REPORT: St Patrick's Athletic 1-3 Bohemians

23rd November 2023

Bohemians made 11 changes from the mid-week Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup victory over Derry City but it made no difference as they emerged from Richmond Park with an impressive 3-1 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic. The home side opened much the brighter

Bohs put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three with a superb second half display to put Dublin rivals St. Pat's in all sorts of trouble at the bottom of the table.

Second half goals from Oscar Brennan, Dinny Corcoran and Georgie Poynton turned the game on its head following and excellent first half from St. Pat's who deservedly held the lead at half time through Alex O'Hanlon at a sun soaked Richmond Park.

After a fast and furious start it was the hosts who settled quicker and began to dominate proceedings. Conan Byrne, Darragh Markey and J.J. Markey all went close for Pats before they got a deserved lead five minutes before the break.

Substitute Alex O'Hanlon raced down the left with a pacey dribble and, despite being shown down the left wing by Bohs skipper Derek Pender, cut inside onto his right foot and drilled home to the far post for his first of the season. Chants of "We are staying up" erupted around Richmond Park. Bohs, who funnily enough have been better on the road than at home, started the second half with purpose and equalised just six minutes in.

A long hopeful punt from Dan Byrne caused confusion at the back between Ian Bermingham and keeper Conor O'Malley, and midfielder Oscar Brenna took full advantage of the mix up, nipping in to slot home and make it 1-1. And with momentum on their side, The Gypsies took the lead when the excellent Keith Ward slipped through talisman Dinny Corcoran. The big man kept his composure to slot home to flip the game on its head.

The remarkable turnaround was compounded when, on the break, that man Ward again cleverly cut inside from the left wing and played in Georgie Poynton on the right to pass it into the far post. An incredible derby and truly a game of two halves as Bohs grab a massive three points to continue their good run on the road