Bo­hemi­ans earn first point as St Pa­trick’s play it safe

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports News - EM­MET MALONE

HON­ESTY AND en­deav­our, or as Aaron Cal­laghan put it af­ter­wards yes­ter­day, “at­ti­tude and ap­pli­ca­tion,” seem to be high on the list of at­tributes this young Bo­hemi­ans side brings to the Premier Di­vi­sion this year.

On the fire­power front, though, they are clearly lack­ing and af­ter this deeply dis­ap­point­ing Dublin derby at Da­ly­mount Park they fi­nally have a point but still await their first goal of the cam­paign.

They al­most got it, to be fair, in the clos­ing min­utes when Karl Moore blasted a fine vol­ley off the un­der­side of the cross­bar but the ball was quickly headed away.

Moore briefly ap­pealed and the home sup­port mo­men­tar­ily sensed an un­likely and ill-de­served win. In­stead the vis­i­tors, who had looked in­creas­ingly dom­i­nant but gen­er­ally in­ca­pable of se­ri­ously trou­bling debu­tant goal­keeper Andy Mcnulty got the rub of the ex­tremely un­even green and ex­tended their un­beaten run at the north­side venue to six games.

Liam Buck­ley blamed what was un­doubt­edly a poor-look­ing pitch for his side’s fail­ure to pro­duce a lit­tle more pass­ing foot­ball but read­ily ad­mit­ted that it had been the same for both sides. Bo­hemi­ans, sure enough, didn’t move the ball about any more smoothly but they had more cause to be pleased at the end with a first clean sheet se­cured against op­po­nents who re­ally must have viewed this as a po­ten­tial vic­tory.

The vis­i­tors, though, dis­ap­pointed with their decision to play Stephen O’flynn up front by him­self and then, for much for the game, hoof the ball long to­wards him. John Rus­sell and Greg Bol­ger did their best to bring a lit­tle more com­po­sure to things in mid­field but it wasn’t un­til the tail-end of the game when Buck­ley changed the shape and added a sec­ond striker that his side re­ally looked likely to make a break­through.

O’flynn had his chances be­fore go­ing off, Bol­ger badly fluffed a shot on the turn and James Cham­bers went close to hit­ting the tar­get with a late free but there was no great sense of in­jus­tice about spoils be­ing shared.

“We huffed and puffed a lit­tle bit,” ad­mit­ted the St Pa­trick’s man­ager af­ter­wards. I’d be con­fi­dent enough that it will get bet­ter as we go along.” It would want to re­ally for this looked like two points dropped but Buck­ley in­sisted that at this early stage he was not too un­happy to have to set­tle for the one his side gained. “We are four games into the sea­son, though, and we are un­beaten. We’re chas­ing a spot in Europe this year and ev­ery point will be crit­i­cal. We have jug­gled our team around over the last few weeks and we are still a work in progress.”

Much the same can be said for the hosts but clearly the raw ma­te­ri­als with which Cal­laghan is work­ing are a lit­tle less pol­ished. Bo­hemi­ans: Mcnulty; Pen­der (Mcma­hon, 66 mins), Heary, Mcmillan, Har­ney; Mulc­ahy, Martin; Wil­son, Traynor (O’con­nor, 77 mins), Moore; Cor­co­ran (Scully, 58 mins). St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic: Clarke; O’brien, Kenna, Browne, Berming­ham; Cham­bers; Meeenan, Rus­sell, (Fa­gan, 61 mins), Bol­ger, O’con­nor; O’flynn (Daly, 71 mins). Ref­eree: N Doyle ( Dublin ).

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