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“THE RESULTS WE’VE HAD ON THE ROAD GIVE US CONFIDENCE”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Brandywell, Friday 24 April, k-o 7.45pm

Bohemians travel to the north-west for the second time this week aiming to preserve their unbeaten away record this season.

“Derry is a tough place to go and a tough place to get anything from. But I, along with the backroom team and the players, believe we can go there and put in a good performance which we hope will lead to a positive result,” said manager Keith Long.

“The results we have had on the road so far give us confidence and we’ll go there in good spirit.”

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Long credits the players with building a strong spirit in the camp. “The players have to be admired for how they have taken ownership of their performances to date,” he said.

“We give them a structure to play in, but the players deserve a lot of credit for how they have conducted themselves and how they have performed so far this year.”

However, Long believes his team could and should have got more from Monday’s game against Sligo Rovers.

“We created the outstanding chances in the game, so it does feel like two points dropped.

“Sligo are a good team despite their indifferent start to the season, so we’re not too disappointed to come away with a point. However, I did feel we had enough clear-cut chances in the game to get the three points.”

The Bohemian manager gave first league-starts of the campaign to midfielders Dave Mulcahy and James O’Brien and was pleased with how that worked out.

“Obviously, Dave is an experienced player and that experience was important to us on the night and will be as we go forward. James offers the team something different as an attack-minded midfielder with an eye for goal.

“He slipped a great pass to Dean Kelly that could have given us the winning goal late in the game. We have a squad that we trust to put in the performances when we ask them.”

Long does admit to some disappointment at the performance in last weekend’s home game against St Patrick’s Athletic.

“Our job is to entertain and I felt that in front of such a big crowd we possibly missed an opportunity. People may have come out for the first time this season, or for the first time in a while, and it was a chance to get them back on board.

“We didn’t play to our potential. The performance wasn’t as good as I hoped for, or as good as I know we can play. I came away from that game thinking we didn’t do ourselves justice and we didn’t give the supporters what they deserve.”

Long insists the team will get better as the season goes on. “I keep reinforcing to the players that they can improve and the good thing is they’re not shying away from that. They know they can get better,” he said.

Robbie Creevy (ankle) missed the Sligo game and will face a late fitness test for Friday. After a long lay-off with a cruciate injury, Dan Byrne returned this week to full training – “a great positive for the club”, according to manager Long.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

TRAVELLING GYPSIES NOTCH ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET

SLIGO ROVERS  0 – 0  BOHEMIANS

Tell your friends, call your family – following Bohs around the country has become a pain-free experience! After five away games of the 2015 season, the Gypsies are yet to concede a goal on their travels. Keith Long’s side have become almost impossible to break down, with a settled back 5 that looks as strong as any in the SSE Airtricity League.

This time, it was Sligo Rovers who came up against a brick wall of dark green. The Bit O’Red may have had the inside knowledge of former Bohs hero Owen Heary in the dugout, but they couldn’t breach the Bohs rear guard in 90 minutes of football at the Showgrounds on Monday night, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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With another long trip to Derry on the way this coming Friday, Long shuffled the pack in front of the customary back of Delany, Pender, Murphy, Prendergast and Fitzgerald (Will that become the new Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Adams, and Winterburn? Maybe not). Dave Mulcahy and James O’Brien were given their first league starts of the season, while Adam Evans returned to the side in place of Karl Moore. Keith Buckley and Kealan Dillon were the others to miss out following last Friday’s loss to St. Pats. Owen Heary resisted the urge to unleash a raft of former Bohs men, with only Steven Beattie starting from last season’s cabal that moved north-west.

It was Bohs who created the first big chance of the game. The tireless Roberto Lopes forced a mistake from Sligo’s midfield, and suddenly Dean Kelly was able to slip Adam Evans through on goal. The winger had maybe too much time to think about the shot, and fired weakly at Richard Brush’s legs. At the other end, Beattie reminded the small section of travelling supporters what he was about. After buzzing in from the right wing, he struck a dipping shot that cannoned off Dean Delany’s crossbar.

It was an entertaining first 45 minutes, with both sides eager to impress. Rovers’ former Chelsea target man Morten Neilsen barged his way into the box, and forced Derek Prendergast into a terrific last-ditch block. Referee Robert Rogers managed to worry everyone of a Bohs persuasion when he booked all three central midfielders – Lopes, Mulcahy and O’Brien, in a ten minute period. Luckily, all three kept their discipline for the remaining half.

Bohs had two more flashes before the break. The first fell to Kelly, who out-muscled Alan Keane to get to a dropping ball, and unleashed a stinging volley that forced Brush to tip over the bar. Then it was Bohs turn to hit the woodwork, as a Lorcan Fitzgerald free-kick was headed onto the crossbar by Kelly again. Paddy Kavanagh’s resulting volley was straight at Brush.

Owen Heary is undoubtedly under pressure at The Showgrounds, where the grumbling home fans expected more from his team in the opening round of matches. He definitely gave them a stern word, as the Bit O’Red started the second half much brighter. Gavin Dykes crossed for Beattie on the hour mark, but his header flew over. Bohs seemed to shut up shop, but got one final chance with 20 to go. James O’Brien slipped Kelly in with a lovely reverse pass, but the striker shot straight at Brush’s legs.

Grumbled on by a sedate home support, Sligo pushed for a winner, but found Anto Murphy in especially brilliant form. The Bohs defender performed an amazing block to deny John Russell’s goalbound shot, and was generally excellent all evening. Again, the travelling fans applauded a gallant, hard-working performance and hard-earned point, but the Bohs boss might be disappointed not to be heading back down the N4 with all three.

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush, Alan Keane, Gary Boylan, Stephen Folan, Jake Dykes, Steven Beattie, John Russell, David Cawley, Sander Puri, Keith Ward (Gary Armstrong, 79), Morten Neilsen. Subs not used: Ryan McManus, Liam Flatley, Raffaele Cretaro, Dinny Corcoran, Ryan Coulter.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Derek Prendergast, Anto Murphy, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Dave Mulcahy, Roberto Lopes, James O’Brien, Adam Evans (Kealan Dillon, 90), Dean Kelly (Marc Griffin, 85). Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Jason Byrne, Keith Buckley, Karl Moore, Stephen Best.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Anto Murphy

“WE LACKED GUILE”

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Monday April 20th, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm 

Bohemian manager Keith Long has challenged his side to show more guile up front when they travel to face Sligo Rovers tonight.

The Gypsies slipped to only their second defeat of the season on Friday when St Patrick’s Athletic came away from Dalymount Park with a 1-0 victory.

Bohs came close to claiming a share of the spoils, but Long wants to see his side create more attacking opportunities from open play.

“I thought Friday was a missed opportunity,” he said. “We had a big crowd behind us and we’re in the entertainment business but we didn’t take advantage of that.

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“We didn’t create enough chances throughout the game. We were okay with some set-pieces but we lacked guile in open play despite having lots of the ball. That’s something I want us to improve on tonight.”

Long says his side have “lots of little niggles” from Friday’s game, but the only main concern is Robbie Creevy (ankle) and long-term absentee Dan Byrne, who is making steady progress in rehabilitation from his cruciate injury.

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SAINTS HALT GYPSIES’ MOMENTUM

BOHEMIANS  0 – 1 ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

A solitary, scruffy goal from Ciaran Kilduff was enough to bring a buoyant Bohemians back down to earth as the Inchicore side ground out a difficult 1-0 victory in Dalymount Park. The Phibsboro venue saw its largest crowd of the season so far, but the home fans went home disappointed as Keith Long’s high flyers struggled to impose themselves on Liam Buckley’s men.

Indeed, if it wasn’t for the heroics of Dean Delany in goal, Pats could have ran out more comfortable winners. Delany saved his second penalty in three league games, but the Bohs fans’ delight at seeing Killian Brennan fluff his lines was replaced by frustration at the final whistle. However, the rousing reception the team got as they walked off the pitch shows that the home faithful are extremely appreciative of the hard work being put in by Long’s men, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The Bohs boss made just one change from the team that beat Longford Town last week, with Derek Prendergast returning in place of the injured Robbie Creevy. This released Roberto Lopes further forward into the midfield, and brought back the first choice back four that have served Bohs so well so far this season. However, the Gypsies struggled in possession against a disciplined and talented Pats midfield. Bohs disappointingly gave the ball away with a series of long balls early on. Dean Kelly was isolated, and Pats’ defensive duo Sean Hoare and Kenny Browne didn’t have much to contend with.

After a sedate opening half hour, the game exploded into life. First, Bohs’ big chance arrived. As has been the case often this season, Lorcan Fitzgerald’s cultured left boot created the opening. His whipped outswinging cross was perfectly judged over the head of the first defender, but somehow, both Dean Kelly and Derek Prendergast couldn’t get a touch onto it. Any deflection would surely have given the Gypsies the lead, but instead, Pats went right up the other end and scored.

Chris Forrester played a delicious through ball between Fitzgerald and Prendergast to Conan Byrne. Dean Delany came out and made a brilliant one-handed save, but the ball squirmed through to Ciaran Kilduff, who had the simplest of tasks to tap into an empty net from six yards. It was only the second game in which Bohs have conceded in their first 8, but it proved to be a crucial goal.

Bohs were undoubtedly improved in the second half. The play was quicker, the pressing was higher, and the energy was there for all to see. Unfortunately, chances were at a premium. Keith Buckley put in a deep cross to Kelly, but the ball was just too far above the striker’s head. The introduction of Dave Mulcahy added some much needed steel to the Bohs midfield, but it was Pats who had a great opportunity just a minute after Mulcahy’s arrival.

Ian Bermingham’s deep cross was mis-read by the Bohs defence, and Lorcan Fitzgerald mis-controlled the ball into Ciaran Kilduff’s path. Fitzgerald tried to make up for the error, but only managed to bring the Pats striker down illegally on the penalty spot. Referee Graham Kelly pointed at said spot, and it looked like Killian Brennan was going to shut the door on Bohs. However, his penalty was casual in the extreme, and was easily saved by Delany to his right.

It felt as if a set piece might be Bohs’ best chance of a goal, and so it proved. Again, Fitzgerald provided the cross, and again, it evaded everyone. Prendergast was merely inches from the ball, but it wasn’t to be. Bohs now travel to struggling Sligo Rovers on Monday, and a date with Owen Heary.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Anto Murphy, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Roberto Lopes, Kealan Dillon (Dave Mulcahy, 76), Karl Moore (Adam Evans 52), Keith Buckley (Jason Byrne, 72), Dean Kelly. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, James O’Brien, Stephen Best, Marc Griffin.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Conor O’Malley, Ger O’Brien, Sean Hoare, Kenny Browne, Ian Bermingham, Conan Byrne, Killian Brennan (Conor McCormack, 90 + 1), Greg Bolger, Aaron Greene, Chris Forrester (James Chambers, 74), Ciaran Kilduff. Subs not used: Brendan Clarke, Jason McGuinness, Jack Bayly, Sam Verdon, Morgan Langley.

“WE’VE A GROUNDED GROUP, THEY’RE A MODEST BUNCH”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 17 April, 7.45pm

B[/dropcapohemians are staying grounded as they face 2013 champions St Patrick’s Athletic from five points above them in the league table.

“It's important to stay on an even keel. We can’t get too high when we win and we can’t get too low when we lose,” said manager Keith Long.

“We have a grounded group, they’re a modest bunch and they know they can’t approach any game down gears. We know we always have to put in 100 per cent to get anything out of any game.

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“The next four games are huge. First Pat’s, and then away to Sligo and Derry in the same week, and Cork the following week. That’s the challenge for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Long is keenly aware of the strengths St Patrick’s have in their squad. He saw them two weeks ago come from two goals and then a man down against Longford Town to earn a 2-2 draw.

“They’re as good a passing side as there is in this league. We know it will be a very difficult game on Friday. We’ve got to be disciplined. We can’t be easy to play through because they have quality players with clever movement that can punish any lapse in concentration.”

But if he expects improved results for St Patrick’s Athletic, Long is also aiming to get more from his players. “We can’t argue with results so far but there’s still room for us to be tidier with the ball and more creative in the final third.”

Dave Mulcahy’s return adds to the competition for places. He came on as a sub in the recent EA Sports Cup match against Longford Town and had a “slight reaction”. He was left out of the squad for the league game against the same opposition four days later but is now available for his first league start of the season.

Robbie Creevy has a knock and will face a late fitness test. Otherwise, Long has a full squad to choose from, with only long-term injury Dan Byrne (cruciate) missing. Byrne will return to contact training next week following a six-month lay-off, further strengthening Long’s hand in maintaining Bohemians’ defensive record.

“It’s a lonely place when you’re training on your own and not fully participating in training but Dan has worked extremely hard and done really well to get to this point. It’s a credit to him.”

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

BUSES TO SLIGO AND DERRY

The Bohs Bus is on the road to Sligo and Derry next week. Please email bus@bohemians.ie to secure your place.

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SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Monday  April 20th, 7.45pm

  • Departs Dalymount: 4pm
  • Cost: €20

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
Friday April 24th, 7.45pm

  • Departs Dalymount: 2.30pm
  • Cost: €20

BOHS DRAW GALWAY AWAY IN EA SPORTS CUP

Bohemians have been drawn away to Galway United in the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup.

The tie is due to be played Monday May 18 or Tuesday May 19. The sides also meet at Eamonn Deacy Park the previous Friday (May 15th) in the SSE Airtricity League.

Bohs have beaten Athlone Town 3-0 and Longford Town 3-1 to reach the last eight, while Galway beat Finn Harps 3-2 and Cockhill Celtic 4-2.

The Gypsies have won this competition three times, most recently in 2009.

EA Sports Cup quarter-final draw (games to be played Monday May 18 or Tuesday May 19): Cork City v St Pat’s, Galway United v Bohemians, UCC v Dundalk, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers.

Joey Ndo celebrates 2009 EA Sports Cup final win

High-flying Gypsies up to second

BOHEMIANS 2 LONGFORD TOWN 0

Bohs continued their excellent start to the season with a comprehensive win over Longford Town at Dalymount Park. Both teams were well acquainted with one another after Tuesday’s EA Sports Cup encounter, which saw Bohs triumph 3-1.

The game had a high tempo start which saw three stoppages for injuries in the first 15 minutes. Willie Tyrell and Dean Delany both recovered from their knocks but ex-Bohs player Stephen Rice was forced off with concussion.

The first real chance of the game resulted in the opening goal. A corner from Lorcan Fitzgerald was fizzed into the back post and Dean Kelly was lurking to power home a header past Paul Hunt in the Longford net.

Soon after Kelly was again found at the back post but his shot went wide, although the offside flag had been raised. The other notable action of the first half was when Gary Shaw was booked for simulation in the 40th minute.

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At half-time the Bohs under-19 squad, who recently were crowed Northern Elite League champions, were paraded on the pitch and presented with their medals from a successful season by club president Matt Devaney.

The second half was dominated by Bohs. Kelly was played through on the left wing and it appeared as though he was in an excellent position to shoot for goal however he opted to dink a cross to the back post where ‘keeper Hunt palmed the ball away.

Longford then had their first meaningful chance of the game. Kaleem Simon slipped Davy O’Sullivan through on goal, albeit at a tight angle, and his shot was brilliantly saved by Dean Delany as it appeared to be heading for the top corner.

Adam Evans replaced Karl Moore and the youngster had an immediate impact. Kelly sprinted towards goal on the right flank and played a perfectly weighted ball to the back post where Evans applied a calm and collective finish to place the ball into the corner with his first touch of the game.

Even with a two-goal lead, Bohs continued to attack relentlessly. Kelly blocked a clearance from Hunt and the ball went agonisingly close to rolling into the empty goal. Soon after Evans played a neat pass to Fitzgerald in the box and his cross was cleared by the Longford defence.

The final chance of the game was for James O’Brien who picked the ball up forty yards from goal and unleashed a half volley which almost found its way into the bottom corner.

Victory saw the Gypsies jump two places up to second in the table behind champions Dundalk. Next up for Bohs is a Dublin Derby when Bohs host St Patricks Athletic at Dalymount Park next Friday evening.

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COACHES AT BOHEMIAN FC

Valentin Negoro is a Romanian-born coach with a wealth of experience in the field who is currently managing Bohemians under-15 side.

Negoro has professional coaching experience on his side and seeks to develop a progressive, united team mentality when building his team.

Mr. Negoro started coaching in 1999 in a player-coaching capacity at Dublin side Romstar FC, which fielded a team composed entirely of Romanian expats.

Valentin was able to skip the Kick Start 1 step of the coaches pathway due to the fact that he previously held a similar coaching badge in Romania, and he was able to complete his UEFA B license, as certified by the FAI, in 2007 following his previous successful completion of the Kick Start 2 and FAI Youth Cert steps of the coaches pathway ladder.

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Mr. Negoro spent two seasons as the Assistant Manager at Romanian Lig. 1 side Petrolul Ploiesti between 2010-2012, and following a commercial takeover, this side has since went on to compete in the past two editions of the Europa League, being knocked out in the play-off qualifying round of the tournament by Dinamo Zagreb this season.

Before embarking on this journey back to his homeland, Mr. Negoro coached Drogheda United’s under-16 side in 2007, winning the league in his first season there.

While Valentin appreciates that the love for the beautiful game is evident in Ireland, he believes that the fact that the majority of coaches are required to manage teams on a voluntary basis can seriously hinder the development of young sides, and this is understandable, of course.

However, Valentin’s mission as a coach in Ireland is to ensure that children can adapt to his mentality and seek to further themselves as players with every training session.

“I like players who have a good mentality and are respectable, this will never change. I think that it’s much easier to develop the talent of a young player who is lacking in confidence but has the right mentality, than a player who has a lot of talent but the wrong attitude,” Mr. Negoro said.

Valentin can’t stress enough how important it is for players at this age to play attacking, free flowing football, as opposed to the “boring” defensive football that we see professional sides playing more and more often as they seek safe wins or draws in a competitive capacity.

“My philosophy is always to play attacking football at this level, developing the team to play good quality football where they have a lot of possession, can pass well and score a lot of goals,” Mr. Negoro added.

While back in Romania coaching professionally between 2010-2012, Valentin completed his UEFA A Pro License and is now a fully certified coach by UEFA standards who is a real asset to Bohemians’ youth set-up.

Following Val’s spell at Petrolul Ploiesti, he returned to Ireland with an impressive CV and a UEFA A Pro coaching license. Negoro sent his CV to a number of Irish clubs, but his resume really caught the eye of then senior team manager Bobby Browne.

While Browne was unable to offer Val a coaching role with the senior side, he pointed Val in the direction of the club’s youth section, where Val quickly took up a role as the head coach of the under-15 side, seeking to instil his positive attacking philosophy and possession based game in those that he sees as the senior players of the future.

Valentine is one of numerous coaches at Bohemian FC Youth Section coaches with UEFA qualifications.

The Youth Section is currently looking for new coaches, if you are interested in coaching at a high standard or are looking to start coaching, then contact Kay on 085-8722099 or email youths@bohemians.ie.

Negoro in action
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