Monday blues for United as Bohs make successful raid


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Monday blues for United as Bohs make successful raid Monday blues for United as Bohs make successful raid

Galway United  0

Bohemians 2

IF Galway United enjoyed a Good Friday in Derry, then they endured a woeful Monday in Eamonn Deacy Park as Bohemians eased to a first win under new manager, Alan Reynolds.

Both goals might have come from set-pieces, but there was no disguising the gulf in class between the two sides, especially in a wretched first-half in which the home side struggled badly to get any kind of possession game going.

Somehow, they trailed by just a Jevon Mills header off a 21st minute free-kick from Dayle Rooney, but they needed to make changes, and it was no surprise that two were made at the start of the second-half.

However, hauling Aodh Dervin ashore seemed to be an utterly bizarre decision: he was head and shoulders the best United player in those opening 45 minutes, and if there were problems to be sorted – and anyone who saw the game knows there were – it wasn’t down to anything Dervin did, and there were others far more worthy of having their night cut short after 45 minutes.

The Tribesmen were marginally better in the second-half, a result of lifting their intensity levels – something which Dervin certainly did not lack – but when the visitors doubled their lead in the 57th minute, it was ‘ball burst, game over’.

Unsurprisingly, United stuck with the same side that started in the 1-0 win in the Brandywell three days earlier, but there was a welcome addition to the bench, with Wassim Aouachria named in a match-day squad for the first time this season.

The visitors showed two changes to the side beaten in the Dublin Derby in Tallaght on Friday, with James McManus and Luke Matheson promoted, as Aboubacar Keita dropped to the bench while Michael Lilander didn’t make the match-day 20.

Pictured: Galway United’s Aodh Dervin at full stretch against Adam McDonnell of Bohemians during Monday’s Premier Division clash at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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