Tuesday 19 March 2019

Bohs end Cup wait but focus returns to league

BOHEMIANS ended a 30-year famine on Saturday night as they lifted the League Cup for the first time in three decades -- but captain Owen Heary says that the only ones celebrating in Waterford's RSC were the Gypsies fans, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Heary and Bohs boss Pat Fenlon have between them won 16 league and cup medals in their careers but the League Cup had eluded both men, until Saturday's final in the RSC when Bohs triumphed 3-1.

Bohs led 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Killian Brennan (2) and Neale Fenn, though a Kenny Browne goal for Waterford on 80 minutes made the closing stages nervous for the visitors but they held on to win the game and the trophy, though celebrations were muted, according to skipper Heary.

"It was great to win it. It's a long time since Bohs won the League Cup, and it was the first time in my career that I won it, so it was a big honour to lift that trophy, but there was no big party for us after and it was a bit of an anti-climax," says Heary.

"We have a very big week ahead of us: league games against Derry tomorrow and Shamrock Rovers on Friday. It's the club's biggest week in a long time so we have to be ready for those matches.

As Bohs were winning in Waterford, Shamrock Rovers were preparing for their game in Sligo and the Hoops came away from the Showgrounds very happy, winning 2-1 thanks to an own goal from Gavin Peers, having gone a goal down to Raffaele Cretaro's early goal.

That meant that Rovers were able to take over leadership of the Premier Division table for the first time this season, Rovers now two points ahead of Bohs and it makes Friday's game between Rovers and Bohs at Tallaght a mouth-watering prospect.

"It's a tough week. To get four points from the two games would not be the worst thing in the world," said Heary.

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