It was a case of who are you when I saw the Bohs team trot out onto the Tallaght pitch for the Leinster Senior Cup tie, a mixture of fringe players and U-19s made up both sides but the obvious different in strength and depth was there for all to see with players such as Gartland, Turner, McCabe and Greene all on display for us and no real players of note for Bohs. Early injurys to Turner and McCabe halted their chances to impress the manager and it was a poor game that never really got the smaller than normal crowd excited.
We did take the lead through a Sean Dixon goal early in the 2nd half and the youngster can be proud of his finish but Bohs equalised 15 minutes later and we no further goals the groans were to be heard amongst the crowd when we realised we had to sit through 30 minutes of extra time!
Tired legs on both sides led to mistake creeping into the game and we were lucky on two occasions not concede and when substitute Niall Forrester was deservedly sent off for two silly challenges in the space of 5 minutes it seemed that hanging on for penalties was our best option but then again with our penalty record who knows!
Penalties it was and thankfully not at the car park end! O’Donnell, Greene and Gartland all showed composure to score our first 3 and Jansson saved Bohs third to put us in the driving seat, Sean Gannon saw his effort saved and then Jack Memery and Dean Ebbe converted before Jansson saved again to make himself the hero on the night! A less than inspiring victory in a less than inspiring competition but always nice to beat Bohs anyway!
Keep on Hooping!