DERRY CITY 1
Marc Griffin returned to the Brandywell to haunt Derry City last night, the former striker netting Bohemians’ winning goal 12 minutes from time.
And it was another ex-Candystripe who set-up the striker, Paddy Kavanagh having burst into the penalty in the 78 minute before cutting the ball back into Griffin’s path.
However, it was the loss of Derry’s most creative player, Patrick McEleney, which will have caused much concern, the 23 year old stretchered off in the 68th minute with a groin injury.
Indeed, McEleney emerged the architect of the Derry goal in the 8th minute when his knock-down was steered home by Philip Lowry.
But Bohemians struck back in the 25th minute with a superb strike from Kealan Dillon.
The ball had been beaten out of the Derry defence following a corner and when Roberto Lopes chipped the ball into the path of the winger, Dillion’s volley screamed high into the net from the edge of the box.
The home side went close to re-taking the lead in the 41st minute when Barry McNamee sent Mark Timlin in but Lopes made a superb last ditch tackle inside the area.
At the other end, Derry keeper, Ger Doherty dived a full stretch to meet Dillion’s shot from 25 yards as the home defence failed to close him down.
Derry started the second half well but it was Bohemians who really should have moved into the lead in the 62nd minute.
Dillion sent in a cross from the right and well positioned at the back post, Griffin recklessly directed the ball wide from close range.
And the visitors took advantage with 12 minutes remaining when Kavanagh broke the left before Griffin side-footed the ball home to put Bohemians into the driving seat from close range.
Anto Murphy did well to head a Dean Jarvis effort clear of his goal while a superb Mark Timlin free crashed off the Bohs crossbar in the 87th minute.
Having denied Shane McEleney with superb save, Dean Delaney made sure of the win when he parried Cillian Morrison’s header wide of his goal during six minutes of added time.
Derry City: Doherty; Jarvis, McBride, S. McEleney, Barry; Timlin, McNamee, Lowry (Morrison, 78), Clucas, Houston (Curran, h/t); P. McEleney (Elding, 70)
Bohemians: Delaney; Pender, Prendergast, Murphy, Fitzgerald; Dillon, Buckley (Mulcahy, 63), Kelly (Moore, 85), Lopes, Kavanagh; Griffin (Byrne, 89).