

    He hasn\'t been the most composed today, but Boyd\'s tireless running has paid dividends once more - this time a well-executed solo effort, slotting through McCracken\'s legs to all but wrap up this cup tie.

  • 72'


  • 71'

    OFF THE POST! Flores fires goalwards from the edge of the area after being teed up by Coote but it cannons back off the upright!

  • 68'

    Boyd's tireless running gives Kelly and Feely all sorts of trouble with a loose ball, but the latter does well to stay composed under pressure from the big man... back into McCracken's path.

  • 66'

    Burke, who misplaced a pass in a dangerous area with his first touch, is the latest to find his name in the referee's notebook after a late challenge on McManus.

  • 64'

    Wilson can't continue and is replaced in a like-for-like change by Ryan Burke - Bohs' final alteration of the afternoon.

  • 63'

    Another stoppage in play now, as Wilson appears to have jarred his knee after absorbing a firm but fair challenge moments earlier.

  • 57'

    Flores is next to be carded for dissent after leaving a foot in late on Farrell, moments after Bohs threatened a rare opportunity through the marauding Burt - who else - as Shelbourne's two-goal lead isn't infallible.

  • 55'

    Referee adds Brendan Clarke's name into the book, for what I can only assume is timewasting as he winds up a long free-kick in his area?

  • 54'

    Duff is getting increasingly agitated on the touchline and understandably so, as Boyd should've teed up an onrushing Matty Smith in transition. Instead he hesitates, doesn't release the ball quickly enough and the chance is snuffed out before he has a chance to redeem himself.

  • 51'

    Boyd goes through on-goal... McCracken charges out of his box and blocks the effort - Shels fans cry for a handball, but replays show it was far from that! Free-kick for the visitors as Boyd leaves a foot in on him after missing that chance.

  • 46'

    Alistair Coote, Kris Twardek, Max Murphy and Jordan Flores all on for the visitors in a quadruple change to start the second-half - you'd expect Bohs received a dressing down in the interval.

  • Second-half about to begin, and a whopping four changes incoming for Bohemians. Given their sluggish start and the fact they're 45 minutes away from being knocked out of the FAI Cup, it's not too surprising.

  • 48'

    HT: Shelbourne 2-0 Bohemians - Duff jogs down the tunnel as usual and he'll be pleased with that first-half showing from his side. Bohs have been lethargic, to say the least, and deservedly have a deficit to overturn. Defending the way they have so far, it's difficult to see them mounting a proper comeback.

  • 45'

    The fourth official signals there will be two minutes' stoppage-time now, I'm surprised it's not a lot more than that given the breaks in play we've had here.

  • 44'

    Burt weaves his way towards the box and looks for teammates in support, but his pass is slack and Shels thankfully clear their lines to ironic jeers. O'Sullivan strikes a sidefooted effort over the crossbar after McManus' misplaced pass is seized by an alert Levingston, who dinks the ball goalwards.

  • 42'

    So after that elongated stoppage, Boyd tries his luck from close-range - again - but this time doesn't connect sweetly on the half-volley after a well-worked low Shels corner deceives Bohs' lethargic backline.

  • 39'

    Tempers flare after Farrell is down holding his face, Clarke commits a dangerous challenge on the far side... referee issues bookings to Ledwidge, Clarke, Levingston and Varian as well as Damien Duff on the touchline.

  • 38'

    It's weak defending by Bohs after the aforementioned free-kick and Sean Boyd doubles the hosts' lead at the far post from Farrell's inswinging delivery!

  • 37'


  • 36'

    Save! McCracken makes an acrobatic stop over the crossbar to deny McManus' half-volley on the edge of the area.

  • 34'

    Boyd and McManus combine, with the latter charging through on goal and Bohs defenders nowhere... but great anticipation by McCracken off his line to snuff out the danger just as he threatens to latch onto a loose ball.

  • 32'

    Moylan is in anguish as he trudges off, realising his match is now over through the aforementioned injury - he's been struggling ever since and will only aggravate it further. He'll be replaced by Brian McManus.

  • 29'

    Game back underway after a stoppage in play for Moylan receiving medical treatment while Bohs have two promising passing exchanges fizzle out rather unceremoniously. Sums up the first half-hour for them.

  • 26'

    Farrell has a genuine penalty appeal waved away by the referee on the far side, while Moylan appears to have twisted his ankle moments later. He gets up gingerly, but it doesn't look good.

  • 23'

    Farrell, operating at left wing-back today, cheaply robs Levingston of possession just outside the area and lets fly from distance... but his effort flashes wide.

  • 20'

    Moylan marauds forward from the right-hand side, playing a one-two passing exchange with Matty Smith and evades a sliding James Clarke challenge before blazing it high into the roof of the net beyond an onrushing McCracken. What a strike to break the deadlock!

  • 19'


  • 15'

    He appears to be okay to continue, but that's something to monitor given his importance for Bohs.

  • 14'

    Burt is writhing in pain and needs medical attention after being hauled down in a 50-50 challenge with Molloy, who receives a stern talking to from the referee.

  • 12'

    Over the bar! Good pressing from Shels, Molloy feeds Boyd who has plenty of space and takes two touches before firing goalwards... only to flick it over the crossbar. Disappointing finish given the circumstances.

  • 10'

    Just wide! Wilson strikes it well, aims at the goalkeeper's side and watches it fly low but narrowly wide of the far post. Given his ability from set-pieces, that represents a let off for the hosts.

  • 9'

    Shane Griffin is unhappy and remonstrates with the referee, after giving away a free-kick just outside his area... Tyreke Wilson can hit them from here...

  • 5'

    Chance! Boyd balloons the ball over the bar, after a great inswinging delivery by Farrell isn't well defended and he has two bites at a goalscoring chance... but crucially lacks close-range composure.

  • 2'

    Moylan gives away a free-kick near the halfway line for a fierce challenge on Wilson, then Farrell is penalised in the visitors' box after tumbling into a Bohs defender from the subsequent set-piece.

  • 1'

    The atmosphere is bouncing, beautiful afternoon to play and after a brief pause, the referee blows his whistle... we\'re underway! Who will hold their nerve and make it into the semis? Let\'s find out.

  • Bohemians team news has now emerged on social media, so be sure to check the line-ups tab for the full squads... players have concluded their warm-ups, kick-off just a few minutes away now too!

  • Early team news and unsurprisingly, Shelbourne first-team regulars Luke Byrne and Kameron Ledwidge have been passed fit to feature here - both have struggled with nagging knocks of late.

  • Speaking of poor form, I made sure to impress upon it in my preview... that doesn't matter in one-legged cup ties! If you fancy some pre-match reading while we wait for team news to filter through, click the article tab.

  • My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be guiding you through the day's action at Tolka Park, in what has emerged as the biggest game remaining this season for both sides given their inconsistent league form.

  • Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's live minute-by-minute commentary, as Shelbourne entertain Bohemians in the FAI Cup quarter-finals. Kick-off is at 2pm, 45 minutes away!

Past Meetings

(Round 28)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Round 20)
0 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Round 20)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 10)
0 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 11)
1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Round 6)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Round 1)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 26)
1 - 3
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 17)
3 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 8)
0 - 1
LOI Women's Premier Division
Oscar Traynor Centre

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne

(Series 14)
1 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
3 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Bohemian FC

(Series 5)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v Shelbourne


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.