Reigning Champions Bohemians got their title defence underway last night with a 1-0 win over newly promoted Sporting Fingal in the first round of Airtricity League matches for 2010.
The win at Dalymount Park wasn’t without controversy however with visitors Fingal feeling very hard done by over the decision to award the Gypsies a 76th minute penalty that was converted by Killian Brennan.
Bohs started with new signings Barry Murphy, Stephen Gray and Mark Quigley, while fellow new boys Raffaele Cretaro and Gareth McGlynn had to make do with a place on the bench.
Also on the sidelines, rather surprisingly, was former Dayler favourite Glen Crowe who joined Fingal in the off season.
Both sides had chances in the first half, with Paddy Madden seeing his header cleared off the line for the hosts and Conan Byrne forcing a good save out of Murphy at the far end.
Gary O’Neill had a great opportunity to give Fingal the lead early in the second half but he dragged his shot tamely wide of Murphy’s goal.
The deadlock was finally broken with a quarter of an hour remaining when a penalty was awarded after Keith Quinn was harshly adjudged to have fouled Anto Murphy in the area.
Killian Brennan stepped up and converted the kick, much to the delight of the majority of the 3,500 or so fans in attendance.
Crowe finally made his entrance shortly after the goal and almost conjured up an equaliser against his former club but his effort was off target.
Bohs held out for the three points, leaving Fingal empty handed in their first top flight game.
Bohemians: Murphy; Heary, Shelley, Gray, Powell; Murphy (McGlynn 90), Keegan, Cronin, Brennan; Madden, Quigley (Cretaro 66)
Subs not used: Rossiter, Higgins, O’Connor
Sporting Fingal: Clarke; O’Brien, Maher, Browne, Fitzgerald; Finn, Williams, McFaul; Byrne (Paisley 85), O’Neill, Quinn (Crowe 78).
Subs not used: James, Kirby, Quigley.
Ref: D Tomney.
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