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Bohemians 0-2 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City cruised through to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup with a comfortable win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Kenny Shiels took a gamble by resting big hitters such as Barry McNamee and Rory Patterson, while also giving Spanish defender Cristian Castells a debut in the heart of his defence.

That risk backfired as the Spaniard lasted only 39 minutes before being replaced but other than that it was the perfect night for Shiels, whose players produced an efficient display to progress thanks to goals from Harry Monaghan and Nathan Boyle.

City’s new look defence failed an early test however as a Bohemians corner kick, just four minutes in, found Stephen Best unmarked at the back post, but he could only send a tame header at Gerard Doherty.

Bohs were intent on testing out the durability of the City defence in the early stages but the first real chance of the game fell to the visitors on 17 minutes when Keith Ward latched on to a loose pass in midfield to set Derry on the attack.

Ward was wiped out by Best but referee Tomas Connolly waved play on and that allowed Ronan Curtis to take on and beat Lorcan Fitzgerald only for Dean Delaney to deny him with a good save.

At the other end Derek Pender nipped in behind the City defence and his low centre was attacked by Castells and Mark Quigley, the ball looping over Doherty and onto the crossbar before being cleared away to safety. 

Castells was game but he was struggling to keep up with the pace of the game and as a result manager Shiels made the decision to end his debut early, replacing him with Ben Doherty just 39 minutes in.

Then Ward’s free kick into the heart of the Bohs area was nodded down by Niclas Vemmelund straight into the path of Monaghan, who gleefully tucked away only his second goal in a Derry City shirt.

Bohs hopes of a second half fightback were destroyed just three minutes into the second period when Boyle latched on to a first time pass from Lukas Schubert before turning his man and drilling the ball through the legs of Delaney off the inside of the post and into the net.

That gave Bohemians a mountain to climb but they didn’t threaten until very late on when Paddy Kavanagh’s shot came back off the inside of the post.

At the other end substitute Patterson could have made it 3-0 but his shot was cleared off the line. 

It was a very comfortable night for Derry City.

Bohemians: Delaney, Pender (Hayes 34), Fitzgerald, Lopes, Prendergast, Wearen, Buckley, Quigley, Kelly (O’Halloran  53), Best (Byrne 45), Kavanagh.

Derry: Doherty, Vemmelund, Jarvis, McCormack, Monaghan, Ward (McNamee 80), Boyle, Castells (Doherty 39), McDermott, Curtis, Schubert (Patterson 63).

Referee: Tomas Connolly.

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