Good evening everyone and welcome to this #LouthLive live blog, covering Dundalk FC and Bohemians friendly match from Oriel Park. Kick off is at 7.45pm, which is just minutes away.
So, Vinny Perth and his team have made five changes tonight from the side that started against Derry City on Thursday afternoon.
Aaron McCarey, Dane Massey, Daniel Kelly, Greg Slogett and Georgie Kelly have replaced Gary Rogers, Darragh Leahy, Stefan Colovic, Will Patching and Patrick Hoban. All five of those players are on the bench.
Keith Long’s Bohemians’ team line out as follows: James Talbot; Patrick Kirk, Rob Cornwall, Dan Casey, Andy Lyons; Kris Twardek, Conor Levingston, Devoy, Keith Ward, Grant; Andre Wright.
The match is underway at Oriel Park. Dundalk are playing towards the Carrick Road end, Bohemians towards town.
Michael Duffy takes the first corner of the game, three minutes in. Georgie Kelly can’t make anything of a half chance but the home team win another corner and Dan Cleary meets Duffy’s second delivery and heads just over. He probably should have scored. He evaded Dan Casey and had time and space to attack the ball and connect well.
Chris Shields is captaining the side tonight, in the absence of Brian Gartland. Just a note, Greg Slogett was wearing Gartland’s number three shirt on Friday. He’s back in his more familiar number 10 shirt tonight.
Just to give you a flavour of what it’s like inside Oriel Park, here’s Bohs’ Director Daniel Lambert.
This is what 2m social distancing at LOI looks like, a 1200 odd capacity stand can hold 105 people. Dugout holds 3….
— Daniel Lambert (@dlLambo) July 14, 2020
Nice spell of possession for Bohs here. They’ve grown into the game but haven’t been able to test Aaron McCarey whatsoever in the first 13 minutes of play.
Rob Hennessey points to the spot after Dane Massey gets down the left. He has given it against Kris Twardek for a handball. Jordan Flores takes responsibility and hammers it in with his left foot. Talbot went the wrong way.
Dane Massey is down and is receiving treatment. He looks in a considerable amount of discomfort. He may continue, for a while at least. He’s grimacing.
It is telling that Vinny Perth having made five changes leaves his centre back pairing and central midfield duo unchanged. He seems to be priming Dan Cleary and Andy Boyle and Chris Shields and Jordan Flores as his first choices in those positions, the spine of this Dundalk team.
None of Brian Gartland, Sean Murray and Patrick McEleney are involved tonight but they went through their paces pre-game.
The commentators on the live stream available to both club’s season ticket holders and Dundalk FC Patreon members – Adrian Taaffe and Gavin McLaughlin – are drawing a lot of attention to Dan Cleary’s distribution from the back and rightly so. Seems to be using his time on the ball to good effect, going long to Georgie Kelly and being fairly accurate every time. It’s a weapon, a different type, in Dundalk’s armoury.
If you missed the fixtures news yesterday, you catch up here. Dundalk FC have 13 league games remaining of a very truncated season. Three of their opening six games of the restarted season will be on television.
Best move of the game from Dundalk. Flores finds Slogett down the right and his low cross is met by Duffy who fizzes a shot but it’s reasonably comfortable for Talbot. At the other end, Twardek tries to make up for conceding the penalty by beating Massey and delivering a low cross of his own. Andy Boyle miscues his clearance and skews the ball over the bar.
Kris Twardek has sprung to life in recent minutes. He’s looking dangerous, perhaps targeting Massey after his injury concern. Dan Casey and ex-Lilywhite Keith Ward have just had two half-chances for Bohs. No real danger posed, but they’re improving.
Ten minutes until half time….
Bohs have been decent here but they seem to be able to get within 25 yards of Dundalk’s goal and that’s where it ends, bar a few instances when they get the ball out wide and cross. Keith Ward takes a free kick, it comes to nothing and is cleared – to Ward – who fires over.
The game is in a lull now. Nothing to get too excited about in the last 10 minutes. Scrappy stuff.
Chance for Bohs. Again, it’s Twardek who crosses to the back post. Keith Ward controls the dropping ball expertly and dinks a cross to the back post where Andrew Wright gets away from Boyle but can’t direct or power his header towards goal.
With just seconds to go before the break, Michael Duffy’s corner from the left comes to nothing. The referee – Rob Hennessy – blows his whistle for half time. 1-0 to Dundalk thanks to Jordan Flores penalty. I’ll be back soon for the second half. Stay tuned.
/ HALF TIME
Dundalk 1 Bohemians 0
The players are re-emerging onto the pitch here at Oriel Park. As was the case last Friday, the away side are using the dressing rooms under the main stand while Dundalk are in the Lilywhites Training Centre opposite.
Will Patching has replaced Jordan Flores for the second half. He kicks us off. Dane Massey has seemingly recovered from his first half injury and remains on the field.
James Talbot comes out of his box to clear a forward ball. He cleverly beats Georgie Kelly who is applying pressure but then dallies and loses the ball to the striker. He manages to retrieve it, by way of foul. Talbot avoids a card. He’d have got one in a competitive match, no doubt.
Chance! Patching takes the free and curls it over the wall and on target. Talbot is there but fails to claim and lets the ball squirm out in the mass of players in the area. On the turn, Slogett gets a shot away but Talbot gets down to save well.
Moments later, Georgie Kelly does well to chase down a Bohs defender and he forces Talbot to save with his feet.
Dundalk lead 2-0. From the corner following Talbot’s save, Bohemians fail to clear and Dane Massey smashes home from eight yards out. He’s feeling no ill effects.
After good play from Twardek, Wright controls in the area and lays off to Conor Levingston but after working space, his shot is very tame. Then, Dan Casey fires a free kick low and on target but it’s easy for Aaron McCarey.
Nice finish from the rampaging Sean Gannon who gets on the end of Slogett’s excellent pass, runs through and slots it past the advancing Talbot. 58 minutes on the clock at Oriel Park. 3-0. It was Sean Gannon’s birthday on Saturday. He turned 29.
Dundalk are preparing a few substitutions here. Lots of activity around the sparsely populated home bench.
Meanwhile, Keith Ward has had a good game tonight on his return to Oriel.
Bohs are changing virtually their entire team. James Talbot, the goalkeeper is the only one who remains.
Nathan Oduwa, John Mountney, Patrick Hoban, Stefan Colovic, Cameron Dummigan and Darragh Leahy are on for Michael Duffy, Chris Shields, Georgie Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Sean Gannon and Dan Cleary. I think.
Will these substitutions affect the game? Most probably, as is usually the case. It won’t affect the outcome of this game, with Dundalk leading 3-0 but who will adapt better to the glut of changes? 15 players – across both teams – entered the fray in the same break of play.
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Here’s Andy Boyle and Andrew Wright of Bosh contesting a header. Top facial expressions by both men there.
Brilliant run by sub Nathan Oduwa has lifted the game here at Oriel Park. Superb run, taking on and going past players at ease. He drove from wide into the central area, found Dummigan and then took it back and drove again into the area to deliver a cross where Pat Hoban couldn’t quite turn in at the back post.
Just on Oduwa. He is an intriguing capture. Yet to make his competitive debut for the club, having signed on March 10 – just pre-lockdown. An ex-Tottenham and Rangers player, Oduwa has also played for Olimpjia Ljubljana in Slovenia for eighteen months, before joining Vejle Boldlub in Denmark – where he played alongside new Dundalk teammate Sean Murray – and then Hapoel Hadera in the Israel Premier League.
Bar Oduwa’s run, there has been nothing to report in this game since Dundalk’s third goal before the hour mark. Dundalk are making two more changes. Josh Gatt and Taner Doogan are on for Greg Slogett and Andy Boyle now.
Credit to Keith Long’s team. They are holding their own now, despite their 10 changes. The substitutes on included Luke Wade Slater, JJ Lunney, Dan Mandriou and Ciaran Kelly. They have a bit of depth now, quality in a very youthful squad.
With Boyle and Cleary now off, Doogan is now playing in an unfamiliar central defensive role. A position only a little more familiar to his new partner at the back, Dane Massey.
Patrick Hoban heads in a corner at the back post for 4-0. It looked as thought it might have come off Oduwa but no, Hoban is claiming it. He is a striker after all.
From a corner a little over 60 seconds later, comes…..to nothing.
The Lilywhites are finishing strongly here. Hoban sees a shot deflected wide after a cute ball into him by Oduwa. Stefan Colovic then shoots wide.
Having said that, down come Bohs who attack through Mandriou. He holds off Dummigan and crosses into the box where Dinny Corcoran – another substitute – almost connects with his head.
Bohs do get their consolation as young striker Promice Omichere nets from 10 yards out. Good finish, across McCarey. He’s shown some good touches and movement since coming on. 4-1.
/ FINAL WHISTLE
All over at Oriel Park. A first half penalty from Jordan Flores is added to by Dane Massey, Sean Gannon and Pat Hoban for Dundalk until Promice Omichere netted Bohs consolation in the final minute.
Two mid-season restart friendlies down for Dundalk – a 1-1 draw with Derry City on Friday and this comprehensive 4-1 victory over Bohs. Vinny Perth will be happy.
Dundalk are back in action at Oriel Park on Friday night – against local rivals Drogheda United no less. It’s like The Jim Malone Cup – again. 2020, what a year.
Thanks for following the game with us.