Under-19s draw with Bohs


Sligo Rovers and Bohs under-19s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at I.T. Blanchardstown this afternoon.

Three changes were made from last week's team that lost to Shelbourne with Gary Boylan, Ryan O'Donoghue and Paul Doyle coming into the side.

Bohs had the only shot of the opening 20 minutes which went off target with possession equal between both sides.

On 24 minutes the home team grabbed the lead. A corner from the left wing came to the back post where Stephen Best, up from the back, was on hand to side-foot in a volley from inside the six yard box.

The first real opportunity for Rovers came on the half hour when Gary Boylan worked some room on the left to put in a cross which Ryan McManus stretched for but could only divert wide.

The Bit o'Red deservedly got themselves an equaliser just before half-time. Liam Flatley did well to put the ball across the box from the right and Paul Doyle was on hand to head in from close range. It is his first goal for the club.

The second half would provide more chances and just four minutes in Doyle went close to a second. He ran forward to the edge of the box and hit the ball across goal with the keeper getting down to save well by pushing the ball round his post.

On 52 minutes Liam Flatley had a excellent opening after Regan Donelon picked him out however he couldn't keep his shot down to test the keeper.

But on 55 minutes Rovers took the lead in impressive style. Gary Armstrong picked up the ball just inside the Bohs half and ran at the defence beating two players before hitting the ball high into the net and past the keeper. It came in similar fashion to his impressive goal against Shelbourne a week ago.

Just four minutes later he almost had another. After intercepting a sloppy pass at the back he was only denied by a fine reaction stop by the keeper with Liam Flatley seeing his follow-up blocked. From the resulting corner Oisin Connolly put a header wide.

Bohs then came back into the game. Adam Chambers was adjudged to have given away a penalty but Bohs captain Aaron Molloy hit the crossbar from the spot.

They wouldn't have long to wait for an equaliser as a minute later a corner wasn't cleared, fell to Alan Matthews and he put the ball home.

Late in the game Rovers again began to press for a winner. A nice ball from Doyle found Armstrong well placed but the keeper was quick off his line to block his effort.

Armstrong had one more chance when this time sub Mark Hannon played him through on 87 minutes. The Calry player tried to chip the keeper but he was able to get his finger to it and tipped over.

There was furhter opportunites in the dying minutes with Gary Boylan testing the keeper with his left foot and Flatley firing over the bar from a good position.

In the end Rovers came away with a decent point from a second-placed Bohs side but slip to 8th following Letterkenny's win over Drogheda.

Rovers under-19s will be back in the Showgrounds next Saturday playing Dundalk.


Team: Chambers, O'Donoghue, Taheny, Connolly, Donelon, McManus, Boylan, Armstrong, Kilcawley (Hannon 62), Flatley, Doyle (Carney 79)






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