Bohemians fail to take their chances
Bohemians 0 Thor AK 0:UTTER FRUSTRATION was all Bohemians had to show for their effort at Dalymount as they failed to breakdown their dogged Icelandic visitors.
Aaron Callaghan’s side had much of the ball and created the better chances throughout, also having a goal disallowed. But they rode the luck a little at times as Thor had a decent claim for a penalty.
Then, after an maddening 90 minutes, Bohemians might have snatched it in stoppage time.
Ryan McEvoy’s free-kick from the edge of the area had goalkeeper Srdfan Rajkovic flapping before he finally gathered at the feet of in the inrushing Kevin Feely.
Though they enjoyed plenty of possession, Bohemians will simply have to be more clinical in front of goal in Akureyri next Thursday if they are to progress.
Manager Callaghan named the same starting 11 that trounced arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers 4-0 last week. Contrary to the confidence Bohemians brought into the game, European debutants Thor arrived on the back of two league defeats which saw them drop to fourth place in the Icelandic second division.
With a loud, if tiny, band of travelling support behind them, Thor were well up for it but only got their first real sight of goal on 56 minutes.
BOHEMIANS: McNulty; Heary, McMillan, Feely, Byrne; Buckley, Mulcahy (Traynor, 84 mins), McEvoy, Ward, McMahon (Scully, 58 mins); Wilson (Moore, 76 mins).
THÓR AKUREYRI: Rajkovic; Andri Albertsson (Bjornsson, 76 mins.), Atli Albertson, Vrenko, Funicello; Jonsson, Halation (K. Hannesson, 66 mins), Hjaltalin, Hilmarsson; Kristjansson; J. Hannesson (Stroemberg, 76 mins).
Referee: Jovan Kaludjerovic (Montenegro).