LIMERICK v BOHEMIANS
Monday March 13th, Markets Field, 7.45pm
Keith Long wants his buoyant Bohemians side to build on their first win of the season when they travel to the Markets Field to take on Limerick.
The Gypsies suffered consecutive defeats in their opening two games and it looked like it was going to be three from three on Friday night.
The dominant team in the first half, Bohs were left stunned in the opening minutes of the second half as Bray Wanderers scored twice in quick succession to take a 2-0 lead against the run of play.
But Bohs stormed back as a brace from Dinny Corcoran and one from Keith Ward gave Long’s men the result their efforts deserved.
Long was delighted with the character shown and said: “We had three great goals to win it.
“We were the better of the sides in the first half, so to go 2-0 behind in the blink of an eye, it would have been easy to throw in the towel.
“But the lads stuck at it and never gave up, which was really pleasing.
“It’s early in the season but it was still very important that we got up and running after two defeats. Bray had won their opening two games so it was a significant win for us.
“It’s important we build on it now.”
Goalscorers Corcoran and Ward are in their third and second spells with the club respectively and both are on the right road to reestablishing themselves as fans’ favourites once again.
Long said: “I was delighted for Dinny and Wardy. Three excellent goals. Wardy did very well for us in that No 10 role. He showed great composure on the ball and it was great finish.”
Newly-promoted Limerick present a fresh challenge for Long’s men. The Shannonsiders kicked off their season with a 5-1 thumping of Sligo and, while their second game against Derry City was abandoned due to floodlight failure, Martin Russell’s men really put it up to champions Dundalk in their 1-0 defeat at Oriel Park on Friday.
Long added: “We want to build on Friday’s result now but we know Limerick are another quality team. They’ve invested a significant amount of money in building a good squad, so it’s going to be another tought game for us.
“But we’re going down confident now after Friday’s performance.”
Dan Byrne (ankle) returned to action ahead of schedule on Friday night and it is hoped he will be okay to continue.
Long-term absentees Izzy Akinade (recovering from surgery to have his spleen removed) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain sidelined.