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Report: Bohemians 3-1 Spurs

Posted on 5 March 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gary Doherty scored on his return to Dalymount Park but it was Eircom League champions Bohemians who took the spoils in Tuesday night's friendly.

Irish international Doc, who played here for the Republic's Under-21s, slid home the equaliser at 1-1 during our best spell in the first half but two quickfire goals in the second half paved the way for the Bohs' success.

Japanese international Kazuyuki Toda made his senior debut on a filthy, rain-soaked night in Dublin

If we were in any doubt how much this friendly meant for the home side the proof arrived immediately.

Kevin Hunt's shot was deflected inches wide and from Bobby Ryan's corner, Colin Hawkins skewed his shot into the path of Paul Keegan to bundle home and raise the roof at Dalymount Park - less than two minutes on the clock.

Neil Sullivan was soon out sharply to deny Andrei Pereplyotkin and after Matty Etherington's volley sailed over, Sullivan was there again to save one-on-one from the breaking Hunt.

Darren Anderton was steadily strengthening his grip on the midfield though and with it came more possession and a switch in territorial advantage.

Gary Doherty went close, Milenko Acimovic forced a fine save out of Seamus Kelly and the equaliser followed from the ensuing corner.

The ball was never really cleared, Toda clipped it into the danger area, Anderton won the key header and Doherty, who played on this ground for Ireland U21s, volleyed home off the post.

That goal came just before the half-hour and it was all Spurs for the rest of the half although chances were few and far between.

If the Spurs contingent in Dalymount Park thought they'd seen the best of the home side though they were wrong.

Bohemians came flying out of the traps again at the start of the second half and again took less than two minutes to go ahead. The goal was simplicity itself - Ryan swung in a corner and Hawkins headed home from six yards.

That appeared to inject life into Bohs and it was 3-1 after 57 minutes as Webb's cross found its way through to substitute Robbie Doyle who lashed his volley back across Sullivan into the far corner.

Carr hit back by firing a volley inches wide and as the substitutions started to roll, Alton Thelwell, John Jackson and Rohan Ricketts were all thrown into the action.

Jackson made an impact straight away, first helping set up Toda's curler that Kelly did well to tip over and then squaring for Steffen Freund, whose attempt from close range was blocked by three defenders.

Doyle and Morrison went close for Bohemians as play switched from end to end in the closing stages, Sullivan saving well from Pereplyotkin late on.


1min: GOAL. Hunt shot deflected inches wide. From Ryan's corner, Hawkins swung at loose ball only for Keegan to slide home at far post. 0-1.

5mins: SAVE. Defence caught napping at throw, Ryan pulled ball back from byline to Pereplyotkin, six yards out, Sullivan out sharply to block with legs.

10mins: Clever cushioned header by Sheringham but Etherington couldn't keep 20-yard volley down.

16mins: SAVE. Keegan's pass released Hunt through one-on-one but failed to beat out-rushing Sullivan.

17mins: Clever Pereplyotkin flick released Hawkins but shot from edge of the box saved comfortably by Sullivan.

18mins: Doherty's strength held off McGuinness, shot straight at Kelly.

26mins: SAVE. Curling free-kick from Acimovic tipped over at full stretch by Kelly.

28mins: GOAL. Toda dinked ball into the danger area, Anderton won the key header and Doherty bundled ball home from close range. 1-1.

30mins: Sheringham's flick released Anderton but Hawkins back to clear the danger.

31mins: Acimovic skidded 30-yarder wide.

Half-time: Bohemians 1-1 Spurs

Half-time: SUB. Freund for Etherington.

47mins: GOAL. Ryan corner nodded home by Hawkins from six yards. 1-2.

50mins: SUB. Doyle for Keegan.

52mins: Rutherford shot deflected a yard wide.

57mins: GOAL: Webb cross from the left found its way to substitute Doyle at the far post and he drilled home his shot from 12 yards. 1-3.

59mins: CLOSE. Lovely Anderton flick met on the full by Carr but volley flashed a yard wide.

60mins: SUBS. McNally and Morrison on for McGuinness and Ryan.

63mins: SUBS. Thelwell and Jackson for King and Taricco.

68mins: Morrison trickery and shot wide when should have done better.

71mins: SUB. Ricketts for Sheringham.

72mins: Decent move involved Jackson and Anderton ended with Toda's curler tipped over by Kelly.

73mins: Jackson did well to nip ball away from Kelly, laid it back to Freund whose shot from eight yards was blocked by a combination of three defenders.

75mins: Doyle held off Thatcher but Sullivan alert to near-post drive. Caffrey then curled just over.

80mins: SUB. Lester for Rutherford.

81mins: SUB. Marney for Carr.

86mins: SUB. Oman for Webb.

88mins: Pereplyotkin run and shot well gathered by Sullivan.

Line-ups: Bohemians: Kelly, Lynch, Webb (Oman, 86), Hunt, Hawkins, McGuinness (McNally, 60), Ryan (Morrison, 60), Caffrey, Keegan (Doyle, 50), Pereplyotkin, Rutherford (Lester, 80). Subs: Bayes, Cooney, Oman.

Spurs: Sullivan, Carr (Marney, 81), Taricco (Jackson, 63), Toda, Thatcher, King (Thelwell, 63), Anderton, Etherington (Freund, 45), Doherty, Sheringham (Ricketts, 71), Acimovic. Subs: G Kelly, Marney, Henry.