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Sunday 17 December 2017

dempsey delivers

Bohemians ... ... ... ... ... ........... ... 2

Greystones United ... ................1

ALBERT COLLEGE turned into Albert Square on Saturday afternoon. There was more drama than you'd get in a week of Eastenders.

Two goals from Glen Dempsey gave Bohs the 14A1 points. Dempsey's second goal came three minutes into injury time.

The win will edge Bohs nearer to the summit. Their victory reversed the exact same result in Greystones.

United are chasing a top four finish. They have every chance of getting it. Especially with such an accomplished 'keeper as Daniel O'Byrne. His handling skills are excellent. And he's so brave on the crosses.

Their centre-forward, Sean Laoide Kemp, took watching. With better luck, he could have had a hat-trick. David Byrne is also a fine footballer.

The hosts were chasing the game for much of the way. The guile of Kyle King, Luke Kelly and Dempsey was always trying to forge an opening for the pacey Jamie Ennis, while, on the left wing, Glen Garbutt, had a few tricks up his socks.

The sun shone on Glasnevin. The pitch was in good shape. There was plenty of room to play creative football. Some of the tackling was first class.

Deep in the second half, Shane Gallogly foiled Greystone's Chris Boylan with a brilliant tackle as Boylan was about to break through. Minutes later, United's Kevin Murphy denied Dempsey with a terrific challenge.

Bohs, like all teams, found it hard to defend against Greystone's secret weapon -- corners on the right. Left full-back, Adam McGill, takes them. He has turned it into an art.

Everytime he jogs over to do so, it resembles a Rory Delap moment. His left foot could open a bank account. Everyone of his in-swingers caused concern.

The first one led to a goal. Only five minutes gone, and Adam, down at the Griffith Avenue end, curled in a beauty just under the bar.

The busy Kemp almost nicked in for another, and, nine minutes into the second half, his header, from a McGill free, wasn't far away.

Bohs' best chance of the first period was a snap shot from Garbutt that brought a smart save from O'Byrne. 13 minutes into the second half, a long kick-out from home goalie, Darly Chandler, saw Leon Myler miss by inches.

Dempsey was looking dangerous over the free-kicks. He went near twice in the second half. He struck gold on the hour when his right-footed free from the left dipped under the slates.

Greystones had been defending with gusto. They had been reduced to ten men eighteen minutes into the second half when James Cranley was sent off.

But they almost took the prize when, a minute into stoppage time, Kemp raced clear only to see his effort hit the top of the bar.

That appeared to be that. A 1-1 outcome and no complaints. But there was a sting in the script when Dempsey, from just outside the D, turned neatly and sent a delicious left-footer into the bottom right-hand corner. Cue the closing credits.

Bohemians: Darly Chandler; Leon Myler, Gavin Scanlan, Mark McBride, Shane Gallogly, Daniel Heary, Kyle King, Luke Kelly, Jamie Ennis, Glen Dempsey, Glen Garbutt. Eoin Lohan, Jake Rowe, Dylan Brennan, David Herbert.

Greystones United: Daniel O'Byrne; Evan Thompson, Adam McGill, Keith McDonnell, Jason McLoughlin, Kevin Murphy, James Cranley, David Byrne, Sean Laoide Kemp, Chris Boylan, Andrew Burke. Cormac Tierney, Danny Nolan, Jamie Lennon.

Referee: Willie Byrne.

SEAN McCaffrey's FAI Under 17's scored a vital one-nil win against Finland in the European Championship Qualifier in Greece.

The all important winner icame from Leicester City's Kevin Knight who scored after 54 minutes t which puts them back into contention to qualify for this summer's European Finals in Liechtenstein.

In yesterday's other group game Greece's drew 2-2 with Austria which now means Ireland go into Wednesday's final series of matches with a decent chance to finish top and claim the sole automatic berth in the finals.

They will need to beat Austria and hope that Greece are denied victory by Finland in the other game .

Naturally McCaffrey was delighted with the 1-0 win. "The team performed much better today by showing energy, conviction and heart. After Friday's weak display against Greece, I am happy that the players showed what they can do," he said.

Republic of Ireland: Sean McDermott (Arsenal); Michael Keane (Manchester Utd), Neil Yadolahi (Burnley), Sean McGinty (Manchester Utd), Carl McHugh (Reading); Sean Murray (Watford), Frankie Sutherland (QPR), Shane Byrne (Leicester City), Kevin Knight (Leicester City); Daniel Purdy (West Ham Utd), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall). Subs: George Smith (Southend Utd) for Murray (63 mins), David Murphy (Reading) for O'Brien (69 mins), Michael Barker (Belvedere) for Purdy (78 mins)

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