BOHEMIANS v GALWAY UNITED
St Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th, 7.45pm, Dalymount Park
Keith Long wants Bohemians to continue the momentum of what has been “a great week” for the club.
First, the Gypsies bounced back from 2-0 down last Friday to beat Bray Wanderers 3-2.
Then, three days later, Bohs came home from Limerick with all three points after a hard-earned 1-0 win on Monday.
Long said: “We had a great week with two big performances.
“It was a quick turnaround playing Friday and then again on Monday. That tested us a bit, we’d a few tired bodies.
“But, over the course of both games, the lads showed all of the qualities that we are going to need throughout this season.
“They worked extremely hard from start to finish to earn those results.”
The victory at Markets Field also saw Bohs keep their first clean sheet of the season having shipped eight goals in their opening three games.
Bohs’ negative goal difference is what sees them currently occupying seventh position in the table instead of fifth, so Long was encouraged to see his team stem the tide at the back.
He said: “It was obviously our best defensive performance so far.
“Shane Supple is a top keeper and pulled off some great saves but there was great unity between the performances of everyone in the back five.”
Against Galway, Bohs face a side who have picked up just one point from their opening four games.
But Long remains wary of the threat posed by Shane Keegan’s men.
He added: “Galway are a full-time outfit with a full-time manager.
“They know they need to start picking up points soon but it’s up to us to make sure they don’t do so here against us.
“We’ll be right at it. We won’t have to guard against complacency after two wins.
“Everyone in this league is capable of taking points off each other so we all know there can’t be any complacency this season.”
Ian Morris, who was forced off on Monday night with an ankle injury, is a doubt.
Long-term absentees Izzy Akinade (recovering from surgery to have his spleen removed) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain out.