UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE
ROUND OF 32
BOHEMIANS…….. 1 PAOK FC……… 1
A 1-1 draw with PAOK FC in their UEFA Youth League first round first leg tie before an attendance of 1,227 at Dalymount Park leaves Bohemians with a difficult task ahead of them in the return fixture in Greece later this month.
However Bohs are by no means out of this tie although progress to the second round might have been made a little easier had Dawson Devoy manage to convert a first half penalty and couple of other decent chances had gone their way.
By JOHN HUDSON
An explosive opening saw Jack Moylan put the young Gypsies ahead on six minutes after cutting in from the left and steering his effort past goalkeeper Christos Talichmanidis.
The lead only lasted another four minutes as an unfortunate slip by full back Thomas Considine allowed Antonis Gaitanidis to go on and beat Sean Bohan in the home goal.
Bohs came close to regaining the lead with Talichmanidis doing well to keep out Gavin Molloy’s header and Ross Tierney spectacular overhead kick from a brilliant Devoy cross held by the PAOK ‘keeper.
Tierney was then taken down in the box by defender Theodoros Pournaras but Talichmanidis did well to turn Devoy’s spot kick out for a corner.
After that Bohs created most of the chances with some really impressive build up play. Moylan hit the side netting and Brandon Bermingham curled his shot just past the post.
While later substitute Evan Ferguson had a close range headed tipped over by Talichmanidis but they failed to grab the vital score to give them the advantage going to Greece.
Head Coach Craig Sexton was up beat after the game and will approach the second leg with plenty of confidence that his side can progress.
“We certainly won‘t be fearful going to Greece, we’ll respect PAOK they are a really good side but our group has been evolving over the past few years and I felt they showcased how good they are against top class European opposition.
“I felt we had the better of it to-night, we played really good stuff and had a lot of chances. So we’ll be going to Greece and giving it a good go”.
BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan;,Denis Smith (Gavin Liam O’Brien, 66), Mitchell Byrne, Alex Kelly,Thomas Considine; Gavin Molloy, Katlego Mashigo; Ross Tierney (Evan Ferguson, 66), Brandon Bermingham, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan.
Subs: Jamie Cleary, Jack Casey,Jack Funge, Colin Conroy,Robert Mahon.
PAOK FC: Christos Talichmanidis; Kyriakos Glaxis, Panagiotis Panagiotou, Petros Kaloutsikidis, Theocharis Tsiggaras, Vasillis Grosdis (Efstathios Tachatos, 89), Antonis Gaitanidis (Georgios Koutsias, 89), Dimitrios – Rafail Theodoridis, Georgios Doumtsis, Dimitrios Tsopouroglu (Christos Tzolis, 57), Theodoros Pournaras (Ioannis – Antonios Pipiliaris, 70)
Subs: Konstantinos Mpalomenos, Konstantinos Koulierakis, Ioannis, Dimitrios Panidis.
Referee: Robert Jenkins (Wales)