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Bohemians complete double with FAI Cup win

Published: Sunday 23 November 2008, 20.17CET
Runaway Irish champions Bohemian FC completed their third domestic double by beating Derry City FC 4-2 in the first penalty shoot-out to decide the FAI Cup final after the sides drew 2-2 after 120 minutes in Dublin.
by Aidan Fitzmaurice
from Dublin
Bohemians complete double with FAI Cup win
Bohemians captain Owen Heary lifts the FAI Cup ©Sportsfile

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Published: Sunday 23 November 2008, 20.17CET

Bohemians complete double with FAI Cup win

Runaway Irish champions Bohemian FC completed their third domestic double by beating Derry City FC 4-2 in the first penalty shoot-out to decide the FAI Cup final after the sides drew 2-2 after 120 minutes in Dublin.

Bohemian FC completed their third Irish double by beating Derry City FC in the first penalty shoot-out to decide the FAI Cup final after the sides drew 2-2 in Dublin.

Murphy heroics
Goalkeeper Brian Murphy was the hero for the Dublin club, saving from Devin Deery and Ruaidhri Higgins during the penalty contest and thereby enabling Lithuanian international Mindaugas Kalonas to strike the winner in a 4-2 spot-kick success. The double achievement was Bohemians' third in their 118-year existence as they added the trophy to the league equivalent they secured in October.

Goalless half
The final, watched by 10,281 fans in the capital, was scoreless at half-time but exploded into life after the break. Sammy Morrow put Derry ahead with a free-kick on the hour but seven minutes later Bohs were level thanks to a Glen Crowe shot. They then took the lead from the penalty spot on 70 minutes with Jason Byrne scoring after Morrow handled, but within six minutes Morrow made amends with the equaliser. Extra time saw goalkeepers Murphy and Ger Doherty make crucial saves, necessitating the historic shoot-out.

Trophy drought
"It's a massive honour for the club and a great tribute to the players," said Bohs manager Pat Fenlon, who ended the club's six-season trophy drought in his first term at the helm. "Very few teams get to win a double in their history so for this group of players to achieve it is a real testament to them. Penalties are a strange way to win but we will take it. It's great to win and hopefully this team will stay together and go on to achieve more next season." His opposite number, Stephen Kenny said: "On the day we performed brilliantly but came out on the wrong side and it's hard to accept. I can't blame the players for one second, they are only human and they are a superb team."

Last updated: 23/11/08 20.35CET

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