Saturday 14 December 2019

Danny is the Bohs saviour

Bohemians 3 Shelbourne 2

Danny Mandroiu of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal
Danny Mandroiu of Bohemians celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal

An astonishing fightback from Bohemians broke the hearts of Shelbourne and ended the Reds' FAI Cup dreams as Danny Mandroiu earned himself hero status at Dalymount Park.

A healthy crowd for this Dublin derby, with a large travelling support from Shels, had endured a grim first half, watched in shock as First Division side Shels took a 2-0 lead, and then looked on in awe as Bohs recovered with three goals in the last five minutes, two from Mandroiu.

It was poor fare for the large crowd early on and and as Bohs huffed and puffed it took Shels until the half-hour mark to pose a danger, Conan Byrne's cross into the box a worry for keeper James Talbot.

The second half was more like it, in terms of entertainment, with Shels looking far more dangerous. They should have been in front on 58 minutes when James Finnerty was dispossessed by Sean Quinn and his cross into the box fell kindly for Byrne, but the veteran wasted the chance.

Byrne was substituted just after that and it was his replacement, Kilduff, who made the impact the Reds needed on 61 minutes, Shane Farrell will a clever ball to Kilduff's feet and the big striker showed poise to score.

Bohs, sensing a Cup run slipping away, upped their game and Shels needed two superb saves from Dean Delany to keep them in the tie before the Reds added a second.

Bohs were caught out as Jaze Kabia spread the ball to Farrell, who stroked home the biggest goal of his career to make it 2-0, though Kabia was shown a second yellow card just after.

Bohs, on a poor run in the league, needed something and they got just that, Keith Buckley firing home on 85 minutes to give them hope. On 87 minutes Mandroiu came up with a stunning shot to make it 2-2, and another drive from Mandroiu in the 90th minute gave them them a hard-fought win.

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