EA Sports Cup
Cork City 0
Bohemians have a cup semi-final to look forward to for the second year running after they saw off Cork City to set up an away clash with Dundalk in the final four of the EA Sports Cup.
Goals in either half from Ross Tierney, on his full debut, and Danny Mandroiu sealed the win after Sam Byrne had seen his first-half penalty saved.
City were Bohs’ opponents in the semi-finals last year – the Rebel Army edged out Keith Long’s side in a replay – but much has changed for both sides in the meantime.
Nevertheless, it was the visitors who had the best of the opening half-hour and could have led had striker James Tilley shown a bit more poise in front of goal.
Darragh Rainsford had a glorious chance when played in by Kevin O’Connor but he took the ball a touch too wide and shanked his shot off his instep and over the bar.
A turning point came on the half-hour when Luke Wade-Slater picked out Tierney and, after his shot was blocked, Ryan Graydon was tripped.
Byrne demanded the ball to take the penalty, but his effort was low and lacking pace, allowing Tadhg Ryan to get down and push it onto the post.
Bohs were ahead within two minutes, however, when a strong run from Scott Allardice released Ryan Graydon and, after his shot hit the post, Tierney turned home the rebound.
Graydon was desperately unlucky once more when, following tenacious work by Tierney, the winger struck a powerful shot on goal that Ryan did well to save at full stretch.
Cork could have levelled against the run of play when Rainsford’s snapshot from the edge of the box crashed off the top of the bar, and it seemed to spur Bohs into action.
They were awarded their second penalty, very generously, ten minutes from time as Lyons sent Mandroiu clear and he fell when challenged by Sean McLoughlin.
This time Mandroiu himself decided to take it and he made no mistake, burying his shot high in the top corner, though Ryan again went the right way.
Allardice was denied a spectacular third three minutes from time as he smashed a shot from distance that left the crossbar rattling for some time afterwards.
“I was ready to run into the crowd if I’m honest,” Scottish midfielder Allardice tells the Dublin Gazette.
“If it had gone in, the shirt would have been off! Bohs, it’s been a while since they won something and we’re going well in the league.
“There’s a chance there to go and win something and we don’t really care who we get. We’re flying on confidence. We’ll put the work in in training and we’ll fancy our chances.”