Bohemians hold the advantage after the first leg of their Setanta Sports Cup semi final with Linfield at Dalymount Park.
Linfield took the lead on 16 minutes when Brian McCaul’s cross was met by Mark McAllister in the box who headed powerfully past Chris O’Connor in the Bohs goal. Bohs levelled on 43 minutes when Ken Oman headed in from Paul Keegan’s corner. Raffaele Cretaro then chipped in the winner on 86.
Linfield were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when Marcus Kane was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Fans may often chant ‘can we play you every week’ if the opposition are poor. Bohs officials could be forgiven for thinking along the same lines but for a different reason. For the Belfast Blues brought with them a fantastic travelling support of 900 fans who occupied a large portion of the Connaught Street stand.
They nearly had something to cheer in the first minute when Mark Miskimmin found himself well positioned to shoot but ultimately he fluffed his effort and skimmed the ball wide of the target.
Bohs’ Killian Brennan went close with a cracking free kick on 14 minutes which was tipped around the post by Linfield goalkeeper Stuart Addis.
Linfield then took the lead on 16 minutes when McCaul’s cross from the right wing was met by McAllister in the box who headed powerfully past O’Connor.
It could have been two for Linfield on 27 minutes when Damien Curran smashed a tremendous free kick from 25 yards but O’Connor managed to get a hand to the ball and turn it out for a corner.
Bohs had started the game sluggishly but improved as the half went on and were fully deserving of their leveller on 43 minutes when Oman headed in from Keegan’s corner.
Mark Rossiter put Cretaro in on goal with a neat pass two minutes after the break but Jim Ervin did well to dispossess the former Sligo Rovers man and thwart the danger.
At the other end McCaul connected with a Kane cross but headed wide.
Linfield were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when Kane, already on a yellow from the first half, was dismissed by ref Tom Connolly for a second bookable offence.
Cretaro broke loose for Bohs on 81 minutes and darted toward goal but his flick didn’t have much power in it and Addis saved with his left foot. But his luck was in on 86 minutes when he latched onto Gary Burke’s ball to chip the winner over Addis.
Bohemians: O’Connor; Heary, Shelley, Powell, Oman; Rossiter (Cronin 64), Brennan, Keegan, Greene (Byrne 64); Quigley (Burke 74), Cretaro.
Linfield: Addis; Ervin, Murphy, Burns, Casement; McCaul (Tomelty 77), Kane, Gault, Curran; Miskimmim (Carvill 70), McAllister (Munster 84)
Referee: T Connolly (FAI).