Report: Bohemians 2-1 Rovers

Sligo Rovers travelled to Dublin for the third time in a fortnight on Friday to take on Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The sides had already met earlier in the season at The Showgrounds when Bohs ran out 1-0 winners after a Liam Burt strike in the first half.

Liam Buckley made two changes to his starting team from last week’s draw with St Patrick’s Athletic with Colm Horgan and Robbie McCourt coming into the team in place of Lewis Banks and Paddy Kirk.

Nando Pijnaker hadn’t fully recovered from an injury so could only make the bench while Jordan Hamilton returned to the squad having missed last week’s game.

The first half was an even encounter with neither side creating much of note. Aidan Keena shot from distance and Robbie McCourt headed wide from one of Rovers’ four corners but James Talbot wasn’t tested in goal. Defender Ciaran Kelly went closest for the hosts as his header didn’t have enough power to get past Ed McGinty in Rovers’ goal.

The sides went in level at the break.

Bohs started the second half the better team and created one or two half chances, most notably through Dawson Devoy who volleyed over after a cross from Max Murphy.

Devoy didn’t have to wait long however and he scored the opening goal on 61 minutes. Jordan Flores broke into the box and his cross come shot fell to Promise Omochere who couldn’t find enough space to work a shot but he teed up Devoy who made no mistake from close range.

Liam Buckley made four changes soon after this to try and get back into the game with Nando Pijnaker, Lewis Banks, Adam McDonnell and Jordan Hamilton introduced for Morahan, O’ Sullivan, Fitzgerald and Blaney.

The home side doubled their lead with 15 minutes remaining however thanks to a goal from ex Rovers striker Junior Ogedi Uzokwe following another assist from Omochere.

Rovers pushed forward late on and Adam McDonnell dispatched a loose ball from the edge of the area past Talbot to bring us back into it but it wasn’t enough and the home side held out for three points.

(Pic: Sportsfile)