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“we can put it up to anyone in this league”

BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK
Friday May 18 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

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Keith Long wants his Bohemians side to “have a go” when top-of-the table Dundalk come to Dalymount Park tonight.

Buoyed by back-to-back league victories for the first time this term, Long’s side are relishing the challenge of taking on the country’s form team.

The Gypsies have won plaudits for their style of football throughout the season so far but against the Lilywhites, they come up against the pass masters.

The challenge ahead of them is even more daunting when you consider Bohs have not won three league games in a row since October 2015.

Long will watch the game from the stands after receiving a one-game game having been sent from the dugout against Waterford on three weeks ago.

Undeterred, he said: “You have to be at your best against Dundalk but that’s the same for every team that plays them as they’re such a strong side.

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“They play a fluent style of football as they always have under Stephen Kenny.

“With respect to Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers, Dundalk are on another level to most teams in the league.

“But those two wins allow us to have a go at them.

“On our day, if everyone gives a fully focused performance, we can put it up to anyone in this league.

“The pitch is looking well and it should be a great evening for football.

“We hope we have a big crowd here to support us and we want to go out and do ourselves justice in front of our home supporters.”

Bohs’ victories against Sligo and Bray respectively have left them in a healthier position in the league table.

They are seventh and are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone and six clear of the play-off position.

Long said: “In the first half against Bray, we were well on top and could have scored more to make it more comfortable for ourselves.

“We created a lot of chances. Bray got back into it with the penalty and put us under pressure for 20 minutes or so.

“But we defended well and when we brought Dan Byrne and Eoghan Stokes on, the game settled down for us.

“Eoghan got the third to kill the game off and the 3-1 scoreline was a fair reflection of the game.

“It was very important that we picked up wins against teams below and around us in the table to put a bit of distance between us.”

While Bohs’ style of play has been praised, a cutting edge had eluded them in previous, so Long is delighted to see his frontmen find form.

He added: “Dinny scored twice against Pat’s three weeks ago although one of them was mistakenly attributed to Kevin Devaney at the time.

“Now he’s got another one against Bray. Strikers can be confidence players so three goals to his name in recent weeks will do Dinny no end of good.

“The same goes for Stokesy. He’s an excellent talent but sometimes he needs to trust his instinct a bit more and pull the trigger.

“He believed in himself and did just that against Bray. Nothing beats putting the ball in the net and that goal will give him a big lift too.”

TEAM NEWS

Paddy Kavanagh (illness) returns to the squad, but Keith Ward (foot) and skipper Derek Pender (calf) are considered doubts.

Colin McCabe (shoulder), Karl Moore (ankle), Darragh Leahy (knee), Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Team-mates congratulate Eoghan Stokes by  A Baldiemann

“WE NEED TO BUILD ON SLIGO VICTORY”

​BRAY WANDERERS v BOHEMIANS
Friday May 11 2018, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long has challenged Bohemians to build on last week’s win away to Sligo Rovers and make it back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

They travel to face bottom side Bray Wanderers side who have already taken scalps at the Carlisle Grounds against Derry City and Shamrock Rovers in the past month.

It took an injury-time winner from Dinny Corcoran for Bohs to claim all three points the last time the sides met, so manager Long is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “Bray’s performances have improved in recent weeks and their results are starting to pick up at home.

“Beating Derry City last week was a massive result for them. They’ve gathered momentum at the Carlisle Grounds so they are not to be underestimated.

“But we’re coming into this game positive. We kept a clean sheet for only the second time this year with the win in Sligo.”

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That 2-0 victory in the Showgrounds saw Bohs take the lead somewhat against the run of play – a welcome reverse of what had become a habit of conceding first this season.

Long said: “It was a game where in the first half we didn’t hit the heights we have done in some games this season but we got the three points, which is the most important thing.

“We defended well despite being under pressure in the first half. Keeping them scoreless gave us the platform to push on and win the game in the second half and we could have scored more in the end.

“The challenge for us it to build on that. We haven’t put back-to-back league wins together and that has to change for us to climb up the table.

“We know we are capable of doing that. Our performances have been good enough for us to do so but we need everyone on top of their game tomorrow.”

Bohs crashed out of the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup away to holders Dundalk on Tuesday.

The relief is after that, save for next month’s Leinster Senior Cup tie away to the Lilywhites (Tuesday June 5), Bohs currently now have no further scheduled midweek fixtures for the remainder of the season.

Remarkably, Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat was the Gypsies’ eighth midweek game this year in all competitions.

Long had flagged beforehand that his options were limited as injuries and fatigue as a result of the heavy schedule continued to take their toll.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Long was pleased with some of the individual performances of budding youngsters thrown in at the deep end.

He added: “The game was a bit of a headache. Our hands were tied as to what kind of team we could put out whereas we knew Dundalk would be strong no matter what team lined out.

“As well as first-team players missing or who needed to be rested, some of the U19 players we’d have liked to give a run-out to – the likes of Steven Nolan, Ryan Graydon and Cian McMullen – were also unavailable.

“But it was a good test for our young players who were available and it will stand to them.

“Paddy Kirk was excellent at left-back and with Darragh Leahy injured, his performance has given me some food for thought.

“We had Andy Lyons, who is only 17, in at right-back coming up against Dylan Connolly. He fared well and the game was a great education for him.

“Dylan Thornton when he came on did very well in midfield.

“We don’t have many defensive midfielders at the club so he’s a player again who we’ll be looking at in a different light now after how well he played against strong opposition.”

TEAM NEWS

Scan results on the knee injury sustained by Darragh Leahy against Sligo Rovers last Saturday confirmed damage to his LCL, which is not as bad as first feared but will rule him out for six to eight weeks.

Dinny Corcoran (hip) and Rob Cornwall (back) return to the squad but Dan Casey (calf) is a doubt.

Derek Pender (calf) suffered a set-back when he aggravated his injury in the warm-up against Waterford 10 days ago. He is nearing a return but tomorrow’s game will come too soon for him.

Colin McCabe (shoulder), Seán Bohan (international duty with Ireland U17s), Karl Moore (ankle), Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Kevin Devaney in control in Sligo by A Baldiemann

“We want young players to look at Danny and think ‘I can do that’.”

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
EA Sports Cup quarter-final
Tuesday May 8 2018, Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Injuries have limited Keith Long’s options for tonight’s EA Sports quarter-final against Dundalk at Oriel Park.

But the manager has urged those who are given their break in the Bohemians first team to seize the opportunity.

The EA Sports Cup has been a tried and tested platform for Long to introduce budding stars to first-team football.

Now in his fourth season with the club, Long and his backroom teams have proven themselves willing to nurture players with potential.

Most notably last season, midfielder Fuad Sule had to bide his time before being given a chance to shine in a game against Cabinteely in the competition.

His man-of-the-match performance in a 1-0 victory was enough to convince Long he was ready for the Premier Division.

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He went from strength to strength, becoming the first Bohemians player to win a SSE Airtricity Player of the Month Award in seven years before earning a closed season transfer to Barnet.

This year, Danny Grant has been the standout beneficiary of being tested in the EA Sports Cup.

He – alongside Ryan Graydon and Dylan Thornton – was one of three members of the Graham Lawlor’s U19 team who made their first-team debuts in the 5-1 win against Cabinteely in the first round.

In total, eight of the 14 players used in that game came through Bohs’ youth ranks. In the following round against UCD when Bohs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and win on penalties, it was seven from 14.

Grant, who joined the U19s from Leinster Senior League Bangor Celtic last summer, scored a long-range stunner in that win against Cabinteely in a performance that propelled him into the reckoning for league action.

The Leaving Cert student, 18, made his league debut off the bench against tonight’s opposition at the end of March and has come to prominence in crucial wins in the last month.

First, he set up the 99th-minute winner for Darragh Leahy in the 2-1 over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght and on Saturday, he scored his first two league goals as the Gypsies claimed a crucial 2-0 victory away to Sligo Rovers.

The step-up from the U19s to the first team is a big one but Long has been delighted with Grant’s progress, which he hopes can provide inspiration for others.

He said: “Danny was rewarded for his performances for both the U19s and for the first team in the EA Sports Cup.

“He’s delivered for us now in big games and his two goals on Saturday were excellent finishes.

“We want young players to aspire to be in our first team and look at that and think ‘I can do that’.”

While the performances of young and fringe players in previous round has been lauded, it must be noted that they did come against First Division opposition in the form of Cabinteely and UCD.

Tonight is a whole lot different as they’re getting towards the business end of the competition and facing the holders.

Against Stephen Kenny, Bohs are up against a manager who has won this competition a record six times – four times with Derry City and twice with his current club.

There is a place in the semi-finals at stake so this is a game Long wants to win but with injuries mounting – Darragh Leahy the latest prominent addition to the absentee list – his options are limited and the odds stacked against his side.

He said: “Dundalk’s strength in depth is such that they will have a strong side regardless of what XI they put out.

“My hand is forced tonight because of how many players we have ruled out.

“Our squad is really stretched. We have no option but to mix it up like we have done in previous years and in previous rounds.

“But that will allow players come in and stake their claim. But coming up against players of that quality can be a valuable experience for the younger players who do feature.”

Against Sligo, Long was relieved to see his side put a halt to what had become a frustrating habit of conceding first, playing lovely football but often having no points to show for it.

They have played better in games this season and ended up with nothing on the board.

But on Saturday, they were resolute in defence when under pressure, claimed what was only their second clean sheet of the season, took the lead somewhat against the run of play before seeing the game out with a confident performance that yielded a deserved second goal.

Long added: “The first half, Sligo made it very difficult for us. They didn’t allow us to play.

“They were very direct in their approach and we were loaded with set play after set play in the box.

“But we improved after the break and once we got the goal, we looked comfortable and could have scored more so it was a pleasing result and performance.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs suffered a blow when left-back Leahy was carried off on a stretcher in visible discomfort during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Sligo Rovers.

The club is awaiting scan results on his knee but it is feared that the 20-year-old could be ruled out for eight to 12 weeks.

16-year-old goalkeeper Jamie Cleary is included in the squad once more with Colin McCabe (shoulder), who had started both previous rounds of this competition, and Seán Bohan (international duty with Ireland U17s) unavailable.

Rob Cornwall (back), Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Dinny Corcoran (hip) and Dan Casey (calf) have minor niggles and will not be risked ahead of Friday’s league game against Bray Wanderers.

Danny Grant by A Baldiemann

SEÁN CONNOLLY RIP

The funeral of Seán Connolly takes place tomorrow at St Joseph’s Church, East Wall, 10am on what would have been his 84th birthday.

Seán played for and captained #Bohs in the 1950s.

He was proud of it too and as such, he will be buried in his club blazer and a Bohs flag will adorn his coffin.

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ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY ​SUCCESS

There was a great turnout at our Alzheimer’s Tea Day at Dalymount yesterday.

Sincere thanks to all members and supporters who contributed to making it such an enjoyable day.

The day was hosted by the Bohemian Foundation in conjunction with the More Than A Club Initiative.

More photos via Sportsfile from the day are available on our Facebook page.

One of those in attendance yesterday was Ethna Fullam, wife of the late Christopher Fullam.

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Better known as ‘Bunny’ Fullam, he was most famous as a Drumcondra FC legend, playing at right full-back for Drums for a decade up to the mid-1960s.

But he started his playing career with Bohemians in 1949 as an 18-year-old featuring in the first team through three seasons when he also won junior and amateur international caps. He joined Shelbourne in 1952.

With Drumcondra he won three league titles and the FAI Cup in 1957, scoring a penalty in a 2-0 cup final defeat of Shamrock Rovers.

Ethna brought with her a Bohemians squad photo from the 1950/51 season – featuring young ‘Bunny’ sitting down bottom left.

‘Bunny’ passed away in 2011 aged 80 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves”

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Saturday May 5 2018
The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long insists no Bohemians player will be found feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to climb the table.

Players looked exasperated leaving the Dalymount Park pitch on Monday night as they succumbed to a smash-and-grab 1-0 defeat against high-flying Waterford.

Similarly, supporters were left scratching their heads as to how the team failed to get anything out of game they thoroughly dominated.

In previous weeks, Bohs have been left frustrated by costly mistakes at the back and a lack of cutting edge up front leaving them empty-handed.

But Monday night was that and more.

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With Dylan Watts, who was today nominated for the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association April Player of the Month Award, pulling the strings in midfield, the Gypsies created enough chances to win any game.

But between an inability to find that killer touch in front of goal and some contentious refereeing decisions, the Gypsies failed to overturn that one-goal deficit.

Long was sent to the stands for contesting one of those calls but is not suspended for tomorrow’s game.

He said: “The energy and effort of the players on Monday, you couldn’t have asked for much more from them. They were outstanding.

“We conceded a bad goal, which has happened too often for us this season.

“But they ran themselves into the ground trying to get a goal back and it’s hard to fault the performance.”

Against Sligo Rovers, Bohs face a team one place and two points ahead of them in eighth position.

The sides cancelled each other out when they met earlier in the season in Dalymount Park in a match that finished 2-2.

He said: “The last time we played, there wasn’t a lot between us but we felt we should have won the game.

“Sligo on a Saturday is a difficult place to go but we are going there to get a result: to win.

“We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We believe in ourselves and we will stay strong as a group.

“Let’s go get a result.”

TEAM NEWS

Rob Cornwall (back), Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) are out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Dan Byrne (groin) a doubt.

Paddy Kavanagh returns from suspension.

Keith Long - by Michael Ryan

IRELAND AMPUTEE TEAM TO COMPETE AT THE HOME OF IRISH FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND

International football returns to the Home of Irish Football this Friday when the Ireland Amputee team host neighbours England at Dalymount Park in the first game of a three-team tournament at 7.45pm.

On Saturday, the tournament continues as Poland play England at noon followed by Ireland taking on Poland at 4pm.

Admission to all three games is FREE.

It caps a breakthrough year for the sport in Ireland following the establishment of the Irish Amputee Football Association National League.

A veteran of the game, Chris McElligott has been a leading light behind the growth of amputee football in Ireland – as both a player and a coach – and was the key man behind the establishment of the league.

He said: “This year has been fantastic. I couldn’t have dreamed of where amputee football is going at the moment.

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TEA DAY: Thursday May 3

Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which is held this Thursday May 3rd is the largest annual fundraising campaign in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) calendar.

Bohemians, through the More than a Club Initiative and the Bohemian Foundation, are delighted to be hosting a Tea Day this Thursday from 11am in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park.

We hope as many members and supporters as possible can join us for this event.

Find out more about the work of ASI at www.alzheimer.ie

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Leading The Line

AN INTERVIEW WITH DINNY CORCORAN

Up to last Friday, a vital injury-time winner in an early six-pointer against Bray Wanderers had been the highlight of an injury-hit season so far for talismanic Bohemian striker Dinny Corcoran.

But a late two-goal salvo at Richmond Park has surely surpassed that as Dinny rescued a deserved point for Bohs in the derby with St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday. His second goal deep in injury-time was first credited to Keith Buckley and then in most media to Kevin Devaney. But among the lads and the Bohs management, the goal is definitely going to Dinny Corcoran!

“It was great to get something out of the game,” he beams, “especially after a dismal first half. It was brilliant to get on the scoresheet. The second goal definitely hit my leg. I thought it might have hit someone after that but I watched it back for the first time on Sunday and it looks like it goes straight in. So I’ll try to claim it!”

To be fair, you could not begrudge the big man a bit of better fortune after an injury-plagued pre-season has left him behind the rest in terms of fitness and sharpness. The 29-year-old has found the going a bit tougher. But as the saying goes, form is temporary, class is permanent.

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It’s relatively early doors yet and as soon as Dinny regains full fitness for the cut and thrust of Premier Division football, normal service in front of goal will no doubt resume regularly as it did last Friday.

The Donabate man first joined the club in 2012 from Drogheda United when Aaron Callaghan enticed him to the red and black. He was to score four times that season in 21 appearances in what was a very difficult campaign for the club.

His second spell at Dalymount in 2014, when he scored 13 goals in 27 games under Owen Heary, secured him hero status among the Bohemian faithful. He backed that up last term when he rejoined from St. Patrick’s Athletic notching another 16 goals in 25 appearances in a stellar fifth place finish.

He sees plenty of reasons to be positive despite Bohs’ rather precarious position in the table. Performances have been good but tight battles have been lost. No team has played through us, he feels, and once the commitment and passion is retained, he has no doubt we will begin to climb the table.

As always Bohs fans have been very understanding and encouraging but at the same time, very few know of the trials and tribulations that he has been dealing with over the close season and early weeks of the league campaign.

“Yes the fans have been brilliant to me as always. That’s been a huge plus actually. There have been there for the team week in, week out and have got behind us no matter what.

“On a personal note, no disrespect to any of the clubs I’ve been at, but the Bohs fans are the best I’ve played for. I feel they’ve been with me all the way, through the good times and the bad.

“I love getting the texts and messages after a game when I’ve scored but let me tell you, you appreciate them even more when you’ve had a bad game or lately when I’ve been injured. They’re always there to encourage you rather than dish out a slating.”

THE START OF THINGS

Dinny’s niggling injury is in a tendon in his groin, a frustrating knock that has been stubborn in its refusal to clear up. Innocuous enough at the time, it has dogged his winter preparations and pre-seasoon, something he is still paying the price for now as he approaches full fitness again.

“It happened in the off-season when a few of us were having a workout on astroturf to keep fit, Bohs players and a few I’d know well from other clubs. I did something to my groin but I didn’t think it was anything serious. It was sore and I took a few days off from running to recover.

“I thought that was the end of the matter but when we started back into pre-season training it flared up again. Pre-season is very intense, as you’d expect, and I felt it go again. I had a scan which revealed bad inflammation in a tendon in the groin.

“It didn’t need an op but it did need rest and management. But it kept recurring. I’d rest it, train for a day or two and then I’d be out for a few days. To be honest, it has left me four or five weeks behind the rest of the lads when it comes to fitness levels.”

ON THE MEND

For a player so used to playing and so used to being a central figure in the team, it has been a bit of a nightmare for him.

“Yes it has been so frustrating as I feel I have a lot more to give,” he says. “I haven’t trained or played as much as I needed to so you feel a bit sluggish. The problem is that midfielders and defenders are all about endurance, long distance running, stamina.

“As a striker, it’s all about short bursts of pace and getting beyond your man, quick movements and anticipation. And that is exactly what the groin was preventing me from doing. The darting runs and quick accelerations that being a striker is all about were not possible for me in pre-season.

“I’d get through a session well enough but the next day it used to be killing me so I’d have to miss a few days’ training. In that regime, it’s very hard to build up your core strength. In hindsight I should have rested it more, managed it better. But when your first game of the season is home to Shamrock Rovers, it’s a hard thing to do to give up on playing in it! Who sits out Rovers?

“It’s been horrible to miss sessions and watch lads play matches but it’s all forgotten now, I’m nearly there!

“In my previous two campaigns at the club, I’ve hit the ground running and started scoring early,” he continues, “but I haven’t been fit enough or sharp enough to do that this time. The confidence does take a hit, but I know continued hard work will change my luck soon. I just need a run of games once I am fully fit to get that confidence going again.”

The good news is that Dinny feels he is well on the mend and not too far off being in the condition he wants to be in. St Patrick’s Athletic can bear testimony to that!

“It’s better now, it’s not giving me any bother. But it has been tough because I have been short on training and games so now I need to keep catching up and getting the match sharpness back. I’m getting fitter every week and hopefully I’ll be back to last season’s levels very soon.”

OFF THE MARK

That winner against Bray reminded us of what he is really all about, a goal that gave him as much satisfaction and relief as any he has scored in the red and black.

“Yes scoring against Bray was huge, more so because it was a vital game we had to win, not just because it was my first goal. The first one can be the hardest to get! I’d like to have kicked on but my body wasn’t quite ready to let me.

“Luckily there is still a long way to go for me to get back into the side, make my mark on the team and cement my place. Last week was a very important game for me and as a striker, goals are what you are all about. It’s been hard with all of the two-game weeks, any player trying to recover from an injury would relate to that I think.

“I certainly wouldn’t use it as any class of excuse for the team. We have players good enough to win any game and we know better than anyone that we should have more points on the board. It’s just been tough for me personally as I am trying to get my sharpness back and the games have come a bit too thick and fast for me.

“We have played very well and been very unfortunate not to have more points.. We’ve produced good football but a few silly mistakes and poor finishing have cost us dearly. There’s no cause for panic though, I honestly think we are improving as the games pass.

“I believe our luck will change as we will force it to by continuing to play good stuff and retaining the work ethic we have shown. Good football or not, we know it is a results business though The Rovers wins were fantastic and it’s hard to say why we haven’t got results like that more often.

“But the team is full of character – there we were in Tallaght battling to the end with our left-full up in the box after 99 minutes!”

GOING TO THE WELL

In our league games thus far, up to and including the 2-2 draw at Richmond last Friday, Bohs have only been ahead for 18 minutes of the season. It seems incredible but it’s true.

Falling behind as often as we have has given the team a lot to do.

“It is a pity as I think that if we could be more solid and take the lead I think we’d be hard to pin back,” Dinny agrees.

“It is hard chasing games every week, sometimes against solid teams like Cork and Dundalk. We keep giving ourselves a lot to do like at St Pat’s. We have to change that as we are playing well enough to have taken a lot more than 13 points.”

Add in the fact that Dinny and his partner Leighanne have been blessed with a baby, 17-month-old Freddy, who gives Dinny a thorough daily workout and a meaner man-marking job than any league centre-half, and his whole life has been turned on its head this past year!

But he says he wouldn’t change any of it for the world and is at last smiling again after these tough few injury hit months.

“It’s been some change all right, at the click of a finger! My football has been going great too at the club before this injury and as I said earlier, the support of the fans has been immense for me. I just need to play to get back to where I was last year and reward their faith in me with a few goals.”

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“We’ve fallen behind in too many games”

BOHEMIANS v WATERFORD
Monday April 30 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Match sponsor: Litho Supplies/Fujifilm. Matchball sponsor: Bang Bang

The best and worst aspects of Bohemians’ season were to the fore as they battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.

It was an important point as a win for St Pat’s would have put them eight points ahead of the Gypsies, who would have fallen into the play-off spot.

Now manager Keith Long has challenged his team, who remained in seventh place, to draw momentum from the manner of their comeback with the aim of climbing the table – starting tomorrow when Waterford come to Dalymount Park.

Falling behind in games has been a frustration. The Gypsies have conceded first in 14 of their 16 games in all competitions this season and have only kept one clean sheet.

That was the case once more on Friday as St Pat’s scored in the third minute of both halves.

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Bohs do not lack perseverance, however.

Eight of the team’s 13 league points this season have been won thanks to goals in injury-time: 1-1 v Limerick (Stokes 90), 2-1 v Bray (Corcoran 91), 2-1 Rovers (Leahy 99) and 2-2 St Pat’s (Devaney 93).

Long said: “We were off the pace in the first half. St Pat’s were first to everything at times.

“It sounds like I’m hitting pause, rewind and repeat every week but we simply have to cut out these errors.

“We need to tighten up. We’ve fallen behind in too many games.

“We conceded early in both halves and again that gave us another uphill struggle.”

Bohs were given a lifeline when St Pat’s were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Ryan Brennan on 52 minutes.

Long said: “The sending-off definitely changed the game. It helped us gain a foothold but the lads persevered to get the second goal.”

And the manager was delighted too to see Dinny Corcoran hitting the net once more.

He pulled one back on 73 minutes and while most match reports attributed the injury-time equaliser to Kevin Devaney, Long is adamant it was Corcoran’s.

He said: “Dinny got both goals – he got the final touch on the second. It’s important for him and will hopefully give him a confidence boost.

“He struggled with injuries in pre-season but he’s looking a lot sharper in training lately and hopefully this will do him no end of good.”

But against high-flying Waterford, they face a side who have already beaten them this season.

He said: “This is a different challenge tomorrow.

“Waterford will be very tough opponents. They’re third in the league for a reason.

“They’ve beaten us down in the RSC already. We felt we should have got something out of that game but we know we have to be at our very best.”

TEAM NEWS

Paddy Kavanagh serves an additional one-match ban for his red card against Derry a fortnight ago.

Captain Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Shane Supple (knee) and Rob Cornwall (back) are considered doubtful but Danny Grant (hamstring) returns.

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