REPORT: Bohemians 2-1 Dundalk

15th November 2023

Bohemians stunned the league Champions with an impressive performance and victory on their return home to Dalymount Park.  It took the home side just four minutes to take the lead as Anto Breslin found a wonderful cross from the left and Danny Grant

The Gypsies all but cemented their place in Europe for next season with a mssive, and deserved, 2-1 win over Champions Dundalk at a boisterous Dalymouant Park.

From the off the home side sat into a rigid 4-4-2 with the aim of hitting Dundalk on the break, which worked to perfection, inviting their illustrious opponents to break them down as the game set into an expected pattern.

Despite Dundalk dominance for nearly a half an hour, it was the hosts who snatched the lead against the run of play thanks to a smart first time finish by Luke Wade-Slater.

Danny Grant showed tremendous feet beating two players coming inside off the left wing before springing Wade-Slate free down the right side for him to calmly slot past the onrushing Gary Rogers.

Keith Long’s troops were dealt a massive blow just before the break when influential centre back Rob Cornwall, recently back from a lengthy spell, looked to tangle with Georgie Kelly in the area. The incident looked innocuous at the time, but the stretcher was called for. Cornwall was ok to give a thumbs up to the applauding crowd on his way down the touchline.

With such an out of character performance from the double winners, they looked to the bench for a lifit but the introduction of the big guns, Sean Gannon and Michael Duffy, failed to inspire Vinny Perth's side.

Incredibly Dundalk, who were on a 31-gme unbeaten domestic run going into tonight’s game, found themselves two down thanks to Andre Wright’s powerful strike from outside the area.

The big front man showed tremendous strength to hold off Sean Hoare and fashion a yard of space before hammering home a thunderous effort into the bottom corner.

The Lilywhites did continue to press and got a late consolation through Duffy, smashing home from inside a packed area but it was a deserved win on the night for Keith Long's side.