“We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result”

Shane Supple mobbed by fans after shootout heroics - Stephen Burke

Preview: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians
SSE Airtricity League,
Friday October 19 2018, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long says Bohemians are refreshed and determined to finish the season as strongly as possible.

The Gypsies travel to face relegated Bray Wanderers tomorrow with just three games to remaining after that against Sligo Rovers on Monday, champions Dundalk and an IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final.

They put the gut-wrenching FAI Cup semi-final replay defeat against Cork City 10 days ago to one side when Sutton United were the visitors to Dalymount in the IRB-BRU Cup last 16 on Saturday.

Bohs will feel they should have settled the tie in normal time but in the end needed a remarkable penalty shootout turnaround to seal their passage through to the last eight where they will host East Fife.

No date has yet been 100% confirmed for that tie, but Bohs are hopeful that the tie will be brought forward from the original scheduled date of Saturday November 17 to be closer to the end of their SSE Airtricity League season, which finishes next Friday.

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Long said: “We looked on Saturday’s game as an opportunity to shake the disappointment of going out of the FAI Cup. We wanted a win to put that out of our minds as best we could.

“It was good to have a game against different opposition, against a team with a different style of play.

“We played very well in patches but we looked tired towards the end so we’re glad it went straight to penalties and there was no extra-time.

“We’re delighted to progress in the tournament, it’s something very different for the club but the players and supporters have bought into it.

“We’re hoping we can bring forward the quarter-final as the players don’t want to extend our season too much.

“But they were determined to get through. That was the same for both rounds, no matter what team we put out, they wanted to progress.”

Bohs found themselves 3-1 down in the shootout after Oscar Brennan and Eoghan Stokes saw their efforts saved.

But up stepped goalkeeper Shane Supple to save one, score one and save another to turn the shootout on its head.

Long said: “Supps was actually a bit disappointed he wasn’t further up the list to take penalties!

“That’s the kind of character he is. Supps has been outstanding since day one he came to the club.

“But to win a shootout like that was unique – it might be a quiz question in years to come!”

Tomorrow the Gypsies face a relegated Bray side with little more than pride to play for.

But Long, who has fond memories of his own time with the Seagulls as a player and coach, is never one to take any team for granted.

He added: “We don’t take any opposition lightly. Bray may be down but they are doing a lot of good work behind the scenes now and are in a better place as a club now.

“We have to focus on ourselves. We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result.

“We want to finish the season strongly and as high up the table as possible.

“We have to make sure we deliver a good performance and impose ourselves on the game.

“When we do that, we’re capable of beating any team in the league but the performance has to be right.”

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Darragh Leahy is out with a recurrence of a thigh injury. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain on the sidelines.

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