Danny Mullen nets 93rd minute at Dalymount as Derry City extend winning run

Derry City players celebrate Sadou Diallo's first half equaliser at Dalymount Park. Photograph by Kevin Moore.Derry City players celebrate Sadou Diallo's first half equaliser at Dalymount Park. Photograph by Kevin Moore.
Derry City players celebrate Sadou Diallo's first half equaliser at Dalymount Park. Photograph by Kevin Moore.
Bohemians 1 Derry City 2

DANNY Mullen came off the bench to clinch a 93rd minute winner for Derry City against a stunned Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The Scotsman, who scored a stunning header in the same fixture last summer in a 2-2 draw, was on the pitch just 11 minutes when he poked the ball home from close range after Grimsby-bound Cameron McJannet did brilliantly to head the ball down into his path.

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With Shelbourne clinching a 1-0 win at Waterford, Derry's fourth win in succession before the mid season break was a crucial one.

Michael Duffy rises at the back post to meet this crossMichael Duffy rises at the back post to meet this cross
Michael Duffy rises at the back post to meet this cross

And they were made to come from behind after Danny Grant poked home the rebound when Jordan Flores' 15th minute penalty was saved by Brian Maher.

That lead lasted just 90 seconds as Sadou Diallo, who gave away the penalty, made amends with a brilliant finish from Will Patching's cross.

That's now five games unbeaten for Ruaidhri Higgins' troops who remain just two points behind the leaders with 13 games remaining when they resume at home to Drogheda in 15 days time.

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Both keepers were kept busy during an entertaining first half with Kacper Chorazka saving instinctively from Michael Duffy's back post header early on.

Bohs took the lead against the run of play on 15 minutes when Jordan Flores' penalty was saved by Brian Maher but fell kindly to Daniel Grant who equalised with a smart finish.

Chorazka denied Hoban with a stunning save from close range moments later before Diallo equalised with a deft finish from six yards.

And it looked like Derry were going to fall further behind Shels until Mullen pounced with a brilliant finish.

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Bohs clinched a 2-1 victory on Derry's last visit to Phibsborough mid-March when Dayle Rooney and Akintunde scored to end the Candy Stripes' five match unbeaten run at the start of the season but it wasn't to be on this occasion.

Higgins named an unchanged starting eleven from the team which defeated Galway 2-0 at Brandywell last weekend with the City boss claiming consistency will be key in the race for the title.

Skipper Patrick McEleney was the only notable absentee as he nurses a broken elbow while striker Colm Whelan, fresh from his goalscoring cameo for the U20s last weekend, took part in the pre-match warm-up.

The first big moment of the match arrived on eight minutes when O'Reilly did well in midfield to work the ball out the right to Dummigan who crossed first time towards the back post and when Duffy rose highest to head towards goal, Chorazka saved on the line with an outstretched leg.

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It was Bohs who took the lead, however, on 15 minutes when Ben Doherty's pass inside his own penalty area towards Diallo was intercepted by Rooney who nipped in front of the Derry midfielder who clumsily clipped the heels of the Bohs man.

Referee Rob Hennessy pointed to the penalty spot to the delight of the home support as Diallo held his head in his hands.

Up stepped Flores but his spotkick was saved well by Maher. The rebound fell nicely to Grant who gambled at the keeper's left hand post and he slotted into the far corner.

Derry responded brilliantly and almost equalised moments later when McMullan crossed towards Hoban who moved the ball onto his right foot but his eventual shot was saved by an outstanding intervention by the Bohs keeper whose outstretched foot once again saved the Gypsies.

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Just 90 seconds after taking the lead Bohs conceded from the resultant corner kick as Diallo redeemed himself in some style.

Patching received the ball from a short corner and whipped in the cross towards the six yard box where Diallo produced a sublime first time touch to steer it beyond the Bohs keeper.

It was the ex-Man City youth's first league goal since September 2022!

Derry could've hit the front when Dummigan crossed deep towards the back post and the keeper tipped it onto the crossbar and behind for a corner.

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From the resultant short corner Patching crossed into the crowded penalty area and it was once again knocked onto the woodwork and behind for another corner as Derry applied the pressure.

Patching was brought down on the edge of the area by Grant and earned a free-kick in a promising position on 32 minutes.

The Englishman stepped up and curled an effort over the wall but once again Chorazka was equal to it and turned it behind for a corner.

Five minutes before the break Bohs almost capitalised on another poorly placed pass from Doherty across his own penalty area. Rooney spun on the ball on the penalty spot but allowed Mager time to come off his line and make a well timed block.

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It was the home side who finished strongest and there was a nervous moment for Maher when a corner kick was whipped towards his near post but the City defence eventually managed to clear the danger as the teams went in level at the break.

Hoban was played through on goal but his strike from an angle at the near post was saved well by Chorazka.

Higgins brought on a double substitution on 74 minutes as Grimsby Town bound Cameron McJannet replaced Doherty and Daniel Kelly came on for goalscorer Diallo.

Bohs cleared the ball off the line with four minutes to go when McEleney lobbed the ball into a crowded box towards Duffy who did well to direct his header goalwards.

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Kelly should've done better at the back post on 90 minutes when McJannet picked him out but he couldn't keep the ball down and it was another chance wasted.

However, when McJannet nodded down a cross into the box it fell to Mullen who applied a brilliant finish to clinch victory.

Bohemians: Chorazka; Kirk, Carroll (Keita 83), Mills, Flores, Rooney, Grant (Piszczek 78), Clarke (Connolly 71), McDonnell, Miller, Akintunde; Subs Not Used - Talbot, , Byrne, Gilmore, Moore, Okosun, Matheson.

Derry City: Maher: Dummigan, Connolly, S. McEleney, Doherty (McJannet 74); McMullan (Mullen 82), O'Reilly, Diallo (Kelly 74), Duffy; Patching; Hoban; Subs not Used - Ryan, Boyce, Coll, Harkin, Mullen, Todd, Patton.

Referee - Rob Hennessy.

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