Longford Town 2 Bohemians 1
Ayman Ben Mohamed took his frustration out on Bohemians as Longford bounced back to victory at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.
For the second week running, Longford manager Tony Cousins didn’t start the 20-year-old winger, who is Muslim, as it’s the middle of Ramadan and he is fasting between dawn and dusk.
“Ayman is in Ramadan at the moment so obviously his eating pattern isn’t the same. It’s difficult, particularly for an evening game,” explained Cousins.
“That’s why I didn’t start Ayman last week as well. He can’t play the full match.
“You can see he is an exciting player. He gives us something on the left-hand side.”
And that Ben Mohamed, who’s father is Tunisian, certainly did when coming on as a second-half substitute, rifling home an 88th minute winner from close range.
Town started the game positively with David O’Sullivan shooting them in front after just three minutes.
Bohemians battled back in the second half and levelled on the hour when Keith Buckley tapped home.
“It was great to get the win,” said Ben Mohamed: “Having to come off the bench, I obviously wasn’t too happy.
“You want to start the game, but it was great to come on and score the winner and prove a point. There were plenty of chances in the game. We could have scored a couple more goals in the first half.
“They also had a couple of chances, but we’re delighted it went our way in the end.
“It was important for us to bounce back after two defeats. It’s great to get the goal, but more important to get the win.”
Skinner; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter (Tyrell, 26), Powell; Salmon (Shannon, 74), O’Connor, Rice, Doherty (Ben Mohamed, 56); O’Sullivan, Shaw.
Delany; A. Murphy, Prendergast, Mulcahy Fitzgerald (Best, 67); Kavanagh, Lopes, Creevy (Dillon, 86), Evans (Moore, 58); Buckley; Akinade.
Rob Rogers (Dublin)
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