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“We want to hit the ground running”

BOHEMIANS v GALWAY UNITED
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 24 June, 7.45pm

Keith Long wants Bohemians to pick up from where they left off when Galway United come to Dalymount Park  on Friday.

The Gypsies won four games in a row in all competitions before the SSE Airtricity League took a two-week mid-season break.

A confidence-boosting win against Galway in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup was followed up with victories against UCD in the Leinster Senior Cup and against both St Patrick’s Athletic and Wexford Youths in the league.

Now Long has told Bohs to continue that form and push up into the top half of the table.

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Bohs lie eighth on 17 points, while Tommy Dunne’s Tribesmen are five points ahead in fifth.

Long said: “Galway are ahead of us but we’re looking upwards now. We want to hit the ground running.

“Confidence is high and if we play to our strengths, we can move up the table.

“It’s important we get off to a good start. We were slow starting after the mid-season break last year – that can’t happen again.”

The last time these sides met marked a turnaround in Bohs’ season.

Having lost 1-0 to Galway at Eamon Deacy Park in April, Bohs made amends with a crucial 2-0 victory in the cup at Dalymount Park last month.

That win ended a run that had seen Bohs fail to win or score in seven games in all competitions.

Long added: “It was a huge game for us as our league form wasn’t great going into that game.

“You can see how much confidence the players took from that result. We’ve done very well since, but this will be a different game.”

Bohs welcome back Paddy Kavanagh (ankle) and Ayman Ben Mohamed (international duty). But Jake Kelly (shoulder) remains unavailable.

Goalkeeper Shane Supple joins the squad having been signed from Crumlin Utd, but defender Paul Rooney has left to join Millwall.

Meanwhile, due to a clash with St Patrick Athletic’s Europa League game, Tuesday’s ‪Leinster Senior Cup final between Bohemians and Wexford Youths has been postponed.

Bohs celebrate v St Pat's

PLAY FOR BOHS

The Bohemian Supporters’ team are looking for new players.

Pre-season training starts on Tuesday July 5th in the Fifteen Acres, Phoenix Park 7pm.

Contact Mark Keane (087 6651343) for more information.

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Bohemian Youths Trials in Dalymount Park

Bohemian Youths are hosting their annual trials in Dalymount Park on Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd & Sun 10th July 2016.

We are looking for players of all ages from U8 – U16 to join a fun, friendly development oriented environment. We are focused bringing through players so they can become the next generation of Bohemians and represent our club on the pitch and and in our community.

To take part you must register here – http://www.123contactform.com/form-2007987/Event-Registration-Form

Saturday 2nd July
U9 & U10 (2007/08) – 10am
U11 & U12 (2005/06) – 11am
U13 & U14 (2003/04) – 12pm

Sunday 3rd July
U7 & U8 (2009/10) – 10am
U15 (2002) – 11am
U16 (2001) – 12pm

Sunday 10th July
U7 & U8 (2009/10) – 10am
U9 & U10 (2007/08) – 11am
U11 & U12 (2005/06) – 12am
U13 & U14 (2003/04) – 1pm
U15 (2002) – 2pm
U16 (2001) – 3pm

Trials

BFC GOLF CLASSIC

Tickets are now on sale through Dalymount Park and the club’s online store for the Bohemian FC Annual Golf Classic.

When: Thursday August 18, 2pm
Venue: Luttrellstown Castle Golf & Country Club
Teams of 4: €250
3-course meal included

Queries? Contact Bohemian FC Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert or Brian Trench.

BFC Golf Classic

YOUTH-FUL EXUBERANCE: BOHS KEEP GOOD RUN GOING

WEXFORD YOUTHS  0 – 1  BOHEMIANS

Bohemians head into the summer break in high spirits after a fourth straight win in all competitions. Despite an accident on the N11 hampering the team and fans from making a first ever league trip to Wexford on time, the in-form Gypsies produced another impressive performance, and could easily have won by more than the Izzy Akinade goal that settled it.

Unsurprisingly, there were no changes from the team that dismantled St Pats last Sunday – bar the enforced removal of Jake Kelly with a shoulder injury. With Ayman Ben Mohamed on Tunisian international duty against Djibouti, Mark Quigley stepped in to start. After a gracious delay due to chronic traffic problems, the game got underway still in bright sunshine in the sunny south-east, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Perhaps due to the disrupted preparations, Wexford looked the sharper in the opening few minutes. They went direct as often as possible, and a long-throw from Craig McCabe was fired over acrobatically by Chris Kenny. Bohs, however, warmed up quite quickly. Keith Buckley sent Akinade through the channel, but the big striker’s shot was skewed wide. Akinade then stung the palms of Youths keeper Graham Doyle with a volley.

After referee Ben Connolly had to be replaced by his fourth official due to injury, Bohs stepped up a gear. First, Quigley shot over following a corner, and then, the visitors took a deserved lead. Buckley played a neat ball through for Akinade, who had far too much pace for the Wexford defence, and he finished coolly past Doyle into the bottom corner. Kurtis Byrne and Mark Quigley both had chances in the extended first half injury time, but couldnt extend the lead.

Roared on by their effervescent owner / local TD Mick Wallace, Youths were more dangerous after the break, but the Bohs defence kept most attacks at arms length. Paul Murphy had their best chance, but his header was weak and easily stopped by Dean Delany. The second half was less open, as Bohs managed possession professionally. Kurtis Byrne almost sealed the deal in injury time, but his shot curled just wide of Doyle’s post.

Bohs head into the break in much better shape than three weeks ago. Cup progression and back to back league wins have steadied the ship, and suddenly, the second half of the season looks to be a lot more promising for the Gypsies.

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Craig McCabe, Gary Delaney, Stephen Last (Ryan Delaney, 42), Aidan Friel (Dany Ledwith, 89), Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Jonny Bonner, Andy Mulligan (Shane Dunne, 78), Danny Furlong, Paul Murphy. Subs not used: Matthew Connor, Conor O’Keefe, John Peare, Conor Whittle.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes (Lorcn Fitzgerald, 69), Dan Byrne, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Eoin Wearen, Roberto Lopes, Kurtis Byrne, Mark Quigley (James Kavanagh, 86), Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Stephen Best, Jason Caffrey, Paul Rooney, Derek Prendergast.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade

“WE NEED TO REPRODUCE LAST WEEK’S PERFORMANCE”

WEXFORD YOUTHS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 3 June 2016, 8pm

Keith Long has challenged Bohemians to build on recent form ahead of their last game before the mid-season break.

The Gypsies face a tricky trip to face Wexford Youths in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night.

But Long’s side come into the game in a confident mood after successive wins in the FAI Cup, Leinster Senior Cup and SSE Airtricity League.

Sunday’s 5-1 drubbing of St Pat’s – the club’s biggest win over the Saints in 39 years – capped off an impressive 10 days for the team, which ended a run of six league games without a win.

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Long said: “Our performances have improved over the last few weeks. But we won’t be getting ahead of ourselves by saying we’ve turned a corner just yet.

“Nobody would have ever expected us to beat St Pat’s 5-1 and, along with the two cup ties, we do come into the game with a bit of form now.

“We showed on Sunday that there are goals in this team. We hit St Pat’s early, we were really effective and made the most of our chances. But it’s a different game tomorrow and it will be extremely tough.

“We have to ensure we reproduce that intensity and tempo again so we can build on our recent form.”

First Division champions Wexford Youths have proved difficult opponents this season.

League leaders Dundalk needed an injury-time winner against them last Sunday, while the Youths claimed a notable scalp by beating Shamrock Rovers three weeks ago.

Long added: “It’s going to be tough. Wexford Youths have been very difficult opposition for every team so far in the division and will perhaps feel they should have more points in the board.

“The core of the team has been together a long time and Shane Keegan has made some subtle additions along the way.

“We were lucky to get away with a 3-3 draw when we played them earlier in the season, they ran Dundalk so close last week and they’ve beaten Rovers too.

“It will be difficult, but if the team can match the performances of recent weeks, we will give ourselves every chance.”

Mark Quigley is available for selection again after serving a suspension against St Pat’s.

But Jake Kelly (shoulder) faces four to six weeks on the sidelines, while Paddy Kavanagh (ankle) and Jason Caffrey (ankle) are both ruled out.

Also unavailable is Ayman Ben Mohamed due to his involvement with the Tunisian national team, while Dylan Hayes (calf) is a doubt.

Meanwhile, the Leinster Senior Cup final between Bohemians and Wexford Youths has been confirmed for Tuesday June 28, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

Roberto Lopes in action against Wexford Youths - by Martin Doherty

LSC FINAL DATE SET

The ‪‎Bohemians‬ v Wexford Youths Leinster Senior Cup final has been confirmed for Tuesday June 28, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

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SHEAMUS’ DALYMOUNT ROAR

Four-time WWE champ and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Showtimes star Sheamus is Cabra born and bred, it’s only right that he should roar: “Go on the Bohs!”

 

Interviewed by DONAGH CORBY

SHEAMUS' DALYMOUNT ROAR - by Donagh Corby

Bohemians to host Newcastle United

Friendly announcement: Bohemians v Newcastle, Dalymount Park, Saturday July 16th, 2pm

Bohemians are delighted to announce that we will welcome Newcastle United to Dalymount Park for a friendly on Saturday July 16th.

The English club, managed by Champions League-winning boss Rafa Benitez, will spend a week in a pre-season training camp before facing Keith Long’s side.

Tickets will be priced at €15 for adults, €10 for student/concession and €5 for children.

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Anticipating a Toon Army invasion, Bohs manager Keith Long said: “We’re delighted to welcome such an iconic club with a big Irish following to Dalymount Park.

“Our players are looking forward to pitting their wits against a team full of international players and some household names.”

It will be Newcastle’s first visit to Dalymount Park in 16 years.

The Gypsies last hosted the Magpies in a friendly in July 1998 when a Derek Swan penalty past Shay Given secured a 1-1 draw against Kenny Dalglish’s side.

The sides also met in the UEFA Cup in 1977 when, after a 0-0 first leg in Dalymount, Newcastle proceeded to the next round after a 4-0 win at St James’ Park.

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WE’LL BRING THE GAME TO THEM

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Sunday 29 May 2016, 3pm

Buoyed by successive cup victories in the last week, Bohemians manager Keith Long wants his side to bring that form into the league.

The Gypsies host St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park on Sunday afternoon having failed to win a league game since beating Bray Wanderers on April 9.

But confidence is back after they ended a 691-minute goalless streak with wins over Galway United (2-0 last Friday) in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup and UCD (1-0 last Monday) in the Leinster Senior Cup.

He said: “We didn’t lay a glove on St Pat’s when we lost to them earlier in the season so we want to make amends for that and bring the game to them this time.

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“We played very well against Galway. The most important thing was to get through to the next round but it was a very good team performance and we fully deserved to win.

“We had injuries coming up to the game and then more during it, but thankfully that didn’t stifle us.

“We followed that up against UCD too. The Leinster Senior Cup isn’t top of clubs’ priorities but it’s nice to get into the final.

“The most pleasing aspect was the manner of our performance, particularly our passing game in the second half, which bounces us on now into Sunday’s game.”

Both victories came at a price – all three of Bohs’ substitutions against Galway were enforced by injury.

Goalscorer Paddy Kavanagh (ankle), Jake Kelly (hamstring) and Derek Pender (quad) made way for Keith Buckley, Mark Quigley and Stephen Best respectively.

Quigley in turn was forced off in the first half against UCD with a knee injury and replaced by Ayman Ben Mohamed, who misses Sunday’s game and next Friday’s game against Wexford Youths due to his involvement with the Tunisia national team.

Kavanagh and Quigley remain sidelined through injury, but both are suspended for Sunday’s game anyway. There was better news for Bohs’ other walking wounded, who have all been passed fit to play.

Long said: “Paddy will be touch and go for the Wexford Youths game next week too. We mightn’t see him again until after the mid-season break.

“The good news is the damage to his ankle wasn’t as bad as we feared and we hope to have him back training next week.

“Jake and Derek are available for selection as is Lorcan Fitzgerald, who missed the Galway game with a hamstring injury.”

Those injuries allowed others to stake their claim for a starting place. Fitzgerald’s withdrawal saw Dylan Hayes drafted in at right-back against Galway, with skipper Pender moving to left-back.

With those three full-backs available for Sunday, Long is happy to have a selection headache.

He added: “When Derek was injured last season, Dylan came into the team and showed what he is capable of in the last series of games.

“Dylan’s unassuming, good on the ball and a tigerish tackler too. I’m happy for him as he has been training very well.

“He is pushing Derek the whole time and has been unlucky not to have forced his way in until now.

“Stephen Best, James Kavanagh and Paul Rooney all started against UCD too and gave good performances, so we do have options.”

Keith Long by Eddie Lennon
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