This Friday evening Bohemians welcome Bray Wanderers to Dalymount Park for a crucial SSE Airtricity League fixture.
Three weeks ago Bohs welcomed Drogheda to Dalymount and sent them back up to County Louth with zeri points as the Gypsies claimed only their second home league win of the season.
Karl Moore put Owen Heary’s side ahead in the fourteenth minute. Gavin Brennan equalised for the Drogs in the sixty fourth minute, but just three minutes later, Jason Byrne notched his fifth goal of the season.
With Anthony Buttimer as the referee controversy is never far away and Mr Buttimer kept his reputation up by sending off both Gavin Brennan for Drogheda and Steven Beattie for Bohs for a harmless coming together.
Three days later was the infamous “Dalymount divot” when referee Tomás Connolly decided to call off Bohs’ home game versus Shamrock Rovers due to a badly repaired penalty spot after the Drogheda game. Mr Connolly must have been in a rush to get home for The Rose of Tralee as, according to an agricultural scientist who inspected the pitch the day after, the surface was perfectly playable.
The following Friday Bohs travelled to Turners Cross to face Cork City in a FAI Cup last sixteen game. Bohs twice took the lead through Dinny Corcoran but first Billy Dennehy and then Dan Murray equalised for Cork. The replay took place three days later at Dalymount and Corcoran’s third goal against Cork in as any days was enough to see Bohs claim victory and a place in the quarter final draw.
Last Friday Bohs made the trip to the league-leaders Dundalk. Dundalk went 1-0 through a goal from Andy Boyle but goals from Karl Moore and that man Corcoran again had Bohs 2-1 up and in dreamland.
Unsurprisingly though, Dundalk came out raging in the second half and substitute David McMillan equalised for the Lilywhites. The inevitable occurred with fifteen minutes to go as Dundalk took the lead with another goal from McMillan.
Bray had been on a dreadful run of form which saw them lose nine of their previous ten games. However, two weeks ago they drew 1-1 away to Cork City and last Friday they triumphed 2-0 over fellow relegation candidates UCD at the Carlisle Grounds. Bray’s danger man is Jake Kelly, whom it is good to see back playing after he was badly injured at Dalymount earlier in the season.
Ex-Bohs player and crowd favourite Dave Scully is also doing quite well for the Seagulls this season.
Prediction: This should be a closely fought encounter, with Bohs getting on the right side of a marginal 2-1 victory.
Referee – Kevin O’Regan
Suspended – Bohs (Steven Beattie) Bray (Michael Barker, Dave Scully, Ishmail Akinade, David Cassidy)
Adam Kelly, Pundit Arena.