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Bohemians will face Wexford Youths in the final of the Leinster Senior Cup after a 1-0 victory away to UCD in the semi-final on Monday night.

After dominating the game throughout, Ismahil Akinade finally netted the winner for the visitors on 88 minutes.

Izzy gonna score? Yes! - by A. Baldiemann

“It’s a game we have to win”

Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup, Dalymount Park, Friday 20 May 2016, 7.45pm

Keith Long says Bohemians need to start showing a ruthless streak if they are to progress in the FAI Cup.

The Gypsies, buoyed by Ayman Ben Mohamed’s call-up to the Tunisian national team, host Galway United on Friday having failed to win or score in six league games.

Long said: “It’s hugely important and it’s a game we have to win.

“It’s the only all-Premier Division tie of the round against a good Galway team, who have already beaten us this season.

“It will be a tough game but we are the home team and we are expected to win.


“If we can reproduce the performance from down in Sligo last week but take our chances this time, then I am confident we can get the victory.”

Long was once again left frustrated as Bohs passed up several gilt-edged opportunities in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Sligo Rovers to end their barren run.

He said: “It’s too easy to say we were unlucky. It’s more than luck, so we can’t play the luck card.

“We played well and with a high tempo but we are not being ruthless enough. We had at least a half-dozen clear-cut chances, not just half-chances.

“On another night, with the amount of chances we passed up, we would have won the game comfortably.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the goal we conceded too, but ultimately we have to stop being so wasteful in front of goal. It’s as simple as that.”

Bohs’ selection options have been limited by the decision of Anto Murphy to leave the club due to family and work commitments.

Long said: “Anto has been a great servant for the club for several years. It’s disappointing, he will be a big loss.

“We will have to wait until July before we can strengthen our squad but I have a few irons in the fire.”

One major doubt for Friday’s game is Derek Prendergast, who was forced off against Sligo with a hamstring injury.

Jason Caffrey (hamstring) has returned to full training after a long lay-off but will not be risked against Galway.

Keith Long and Jake Kelly - By Eddie Lennon

Tunisia call-up for Ayman Ben Mohamed

Ayman Ben Mohamed has welcomed his first call-up by the Tunisian national team.

The Bohemians winger has been included in the Tunisia squad who travel to face Djibouti in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 3.

The London-born 21-year-old, who moved to Ireland with his family when he was two, qualifies for Tunisia through his father Lotfi, who is originally from the Tunisian capital Tunis.

Ben Mohamed said: “I’m delighted. Nobody saw it coming. I’ve had lots of relatives on congratulating me – it’s huge for me and my family.

“It’s one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in football. I’ll be training and competing with players from the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga.


“That is an incredible opportunity for me and it is good for the profile of the club and league too. It shows we have a good stage here to develop.”

Ben Mohamed has just completed his second year of a four-year Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS) degree at Trinity College.

He said: “I sat the last of my summer exams yesterday, so I’m looking forward to concentrating on my football for the next few months.”

The call-up means that Bohs will be without their star man for league clashes with St Patrick’s Athletic on May 29 and Wexford Youths on June 3.

But manager Keith Long, who signed Ben Mohamed from Longford Town at the start of the season, is delighted with the recognition his player has received.

Long said: “He’ll miss two games for us but it’s great for him and the club. He’s been a real breath of fresh air and I’m delighted for him.

“He’s a real throwback to an old-school winger. He loves to take players on and he has a bit of pace about him too.

“He came to the club to improve and develop as a player, so it’s deserved recognition for the contribution he’s made.”

Tunisia sit joint second with Togo in their four-team Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group on seven points, two points behind leaders Liberia, after four games each.

Next month’s opposition Djibouti, who Tunisia defeated 8-1 when the sides met last year, are rooted bottom with no points.

Group winners qualify automatically, while the the two best-ranked second-placed countries from 11 four-team qualifying groups will also travel to the 2017 tournament in Gabon.

Ben Mohamed added: “Djibouti obviously aren’t one of the stronger teams in Africa and Tunisia will be expected to beat them comfortably again.”

Ayman Ben Mohamed - by Eddie Lennon


When Harry Willits finished his first season as Bohemian captain in spring 1916 he had other major responsibilities on his mind. He had joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in late 1915 “for the duration of the war” and soon he would be sent to the western front in France during the Battle of the Somme.

He had followed his friends and several Bohemian colleagues in signing up for the army. His choice was the Commercial Battalion of the Dublin Fusiliers, established to cater for young men of the “commercial class” and farmers.

Willits was not the military type, according to his daughter Audrey, still living in the family home aged 93. But English-born and a civil servant, he moved in circles where enlisting for military service would have been regarded as a matter of duty.


Harry Willits


Subject to neither side being involved in an FAI Cup replay, the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final between UCD and ?Bohemians? has been scheduled for next Monday May 23, UCD Bowl, 7.45pm.

The winners will face Wexford Youths in the final.


“We need to show more desire”

SSE Airtricity League, The Showgrounds, Saturday 14 May 2016, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians they need to show more desire in front of goal to end their goalless and winless streak.

Despite periods of possession and dominance in recent games, the Gypsies have gone 591 minutes without scoring.

Bohs’ last goal and win came in the 2-0 victory away to Bray Wanderers on April 9 and Long is determined to rectify that at The Showgrounds tomorrow.

Long said: “We can’t be waiting for the perfect pass or the perfect opportunity in front of goal as it may never come – we need to show more desire in front of goal and make things happen for ourselves.”


Bohs will be without striker Mark Quigley, who is suspended after his red card in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Cork City.

But the Gypsies’ options up front have been boosted by the return of Ismahil Akinade, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Akinade featured as a substitute against Cork and is in contention for a starting place for the first time in four weeks.

Long said: “Izzy hadn’t been right for a few weeks so we needed to give him time to recover. He offers us a different dimension to our play and a different dynamic up front.”

Bohs’ bid to end their barren run saw Jake Kelly and Kurtis Byrne restored to the starting line-up against Cork City.

Long said: “We tried to bring some positivity to our attacking play by bringing in Jake and Kurtis in central areas. There were positive signs early on in the game with good movement and interchanging of positions but we lacked end product.

“We conceded a poor goal at a bad time and we allowed Cork see out the game far too comfortably.

“We were the home team and we should have been bringing the game to them after we conceded but we didn’t do that, which is disappointing.”

A Kurtis Byrne wonder goal gave Bohs a 1-0 victory against tomorrow’s opposition the last time the sides met.

But Dave Robertson’s men are a much-improved side since. Before Tuesday’s defeat away to Shamrock Rovers, the Bit O’Red had won their previous three games in a row.

Long added: “I’ve been very impressed with Sligo any time I’ve seen them. They will be playing with real confidence, despite the result in Tallaght.

“But we have to concentrate on our own performances. We are not a million miles off getting it right and with a little more belief and hard work we can improve our league standing”

Bohs are without Quigley (suspended) and Jason Caffrey (hamstring). Ayman Ben Mohamed (groin) is a doubt.

Keith Long - by Eddie Lennon


Date: This Saturday, May 14th
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“There are goals in this team”

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Tuesday 10 May 2016, 7.45pm

Bohemians manager Keith Long says his players won’t need any picking up as they bid to end their barren run on Tuesday night.

Friday’s 0-0 draw away to Finn Harps made it five league games without a win or goal.

Bohs spurned a golden opportunity to bring that run to an end when Anto Murphy saw his injury-time penalty saved by Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher.

Long said: “We complained about a lack of luck in recent weeks but then we got it with a penalty in injury-time and didn’t take it.


“It was a poor game and our performance wasn’t good enough. But Paddy Kavanagh missed a good chance in the first half, albeit under pressure from two defenders, and then we missed the penalty.

“We kept a clean sheet but if we had taken those chances, we’d have been going home with a 2-0 win.”

After a sluggish first series of fixtures, the Gypsies sit ninth with 11 points from 11 games.

But Long is adamant his players won’t need any extra motivation when taking on second-placed Cork City and said: “They’re professionals – the lads won’t need picking up.”

Despite the disappointing run, Long believes the goals will come.

He said: “We haven’t been creating enough. We know we haven’t clicked and we’ve spoken about that as a group.

“We’ve been lacking end product. And even the chances we do create, we haven’t been taking them. We’ve been working hard in training to rectify that and will continue to do so in order for us to climb up the table.

“There are goals in this team. Izzy Akinade is out but we still have attacking players who can score goals in Mark Quigley, Kurtis Byrne and Jake Kelly.”

Getting back to winning ways won’t be easy against John Caulfield’s high-flying Cork City, who are currently just four points off league leaders Dundalk.

Long added: “I saw Cork against Bray Wanderers on Saturday. They were very comfortable once they got the first goal and gave a professional performance to see the game out 2-0. They’ve quality players in every position.

“We played them on the opening day of the season and, after matching them for 60 minutes, two defensive mistakes cost us. But this will be a different game and we will be up for it.”

Bohs are once again without Ismahil Akinade (hamstring), Jason Caffrey (hamstring) and Adam Evans (virus) but James Kavanagh (virus) is back in contention.

Ayman Ben Mohamed, who came off with a groin strain at half-time against Harps, is a doubt.

Keith Long and Jake Kelly - By Eddie Lennon

“We need to start putting the ball in the net!”

SSE Airtricity League, Finn Park, Friday 6 May 2016, 8pm

K[/drocpap]eith Long has told Bohemians it is time to start turning in 90-minute performances.

The Gypsies have been cursing their luck in recent weeks as, despite several periods of dominance, they have come away both pointless and without scoring in league meetings with Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Dundalk.

Long said: “We have a group of lads who are all working really hard. I’ve said it before, but if we maintain that effort and build upon it, our luck will change.

“We’ve played great in patches throughout the season. Now we need to replicate that for the whole game and give 90-minute performances.

“We have to start making the most of games when we’re in the ascendancy and ultimately we need to start putting the ball in the net.”


Bohs were unfancied going into last Friday’s game against champions Dundalk, who have a 100 per cent record away from home in the league this season.

While the game finished 2-0 to the league leaders, once again the scoreline did not tell the whole story.

Long’s men enjoyed the lion’s share of both possession and chances in the opening half before coming unstuck from a stunning Daryl Horgan free-kick seven minutes before half-time.

Long said: “We played very well in the first half. I thought at the time that we should have had a penalty in the first half too and, after seeing it again, I’m sure it was a penalty.

“Then Gary Rogers made a great save to deny Derek Prendergast. Last year, these were the things that were going our way, going in for us and making the difference.

“It still hasn’t quite happened for us yet this season but we are determined to rectify that.”

Getting back to winning ways at Finn Park will be easier said than done.

Since winning promotion to the Premier Division, Ollie Horgan’s men have won three of their five home league games this season, while their two defeats in Ballybofey have been decided by the odd goal.

Long added: “Harps have continued the home form they had last season since they came up.

“They’ve made Finn Park an intimidating place to go to, but our lads know what is expected of them.”

Long is once again without Ismahil Akinade (hamstring), Jason Caffrey (hamstring) and Adam Evans (virus). James Kavanagh (virus) will also sit this one out, but Eoin Wearen (hip) is back in contention.



Friday April 6, Finn Park, Ballybofey, 7.45pm

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