'I'm angry we blew it'
IT'S advantage Rovers as Bohemians threw in the towel on a possible third successive league title with yet another flop against their bogey side Galway United last night.
An angry Bohs boss Pat Fenlon admits that his side deserved what they got – nul points – from their trip to Galway as a dismal Gypsies side went down 3-2 in Terryland Park, their third defeat in four games against United this season.
That means that even a draw for current leaders Shamrock Rovers away to Bray Wanderers next Friday will see the Hoops crowned champions for the first time since 1994, unless Bohs can beat Dundalk by five goals at Dalymount Park. And Bohs have only themselves to blame as even a 2-2 draw would have given them some hope next weekend, but lax defending allowed Galway's impressive young forward Jason Molloy nick an 89th-minute winner for United. “I'm angry, more than anything else. I'm disappointed, let down, all those things,” said boss Fenlon after the game, visibly shocked at yet another Bohs collapse against Galway – Bohs took just one point from four games against Sean Connor's side this season. “We weren't good enough last night, didn't defend properly, didn't take the chances we created, we got what we deserved. “I'm not being disrespectful to Galway, but we shouldn't be dropping that many points and conceding that many goals against them. “But that's been our season, up and down and no real consistency,” added Fenlon. “In fairness to Rovers, they probably thought the league was gone last week so I don't think they'll let a second chance slip, but you live in hope. “You shouldn't take things for granted, we were six or seven points behind but got ourselves back into it with a fantastic run. “We had one more opportunity and we shouldn't have taken things for granted. “A lot of the players have been around the block and know what it's about, but we didn't show enough desire last night.
“Maybe they have won too many (leagues) and think they don't have to push as hard, while the Rovers lads haven't won as many and are looking to win it for the first time. “It just wasn't good enough from everyone and that's the bottom line. “Conor Powell was very good for us last night but after that, not many.” Bohs have endured, not enjoyed, their games against Galway this season and it started in the same way last night as United took the lead in the 11th minute, Derek O'Brien scoring from a penalty after Ken Oman bundled Jason Molloy over in the box. The Dublin side did draw level on 24 minutes with a goal from Paul Keegan, the midfielder heading home Owen Heary's cross. Instead of sitting back, Galway went for Bohs again and Molloy restored their lead on 44 minutes, when he followed up on a long ball from Rhys Meynell and getting in between the Bohs centre halves. The first half did end even as Bohs got it back to 2-2, Jason Byrne from the penalty spot after Tom King took down mark Quigley inside the box. Losing key midfielder Glenn Cronin and keeper Barry Murphy to injury in the first half unsettled Bohs, Cronin in particular a big loss as they struggled to impose themselves on the game.
On 64 minutes Galway keeper Barry Ryan denied Jason Byrne and after that, all confidence was drained from Bohs as they missed chance after chance, with sub Paddy Madden particularly wasteful. In the final minute Galway lad Molloy profited from some more dreadful Bohs defending and slipped in the winning goal, leaving the champions’ dream of a three in a row in tatters.