Second Half Goals Seal Victory
There was late drama at Oriel Park as Dundalk sealed a come from behind win against Bohemians on Monday night!
Danny Grant had given the Gypsies an 90 second lead however goals in the second half from strikers Georgie Kelly and Patrick Hoban, a 96th minute penalty, gave the champions a crucial three points.
Bohemians took the lead in the second minute when a Dundalk attack broke down and Danny Grant got in behind before firing home from a narrow angle.
Daniel Kelly almost responded immediately when Daniel Kelly got inside to shoot but James Talbot was able to tip the ball over the bar.
Patrick McEleney was next when he teed himself up from the edge of the area however this time Talbot was able to gather with comfort.
Danny Mandroiu almost made it 2-0 when he got a chance to volley freely from 20 yards however he scuffed it and the ball went out of play harmlessly
McEleney engineered another opportunity for a strike when he played a neat one-two with Patrick Hoban however his shot was straight at Talbot.
Dundalk gained the upper hand as the half wore on with Sean Hoare heading over from a Jordan Flores corner while Daniel Cleary volleyed a free-kick from Michael Duffy just wide of the target.
Flores had a shot from distance cannon back of Hoban as it looked destined for the net and at the other end, on the stroke of half-time Mandroiu got the perfect opportunity to double the lead when he capitalised on Sean Gannon’s mistake however he could only fire wide.
The second half began with the Lilywhites having the perfect opportunity to equalise when Flores’ corner fell to Cleary but he fired over with the goal at his mercy.
Bohemians were reduced to 10 men when substitute Ryan Graydon picked up two yellow cards in quick succession to see red in the 54th minute.
Dundalk seized the initiative as the visitors dropped back and Flores did superbly well to play the ball into the danger area but Hoban could only direct it over the bar.
Substitute Georgie Kelly headed straight at Talbot as he rose in the six yard area next as both Hoare and Hoban then had efforts go just wide.
The Lilywhites would get the leveller that they deserved in the 66th minute.
Duffy’s corner looped into the air and fell to the feet of Georgie Kelly and he fired to the net from close range giving Talbot no chance.
Hoban then fired towards goal but it was blocked down and from the rebound substitute Sean Murray then fired over within 20 yards as the ball came across him.
It was all Dundalk pushing for the winner and Duffy saw a free-kick strike the wall before moments later it looked like Kelly had directed Gannon’s cross to the net but somehow Talbot recovered brilliantly to claw the ball away.
Dundalk looked like they had got the lead goal when Gannon’s cross met the diving head of Hoban however again, Talbot got his hand to it and tipped it over the bar.
From Duffy’s corner, Andy Lyons cleared Cleary’s header from under his own crossbar as the Lilywhites piled on the pressure in the final minutes.
As the game approached the final whistle, Cleary found himself further forward and his cross found the glancing header of Kelly but it went inches wide with Talbot beaten.
Robbie McCourt looked like he had the perfect chance to give Bohs the win in stoppage time as he got on the end of Mandroiu’s pull back before Kelly once more headed over from McEleney’s cross.
It looked like time had run out on the champions however they had time for one more chance when substitute Dean Jarvis’ mazy run into the box was halted illegally by Lyons and referee Derek Tomney had no hesitation in pointing to the spot in the 94th minute.
It was left to top scorer Hoban who made no mistake from 12 yards rifling the ball to the net to send Oriel into raptures!
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Sean Hoare, Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey (Dean Jarvis 84); Chris Shields, Jordan Flores (Sean Murray 65); Daniel Kelly (Georgie Kelly 56), Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (capt).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Brian Gartland, Cameron Dummigan, Lido Lotefa.
Booked: Massey (71)
BOHEMIANS: James Talbot; Andy Lyons, James Finnerty, Aaron Barry (capt), Darragh Leahy; Danny Grant (Simon Graydon 41), Robbie McCourt, Conor Levingston, Danny Mandroiu, Luke Wade-Slater; Ryan Swan (Ali Reghba 68)(Scott Allardice 80).
Substitutes not used: Sean Bohan (GK), Michael Barker, Sam Byrne, Paddy Kirk.
Booked: Swan (37), Graydon (46, 54), Barry (60), Reghba (72), Mandroiu (84), Talbot (90)
Sent off: Graydon (54)
Referee: Derek Tomney.