Anto brace keeps Bohs top

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Anto brace keeps Bohs top

Central defender Anto Murphy scored a poacher’s brace to ensure Bohemians maintained their positive start to the season to keep them top of the Premier Division table.

And in truth, Keith Long’s Gypsies should have won this by more as they dominated for long spells against an at times disjointed looking Galway, who slumped to a second successive defeat.

Watching President, Michael D Higgins, didn’t have long to wait before the action began in earnest with Bohemians racing into a fifth minute lead.

A foul on Kealan Dillon on the right resulted in Lorcan Fitzgerald swinging over a cross which Murphy powered to the back of the net with a crisp header.

A sweeping move down the opposite flank exposed Galway again five minutes later.

This time there was a reprieve for the visitors’ goal as Dean Kelly’s header from Adam Evans’ fine delivery looped over Conor Gleeson’s crossbar.

Bohemians maintained their bright start with impressive midfielder Dillon shooting over the top from Paddy Kavanagh’s pull back on the half hour.

Galway received another let off five minutes before the interval. A fine ball into their area, once again by Fitzgerald, from a corner was met by central defender Derek Prendergast whose firm header was straight at Gleeson.

Galway finally got a shot on target four minutes into the second half, but Alex Byrne’s drive was blocked by a posse of Bohemians’ defender.

A mistake by Gleeson at the other end almost allowed Bohemians to double their lead on 70 minutes.

The ’keeper’s poor clearance was well intercepted by Evans on the left. The excellent cross was met by the head of substitute Robbie Creevy with Gleeson redeeming his error with a fine one-hand save.

But Bohemians finally sealed their fully merited win on 82 minutes.

Griffin swept over a corner and Murphy was lurking with intent to spin on the loose ball and force it home.

BOHEMIANS: Delany; Pender, Prendergast, A. Murphy, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Lopes, Dillon (Creevy, 60), Evans (Moore, 90+1); Buckley, Kelly (Griffin, 75).

GALWAY UNITED: Gleeson; Horgan, Oji (Cunningham, 75), Walsh, Ludden; Sinnott, Byrne (O’Connell, 90+2); Shanahan, Connolly, Molloy; Curran (Keegan, 69).

Referee: Ray Matthews (Westmeath).

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