Penalty gives Galway dramatic win over Bohemians

Bohemians 2 Galway United 3

Bohemians 2 Galway United 3

Bohemians finished with nine men as Galway’s winning goalscorer, Stephen O’Donnell, was also sent off in a dramatic game at Dalymount.

Sloppy play gifted Galway the lead after 15 minutes. Paul Keegan’s stray pass intended for midfield partner Glenn Cronin was intercepted by Derek O’Brien.

The winger sent striker Karl Sheppard in on goal and the former Everton trainee shot under the advancing Barry Murphy.

Bohs’ response was swift as they levelled on 22 minutes. Keegan’s cross wasn’t cut out and Raff Cretaro was all alone at the back post to chest the ball down and side foot past Barry Ryan.

A blunder by Murphy gifted Sheppard a headed second goal as the keeper failed to come for Seamus Conneely’s free-kick to let Galway restore their lead on 50 minutes.

Byrne scored the goal of the night when equalising for Bohs on 76 minutes when poking home Conor Powell’s cross.

But the real drama unfolded from the fourth minute of added time.

O’Donnell won the game from a penalty after Ken Oman had tripped Sheppard in the box.

Oman was then the first to see red from referee Damien Hancock for another tackle on Sheppard a minute later.

Cretaro was then given a straight red card for a lunge on Sheppard within a further minute with O’Donnell also sent off in the resulting scuffle for pushing Cretaro.

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