Bohemians 0; Tramore 4
The long lay-off certainly didn’t work in Bohemians’ favour judging by this display at Ben Wadding Park on Sunday morning last.
Tramore on the other hand must have worked hard during the cold snap because they were red hot all through the contest and their manager Alan Reynolds must still be wondering why his charges did not win by a much bigger margin.
Top man was their winger Leigh Quilty. He teased and tormented the home side all through the 90 minutes and also chipped in with two goals, one direct from a corner kick. The win keeps them within striking distance of the unbeaten Carrick United.
After eight minutes Tramore were in front thanks to Martin Whelan, who smashed the ball into the roof of the bet after Joe Watson’s header from a Quilty corner had been blocked by the Bohs defence.
Two minutes later, Quilty saw his effort well saved by Bohs goalkeeper Dylan Power as Tramore sought to capitalise on their early authority.
Christopher Grace soon set up Joe Watson for another chance, but his half volley zipped narrowly over the crossbar.
Seven minutes before the break, Craig Maher picked out Joe Watson on the left flank who in turn found the flying Quilty, whose shot also went over the crossbar.
But the seasiders finally and inevitably increased their lead direct from a corner kick in the 41st minute via the boot of the reliable Quilty, with Dylan Power unsighted by the advancing Martin Whelan.
After the break, it remained one-way traffic as Tramore continued to dominate and they made it 3-0 on the hour mark thanks to another super Quilty strike from the edge of the penalty area after some neat build-up.
Four minutes from time, Joe Watson completed the rout to cap a fine performance from a formidable outfit. A day for Bohs to forget, without any question.
Bohemians: Dylan Power, Adam Heaslip, Matthew Billingham, Leo Jacques, David Whittle, David Kennedy, Bobby Keoghan, Brian Nolan, Zach Shanahan, Shane Nolan, Clive Prendergast.
Subs: Thomas Croke for Brian Nolan (48 mins), Stephen McLawrence for Prendergast (57 mins) and James Connolly for Shanahan (66 mins)
Tramore: Mark O’Reilly, Ross Douglas, Craig Maher, Stephen Grant, Michael Grant, Martin Whelan, Sean Browne, Robbie Phelan, Christopher Grace, Joe Watson, Leigh Quilty.
Subs: Micheal Downey for Browne (63 mins), Ian Stenson for Maher (68 mins) and Michael Kavanagh for Michael Grant (79 mins)
Referee: John Purcell.