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VIDEO: KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was a very disappointing defeat last night in Dalymount, Bohemians losing 0-3 to Sligo Rovers.

Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

BOHEMIANS 0 SLIGO ROVERS 3

The only SSE Airtricity Premier Division this evening threw up a massive encounter at the wrong end of the table as both Bohemians and Sligo Rovers did battle for an enormous three points. A victory that could that could potentially dictate how the remainder of the season would play out for all concerned.

A quite cagey opening finally burst into life with 20 minutes on the clock. Gypsies winger Kevin Devaney rushed out wide to try keey Shane Supples clearance in play, but inadvertently put it behind for a corner. Regan Donelon’s excellent delivery was powered home by the unchallenged Jack Keaney to give the visitors the lead.

This setback ignited a fire in the home side and finally burst into life for the remainder of the half. The lively Keith Ward saw his tremendous 30 yard strike miss the top corner by inches. Keith Buckley saw a “Benjamin Pavard” style volley, direct from a corner, brilliantly tipped over the bar by Mitchell Beeney and Oscar Brennan had a couple of deflected efforts as the Gypsies tried to suffocate their relegation rivals.

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The “Bit O’ Red” dealt a killer blow right before half time, and again, from a set piece. McCabe’s corner to the back post resulted in an almighty goal mouth scramble and as the ball dropped, David Cawley scuffed the ball towards goal which looked to go in off Dinny Corcoran on the line.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side, as just six minutes into the second half Derek Pender saw red for a wild, mistimed lunge on Regan Donelon.

The visitors didn’t take long making the man advantage count and just minutes later Cawley made it three, showing some quick feet in the box to shift the ball onto his right foot and reverse his low effort back into the near post.

Bohs thought they got one back, only for Seamus Sharkey to pull off a miraculous goal line clearance. Kevin Devaney burst through down the left wing from a quickly taken throw in and hammered the ball over Beeney, but somehow, Sharkey running back towards his own goal, managed to head over the bar on the line. The centre half was running at such speed he was unable to stop himself flying into, and ripping, the net in the process.

Keith Long will be bitterly disappointed at not just the manner of conceding the goals but the contrast in performances compared to how they’ve played since the break.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney

Subs: Jamie Cleary, Daniel Byrne, Karl Moore, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Daniel Kelly

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Regan Donelon, Seamus Sharkey, Rhys McCabe, Mikey Drennan, Lee J Lynch, Kris Twardek, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney, John Mahon, David, Cawley

Subs: Ed McGinty, Kyle McFadden, Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Kerrigan, Darren Collis, Lewis Morrison

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We need to build on the results since the break”

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
Friday July 13, Dalymout Park, 7.45pm
Match Sponsors: Lilliput Trading Company. Matchball Sponsors: Tom and Dee Duignan

Bohemians face into tonight’s six-pointer against Sligo Rovers encouraged by two positive results since the mid-season break.

Bohs secured all three points with a 1-0 victory in a challenging Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park a fortnight ago.

A more polished performance last week away to Waterford yielded a point in a 1-1 draw but Bohs will feel their first-half display in particular ought to have earned them all three.

Those results see Bohs sit in seventh position in the table on 25 points. Tonight’s opponents are one place and two points behind.

A win for Keith Long’s men would see them build a positive gap between them and the three teams below them. But defeat would see them dragged right back into the battle to beat the drop.

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Long said: “On the back of a decent display down in Waterford, we go into tonight’s game in a positive frame of mind.

“Our performance down in the RSC was good. We played with intensity and determination not to be beaten against a top side with some really talented players.

“We have talent in our group also and first half we showed that in abundance, creating several chances and perhaps could have gone in at the break with more goals to show for our efforts.

“I thought we were denied what looked like to me a stonewall penalty in the first half and maybe with better execution, we could have extended our lead into the second half when Waterford came on strong and we had to dig in to come away with a point.

“We had a large vocal travelling support who made the trip to the south east, it was great to see so many supporters there getting behind their team. We hope for more of the same tonight.

“We need to build on the results since the break with an opportunity tonight against Sligo who will be as desperate as we are to pick up the points, which are so important at this stage of the season.”

Expected to feature in tonight’s squad is Daniel Kelly. The midfielder/winger joins from Bray Wanderers for whom he scored in their visit to Dalymount Park in March.

Kelly said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Bohs. I am buzzing. I can’t wait to get going and hopefully I’ll do well.”

TEAM NEWS 

Ian Morris (hamstring) is a doubt. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

VIDEO: KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was an empathic performance from Bohemians last night in Dalymount Park, beating Bray Wanderers 6-0.

Manager Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

“OUR DAY HAS TO COME MORE OFTEN THAN IT HAS DONE”

​WATERFORD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday July 6 2018, The RSC, 7.45pm

Bohemians have shown they are a match for any team on their day but manager Keith Long has challenged them for that day ‘to come more often than it has done.’

Tomorrow, they face a team flying high in third place but who can count themselves fortunate to have taken six points from their two previous meetings against the Gypsies this season.

Bohs have been on the wrong side of two 1-0 scorelines against the Blues. In the RSC in March, the Gypsies were architects of their own downfall as a mistake at the back allowed Sander Puri claim all three points.

More frustratingly, some questionable officiating decisions, a sucker-punch from Courtney Duffus and an inability to convert chances into goals combined to see Bohs lose when the sides met again in Dalymount in May in a game they dominated.

Tomorrow, Bohs will look to claim their first points against Waterford this season but they face a side who have strengthened further with the additions of Angola international Carlos Wilson as well as Ireland underage internationals Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba.

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Bohs on the other hand have to contend with the loss of Dylan Watts after the playmaker’s loan deal and contract with parent club Leicester City expired.

Long said: “Dylan is a big loss for us, there’s no shying away from that. He’s been an exciting player to watch and we’ll miss him. But we’ll be working hard to strengthen in areas if we can.

“Waterford have already strengthened again this month, bringing in players with a good pedigree.

“They’ve good resources behind them – resources we’d be envious of. I don’t say that begrudgingly, it’s good for the league to have a strong Waterford team but it makes the challenge for us even greater.

“They’re in a good position in the league and have proved difficult opposition for any team this season.

“But we have shown on our day that we are a match for anyone. But our day has to come more often than it has done.

“We’re going down buoyed by winning a Dublin derby though and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Bohs had goalkeeper Shane Supple and a wonder goal from Kevin Devaney to thank for their day coming last Friday.

Outplayed by St Pat’s for the opening half-hour or so, Supple was called into action more often than he would have liked to keep the score level before Devaney conjured up a bit of magic to fire home the game’s decisive goal from 35 yards out.

For a team who can feel hard-done-by with some results this season, getting the three points on board was the most important thing.

Long added: “It was an important win. We’re getting towards the business end of the season so every win is important and every point matters.

“We were fortunate to have been scoreless when we took the lead.

“We were frustrated by our performance in the first half, it was a strange half. We were very slow to start playing, the heat and fact it was first game back after a week off might have played a part there.

“But we coughed up far too many chances for St Pat’s and we had some great saves from Shane and some last-gasp clearances from Derek Pender and Co to thank for keeping us in the game.

“We rode our luck, on another day we could have been three down. But it was a beautiful goal – something out of nowhere – by Kevin Devaney and it was worthy of winning any game.

“We made a couple of tactical and positional changes at half-time that saw us improve in the second half but the important thing was we found a way to score and we found a way to win.

“If you contrast that to our previous game two weeks previously where we went down to Cork, conceded in the 89th minute and were desperately unlucky to come away with nothing, then you can you can say we deserved some good fortune last week. We were delighted with the result, if not the performance.

“As I said last week, if we produce that performance in Cork every week, we’ll be fine.”

TEAM NEWS

Loanee Dylan Watts played his last game for the club against St Pat’s after his loan deal and contract with Leicester City expired.

There were two late withdrawals ahead of last week’s game. Dinny Corcoran (groin) remains a doubt, but Keith Buckley (bug) returns.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

“THE LADS HAVE COME BACK DETERMINED TO PUSH FORWARD”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League
Friday June 29, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long believes Bohemians are back from the mid-season break refreshed and determined to put on a performance in front of their home fans.

The Gypsies went into the brief break on the back of two defeats, but two contrasting performances.

A 2-0 loss in what was a frustrating display at home to Derry City three weeks ago was followed up with a much-improved outing away to champions Cork City a week later.

But, agonisingly, Long’s side ended up empty-handed again after a last-gasp winner for John Caulfield’s team.

Long said: “I thought we were very good in Cork. It was necessary that we put in a performance after we felt we let ourselves down against Derry.

“We were very unlucky down in Cork. We had a goal disallowed and a one cleared off the line.

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“Conceding so late in the game was very disappointing. But overall it was a good performance.

“If we play like that every week, we will be fine. But we all know we have to be more consistent.”

While Long was disappointed with some recent results, opposite number Liam Buckley will also be frustrated with his side’s recent form, which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table.

But Long is only concerned with improving the form of his own team, which has been buoyed by the return to fitness of Darragh Leahy and Karl Moore.

Long said: “The break has maybe come at a good time for St Pat’s too as they’d lost five in a row before that.

“But we can only focus on ourselves. Our lads have gone away for a few days and they’re back determined and with a renewed energy to push forward.

“We know we have to be better on the pitch. But everyone is back looking forward to that challenge. They’re chomping at the bit.

“With the league going to ten teams this year, this was always going to be tough.

“Other clubs have increased budgets exponentially. We knew it was going to be a challenging season.

“But we’re not going to shy away from that challenge – we’re looking forward to it.”

As Irish temperatures today soared to 30 degrees again today, Long hopes football fans will take advantage of the first break day in the World Cup to come along to Dalymount for a Dublin derby.

He added: “It’s going to be a great evening for football. Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd in early.

“We want to give our fans something to shout about and repay the faith they’ve shown in us.

“Our home form has let us down at times and that’s something we are striving to put right.”

Darragh Leahy (knee), Karl Moore (ankle) and Colin McCabe (shoulder) are all available for selection once more.

Cristian Magerusan, out with a broken metatarsal since pre-season, played 45 minutes and scored for the U19s in a friendly against Glentoran on Saturday as he continues his recovery.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

VIDEO: BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION/LORD MAYOR’S AWARDS

The following video was used at the Lord Mayor’s Awards to illustrate the work in the community being undertaken by the Bohemian Foundation.

Reproduced with thanks to the Lord Mayor’s office.

BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION HONOURED AT LORD MAYOR’S AWARDS

The Bohemian Foundation was honoured by outgoing Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha at the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Awards at the Mansion House for their continued excellent work on behalf of Bohemians in the community.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the North Dublin community.

Its many programmes include walking football for both the elderly and disabled, prison rehabilitation initiatives and numeracy classes for children.

The strides made by the Foundation’s volunteers in recent years were key to securing funding from European Regional Development Fund’s Ireland-Wales Programme.

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The funding, through the More Than A Club Programme partnership with the FAI, is intended to build on the success of the Foundation and enable it to both consolidate and expand its reach throughout our community with the significant help of two full-time staff, Carina O’Brien and Shane Fox, and part-time staff Ger Coughlan.

Bohemian Foundation co-founders Thomas Hynes and Chris Brien accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Hynes said: “We are very proud to accept this award on behalf of our friends, who help the Foundation carry out our work in the community.

“For any organisation to succeed and grow in the manner the Bohemian Foundation has, you need the right people in the right place at the right time and we are lucky to have that in abundance.

“I would like to thank Dublin City Councillor Larry O’Toole, Jack Gleeson of the Northside People and Denis Cruise, a great friend and supporter.

“Our volunteers – the likes of Dave Woods, Bohemians first-team players Shane Supple and Oscar Brennan – give so much of their time to our prison and schools projects.

“Three of our fellow directors could not be with us at the ceremony. One is comedian John Colleary, who has created innovative programmes for Mountjoy Prison and Focus Ireland, while Stephen Burke and Jeff Conway are in Holland with the Foundation’s 7-a-side team representing Ireland in a European tournament for foundations, which we won last year.”

Brien added: “We thank Mícheál for this award. The Bohemian Football Club asks the community for its support so it is only right that the club supports the community.

“That is why the Bohemian Foundation was set up. Because of the work to date, we have been the recipients of support from the FAI and the European Regional Fund by way of them providing two full-time and one part-time staff to help with our work.

“Carina O’Brien, and her colleagues Shane and Ger, will allow us to extend our reach within the community and expand our programmes over the next 12 months.

“We are continuing as before, but also commencing new programmes.

“We will continue our walking football and our work with the School Completion Programme and with the Department of Justice working with children at risk of becoming involved in crime. We will carry on working in Mountjoy Prison and commence new initiatives in Dochas Women’s Prison.

“Beyond that, we have commenced Double Club football numeracy programme for fourth class primary school children and the Run the Club programme for transition year students as well as Football Memories tea mornings for people with early dementia and memory loss.

“We have a busy year ahead but one we’re looking forward to with great excitement and positivity.”

Everyone at Bohemians wishes to extend our congratulations to all who volunteer and work on behalf of the Bohemian Foundation. We are extremely grateful for all your efforts on behalf of the club and our community.

WATCH: Bohemian Foundation video

LISTEN: Carina O’Brien on SSE Airtricity League podcast (ITunes or Soundcloud

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BOHS SUMMER CAMPS

WHERE? 

Inspire Fitness Centre, Ratoath Rd, Cabra, Dublin 7

WHEN?

  • Camp 1: Mon July 9 – Thursday July 12 (10am – 2pm)
  • Camp 2 Mon July 16 – Thursday July 19 (10am – 2pm)

COST?

  • €60 per camp
  • €90 for both camps

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Packed lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sun screen

COACHES INCLUDE

  • Ian Morris
  • Dan Casey
  • Eoghan Stokes
  • Danny Grant
  • Oscar Brennan

Email name/age/camp(s) to youths@bohemians.ie

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FANTASY FOOTBALL PRIZES SOUGHT!

Club Member Tim Morris will be running the Bohemian FC Fantasy Football competition again this year.

Over the last seven years, it has raised close to €15,000 for the club.

This competition is in the top 3 Irish paid fantasy football leagues and attracts entries from all corners of Ireland and beyond.

A key component in attracting entries is the large number of monthly/Xmas prizes on offer. If these prizes had to be funded from entry fees, it would considerably reduce the amount of money raised.

If you or your company/bar/restaurant/shop/golf club etc (or that of a friend/contact) can sponsor a prize please email Tim at fantasyfootball@bohemians.ie.

Significant positive publicity will ensue for sponsors (on poster, in matchday programme and emails to the expected 160+ participants).

Prizes needn’t be exorbitant – vouchers with a value starting at €20/25 will suffice.

The types of prizes in recent years included golf four-balls,games of footee, meals and cinema tickets.

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