Dundalk FC U19 0-3 Bohemians

EA Sports U19 Enda McGuill Cup

Dundalk U19s crashed out of the Enda McGuill Cup at the hands of Bohemians at Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides got off to a good start with momentum shifting frequently between the teams but the visitors soon began to take control and Mayowa Animasahun, who made his first-team debut in the FAI Cup win over St Mochta’s on Friday night, denied Darragh Murtagh with a well-timed block.

Bohs soon began to find some joy down the left flank with Len O’Sullivan and Robbie Mahon combining well to cause Fionn Kenny problems on his side and despite some resolute defending from the hosts, the Gypsies eventually found the breakthrough when a defensive mix-up from a corner allowed Sean Grehan to poke his effort past Niall Brady.

Dundalk head coach Stephen McDonnell made two half-time changes with Ebuka Kwelele and Michael Keyes coming on. However, those plans went out the window almost immediately as Bohs doubled their lead less than a minute into the second half when a cross into the box landed at the feet of Keyes and his clearance deflected off Animasahun and flew into the net past a helpless Brady.

That goal unsettled the home side but they eventually settled down again and began to play some good football with Ryan O’Kane and Mark Hanratty looking dangerous on the wings but they were just unable to find a killer pass to produce a clear opportunity.

The game looked to be winding down as the clock ticked into the final 20 minutes of proceedings but Bohs managed to add a third in the 73rd minute when Doran once again broke through the middle, and his strike was deflected, wrongfooting Brady once again to roll into the net.

DUNDALK FC U19: Niall Brady, Fionn Kenny, Jack Kavanagh, Enda Douglas, Mayowa Animasahun, Brandon Holt, Ronan Kilkenny, Jeff Nwodo, Ryan O’Kane, David Doyle, Mark Hanratty. Subs: Jamie Barry, Michael Keyes, Ryan Kinahan, Jack Watters, Ebuka Kwelele, Liam McNamee.