Derry City lose out in five-goal thriller against Bohemians at the Brandywell

Ismahil Akinade was in sparkling form for Bohs
Ismahil Akinade was in sparkling form for Bohs
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DERRY CITY 2 BOHEMIANS 3

Derry City completed their league programme with a 3-2 defeat at the Brandywell on Friday night.

The Candystripes – who hope to be play a refurbished stadium next year – played out a five-goal thriller with Bohemians.

The win for the Dubiners – plus the fact that St. Pat’s lost 2-0 at home to Sligo Rovers – means Bohs can still claim a Europa League spot if things to their way in the final games of the season next weekend.

Friday night’s hero of the opening half was lone hitman Ismahil Akinade who netted a brace of goals and could easily have notched a hat-trick but for a fine stop by Derry keeper Gerard Doherty.

Bohs caught Derry cold during the opening two mintues when Anto Murphy played Akinade through into a one-on-one situation, the striker guiding the ball past the startled Doherty.

However, that lead was shortlived with the home side levelling matters within one minute, Ciaran O’Connor heading home Mark Timlin’s deep cross.

But back came Bohemians in the 24th minute and following Jake Kelly’s corner, Akinade was again in the right place at the right time to divert the ball past Doherty with a firm header from close range.

Five minutes later Derry levelled for a second time when a fluent move was completed with Mark Quigley’s incisive pass setting up Barry McNamee who gleefully drove the ball past the advancing Dean Delany.

Defensively suspect, Derry paid the penalty when failing to clear the danger in the 35th minute Kelly leaving two defenders in his wake before netting Bohemians’ third goal.

After the break Mark Quigley went close on two occasions but he failed to get his header on target before Delany produced a superb save to deny the Derry striker in the 50th minute.

Derry continued to push but Delany pulled off another top drawer save to deny Stephen Dooley in the 75th minute and the keeper did well again 10 minutes from the end to deny Quigley.

Derry City: Doherty; McLaughlin (McEleney, h/t), McBride, Barry, Jarvis; O’Connor (McEneff 70), McCormack, McNamee, Dooley; Quigley (Morrison, 82), Timlin.

Bohemians: Delany; Hayes, Prendergast, Murphy, Caffrey; Buckley (Creevy, 90), Wearen, Mulcahy, Kelly (Kavanagh, 77); Moore; Akinade.

Referee: D. McKeon (Dublin).