Bohemians stay top of the Northern Elite Division after they had a 3-1 win over Athlone Town. They went 3-0 up before the hour mark and were pretty comfortable throughout, only to concede late on.
Jamie Hamilton had the gypsies in front after only three minutes, before Ryan Graydon added to his season tally, and substitute Flavio Marku scored in the second half. James Newell scored eight minutes from the end for Athlone.
Bohs captain Paddy Kirk said, “I suppose having had 6 wins in our last 6 games, we were bound to get complacent eventually. Despite the 3-1 victory, we felt we gave Athlone a chance in the game which we shouldn’t have.”
“We were good for certain spells in the game which allowed us to get the 3 goals but other than that we felt we could’ve been a lot better in possession, and a bit more clinical in front of goal.”
“Three good Goals from Jamie Hamilton, Flávio Marku and Ryan graydon were a perfect example of how easily we can punish teams when we move the ball quickly going forward.”
“Despite the bit of complacency shown by us, it’s another important win and keeps our run of 7 wins in 7 games going. Hopefully we can improve on it with cabinteely in the cup on Tuesday.”
Sligo Rovers had a 2-1 win over Derry City in their North-West Derby. Headed goals from Liam Hughes and substitute Fintan Borotto gave the bit o’red all three points.
Sligo’s Brian Dorrian, “A game of two halfs, Derry played really well in first half and created 3 great chances, they will probably feel aggrieved not going in at half time in the lead.”
“We got our lads in at half time and changed a few things and basically told them they needed to work a lot harder if they wanted to get anything from the game. To be fair to our lads they did.”
“We got two quick goals together, both headers, from Liam (Hughes) and Fintan (Borotto) and this set us up.”
“Derry again came back at us and scored a great goal with 10 minutes to go, and it was backs to the wall for the last 8 minutes or so.”
“It was a good game to watch with the teams trying to play which is good too.”
Derry’s John Quigg said, “It was a great game in Sligo yesterday, end to end football, played in front of the U-18 Republic of Ireland manager Tom Mohan. I would say he was very impressed with both teams.”
“In first half I thought we were the better team. We were unlucky not to score, hitting the post, and the Sligo keeper making a few saves.”
“In the second half it was more Sligo with them scoring from a corner and a great move. Young Sean McBride, who has ten goals in ten games now, has been super for us this year and scored a fantastic goal to make it two-one.”
“We had a few changes late on maybe a draw was a fairer result but performances have been very good, maybe just not results.”
Drogheda United moved into third spot in the table after a 2-1 win over Finn Harps.
Conor Grogan opened the scoring on 15 minutes, and it remained that way until the final quarter hour. James Carroll scored to put the Drogs two up, only for Oran McConnell to make it an interesting finish, but the Drogs held on to secure the points.
Drogheda’s Derek Boyle said, “Great win for us today. It’s never easy to travel up to Ballybofey and get something.”
“There wasn’t much in the game, both keepers had little to do. The game was mainly played between the two boxes with both teams defending well and finding it difficult to get in behind each other.”
“Our goals were two great finishes from Conor Grogan and James Carroll, both from 20 yards or so. Harps pulled one back in the 83rd minute and we had to defend well for the remainder of the game.”
“Overall I’m very pleased with the attitude and the performance of the players but a little disappointed to give a soft goal away. We have them again on Tuesday in United Park in the Cup and I’d say there won’t be much in it again.”
Checkout Oran McConnell’s goal for Finn Harps here;
Finn Harps manager Joe Boyle said, “Obviously we’re very disappointed with the result but we feel we can take a lot of positives from the game.”
“We’re disappointed in the manner in which we conceded both goals and also with our inability to convert our numerous set piece chances. However, we feel we controlled the game for long periods and passed the ball quite well. We’re also delighted that a few of our players that have missed several weeks came through 90 minutes without any reaction.”
Shelbourne bounced back from defeat to Bohs with a 1-0 win over Longford Town.
Longford Town’s new U-19 manager Darren McGarry said, “Overall I’m happy enough with the team performance and especially some individuals ones.”
“I felt that we had the better of the chances in the game especially early on in the first half, where we could have had two or three goals, with Jerry Idahor, Josh Sherlock and Dan Beya all looking like they might have got on the scoresheet but for some narrow misses and a few fine saves by the Shelbourne goalkeeper.”
“Although it’s frustrating not to take chances the positive thing is that we had created some, an area where previous to the break we had struggled.”
“Shels scored just before halftime which was a blow. They were well organised defensively and always looked dangerous on the counter attack. We struggled to break them down in the second half and but for some set pieces and a goalmouth scramble at the end we didn’t threaten the goal as much as we managed in the first half.”
“Naturally the lads were disappointed to lose but we have seen improvements within the squad. The important thing for our lads is to keep improving to give them the best chance of progressing into the first team.”
“With some players away at the moment and a few new signings to come in it’s looking positive.”
In the weekend’s final game Dundalk and St Pats drew 1-1.
Stephen Burke (Bohemians)
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