Friday 28th September 2007, 9:42 pm
28th September 2007
Stephen O'Donnell 75
Darren Mansaram 77
Mark Rossiter 85
Sligo Rovers 0
Referee : Paul Tuite
Bohemians ran out 3-0 winners over mid-table rivals Sligo Rovers at Dalymount Park tonight. The game hinged on a decision from referee Paul Tuite in the closing quarter of the game.
Bohs started with Owen Heary in the unfamiliar position of centre-back as manager Sean Connor opted not to risk any of his injury doubts.
The first half was tough going - particularly for those watching. Sligo were doing more in an attacking sense than the home side but Bohs were continually catching the visitors offside with a well organized back-line.
Brian Cash and Matthew Judge had a couple of early efforts for Rovers but neither came to much with Judge's header easily saved.
On one of the rare occasions Rovers got through the Bohs offside trap, Fahrudin Kudozovic nipped in behind but smashed his angled shot against Brian Murphy's crossbar on 15 minutes.
A poor attempted clearance by Coleman on 20 minutes almost gifted former Sligo player Darren Mansaram with a goal. However, in a similar position to his second goal against Pats on Monday, Mansaram this time dragged his shot off target.
Sligo's Jamie McKenzie threatened in a crowded goal-mouth as chances remained at a premium but Heary booted clear despite plenty of pressure.
Judge hit a poor shot wide before Mansaram was eventually crowded out in a packed Sligo box on the stroke of half-time.
Dean Richardson's wicked curling cross evaded everyone at the start of the second half but there was plenty of the same as Sligo continued to get caught offside.
Kudozovic did get through again on 53 minutes but showed a lack of pace before his shot was saved well by Murphy. The Bit O' Red skipper had drifted to the right side of Murphy's goal instead of attacking head-on.
John-Paul Kelly was brought in just before the hour but what followed saw him stay for just over ten minutes.
The sending off of Coleman with twenty minutes to go swung the game in favour of Bohemians. The full back was shown a straight red card after a reckless two footed lunge at Bohs sub John-Paul Kelly - a tackle which forced him off.
Although there had been niggles here and there before the incident, the game hadn't exactly been fiercely contested. However, Coleman's shocking challenge provoked a midfield melee and the Sligo full-back is sure to face further sanctions after attempting to confront the grounded Kelly - even after the red card had been shown.
While still trying to regroup, Sligo gave away a foolish free kick on the edge of their own box and a well worked set-piece from Chris Turner found Steven O'Donnell who lashed home from outside the box.
1-0 up with fifteen minutes remaining, Bohs were 2-0 up two minutes later as Turner again undid the visitors and played in Darren Mansaram who coolly slotted home after cracking the offside trap.
Matthew Gordon might have grabbed a goal back which would have made the last ten minutes interesting. However, Murphy saved with the aid of his crossbar from Gordon's point blank header at the back post.
Mark Rossiter made it 3-0 with a superb strike on 85 minutes as he lashed home across Richard Brush and past his despairing dive.
The win lifts Bohs ahead of Sligo in the table with a respectable league finish still possible for the Dublin club.
Bohemians : Murphy, Rossiter, Powell, O Heary, Burns, Turner, McCann, Richardson (Kelly 58) (McGinlay 73), O'Donnell, Crowe (Rice 83), Mansaram.
Sligo Rovers : Brush, Coleman, Foy, Peers, McKenzie, Ventre, Cash (Gordon 68), Boyd, Cretaro, Judge (Curran 73), Kudozovic.