Thursday, 18th January 2018
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Stalemate in Ben Wadding Park

Bohemians 2 Carrick United 2

Carrick United moved one point clear at the top of the Premier League table after they came from two goals behind in Ben Wadding Park on Friday night last. The point won (or two lost) from a Bohemians point of view has moved them three point clear of the bottom side on the table. This was a cracking game from the outset and both sides gave it their all during the course of the 90 minutes. Carrick went close in the opening minute when Aaron Walsh got in a cross from the right which was met by Jack Doherty but he was unable to keep his header on target. Bohemians broke the deadlock with their first attack of the match. Brian Nolan sprayed the ball out wide right to Eoghan McGrath-Butler who in turn cracked the ball deep into the penalty area and Adam Deegan was well placed to hammer the ball past goalkeeper Darragh Gibbs. Back came Carrick and Joe Hart was unlucky to see a screamer from 25 yards go narrowly wide of Adam Carroll's left upright. Hart was involved in the action once again shortly afterwards with another hard struck shot. On this occasion defender Stephen Walsh deflected the ball out at the expense of a corner kick. The hosts doubled their advantage on 27 minutes in fine style. Following neat play in the middle of the park by Brian Nolan and Callum O'Neill the ball was played out to Adam Deegan who was running down the right flank. Deegan got past Anthony Power before picking out Graham Murphy who was charging into the 18 yards box and the former St Paul's player gave Darragh Gibbs no chance from 8 yards range. The last action of the opening half saw Joe Hart being played through by John Walsh but Adam Carroll was alert in the Bohs goal and he advanced quickly to take the ball off the foot of Hart. The visitors introduced Lee Wall for the second half and he took up a position out on the right and their formation changed from a solid 4-4-2 formation to a more fluid looking 4-3-3 setup but it was Bohemians who went close on 48 minutes when Brian Nolan floated over a left wing corner kick but Graham Murphy headed the ball over the crossbar. Carrick eventually got to grips with proceedings and they pulled a goal back on 55 minutes. Gerard Walsh somehow managed to get the ball into a crowded penalty area and Eric O'Halloran squeezed the ball past Adam Carroll inside a congested six yards box. Parity was produced on 64 minutes and again the net was rippled inside a crowded six yards box. Jack Doherty found a little bit of space out on the right before he slipped the ball over to Joe Hart who drilled the ball past the helpless Adam Carroll. There was no doubt at this stage and the often time champions had their tails up right now and Lee Wall went close with a fantastic shot from 25 yards after 77 minutes. The final minutes were action packed and both sides went close to grabbing a winner. Kevin Foskin lobbed a long ball forward from 50 yards but the Carrick goalkeeper Darragh Gibbs got back in the nick of time to keep the ball out of his net. At the other end Adam Carroll did well to keep out a cracking free kick taken by Jack Doherty. All in all a share of the spoils was a fair outcome.

Bohemians: Adam Carroll, Eoghan McGrath-Butler, Colin Fanning, Stephen Walsh, Thomas Moore, Emmett Connor, Callum O'Neill, Brian Nolan, Adam Deegan, Jack Hale, Graham Murphy.

Subs. Robin Brophy for Fanning (12 mins) Dean Hayes for Murphy (67 mins) Kevin Foskin for Connot (82 mins)

Carrick United: Darragh Gibbs, Dale O'Mahony, Anthony Power, Eoghan Power, John Walsh, Daniel O'Hanlon, Joe Hart, Eric O'Halloran, Jack Doherty, Aaron Walsh, Gerard Walsh.

Subs. Lee Wall for Aaron Walsh (46 mins) John Keyes for Hart (79 mins) Paul Coady for O'Mahony (79 mins)

Referee. Noel Ryan. Assistants. Gary Fitzgerald and Noel Purcell.

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