Stokes’ late strike ce­ments vic­tory for in-form Bohs

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Gal­way United 0 Bo­hemi­ans 2

Eoghan Stokes fired the clincher for Bohs as they eas­ily worked their way past Gal­way United to reach the third round of the FAI Cup in Ea­monn Deacy Park.

Per­haps still bruised from last week’s hum­bling 4-1 home de­feat to Long­ford Town, United lined up with five at the back and straight from kick-off they sunk deep into their own half.

But even with their re­served start, the home side were caught out on six min­utes.


Twice their de­fence failed to fully clear their lines, but Dar­ragh Leahy was for­tu­nate to see his cross from the left find the top cor­ner of Tadhg Ryan’s net.

A change in for­ma­tion saw Rob­bie Wil­liams step into mid­field for United but a minute from the in­ter­val Keith Ward came very close to a sec­ond but his free-kick from the edge of the box just cleared Ryan’s cross­bar.

De­spite all their dom­i­na­tion Bohs had to be sat­is­fied with a 1-0 half-time lead.

United were for­tu­nate not to con­cede a sec­ond in the 50th minute: fol­low­ing a Wil­liams jer­sey pull, JJ Lun­ney’s penalty was saved well by Ryan.

Eoin McCor­mack missed a great chance to level for United, while Ryan was called into ac­tion again with a stun­ning fin­ger­tip stop to deny Keith Buck­ley, but he couldn’t stop Stokes late on.

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