June 24, 2016
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.
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.