Friday, 13 August 2010

Bohemians 0-2 Galway United

Ideally I would love to have covered all of the games in the Irish Premier League (IPL)as there was such a lot going on and not a dull game in sight! However the focus will be on Galway's heroic away win at Bohemians.

Many will be surprised at the fact that Galway (who despite the win are still in the relegation play-off position) beat Bohemians who are sat in third place after a recent ten match unbeaten streak in the IPL. However the Dublin clubs recent financial troubles have apparently had an effect on the pitch as well. The scale of the problem at Bohemians was made public this week in a meeting and it will be necessary to offload some key players and institute pay cuts.

Galway meanwhile have already beaten Bohs 3-2 earlier this season and sought to do the same thing again on a clear evening away at Dalymount Park. The game started slowly and the first real chance fell to Jason Byrne on twenty minutes but the striker smashed the ball wide.

From this point on, Bohs piled on the pressure during the first half but were continually frustrated by the Galway defence. Galway then took the lead before half-time, much against the run of play. The goal came from a sweetly struck free kick into the top-left corner by Stephen O'Donnell who has just returned from a knee injury. However, before the kick was taken Galway were down to ten men after the linesman noticed Rhys Meynell strike out at Owen Heary.

That crucial goal minutes before half-time seemed to swing things in favour of the Tribesmen and came out in the second period looking like they knew what they had to do. In fact the side from West Ireland doubled their lead through a close range strike from Derek O'Brien on 57 minutes. Bohs continued to threaten to get back in the game but their team looked as dejected as the clubs financial state. The hit the bar just after the hour mark but even Galway going down to nine men was not enough to spark a comeback.

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