Stokes’ late strike cements victory for in-form Bohs
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.