Sunday 18 March 2018

Bohs in Crues control after stalemate

BOHEMIANS stand a good chance of making it into the last four of the Setanta Sports Cup after Aaron Callaghan's young side came away from Belfast last night with a 0-0 draw against Crusaders.

Bohs manager Aaron Callaghan, back at the ground where he won two Irish League championships as a player, was ordered from the dug-out late in the game for comments made to referee Brian Turkington, but he will be pleased with how his side, which was missing senior players like Owen Heary and Dave Mulcahy, earned a scoreless draw to set them up for the home leg on March 20.

Crusaders had the better chances in the first half but were thwarted as Bohs keeper Craig Sexton saved well from Matthew Soddy and Jordan Owens.

Early in the second half, the Crues pressed again and were foiled when a looping far-post header by Owens was nodded off the line.


As the half wore on, Bohemians came out of their shell to claim more possession and could have snatched the game at the death as Dwayne Wilson just failed to apply the scoring touch to Derek Pender's cross.

Derry City also got a draw to take into the home leg of their quarter-final, as David McDaid struck to earn a 1-1 result against Linfield at Windsor Park.

Peter Thompson fired Linfield ahead on 13 minutes when he stuck out a foot to cushion Billy Joe Burns' strike past the helpless Gerard Doherty.

But, five minutes from time, striker McDaid pounced as Barry Molloy's cross was nodded back across goal by Stephen McLaughlin for McDaid to volley the ball past Alan Blayney from 10 yards. The goal was greeted with a huge cheer from Derry's supporters, including Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.

Sligo Rovers' new manager Ian Baraclough picked up his first win as the Bit O'Red comfortably beat Glentoran at the Showgrounds. Goals in each half from Romuald Boco and Mark Quigley gave Rovers a deserved win in front of more than 2,000 fans.

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