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Bohemians 2-0 Cork City

Updated: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 10:44 | Comments

Bohemians' Dinny Corcoran congratulates goalscorer Eoin Wearen Rising star Brian Lenihan is stretchered off after swallowing his tongue as his concerned Cork team-mates look on
Bohemians' Dinny Corcoran congratulates goalscorer Eoin Wearen Rising star Brian Lenihan is stretchered off after swallowing his tongue as his concerned Cork team-mates look on

A serious neck injury to Arsenal-linked Brian Lenihan overshadowed Bohemians' first home win of the season as the Dublin side recorded a 2-0 victory over Cork City in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

Bohs dominated and led in the seventh minute when Anto Murphy's cross was headed home by Steven Beattie.

Lenihan went over the top of Derek Pender and swallowed his tongue in the 68th minute, but Pender, Josh O'Shea and a doctor, who jumped the hoardings, all reacted quickly and placed him in the recovery position before the highly-rated youngster was stretchered off and sent to hospital nine minute later.

Eoin Wearen added a second soon after to seal the victory.

Cork City looked to prize open the Bohs defence with long balls in the first half, and started brightest.

Daniel Price jumped into the back of John O'Flynn on the edge of the box and Billy Dennehy's free-kick was gathered by Dean Delany at the second attempt.

Shortly after, Bohs took control and they never relinquished their dominance.

Murphy's through-ball may have been slightly overhit, but it bisected the keeper and defence, and Beattie's diving header found the back of the net despite the best efforts of Mark McNulty in the Bohs goal.

In the 22nd minute former West Ham player Wearen played Murphy in down the right and his dink allowed Kevin Devaney to bear down on goal, but the thunderous half-volley which followed only rocked crossbar and Beattie’s follow-up went wide.

Two minutes later, Dinny Corcoran's flicked header from Derek Pender's cross lacked the power to beat McNulty.

Bohs then might have had a penalty when Devaney was tugged to the ground by Dennehy, but referee Neil Doyle waved away protests.

It was all Bohs as Cork failed to get out of their own half, with Colin Healy and John Dunleavy failing to get on the ball in the centre of midfield for Cork. Wearen, in contrast, was crucial for Bohs, sitting in front of the back four and supplying the engine room.

With four minutes left in the half, Cillian Morrison saw Dean Delany fingertip his effort over the bar, although it appeared to be sailing over, and Bohs led 1-0 at the break.

Owen Heary's men resumed their control early on in the second half, with Murphy key in everything Bohs created, but they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Cork responded on 51 with Lenihan's cross slightly behind O'Flynn and he couldn't get power behind his header to trouble Delany.

In an attempt to inject life into his side, John Caufield brought on Josh O'Shea and Liam Kearney, but they offered little that Bohs couldn't deal with.

Murphy's quick thinking teed up Paddy Kavanagh from a free-kick to cross, but the onrushing Daniel Byrne headed over.

In response, Kearney blazed over with 25 minutes remaining.

But Bohs should have killed the game off immediately afterwards when Corcoran's delightful pass inside the Cork's left-back saw Devaney burst through on goal, but he fired high and over the bar.

With 68 minutes gone, Lenihan tumbled over the back of Pender and landed on his neck. Lenihan’s legs seemed to move in involuntarily spasms for most of the nine minutes he lay on the ground, and when he did leave the fray, the crowd and his fellow players seemed shaken by the injury.

Cork were forced to play the remaining 20 minutes with 10 men, having used their full allocation of substitutes.

Bohs maximised their numerical advantage as Wearen tapped home in the 80th minute after Murphy retrieved the ball on the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross.

Bohs went on to spurn further opportunities, but it didn’t bother the Dalymount faithful who presciently chanted "we're going to win at home", while the result could yet have a major impact on the outcome of the title race.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Aidan Price, Daniel Byrne, Anto Murphy; Eoin Wearen; Paddy Kavanagh (Karl Moore 98), Roberto Lopes, Kevin Devaney; Steven Beattie (Jason Byrne 62); Dinny Corcoran.

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Iarfhlaith Davoran (Liam Kearney 55), Darren Dennehy, Dan Murray, Brian Lenihan; John Dunleavy, Colin Healy; Billy Dennehy, Cillian Morrison (Josh O'Shea 55), Mark O'Sullivan; John O'Flynn (Danny Morrissey 62).

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