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Friday April 6, Finn Park, Ballybofey, 7.45pm

Departs Dalymount: 2pm sharp
Cost: €20
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Bohs‬ call on fans attending tonight’s game v Dundalk to donate to a collection in support of Waterford United’s bid for survival. Alternatively, donations can be made online.

Waterford’s appeal states:

Waterford United have provided senior League of Ireland football in Waterford since 1930 when the club was known as Waterford AFC. In our history we have won 6 league of Ireland titles and 2 FAI Cups.
Unfortunately our club now finds itself in a position where we struggling financially with the loss of our chairman of ten years John O’Sullivan leaving the club with a severe financial strain in order to survive. Our club currently operates a three team club with our First Team, Under 19 and Under 17 teams. Over the next couple of years U15 football will also be introduced.

We are calling on all football people across the world and especially those with Waterford and Irish connections to get behind our club and help us to survive and grow and prosper.

This campaign will stay open for a maximum of 3 months and will then be closed regardless of what funds are made. Please note this campaign is not a membership campaign which we will also be looking at. This is simply an opportunity for football fans. supporters. Irish people home and abroad who are passionate about league of Ireland football and passionate about Waterford to keep league of Ireland football alive in Waterford and help us to progress into the future. All monies raised will go towards the sustainability of our three teams for the remainder of the 2016 season.

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SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 29 April 2016, 7.45pm

Keith Long believes Bohemians have the strength in character to upset the odds against champions Dundalk at Dalymount Park on Friday.

The Gypsies come into the game on the back of a frustrating fortnight but Long says his players’ hard work can once again see them rise to the occasion against the league leaders.

Bohs were the only team to defeat the Lilywhites in the league last season and also beat them in the Leinster Senior Cup earlier this month.

Long said: “Dundalk are back-to-back champions for a reason. They are the benchmark in standards we all have to strive to match.

“These kind of games are the ones you want to play in, albeit we would like to be in better form coming into it.

“There are maybe some players who are suffering in confidence a little bit as they haven’t yet hit the same heights as last season.

“But there is nobody you can point the finger at for not giving their all. We have a dressing room of strong characters – the harder and smarter we work, the more our luck will change.”


Luck has been in short supply in recent weeks. After Dublin derby defeats to Shamrock Rovers in the league and on penalties to Shelbourne in the EA Sports Cup, Bohs sought to get back to winning ways against high-flying Derry City last Friday.

But, despite a lively second-half performance, the Gypsies were left frustrated at The Brandywell when a strong defensive display saw the second-placed Candystripes eke out a 1-0 victory for their fifth home league win from five.

Long said: “Derry are flying at the moment, but we felt we should have got something out of it.

“Kurtis Byrne had the best chance of the game and we should have had a penalty in the second half when Paddy Kavanagh was fouled in the box.

“We didn’t play the referee or go looking for the penalty like some teams would – maybe we need to be cuter in those situations in future.

“We were disappointed with the goal we conceded too. We had spoken of the threat posed by Barry McNamee’s runs and it was an easy finish for Rory Patterson.”

Eoin Wearen (hip), Ismahil Akinade (hamstring), Jason Caffrey (hamstring) and Adam Evans (virus) will sit out Friday’s game.

But Long’s defensive options are boosted by the return of captain Derek Pender, Anto Murphy and Dylan Hayes, who all sat out the Derry game with a virus that has hampered team selections over the last month.

The unavailability of Bohs’ three most prominent options at right-back saw Dan Byrne deputise in that position in Derry.

Long added: “Kenny Shiels talked about his players being fatigued. On top of everything, we had played over 120 minutes in the EA Sports Cup on the Monday and had a 3½-hour trip up to Derry four days later!

“We had to play the hand we were dealt and switch things around, but I think we are in a much better place this week.”

Stephen Best in action against Dundalk earlier this month - Pic by Eddie Lennon


Bohemians have been drawn away to UCD in the semi-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup.

The other last-four tie sees Wexford Youths host Collinstown.

Dates and kick-off times for the games are yet to be confirmed.

The Gypsies, who have won this competition a record 31 times, have beaten Drogheda Utd and holders Dundalk to get this far.



Bohemians have been drawn at home to Galway United in the only all-Premier Division tie in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.

Tie to be played weekend-ending Sunday May 22.

Full draw: Athlone Town v Letterkenny Rovers, Bluebell Utd v Limerick, Bohemians v Galway Utd, Cobh Ramblers v Cherry Orchard, Cork City v St Peter’s Athlone, Derry City v Drogheda Utd, Dundalk v Shelbourne, Finn Harps v Crumlin Utd, Firhouse Clover v Wexford Youths, Janesboro v Sheriff YC, Ringmahon Rangers v Glebe North, St Patrick’s Ath v Pike Rovers, Shamrock Rovers v Midleton, Sligo Rovers v Cabinteely,  UCD v Bray Wanderers, Waterford Utd v Longford Town.

“We cannot feel sorry for ourselves”

SSE Airtricity League, The Brandywell, Friday 22 April 2016, 7.45pm

Keith Long has challenged his Bohemians side to “go out and restore some pride” at The Brandywell on Friday.

The Gypsies are licking their wounds after successive defeats against the club’s two oldest Dublin rivals.

Last Friday’s 4-0 league loss to Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount was compounded three days later when, having been frustrated 0-0 after extra time, Bohs were dumped out of the EA Sports Cup on penalties against Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

Long said: “It’s been a bad week. We were obviously particularly disappointed with the result against Rovers. We know that the result and scoreline weren’t acceptable.


“Everyone is hurting, but we cannot feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to pick ourselves up, go to Derry and put in a fighting performance and show some character.”

Although Friday’s scoreline suggested Rovers dominance, Bohs can be forgiven for wondering what might have been.

The better team for much of opening half, the home side were dismantled by some clinical Rovers finishing a minute either side of half-time.

Long said: “The timing of the goals killed us. For the opener, it was a needless free-kick to give away in a dangerous position and we got punished.

“We came back out after the break in a positive mind and straight away hit the crossbar. Then Rovers go down the other end, hit us with a sucker-punch and we are left chasing the game.”

Trailing in the same fixture at the same venue last season, Bohs changed from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 formation, substituting a midfielder, Jake Hyland, for a striker, Dean Kelly. The move saw the home side score three goals in the final 15 minutes to clinch a 3-1 win.

Losing 2-0 down last Friday, Bohs made similar tactical switch, with midfielder Keith Buckley making way for striker Kurtis Byrne on 56 minutes.

Long said: “We brought on a second striker and sacrificed a midfielder to try get a goal back and get back into the game.

“We did something similar in the same fixture last season and it worked for us. We tried it last week and it didn’t work. Chasing the game, we left ourselves exposed and were punished.”

A determined performance saw Bohs look to make amends against Shels on Monday. But after large spells of dominance and countless goal-scoring opportunities, the Gypsies failed to find the net and came unstuck in a penalty shootout.

Long said: “The week went from bad to worse. Anything can happen in a penalty shootout but it was very frustrating as we created more than enough chances – both in normal time and in extra time – to win comfortably.”

The Gypsies won’t have it any easier when they travel to face high-flying Derry City. Long’s side won all three fixtures against the Candystripes last season, including two victories at The Brandywell.

But under new manager Kenny Shiels, Derry are a different animal this year, occupying second place and just two points off defending champions Dundalk.

Long said: “It’s going to be a very difficult game for us. Derry are in really good form, have some really good players and have made The Brandywell a fortress again.”

Once again, Bohs’ options have been disrupted by both illness and injury. Ismahil Akinade and Jason Caffrey are both ruled out with hamstring injuries.

There was, however, some good news with Dylan Hayes, whose injury against Shels held the game up for 12 minutes, discharged quickly from hospital on Monday night. Hayes said: “It was nothing too serious – just an elbow to the head and all precautions had to be taken.”

Of more concern is the flu-like virus which has affected several members of the squad over the past month, including Hayes.

Hayes and Jake Kelly played through the symptoms on Monday, but the former is not considered well enough for tomorrow.

Ayman Ben Mohamed and captain Derek Pender, both now suffering with the bug, are also regarded as doubtful for the trip.

Eoin Wearen, Dave Mulcahy and Jake Kelly have all sat out games at various stages with the same virus, while Roberto Lopes was also affected.

Keith Long - by Eddie Lennon


Bohemian FC wish to reiterate our total condemnation of the incidents that interrupted Friday’s Dublin derby with Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.

The club has worked tirelessly in recent years to strengthen our relationship with the local community and many community groups in an effort to make Dalymount a welcoming and sociable home for all.

It is deeply disappointing to the many volunteers of Bohemian FC that a one-off incident of idiocy and thuggery by a tiny minority has overshadowed those efforts.


The Jodi Stand, which is the main stand at Dalymount and houses Bohemians fans, was close to a sell-out and we would like to thank our true fans for their continued support and for remaining calm throughout what was a brief but extremely regrettable incident.

As well as disrupting the game and damaging the image of our proud club, this incident will cost us financially.

Attempts to identify the individuals involved are ongoing and we will work closely with club members and supporters, our stewarding team, the FAI and An Gardaí Síochana to establish their identities.

We note today’s indication by the FAI to charge the club for Friday’s incidents and we appeal for anyone with footage, photos or any other information that could assist these efforts to come forward and contact the club ( or 01 8680 923).

Anyone identified as engaging in violent acts in the ground will be banned from attending our games.

Our initial attempts over the past two days to identify culprits suggest that many of those involved are not regular attendees at our games.

These people do not represent our club or our true support, who are incensed that they would seek to hijack and disrupt the special sporting occasion of a Dublin derby.

Bohemian FC will be making no further comment on this incident until we have exhausted our own investigations and have further liaised with the FAI and An Gardaí Síochana.




Bohs bus to Derry City on Friday.

Departs Dalymount: 1.30pm sharp.

Cost: €25.

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EA Sports Cup Rd 2, Monday April 18th, Tolka Park, 7.45pm

A flu bug has hit Bohemians’ preparations for the short trip to face our oldest rivals Shelbourne on Monday night, with Jake Kelly, Dylan Hayes and Dave Mulcahy are all considered doubtful as a result.

Mark Quigley (quad) has returned to training but will not be risked, while Jason Caffrey (hamstring) remains out.

Admission prices: Adults €10, students/children/OAP €5.



Keith Long by Eddie Lennon



Bohemians fell to a crushing home derby defeat – their worst in almost 50 years – as Shamrock Rovers inflicted a dreadful 4-0 loss in front of a huge crowd at Dalymount Park.

A brace from Brandon Miele was sandwiched between goals from Gary McCabe and Gavin Brennan as the visitors displayed clinical finishing throughout the high-intensity encounter. Bohs had the better of the first 30 minutes, but were undone by two sloppy goals right on either side of half time, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Bohs boss Long kept faith with the same team that dispatched Bray last week, while old friends Pat Fenlon and Killian Brennan plotted the downfall of their former employers.

Typical of every single encounter between the two (in the last 20 years anyway), the game started at a feverish pace, with little or no constructive play due to the heady mixture of fouls, nerves, testing the referee, and settling in.

When the dust did settle, it was the home side who started to produce. Ayman Ben Mohamed, ever the bright spark, skinned Simon Madden on the left flank and pulled the ball back to Keith Buckley, who could only direct his 15-yard effort straight at Barry Murphy in the Rovers goal.

Then came the big chance for the Gypsies. This time the cross came from the left, and was whipped in be captain Derek Pender. Rovers centre back Maxime Blanchard fluffed his clearance, and the ball squirmed into the path of Izzy Akinade. However, the big striker’s shot wasn’t the most powerful, and was blocked brilliantly by Madden.

The old saying goes that you must score when you’re on top, and that is definitely the case in Derby matches. Rovers started to come into the game, shooting toward their horde of fans in the Des Kelly Stand. Gary Shaw stung the palms of Dean Delany – but as the fourth official held up the board, it looked like there’d be a half time stalemate.

Simon Madden had other ideas. He skipped past Lorcan Fitzgerald on the byline just outside the box, and the defender chopped him down clumsily. Rovers worked the resulting free kick well – pulled back short to the edge of the box. Brandon Miele’s shot was well blocked by Roberto Lopes, but the rebound fell to Gary McCabe who unleashed a powerful drive that took a deflection and flashed past Dean Delany.

Disappointment quickly turned into disaster for Bohs almost straight after the re-start. Paddy Kavanagh had a looped shot that came off the top of the crossbar, and from the resulting attack, Rovers struck again. This time, Brandon Miele was sent through down the right by McCabe, and directed a pinpoint shot into the far corner.

If the Bohs fans were hoping for a response from their team, they were left bitterly disappointed. Kurtis Byrne came on for Keith Buckley, but the change didn’t work out. Rovers began to dominate possession, and clinched the victory on 73 minutes. Again it was Miele, by far the best player on the pitch and maybe in the country, who struck. After skipping past two Bohs defenders and playing a one-two with Shaw, he curled a beautiful shot that clipped in off the inside of Delany’s post.

To add insult to injury, and really compound a night of pure misery for the Gypsies, Ryan Brennan curled a 25 yard peach into the top corner with 10 minutes to go to make it 4-0.

Bohs now face a crucial period in their season. A League Cup last 16 tie at Shelbourne is followed by a trip to Derry and a home date with the Champions, Dundalk. An instant response is required from the men in red and black.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley (Kurtis Byrne, 56), Paddy Kavanagh, Ayman Ben Mohamed, Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Dave Mulcahy, Anto Murphy, James Kavanagh, Dylan Hayes, Adam Evans.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, Simon Madden, David Webster, Gavin Brennan, Killian Brennan, Pat Cregg, Mikey Drennan, Gary McCabe, Brandon Miele (Trevor Clarke, 90), Gary Shaw (Gareth McCaffrey, 72). Subs not used: Craig Hyland, Rob Cornwall, Richard Purdy, Stephen McPhail, Danny North.

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