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A brace apiece from skipper Roberto Lopes and man-of-the-match Kurtis Byrne win the Leinster Senior Cup at Dalymount Park on Monday night.

Victory gave the Gypsies our first trophy in six years and extended our record haul of Leinster Senior Cup titles to 32.

After the match, Bohs manager Keith Long said: “We had to start somewhere!”

Leinster Senior Cup champions by Peter Doherty

“We’d love to deliver some silverware”

Leinster Senior Cup final, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm, Monday August 29 2016

Bohemians won at Richmond Park for the first time in six years on Friday – tonight the club is looking to end a six-year wait for a trophy.

A Kurtis Byrne free-kick gave the Gypsies victory against St Patrick’s Athletic three days ago and manager Keith Long is looking for more of the same when Wexford Youths come to Dalymount Park tonight.

Tonight could well be the last senior final in the ‘old’ Dalymount before the ground is redeveloped, so Long is eager for his players to deliver.

He said: “It was a great three points on Friday and we’ll be working off the same group of players tonight.

“For most of the players, tonight is a chance for them to win a senior competition for the first time.


“This could be the last cup final at Dalymount in its current form so we’re mindful of that too.

“The Leinster Senior Cup is not on the top of your priorities but we’re in the final now.

“We would love to deliver some silverware and hopefully that can whet the appetite for next season.”

Long was happy with how his side bounced back from last week’s demoralising 2-0 FAI Cup exit at the hands of Derry City.

Bohs now sit in seventh but are just a point off the top half and five points off fifth – the club’s final position last season.

He added: “We showed a lot of courage on Friday. It was gutsy – the lads stood up.

“Going out of the FAI Cup was deflating for everyone, so it was important for us to pick ourselves up.

“We started the game brightly and we created a lot of chances and finished strongly.

“It was our 10th clean sheet in the league this season too, which was pleasing too and probably goes a bit unnoticed.

“We want to have a strong finish to the season now. There’s not all that much between a lot of the sides and we can push on into the top half.”

Bohs are once again without Stephen Best (ankle), Derek Pender (thigh) and Mark Quigley (hamstring). Izzy Akinade (illness) remains a doubt.



The Premier Division clash involving Bohemians and Wexford Youths, originally scheduled for next Friday September 2, has been moved to Monday September 19.

Bohs will instead host Dundalk this Friday September 2 at Dalymount Park at 7.45pm. This fixture was originally scheduled for October but has been brought forward due to Dundalk’s European campaign.

The Leinster Senior Cup final between Bohs  and Wexford Youths remains unchanged and takes place this Monday August 29 at Dalymount Park at 7.45pm.


SSE Airtricity League, Richmond Park, Friday 26 August, 7.45pm

Bohemians will be without defenders Stephen Best (ankle) and Derek Pender (suspended but also suffering with a thigh injury) for tomorrow’s Dublin derby at Richmond Park.

Both were forced off due to injury during last Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Derry City in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.

There are selection concerns up front too with Mark Quigley (hamstring) set to miss out, while Ismahil Akinade remains a doubt with illness that saw him sit out two of Bohs’ last three games.

Goalkeeper Shane Supple, who suffered an ankle injury against Cork City a fortnight ago, returned to training this week and is available for selection.

Under-19s Warren O’Hara and Dean Casey will be included in the squad.

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We’re going to give it a right go”

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup 3rd Rd, Dalymount Park, Friday 19 August, 7.45pm

Keith Long believes the 12th man can help Bohemians progress in the FAI Cup against Derry City on Friday.

Late goals from Kurtis Byrne and Stephen Best saw Bohs come from 2-0 down to seal a dramatic 3-2 win against in-form Sligo Rovers on Monday night.

Dalymount Park was hopping as a confident second-half performance saw Keith Long’s side make it seven points from three league games.

Long said: “It’s been a while since we’ve seen drama like that at the end of a game at Dalymount. It gives the players real confidence going into the cup tie.

“The reception the team got from the fans at the end was brilliant – you can’t underestimate the importance of the bond between players and supporters.


“In a game of small margins, when the 12th man is behind you from the start, the players value that. It gives them that little bit of extra confidence.

“We are at home, so we want to take the game to Derry City and give it a right go. The fans can help us do that.”

After an excellent 0-0 draw away to title-chasing Cork City last Friday, Bohs almost undid all that hard work as they went 2-0 down to Sligo Rovers in the first half on Monday.

Long said: “We were really good value for the point down in Cork. We kept the ball well and defended well.

“But you couldn’t have had a more contrasting performance to that than in the first half against Sligo. We had tired bodies playing two games in quick succession.

“You can sometimes forget we’re part-time and don’t have the luxury of recovery times between games that some teams do – Derry will be our third game in eight days.

“That said, we know we didn’t defend well in the first half. Sligo caused us problems but they were problems of our own making.

“But we showed great character to fight back – Izzy Akinade got a crucial goal just before half-time and our second-half performance deserved the two late goals to win it in the end.

“It was a great result. Sligo were unbeaten in nine games before that so the lads deserve a bit of credit for turning it around.”

Friday’s opposition Derry have frustrated Bohs in the sides’ two league meetings this season, winning 1-0 on both occasions, most recently at Dalymount Park last month.

Long added: “We were unlucky in the game in the Brandywell but when they came down here we didn’t do enough to win the game.

“There wasn’t all that much between the teams but they’re an organised team and we have to be a bit smarter.

“If we perform like we did against Cork City and in the second half against Sligo, we can progress against Derry.”


Shane Supple and Marco Chindea are cup-tied having represented Crumlin United and Athlone Town respectively earlier in the competition.

Supple, however, is recovering well from an ankle injury he sustained against Cork City last week, which ruled him out of Monday’s game against Sligo Rovers.

Stephen Best - by Martin Doherty

LSC final date set

The Leinster Senior Cup final between Bohemians and Wexford Youths has been arranged for Monday August 29th, kick-off 7.45pm.

“We have to be ready for them”

SSE Airtricity League, Turner’s Cross, Friday 12 August, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians to be ready for a Cork City backlash at Turner’s Cross on Friday.

John Caulfield’s side’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers on Monday saw them pass up the opportunity to close the gap on faltering league leaders Dundalk.

But after Dundalk lost against Bray Wanderers on Wednesday for their second successive defeat, there is added expectation on Leeside.

Long said: “They will be well up for it. John Caulfield will be looking for a response after losing to Sligo.

“They would have seen Monday’s game as a chance to make ground up on Dundalk and they’ll be looking at Friday night the same way.


“It’s not a good time to be playing them but it’s never easy against Cork anyway. We have to be ready for them and concentrate on our own game.”

After defeats against Shamrock Rovers and Derry City, Bohs got back to winning ways last Friday with a hard-earned 2-0 victory against a stubborn Finn Harps side.

Long said: “We’ve played better and lost this season. It wasn’t a a great game but the attitude of the players was spot on throughout and I thought we deserved to win the game.

“We had players struggling with match fitness – Stephen Best and Lorcan Fitzgerald hadn’t played in a month so we were pleased to have them available again and to get all three points.

“They were two very well-worked goals by us. The substitutes we made were crucial in breaking them down. Jake Kelly came on after the break and Eoin Wearen then added that bit of spark and creativity that we needed.”


New signing Dean O’Halloran is expected to feature in Friday’s squad, subject to international clearance for the 20-year-old former Fulham player arriving on Friday.

Long said: “Dean’s very quick. He’s not overly physical – but his pace will stretch the opposition and we needed that.

“He’s not 100% fit yet and hasn’t played in the League of Ireland before but I think he’ll prove to be a good addition to the team.

“He can play out wide or as a No 10 and will offer support up front, running off the likes of Izzy and bringing players into it.”

Bohs also welcome back Dan Byrne and Keith Buckley from suspension.

But Dylan Hayes (ankle), who returned to training this week, remains a doubt, while Stephen Best is a doubt again after suffering a fresh knee injury in last week’s game against Finn Harps.

Jake Kelly and Izzy Akinade - Goalscorers v Finn Harps by Martin Doherty


Bohemians are delighted to announce the signing of former Ireland youth international Dean O’Halloran from Fulham.

The Waterford man, 20, can operate as a striker or a winger.

Bohs boss Keith Long said: “Dean’s a very talented young player. He’s lightning quick and has great potential.

“There were a lot of clubs in the league interested in signing Dean so we are very pleased to have got him on board.”

Dean O'Halloran


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SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 5 August, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told his players to go out and stamp their authority on the game against Finn Harps on Friday.

The past fortnight has seen two key performers, Dave Mulcahy and Ayman Ben Mohamed, depart the club.

But Long maintains there is enough quality in the squad to step up and fill the void left by departures, suspensions and injury.

He said: “We are expected to win at home to Finn Harps. They are above us in the table, but a win would see us leapfrog them.

“To do that, we need to work hard to stamp our authority on the game. We have some good, quality players in this squad but they have to go out and show it.


“We’ve lost two players, we have two players suspended and we still have others coming back from injury.

“But that creates an opportunity for others to go out, put the jersey on and make it their own.”

With last Friday’s league game against Dundalk postponed due to the Lilywhites’ involvement in the Champions League qualifiers, Bohs are still looking to make up for their last league outing a fortnight ago, which saw Derry City come away from Dalymount with a 1-0 win.

Long said: “Our last home game against Derry was poor. We never got going.

“At the same time, there was not a lot in it either. Derry are flying up the top of the table and we weren’t a millions miles off them.

“But as has sometimes been the story of our season so far to date, we didn’t create enough chances and the ones we did create, we didn’t put them away. We need to improve.”

Although frustrated to lose two consistent performers, Long has wished both Mulcahy and Ben Mohamed well in their respective moves to Cork City and L’Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia).

He said: “They’re both at very different stages of their careers and both left in very different circumstances. But you are always disappointed to lose players.

“Dave is self-employed and is primarily working in the Munster area at the moment. It’s also a chance for him, after 17 years in the league, to win his first league medal.

“We were very reluctant to let him go but he’s given great service to Bohs for five years and it would have been hard to deny him that opportunity at this stage of his career.

“Ayman’s had interest from home and abroad, particularly after his call-up to the Tunisia squad. He’s had a great few months for us, we are very disappointed to lose him so soon but we wish him well.

“It’s a chance for him now to make the step up to full-time football and, hopefully, break into the Tunisian national team too. We wish him every success.”

Bohs will once again be without Keith Buckley, who serves an additional one-game ban after his red card against Shamrock Rovers last month. Also suspended is Dan Byrne for accumulating five yellow cards this season.

Dylan Hayes (ankle) remains out. But there was better news elsewhere as Lorcan Fitzgerald (ankle) came through a full 90 minutes in last week’s 3-0 friendly win against St Mochta’s, while Stephen Best (knee) returned to training after nearly a month out.

One player who has put himself in contention is Marco Chindea. The striker signed from Athlone last month, made his debut from the bench against Derry and scored in the friendly against St Mochta’s.

Long added: “Marco’s looked really good in training. He’s scored goals for Athlone in the First Division so obviously this is a bit of a step up. But he’s got technical ability, took his goal against St Mochta’s very well and he’s given us something to think about.”

Bohemians v Dundalk - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
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