Bohemians 1 (Magee 15) Crumlin Utd 2 (Foley 18 pen, 53)
A gallant effort was not enough as Bohemians bowed out of the FAI Junior Cup to a strong Crumlin side captained by ex Shamrock Rovers player, Sean O’Connor.
Supported by a nice attendance and an early lead goal, it looked like Bohemians could pull off the shock result but eventually they came up short despite giving a very good account of themselves.
The early stages had James Byrne making two fine saves after some fantastic build up play involving Leon Foley and Ian Towey, Byrne first saving from Ian Cowzer and on the follow-up he reacted quickest to get down and save from Foley.
However, 15 minutes in and Bohemians were ahead, Danny Leahy delivering a free kick to the head of Aaron Magee who directed it into the far corner.
The lead was a short-lived one though with Foley hitting the post for Crumlin after a defensive error in the Bohemians penalty area but soon afterwards Sam Burgess found the over-lapping run of Kevin O’Neill who was brought down with the referee pointing to the spot.
Up stepped Foley and he put away the spot kick with confidence.
We then almost had the most bizarre goal of the season when a goal kick from Byrne almost caught out his opposite number, Adam Kenny, but the ball bounced just over the crossbar with the Crumlin netminder beaten.
For a 15 minute spell afterwards, Crumlin dominated but they could not find a second goal and it was Magee on 41 minutes who almost sent Bohemians in with a half-time lead when his 30 yard piledriver came back off the underside of the bar.
The second half started with pressure from Crumlin and a good move involving Cowzer and Towey put the latter through on goal but his effort was cleared off the line by Anthony Byrne.
The resultant corner was decisive though with Foley’s delivery coming off a Bohemians player’s head and nestling in the far corner of the net.
Bohemians responded well and never let the heads drop and enjoyed a period of pressure themselves without ever looking like grabbing an equaliser with Foley at the other end looking lively.
The second half was not as action packed as the first and there were half chances at both ends for Magee and Crumlin substitute, Callum Keane.
There was one more opportunity right at the death for Bohemians with a corner worked short to James Green and his delivery was met powerfully by Christy Bullman who couldn’t keep his header down and with it went Bohemians chance of forcing extra-time.
Bohemians: James Byrne, Dean Murray (Robbie Cunningham 74), Aaron Skillington, Anthony Byrne, Danny Leahy, James Green, Joe Harte (Cian Fitzgerald 70), Aaron Magee, Christy Bullman, Kevin Kenneally, Glenn Casey.
Crumlin Utd: Adam Kenny, Kevin O’Neill, David Dunphy (Thomas Powell 82), Calvin Rogers,Kyle Dunphy, Sean O’Connor, Sam Burgess (Calum Keane 74), Ian Cowzer, Leon Foley, Ian Towey (Dylan Whelan 85), Carl Redmond.