CROWE SEALS BOHS' GLORY
BOHS secured the points in a passionate contest thanks to a cracking strike from Stephen Caffrey and Glen Crowe's third successive league goal ensuring a profitable cross-city jaunt for the Gypsies.
The spiky opening exchanges bore no relation to the two epics here last season, in which 13 goals were shared out between the sides. Saints' new arrival Mark Casey was the only player to test Shay Kelly with a stinging drive in the 15th minute although Colm Foley and Keith Fahey also went close.
Bohs' first real incision came in the 25th minute when Fergal Harkin sped down the right, released Crowe but the latter's cross was deflected from the inrushing Kevin Hunt by Foley's outstretched leg; Crowe then shot weakly at Chris Adamson after being set up by Robbie Doyle, who started in place of the injured Tony Grant.
As the stalemate slowly lifted and Bohs earned a modicum of control, an impressive touch from Harkin then launched a quick-fire break involving Crowe and Doyle before Foley intervened once more.
Then, from Doyle's throw, Caffrey laid off an intelligent pass to Harkin whose shot from a tight angle was diverted behind by Adamson.
Bohs went close again when Hunt found Doyle, who eluded Kharim El Khebir and delivered a superb lofted effort from the right edge of the area only to see the ball rebound from the far post with Adamson stranded.
Six minutes after the break, Keith Fahey strode through the midfield morass and freed Casey who fed Tony Bird, only for Kelly to race from his line to save with his legs.
The ever-alert Crowe then had two chances in quick succession as the game ignited amidst the light drizzle, but his efforts from either angle of the penalty area drifted nar