REPORT: Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Bohemians

15th November 2023

Bohemians jumped up into second place and gave the chasing pack some hope with a stirring 1-0 win over nine-man Shamrock Rovers on a perfect pitch at the Tallaght Stadium. Bohemians definitely came to play and were certainly holding their own in th

Bohemians’ Indian Sign on Shamrock Rovers this season continued as Keith Long’s men carved out a deserved 1-0 victory over their cross city rivals at the Tallaght Stadium.

On a dry evening, ideal for football, Eoghan Stokes 68th minute strike was enough to earn Bohs third win over the Hoops this campaign, the second here in Tallaght. Bohs broke quickly from the centre circle for that 68th minute winner.

Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward and Keith Buckley combined. Ward raced into the box only to be foiled by Lopes. Stokes picked the ball up as it broke from the tackle and slid the ball low past Mannus and into the corner of the net, to send the Bohs fans into raptures.

With Man of the Match Keith Ward and Daniel Kelly particularly prominent, Bohs probably shaded the first half. Their best chance arrived when left back Daniel Leahy got on the end of Keith Devaney’s left wing corner just after the half hour.

Leahy’s firm header looked to be sneaking in only for Alan Mannus to brilliantly tip the ball around the upright. There was a penalty claim for the visitors after the pacy Daniel Kelly went down under a Roberto Lopes challenge in the Rovers box in the 17th minute.

Referee Neil Doyle saw nothing untoward. Rovers lived off scraps in that opening half although Aaron Greene’s smart 33rd swivel set up a shot, which found the side netting. Rovers improved after the second half introduction of Greg Bolger an ironically enjoyed their best spell in the fifteen minutes before substitute Eoghan Stokes’ clincher.

Their best chance resulted from good work by Boyle and Coustrain in the 62nd minute, which set up Carr for a shot on the turn that flashed just past the angle of post and bar. That was as good as it got for Rovers and the misery is heaped on after last week’s cup reverse.