Devaney delivers Bohemians victory
Goalscorer Kevin Devaney and Conor Kenna (right) of St. Patrick's Athletic. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Bohemians 2 UCD 1: Kevin Devaney was doubtless happy to settle for being Bohemians’ match winner, though the striker might have had a hat-trick against 10-man UCD in a match of two penalties.
UCD forced three corners, though none of which worked Dean Delany in the home goal. Bohemians wasted two set-pieces before UCD defender Tomas Boyle looped his header just wide. On 21 minutes a clumsy challenge by Mark Langtry on Chris Lyons saw referee Rob Rogers award a penalty as he sent off the UCD left-back. Lyons sent Ger Barron the wrong way to give Bohemians an undeserved lead.
Being up against 10 men helped instil poise into Aaron Callaghan’s side as, first, Ryan McEvoy from distance and then Lyons had chances.
Devaney was then inches away from extending Bohemians’ lead in the 40th minute as his shot ricocheted wide off the butt of Barron’s post.
Both goalkeepers saw action before half-time with David McMillan working Delany when surging in from the left. Barron was also equal to a McEvoy free-kick at the other end .
After Lyons shot wide following a howler of a clearance from Barron with the UCD goalkeeper redeeming himself with a good stop minutes later from Devaney, a second penalty brought UCD level 10 minutes into the second half.
Delany spilled a tame shot from Robbie Benson and tripped McMillan as he tried to retrieve it. McMillan calming converted.
Bohemians regrouped and won it on 65 minutes. UCD failed to deal with substitute Karl Moore’s ball into the box and Devaney turned to rifle home. A post deprived Devaney again 10 minutes later as his shot had Barron beaten.