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Thursday 22 August 2019

Teen Tierney thrills the Bohs crowd

EA Sports Cup QF: Bohemians 2 Cork City

Ross Tierney
Ross Tierney

The youngest player on the park had the talent needed to help settle this EA Sports Cup quarter-final and keep Bohemians on course for their first trophy in a decade.

Keith Long's side managed to put their recent woes in the league to one side as a 2-0 win at home to Cork City put them into the last four, a goal in each half, from 18-year-old Ross Tierney and a penalty eight minutes from time by Daniel Mandroiu, earning Bohs a badly needed win.

Aside from one appearance in the Leinster Senior Cup, this was the first glimpse of Tierney in the first team and the St Kevin's Boys product, who was born around the time Roddy Collins' Bohs side clinched the double in 2001, looked at home on the big stage.

After a run of five league games without a win, four of those defeats, Bohs needed a lift of some description to halt their slide.

They had to work for it, though, as Cork looked comfortable in the early stages in front of a small Monday night crowd, just 665 paying punters at Dalymount Park, with efforts from James Tilley and Darragh Rainsford.

Bohs had an opening on the half-hour mark when Ryan Graydon was felled in the box and ref Robert Hennessy pointed to the spot. Sam Byrne stepped up to take the kick but Tadhg Ryan guessed correctly and saved, pushing the ball out for a corner.

The anguish for the home side lasted just three minutes as Tierney put Bohs in front. A good move started by Scott Allardice left Graydon in sight of goal, his effort came off the post but Tierney was on hand to get the ball over the line.

Cork struggled to get a foothold and suffered another blow on 82 minutes when Gearoid Morrissey's push on Mandroiu led to a penalty. Substitute Mandroiu took over spot-kick duties from Byrne and slotted it home.

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