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Devoy and Bermingham on the mark as Bohs book McGuill Cup final ticket

FAI ENDA MCGUILL UNDER 19 CUP
SEMI FINAL

BOHS BACK IN FINAL

BOHEMIANS…….. 2  SHELBOURNE………  1

First half goals from Dawson Devoy and Brandon Bermingham sent Bohemians through to a successive FAI Enda McGuill Under 19 cup final with a 2-1 semi final win over Shelbourne at Dalymount Park.

Although Shelbourne hit back after the break and substitute Aidomo Emakhu cut the deficit with 20 minutes remaining the holders did enough to see the game out and reach another final. 

The holders were ahead in less than ten minutes with Devoy’s well struck free kick from the edge of the box beating Jack Lydon in the Shels goal after Brandon Bermingham had his dangerous looking run towards goal halted by a clumsy Craig Giles foul. 

Bohs had a great opportunity to double the lead shortly after but Gavin Molloy was well off target with his penalty kick.

The second goal looked like coming as Jack Moylan unleashed a fierce drive that went over and Lydon held a header from Alex Kelly while the Shels ‘keeper did well to make a double save from the impressive Devoy and then Denis Smith. 

Bohs finally managed to stretch their advantage on the stroke of half time when Moylan showed real class to cut in from the  left and when his low shot came off the Shels upright Bermingham was on hand to apply the finish.

League games between these sides this season have proved to be close affairs and it was no surprise that Shels responded after the break and had much more of the play.    

They were rewarded when Emakhu pulled a goal back on 70 minutes with a shot from a narrow angle from a well delivered Ray O’Sullivan cross to the far post.
Bohs settled after this set back and Bermingham could have sealed the win with their third goal when his header beat Lydon but it was taken off the line by full back O’Sullivan.

Craig Sexton’s talented side the double winners last season and current top of the Northern Division with a 14 point lead over nearest rivals Drogheda United were able to keep Shels at bay and see out the rest of the tie to reach another final where they will face either Shamrock Rovers or Sligo Rovers who meet in the other semi final at the Rovers Roadstone Academy this evening (7.30).  

BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan; Denis Smith, Mitchell Burke, Alex Kelly, Peter Adigun (Jack Casey h-t); Gavin Molloy 9Colin Conroy 80), Katlego Mashigo; Marlon Marishta (Michael O’Keane 71), Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan; Brandon Bermingham.

SHELBOURNE: Jack Lydon; Ray O’Sullivan, Seamus Curley, Craig Giles, Robert Lyons; Aaron Connolly, Charles Mutawe (Franck Haba 60); Abdulrasag Alumu, Harry Groome (Oluwasegun Lawal 71), Alec Cetiner (Aidomo Emakhu 55); Deiric Hyland. 

Referee: Stephen Parnell (Dublin) 

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