Bohs' dismal home record continued as Belgian attacker Axel Bossekota scored the only goal in a close game at Dalymount Park
Having failed to record a win in their last eight league games, Aaron Callaghan brought in some fresh faces in the hope they could improve on their poor home form. Zein Albehadlie, Darragh Reynor and Conor Murphy all made their league debuts, while 19-year-old Luke Byrne captained the side in the absence of Owen Heary.
Limerick started the game strongly, and looked to break down the channels with Danny Galbraith and Alex Bossekota switching wings. The visitors created the first big chance of the game. Albehadlie was caught ball watching and failed to pick up left-back Shane Tracy’s late run into the box. An acrobatic reflex dive from Dean Delany was needed to push Tracy’s rasping strike away from goal. Albehadlie, while strong in the tackle and good in air, was still finding his feet and was caught out of position on several occasions. Roberto Lopes was vocal throughout and at times looked to be guiding the debutant through the game.
The home side continued to dangerously invite pressure on their own goal but up the other end they started to play some neat attacking football. Karl Moore was particularly effective down the right-hand-side. His runs infield attracted plenty of attention from the Limerick defence leaving space for Conor Murphy and the overlapping Albehadlie to break into.
Both managers tinkered with their sides early on in the second half. Even with the changes, neither side asserted any dominance on the game. Long-range efforts from Danny Galbraith and then Karl Moore kept both keepers on their toes.
An innocuous looking long ball into the box from Galbraith resulted in the only goal of the game. Axel Bossekota leapt highest to meet the ball, which then broke perfectly to his feet allowing the Belgian to hit a clean strike past Dean Delany. Bohs shouted for hand ball from Bossekota but their protests fell on deaf ears as referee Paul Tuite ran back to the halfway line to restart the game.
Bohemians reacted strongly and built momentum in their attack in the last twenty minutes of the game. Barry Ryan was called on to make a couple of late stops but ultimately Boh's were unable to break through the Limerick defence. The result leaves Stuart Taylor's side in a comfortable mid-table position in what has been an encouraging return to the top-flight.