LOI Premier Division – Bohemians 1 – Sligo Rovers 3
By Dave Donnelly
BOHEMIANS manager Keith Long lamented simple errors as he saw his side slip to a third defeat of the season at home to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday night.
The Gypsies were well-placed to get one over on the Connacht club but conceded two late goals on the break to an in-form Bit o’ Red side.
Indeed, the Phibsboro club looked the more likely to take three points once Liam Burt levelled the game up early in the second half.
Jordan Gibson, the former St Patrick’s Athletic winger, had put the visitors in front on the half hour as Liam Buckley’s side went in at the break with a deserved lead.
That all changed after the break, and Georgie Kelly passed up a great chance to put Bohs in front before a late show from subs Mark Byrne and David Cawley turned the tie in Sligo’s favour.
“We can’t quibble about the result. We switched off a little bit for the second goal – it was bad decision-making, bad defending,” Long told the Dublin Gazette.
“We played well, I feel. It’s probably the best we’ve played this year, certainly at home. We’ve had chances and we should equalise.
“Keith Ward should equalise, and he knows that. He can’t miss chances like that. We can’t give up chances like we conceded in the second half.
“But we always knew, in transition, when we’re on attack we’re susceptible to the counter-attack and Sligo have some good offensive players and they’ll hurt you in those moments.”
Early on, 17-year-old Johnny Kenny, son of Sligo’s 1994 FAI Cup winner John, had already tested James Talbot’s reflexes when his deflected shot rebounded back off the bar.
Bohs had chances on the counter, too, but Jack Moylan saw his back-post header excellently saved by Ireland under-21 keeper Ed McGinty.
The breakthrough, when it arrived, was a thing of beauty, a perfectly-executed move from back to front after a Bohs attack broke down.
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Romeo Parkes broke from midfield and exchanged passes with Kenny before slipping a precise reverse pass to Gibson, who volleyed home first-time.
The equaliser, two minutes after the restart, was equally memorable as Scottish winger Burt cut in from the right and curled wonderfully past McGinty.
Kelly should have completed the turnaround when he met Burt’s cross with his head, but he missed the target, and the miss would come back to haunt the home side.
A deft flick from Kenny, nodding on Greg Bolger’s diagonal pass, put substitute Byrne into space in the box and he showed poise to poke the ball under Talbot for his first senior goal.
And Cawley wrapped up the win three minutes from time as he received the ball with his back to goal at the edge of the box, spun and sent a rocket into the roof of the net.
Bohs face Shamrock Rovers, who share top spot with Sligo, in the Dublin Derby in Tallaght on Friday night while St Patrick’s Athletic travel to Finn Harps.
PHOTO CAPTION – Liam Burt of Bohemian FC challenged by Greg Bolger of Sligo Rovers – (PHOTO by Martin Doherty)