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Dublin: 12°C Tuesday 29 September 2020

10-man Bohemians secure European football after grabbing point in Dublin derby

Keith Long’s men will play in the Europa League qualifiers next summer after securing a 0-0 draw in Inchicore.

Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot celebrates.
Bohemians goalkeeper James Talbot celebrates.

St Patrick’s Athletic 0

Bohemians 0

Darryl Geraghty reports from Richmond Park

BOHEMIANS SECURED THE point they needed to ensure European football for next summer, Keith Long’s side holding out with a man down for a 0-0 draw away to rivals St Patrick’s Athletic.

With Europa League football on the line tonight’s Dublin Derby promised to be a rip roaring encounter, and in the midst of the smoke filled ground and flares, a fierce battle took place.

Danny Grant, a recent call up to the Irish U21 set up, looked Bohs most dangerous attacking threat as his side were happy to sit in and allow Pat’s possession.

The Athletic looked sharp in possession, moving Bohs around the slick surface but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

Chris Forrester forced James Talbot into a good save from a free kick and Ronan Hale had a difficult volley inside the area but nothing clear cut, that was until a few minutes before the break.

The aforementioned Forrester, burst inside from the right hand side and let fly with a rocket heading towards the top corner, only to be denied by an outstanding save from his nemesis Talbot.

Stephen O’Donnell’s men came flying out of the traps after the break, pinning The Gypsies back, forcing corner after corner and not allowing Bohs to breath.

With six yellow cards, three a piece in the first half alone, it was almost inevitable that one would see a second, and that faith fell to James Finnerty, needlessly sliding in on Gary Shaw on the left wing.

Now with the man advantage, O’Donnell really went for it introducing two attacking players, firstly in Glen McAuley, followed by Mikey Drennan but it was an all too familiar pattern, unable to break down a resolute Bohs backline.

Prior to the game even the most die hard of Saints supporters would have admitted that a spot in the top four was nothing more of a dream having seen the hope of a European finish slowly fade away in recent weeks.

But credit to Keith Long and his charge’s, having put themselves on the cusp of the Holy Grail, by defeating last seasons top two in the last couple of weeks, finished the job with tonight’s brave performance and find themselves back in Europe after a long, six year absence.

Quite the feat for the Phibsboro club considering most had them down for a relegation scrap prior to a ball being kicked this season.

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ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Brendan Clarke, David Webster (Glen McCauley 72’), Ciaran Kelly (Mikey Drennan, 83’), Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (c), Cian Coleman (Rhys McCabe, 88’), Chris Forrester, Darragh Markey, Gary Shaw, Ronan Hale, Dean Clarke

BOHEMIANS: James Talbot, Derek Pender (c), Aaron Barry, Scott Allardice, Keith Ward (Michael Barker,, 65’), Daniel Grant, Andre Wright, James Finnerty, Paddy Kirk, Ross Tierney (Keith Buckley, 65’), Luke Wade-Slater (Andy Lyons, 88’)

Referee: Neil Doyle

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