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Leon Leads The Way To Victory


00:00 17th July 2014

Clarke double in Dublin as Wolves win again.

Bohemians 1 (Corcoran 83)

Wolves 3 (Clarke 6, 28, Dicko 58)

A near full strength Bohemians side gave Wolves their stiffest pre-season test yet, but a first half brace from Leon Clarke put Kenny Jackett’s team on the road to victory with Nouha Dicko adding a third after the break before the Dublin side notched a late consolation.

Clarke was looking sharp as he took his tally to four from three half games in the last six days.

Wolves won two early corners that were both taken by Bakary Sako. From the first a hooked shot from Danny Batth hit a defender and bounced clear but, from the second, in the sixth minute, the visitors took the lead.

Again Batth was involved, this time with a header that struck a defender and bounced into the path of Clarke who drilled home a low shot from 12-yards.

Bohs quickly had chances to get back to parity with Jason Byrne firing straight at Jon Flatt from the edge of the box when he had more time than he obviously realised. Than Batth managed to get in the way of a full blooded drive from Adam Evans that looked destined for the back of the net.

In the 20th minute Sako was narrowly wide with a 25-yard free-kick, and then Michael Jacobs shot wide after taking a return pass from Jack Price.

Jacobs spread the ball wide allowing Sako to run in and hit a low driven cross that was cleared behind at the near post by Daniel Byrne. Jacobs took the 28th minute flag-kick and the ball went straight through to the back stick for Clarke to grab his second with a close-range side foot volley.

Batth was inches away from a third shortly afterwards with a glancing header that just beat the far post after Jacobs had lifted another corner into the box.

Clarke was then denied his hat-trick by home keeper Aaron Shannon. The striker ran onto Kevin McDonald’s through ball and hit an angled drive that Shannon, at full stretch, just managed to divert wide.

Roberto Lopez hit a first-time shot from 25-yards that was just too high before the half neared its conclusion with two bookings. Home skipper Derek Pender went down clutching his face as he and Richard Stearman chased the ball along the touchline.

Pender reacted angrily as he got his feet and he remonstrated with the referee who then booked the Wolves defender. Seconds later the Bohs man was also yellow carded after he had crudely felled Jacobs who was in full flight.

Half-Time: Bohs 0 Wolves 2

As expected, head coach Jackett sent out a new team for the second half whilst Bohs made seven changes.   

There was little goalmouth action at either end in the opening minutes of the new half before Dicko scored a third goal for Wolves on 58 minutes. He chested down a pass from Kortney Hause and turned his marker before hitting an attempted cross high into the air.

As the ball dropped, and from an acute angle, Dicko got in a header that somehow drifted over the keeper and over the line with Daniel Byrne missing with his attempt to hack clear.

Three minutes later a brilliant save from the Bohs keeper denied Dave Edwards who had been put through by James Henry.

A Lopez free-kick took a hefty deflection and the ball drifted uncomfortably close to the far post with Aaron McCarey stranded, and then the midfielder fired wastefully wide after a lucky bounce left him in the clear.

Daniel Byrne thwarted Lee Evans with 15 minutes remaining. James Henry’s corner was half cleared to Evans who hit a bouncing shot that beat Shannon but was headed off the line by Byrne.

In the 83rd minute Dinny Corcoran cheered the home fans as he lobbed the ball over McCarey  to reduce the deficit after Kevin Devaney had lifted a high ball into the Wolves box.

Bohs: Shannon, Pender (capt) (Best 45), Murphy (Lopes 81), D. Byrne, Kavanagh (Beattie 45), Buckley (Corcoran 45), Wearen (Hyland 45), Lopes (McEvoy 74), K. Moore (Walsh 45), A. Evans (Mulcahy 45), J. Byrne (Devaney 45).

Unused subs: G. Moore, Chambers.

Wolves (first-half): Flatt, Doherty, Golbourne, Price, Batth (capt), Stearman, Van La Parra, McDonald, Clarke, Jacobs, Sako.

Wolves (second-half): McCarey, Foley, Hause, L. Evans, Ebanks-Landell, Ricketts, Henry, Edwards, McAlinden, Dicko, Weeks.

Unused sub: Bancessi.

Referee: P. Tuite.

Attendance: 1,672.

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