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Old boys haunt Derry as Bohs win
24 Apr 2015 22:10
Derry City 1-2 Bohemians
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Patrick Kavanagh and Marc Griffin came back to haunt their old club as Bohemians secured a narrow 2-1 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win at Derry City.
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Derry broke the deadlock thanks to Philip Lowry's early strike, before Kealan Dillon's wonder goal levelled things on 28 minutes, before Mark Griffin turned home the winner on 78 minutes.
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However, Kavanagh, too, rolled back the years and played his part in the victory.
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Derry started the game well, a super piece of skill by Patrick McEleney ending with his run and cross finding Lowry, but the midfielder's close-range header, which had Bohs keeper Dean Delany beaten, was blocked by Anto Murphy.
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Lowry did break the deadlock moments later on eight minutes when his well-hit drive from 20 yards flew past Delany and found the keeper's bottom left-hand corner.
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Bohs scored a goal-of-the-season contender to level things in the 26th minute when Roberto Lopes chested the ball down on the edge of the box before clipping the ball into Dillon's path; the midfielder made no mistake volleying home past a diving Gerard Doherty.
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Dillon went close to giving his side the lead just after the half hour mark when Kavanagh's pass drew Doherty off his line, but Dillon was unable to keep his close-range header down.
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Derry were unlucky not to regain the lead just after the half-hour mark when Barry McNamee feed Mark Timlin, but just as the midfielder was about to shoot, Lopes got back to make a super last-ditch tackle to deny him.
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Dillon was inches away from netting his second goal of the night, but his powerful drive was superbly kept out by a fully stretched Doherty.
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The visitors were very fortunate not to concede a second on 60 minutes when Ryan McBride's close range header was blocked by Murphy and a relieved Delany grabbed the loose ball.
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Quickly thereafter Bohs went up the other end and missed a golden chance when Griffin saw his left-footed strike from close range fly over the crossbar.
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Griffin made up for his miss when he made no mistake in the 78th minute, coolly slotting home from 12 yards, after ex-Derry man Kavanagh produced a super run and cross to create the chance.
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In the closing minutes McEleney went close to levelling things but his header from six yards was straight at Delany.
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Minutes later the woodwork rescued Bohs as Timlin's 30-yard free-kick, which flew past Delany, rattled the crossbar.
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In stoppage time Delany made a fantastic save to keep out Derry substitute Cillian Morrison's header.
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Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Dean Jarvis, Ryan McBride, Shane McEleney, Aaron Barry; Philip Lowry, Seanan Clucas, Barry McNamee; Sean Houston (Ryan Curran H-T), Patrick McEleney (Anthony Elding 70), Mark Timlin.
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Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Anthony Murphy, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Keith Buckley (Dave Mulcahy 63), Roberto Lopes, Kealan Dillon, Marc Griffin (Jason Byrne 89), Dean Kelly (Karl Moore 85), Patrick Kavanagh.
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Referee: Mr Neil Doyle (Dublin).
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