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“We’re at home, the onus is on us”

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 21st May, k-o 7.45pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is hopeful his players can bounce back from a disappointing weekend in Galway and get back to winning ways at home to Bray Wanderers this Friday.

The Gypsies suffered an uncharacteristic 5-3 defeat in the league and were beaten by a solitary goal after extra time in the EA Sports Cup on Monday, but Long is keen to ensure that the trend doesn’t continue.

“We were disappointed. From our point of view it was a drop from the level the players have set for themselves this season. We made mistakes and were punished – you can’t afford to do that in any game,” said Long.

“It’s one of those things that can happen in football, you can have an off night. But we have to put it behind us, we have to learn the lessons from Friday and ensure that we put in an improved performance against Bray at home.”


After tasting back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, Long insists the players are keen to get back to winning ways against Trevor Croly’s men. “We’re at home, the onus is on us to go out and win the game, and that’s the way we approach it. But we know Bray will be a tough game. They’re scrapping for points, and there’s no easy games in this league.

“I expect them to be well-organised. I watched them last week [against St Pat's] and they defended very well. Obviously a new manager brings new ideas, a new voice in the dressing room, and their players will get a bounce from that.”

The Bohs boss also had a special word for the Dalymount Park fans, who were in great voice in the last home game against Limerick. “It’s massive, I don’t think you can overestimate the importance of the supporters getting behind the team,” said Long.

“It’s vital. Players get a lift when the supporters get behind them and encourage them. In the last 15 minutes against Limerick we played on the front foot and got them excited. We’ve got to try and set the tempo tomorrow, and the supporters play a huge role in that.”

Goalkeeper Dean Delany is suspended following his late red card in the league game against Galway. Bohs have fitness concerns over Derek Pender, Anto Murphy, Dave Mulcahy, Dean Kelly, and Paddy Kavanagh, who will all be assessed before Friday’s game.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs

Bohemians present a Bloomsday event, Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs, that centres on writer Oliver St John Gogarty, who played for Bohemians in the 1890s, and his troubled relations with James Joyce.

Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs (11 June at Hedigan’s) takes its title from a phrase in a Gogarty poem, and it reflects how Gogarty felt about Joyce’s portrayal of him (as Buck Mulligan) in Ulysses.

Gogarty played for Bohemians while he was a pupil at Clongowes Wood school, where Joyce was later also a pupil. The pair lived in the tower at Sandycove for a period in 1904 and fell out over incidents that happened at that time.


In Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs, we explore the conflict through a rehearsed reading from The Tower, by Joe Joyce – a two-hander in which the writers look back at 1904 from beyond the grave – and a discussion between advocates for Gogarty and for Joyce.

Actor-directors Declan Gorman and Gerry Lee appear as Gogarty and Joyce. The following discussion, chaired by book editor Ciara Considine, features Graham Hopkins making the case for Gogarty, Des Gunning speaking up for Joyce, and Brian Trench representing Dermot Trench, who was the basis of the Ulysses character, Haines, who also lived in the tower in 1904.

Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs is presented by Bohemian FC in association with Phizzfest. It will kick-off at 7.45pm on Thursday 11 June, in the upstairs bar of Hedigan’s / Brian Boru.

Tickets at €5 can be bought at the Bohemian office in Dalymount Park and at the Bohemian online store.

Outrageous Preposterous Wrongs

Encouraging integration through sport

Friday May 22, Dalymount Park, 6.30pm

As part of Dublin City Council’s Social Inclusion Week programme, Bohemian FC welcome football fans from different cultures and nationalities to Dalymount Park this Friday ahead of our game against Bray Wanderers.

Our event is to encourage integration in the community through sport and in the run-up to the game, free tickets will be provided to members of different communities.

We encourage attendees to bring flags, banners, scarves and jerseys from their home clubs or national teams, while refreshments and finger food will be provided (from 6.30pm) during a briefing on the history of our club prior to the game.

Children from each community will also be selected to be mascots for the game, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Dublin City Council Social Inclusion Week

“I expect to see a reaction from the players”

EA Sports Cup quarter-final, Eamonn Deacy Park, Monday 18 May, 7.45pm

Bohemians return to Galway on Monday determined to bounce back, according to manager Keith Long.

Friday’s defeat in the league was “very disappointing”, Long said. “Our performance was nowhere near the standards we have set for ourselves to date and everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong,” he added.

“But we don’t have any time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have a great opportunity to get to a semi-final and we will travel to Galway on Monday looking to bounce back.


“It will be a test of our character and I expect to see a reaction from the players.”

Derek Pender was a late withdrawal from the squad on Friday and will have a scan on his leg on Monday.Dean Delany is available despite his sending-off. His automatic suspension will rule him our of the next league game, at home to Bray Wanderers on Friday.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

“We know it will be a difficult game”

Galway United v Bohemians
SSE Airtricity League, Eamonn Deacy Park, Friday 15 May, k-o 7.45pm

Bohemians make back-to-back trips to Galway this weekend as they look to maintain their unbeaten away record in the league and advance to the EA Sports Cup semi-finals.

Keith Long’s side twice face Galway United, who have had recent victories over Derry City, Bray Wanderers and Limerick.

“Against Limerick last Friday we got the desired result and we’re pleased with that. But we switched off at times and Limerick came more and more into it.

“The equaliser woke us up and we created quite a number of chances in the last 15 minutes,” said Long.


Three substitutions contributed to Bohs’ eventual victory, which Long sees as a success for the squad. While Jason Byrne’s winning goal “grabbed the headlines”, fellow-subs Marc Griffin and Keith Buckley also were key to the victory.

“I’m very pleased for Jason because he’s had limited game-time. That goal will be good for his confidence, which he needs, even with all the experience he has,” said Long.

“You hope that the substitutions have a positive impact, and certainly all three did on Friday.

“We’ll have to play better in Galway. We will go there aiming to give a good account of ourselves and looking to pick up the three points. But we know it will be a difficult game.”

Long insists he will not decide on possible team changes for Monday until the league match is out of the way. For Friday, he has a full squad to select from.

Anto Murphy missed the Limerick game on medical advice, following a mild concussion from the previous league match, but returned for Sunday’s fixture as captain on the day.

Jason Byrne celebrates - By Eddie Lennon


Congratulations to Jay Caffrey and team captain Aaron Molloy, who were named 2015 Bohemian Under-19 Players’ Player of the Year and 2015 Bohemian Under-19 Player of the Year respectively.

The duo played a huge part in the Under-19s’ success this year, which saw Robbie Horgan’s side win the Northern Elite Division after going unbeaten in their final ten games of the season, while Molloy also helped the club’s Under-18s to FAI Youth Cup glory against Kilreen Celtic earlier this month.

Caffrey and Molloy were presented their awards in the Jackie Jameson Bar on Friday night by Horgan and his coaching team of Kay McKenna and Ray Scully.

Caffrey and Molloy receive their awards


The Bohs bus is heading west this Friday as Bohemians travel to take on Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

  • Departs Dalymount: 4pm sharp.
  • Cost: €20.
  • Email to book your place.



Bohemians booked their place in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-finals, as a second-half Keith Buckley strike combined with a Conor Murphy penalty helped the Gypsies beat Wicklow side Newtown United 2-0 at The Carlisle Grounds on Sunday afternoon, writes JOSH DOLAN OF EXTRATIME.IE.

It was a first half where Keith Long’s side had a lion share of possession and chances. The first of which fell to James O’Brien, but his effort was saved by Ciaran McGuirl in the Newtown goal after some good work by Karl Moore.

Bohs continued to dominate possession and Robert Duggan became the latest to try his luck for the Gypsies after 15 minutes, as he fired safely wide from the edge of the box after some good holdup play from ex-Bray man Conor Murphy.





Oh, Jayo Jayo… 217 not out, the veteran striker scored yet another winning goal for his collection as Keith Long’s Bohemians leapt into the top 3 in the Airtricity League Premier Division. Just like Adam Evans in the previous game, substitute Byrne scored in the 84th minute to turn a disappointing result into a positive one. In a scrappy, scruffy contest played in wind and rain, Bohs certainly didn’t put in a stellar performance, but ground out a vital three points to continue their expectation-busting start to the 2015 season.

Bottom-dwelling Limerick came to Dalymount without a win this season, but were happy in the knowledge that they had a terrific record in Dublin 7 over the past couple of years. Martin Russell’s side caused the Bohs defence a lot of problems, but it was the guile and experience of Byrne coupled with astute tactical changes by his manager that won the night, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


The home side started at a fantastic pace. Instantly from the kick off, Paddy Kavanagh’s floating cross was inviting, and Roberto Lopes got there before Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell, but the header dropped agonizingly over the crossbar. Many Bohs fans thought the ball had dropped in, but it wasn’t to be.

Adam Evans was restored to the starting line-up after his supersub appearance against Cork, and he went on a mazy run in the 10th minute that forced a corner. Lorcan Fitzgerald’s delivery was inch-perfect, and Derek Prendergast thumped a header into the net for his first goal for the club. There was a lovely touch with his celebration, as he put the ball under his shirt to celebrate the birth of his son on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the 1200 fans who braved the shocking May weather, that was as good as it got for Bohs for the next hour. They sat back a bit, and allowed Limerick to gain a foothold in the game. Dean Clarke was a menace to the Gypsies back four. He had the pace to beat both Dave Mulcahy and Prendergast, and used it to good effect to get Limerick pushed up the field. This didn’t translate into any clear cut chances, but gave Russell’s team confidence going into the second half.

An equalizing goal was always a possibility, and when it arrived on 52 minutes, it was as scrappy as they come. A Robbie Williams corner was flicked to the back post where Lorcan Fitzgerald was caught off guard. It bounced off the left back to the feet of a delighted Dean Clarke who turned it in from three yards.

Keith Long’s response was to introduce Marc Griffin for Kealan Dillon in the no.10 role, and but he found himself deeper than he would have liked, with Limerick still looking the more likely to get a winner. However, Long’s final double salvo was the key to the victory. Byrne replaced the tireless but ineffective Dean Kelly, who didn’t have his best night. Keith Buckley replaced Robbie Creevy, and this was combined with a positional switch between Lopes and Mulcahy. The effect was almost instantaneous. Mulcahy’s ball forward was expertly flicked on by Byrne, and Adam Evans was through on goal. His low shot was well-saved by O’Donnell.

Next, it was Griffin who had a great chance. Buckley played it forward towards Byrne, whose deft dummy left three Limerick defenders dumbfounded. It was the best piece of skill on the night, and left Griffin clean through on O’Donnell. However, the sub’s left-footed effort was struck over the crossbar. It was left to the old stager to show them how its done. Byrne collected an Adam Evans cross with his back to goal about 14 yards out. His turn and snapshot had surprising pace, and O’Donnell couldn’t get down quick enough to stop it. The celebrations in front of Block G were as delirious as we’ve seen from a Bohs team in years. Magic.

There was still time for Paddy Kavanagh to fire wide with the goal at his mercy, and even Lorcan Fitzgerald had a late chance to seal it – but O’Donnell pulled off another brilliant save. However, it was 3 points in the bag, and the Gypsies head west to Galway for a league and EA Sports Cup double header next week.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Robbie Creevy (Keith Buckley, 75), Paddy Kavanagh, Kealan Dillon (Marc Griffin, 66), Adam Evans, Dean Kelly (Jason Byrne, 77). Subs not used: Lee Steacy, James O’Brien, Stephen Best, Karl Moore.

Limerick FC: Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding (Jason Hughes, 45), Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy, Darragh Rainsford. Paudie O’Connor, Paul O’Conor, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan,  Vinny Faherty (Kieran Hanlon, 78), Dean Clarke.  Subs not used: Tommy Holland, Aidan Price, Tony Whitehead, Val Feeney, Ross Mann.

Mr. Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Paddy Kavanagh


Jason Byrne celebrates - By Eddie Lennon

“The players refuse to accept they are beaten”

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 8 May, 7.45pm

Bohemians start the second cycle of league games playing Limerick, against whom they got off to a flying start with a 3-0 win two months ago.

Manager Keith Long is putting the first phase of the campaign behind him as he aims, game-by-game, to keep Bohemians in the top half of the league.

After a “vital” point at home on Monday against Cork City, Long is looking to improve Bohemians’ Dalymount results.


“It was vital to get at least a point at home against one of the top teams, after losses to Dundalk and St Pat’s,” he said. “The team showed great character and spirit to secure a draw. For the supporters, it probably felt like a win, scoring so late in the game.”

Long notes that Limerick’s form has been improving and he expects a keen contest. “Limerick have picked up recently. They were unlucky not to win against Shamrock Rovers, they held league leaders Dundalk, and they got a late point up in Sligo. They’re looking to climb up the table and coming to Dalymount won’t hold any fear for them.

“But these are the bread-and-butter games we have to win. We’ve stressed to the players that there is no room for complacency. The first phase of games is gone now, and we start again on Friday.”

Against Cork on Monday, the Bohemian manager was disappointed with his team’s first-half performance, going behind very early, and being “a little tentative in approach, giving the ball away too easily on occasions”.

But “the players are hungry, have a belief in themselves, and refuse to accept they are beaten”, the manager insists. Their determination in the second half and a brilliant volleyed goal from Adam Evans more than made up for the first-half disappointment.

Defender Anto Murphy, subbed at half-time after a collision, is unlikely to be available on Friday as he is medically assessed for concussion. The opportunity for Dan Byrne to make his return comes just too soon, however, as he works his way back to full fitness after a long lay-off with a cruciate injury.

Dean Kelly missed the Cork game due to a family commitment but is available for Friday.

Sunday’s Leinster Senior Cup fixture in Bray against Newtown gives Long a further chance to try different combinations and use players who have had few competitive games.

“We’ll have a turnover between Friday and Sunday,” he said. “We have players who need games and we need to see them in action with big games the following weekend away to Galway Friday and Monday in the league and EA Sports Cup.”

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock
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