Drogheda make Bohemians’ season worse
First-half goals by Stephen Quigley and Declan O’Brien pave the way
Bohemians’ Dwayne Wilson challenges a Drogheda United player during their FAI cup second round game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
Bohemians 0 Drogheda United 3
First-half goals by Stephen Quigley and Declan O’Brien proved pivotal as Drogheda United overcame Bohemians by 3-0 in their FAI Ford Cup secnd round encounter at Dalymount Park last night.
The hosts opened impressively with Drogheda’s Gabriel Sava forced into a fine save from Keith Buckley following an enterprising run by Dwayne Wilson in the third minute.
However, the defensive frailties that have been a feature of Bohemians’ disappointing campaign to date resurfaced within two minutes as they failed to deal adequately with a Jason Marks delivery, allowing Quigley to fire home from 16 yards.
Too much room
Matters could well have deteriorated for the hosts in the 11th minute with Marks was afforded far too much room inside the penalty area but Ryan McEvoy diverted his goal-bound shot.
Gradually, the hosts began to assert themselves and they were almost gifted an equaliser in the 18th minute as Sava misjudged a McEvoy free-kick but the Romanian was fortunate to see the ball rebound off the upright and back into his grasp.
The home pressure looked to have proved telling five minutes later as Buckley’s low drive from the edge of the area following an enterprising Chris Lyons run beat Sava but Paul O’Conor was perfectly positioned to clear from the goal-line.
That intervention was doubly important as the visitors increased their advantage seven minutes before the interval when Marks dumbfounded Michael Barker before picking out O’Brien, who comfortably nodded home from six yards.
O’Brien should have settled the tie in the 44th minute as he raced clear of a ponderous home defence but his lob over Delany lacked the precision of his earlier attempt and sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
After O’Brien and substitute Kevin O’Leary had gone close at either end, United effectively confirmed their progression in the 67th minute when Philip Hand, nine minutes after his introduction, crashed a swerving 20-yard shot home via Delany’s crossbar.
BOHEMIANS: Delany; Barker, Lopes, Mulcahy, Byrne; Wilson (O’Leary, 46), Buckley, McEvoy, Pender, Mulligan (Moore, 75); Lyons (Kelly, 70).
DROGHEDA UNITED: Sava; Quigley, McNally, Byrne, Grimes; Brady, O’Conor, Brennan (Daly, 86), Marks (Hand, 58); Hynes, O’Brien (Cassidy, 64).
Referee: Neil Lyons (Dublin)