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Pre -season
Bohemian v Wycombe
Saturday 29th July 2000
Over 100 Wycombe fans were in Dublin to see Wycombe triumph 3-1 against League of Ireland side Bohemian at Dalymount Park on Saturday afternoon. A Steve Brown penalty got Wycombe underway in the 23rd minute with an own-goal and an Andy Baird header completing Wycombe's scoring, before The Bohs pulled a late goal back.
Lawrie Sanchez had planned to bring a squad of eighteen players for the match but Jason Cousins had to pull out at a late stage due to a dosmetic problem. Andy Baird returned to the squad after missing the QPR game with flu but he had to be content with a place on the bench as Sanchez fielded possibly his strongest available eleven.
Before a dissapointingly low crowd of around 400, The Wanderers started the game brightly with Jermaine McSporran and Chris Vinnicombe working together down the left flank. However, the best chance in the opening stages came in the 6th minute when Dannie Bulman muscled his way through just right of centre of midfield. He played through to Mo Harkin but the Northern Ireland Under 21 screwed his shot horribly wide with the goal at his mercy.
Wycombe opened the scoring after McSporran had switched to the right wing. 'Jock' darted in from the right but was tugged back by Bohs defender Stephen Caffrey and the referee pointed to the spot. Brown converted the spot kick with ease - placing the ball low to the 'keepers right.
The Wanderers went 2-0 up four minutes later. McSporran sprinted in again from the right and his low and powerful cross was turned into his own net by Caffrey while under pressure from Steve Jones - even Jones won't be claiming that one.
The Bohs best moments of the half came after 33 minutes when Glen Crowe shot weakly at Martin Taylor after beating the Wycombe offside trap. Then six minutes before the break Gary O'Neill fluffer a chance after a left wing ball from Crowe.
Half-time Bohs 0 Wycombe 2
Andy Baird, one of Wycombe's four half-time substitutions, should have done better six minutes into the second-half after Martyn Lee had worked a chance down the left, but 'Bairdy' drove the ball into the side-netting. Baird again looked one of the most lively of the Wycombe players while Stewart Castledine had another quiet game.
The home side had a brief spell of pressure just after the hour mark. First David Morrison forced Taylor to tip over with a 25 yarder and then from the resulting corner Shaun Maher headed wide at the far post.
Wycombe took control again in the 74th minute when Michael Simpson saw an effort hit The Bohs crossbar after he had controlled Matt Brady's deep cross from the left with one touch. Four minutes later Wycombe sealed their victory. Harkin won a corner on the right and from Lee's centre, Castledine saw his header palmed away by The Bohs 'keeper straight into the path of Baird who headed home from inside the six yard box.
The Bohs got a consolation goal with seven minutes left. Taylor saved Crowe's initial shot at point blank range but Fulham tucked the ball in at the far post despite the efforts of Mark Rogers to clear the ball off the line.
Martyn Lee picked up a late yellow card for a rash challenge on Crowe but The Wanderers ran out comfortable winners to keep their pre-season programme unbeaten record intack.
Full-time Bohemian 1 Wycombe 3
Wycombe Squad: Taylor Vinnicombe (sub HT Beeton), Rogers, McCarthy (sub 60 Brady), Harkin, Bates, Simpson, Brown (sun HT Lee), Bulman (sub HT Castledine), McSporran (sub 57 Senda), Jones (sub HT Baird)
Bohemian: Russell, Williamson (sub 21 Fulham), Webb, Hunt, Maher, Bowman (sub HT Quigley), Morrison, Dempsey, O'Neill (sub 75 O'Brian), Crowe, Caffrey
Subs not used Wilson, Dempsey
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